(This post contains affiliate links, which means I may make a small commission at no extra charge to you if you click on a link and make a purchase. Thank you!)
Last year, I had the opportunity to interview Brooke Van Sickle, founder of Journey to KidLit, for an article I wrote and had published on SCBWI Iowa’s website.
Brooke Van Sickle has accomplished a lot since that interview! She has continued to grow Journey to KidLit, founded a publishing company called BiblioKid Publishing, published a book called Pirates Stuck at “C”: An Alphabet Adventure (and has two more books scheduled to be released this year), and started a podcast. Wow!
If you are a children’s book author or aspiring children’s book author, I recommend checking out Brooke Van Sickle’s website Journey to KidLit. She offers a lot of information about writing and publishing children’s books.
Recently, Brooke Van Sickle took the time to interview me about my self-publishing journey for her Journey to KidLit podcast, which is now available as Episode 10: Publish Your Children’s Book on KDP with Author Brigitte Brulz.
In the interview, we talk about:
- my newly released book Aah! Blown Away, Crash! An Alphabet Misadventure, what it was like working on the project with my 12-year-old daughter, and what I learned through the process
- Readers’ Favorite reviews (I misspoke and said Readers’ Favorite “Award” when I meant to say Readers’ Favorite 5 Stars Review seal.)
- what I’ve learned about writing children’s books since publishing my first two picture books
- why I like using KDP Print to publish my books and a resource called KDP University that offers a lot of information
- a tip for creating an author website
- free book marketing tips (two resources I mentioned are the book How I Sold 80,000 Books by Alinka Rutkowska and the website PR For Anyone with Christina Daves; there is also a book called PR For Anyone by Christina Daves)
- how my book was chosen for the 2019 Read Across Connecticut program
- a major thing I have learned about creating kids books
- the biggest obstacle in my writing journey
- my favorite part of having published books
- my tip for someone who wants to self-publish a book (and the fact that I would still like to traditionally publish books someday)
- what writings I am working on now
The episode is about 18 minutes long and is now available to listen to on Journey to KidLit here.
I was really nervous to do the interview, but I think it went well. Please let me know what you think about it!