Being an Author · Writing Appearances

Learn More about Publishing at the Upcoming KidLit Indie Publishing Summit

Are you interested in publishing a book? Or are you looking for more information about self-publishing?

If you answered yes to either (or both) of these questions, make sure to check out the upcoming KidLit Indie Publishing Summit!

If you are reading this after the summit but are still interested in learning more about publishing, please look on my courses page. There may be something for you there!

KidLit Indie Publishing Summit

Even though the 15 speakers span across four continents and six countries, there is no need to travel to attend the KidLit Indie Publishing Summit. It is entirely virtual. No travel costs. No lodging fees. You can watch the entire summit from the comfort of your own home!

Learn more about the speakers here.

I had the privilege of creating and presenting one of the webinars for the summit. It is titled Using KDP Print and IngramSpark to Publish Children’s Books (And Should You Use Their Free ISBNs and Barcodes?).

This particular webinar may be for you if you want basic information about:

  • KDP Print
  • IngramSpark
  • Tips for using both KDP Print and IngramSpark to publish print books
  • Print-on-demand publishing
  • Expanded distribution
  • ISBNs
  • Barcodes

This is just one of the sixteen webinars that will be available during the summit. All of the webinars are focused on information about creating books, the printing process, illustrating your book, and book marketing.

Learn more about the available webinars here.

And best of all, the entire summit is free to watch for a limited period of time. Make sure to claim your spot for the KidLit Indie Publishing Summit here.

As an added bonus, all KidLit Indie Publishing Summit attendees should be receiving a coupon code for a discounted price on my recently released course Choosing the Best Publishing Option for You and Your Book: Traditional Publishing, Hybrid Publishing, or Self-Publishing?

Choosing the Best Publishing Option for You and Your Book

Make sure to check out the KidLit Indie Publishing Summit for more information.

Like I had mentioned before, if you are reading this after the summit but are still interested in learning more about publishing, please look on my courses page. There may be something for you there!

To your publishing success!

Being an Author · Course

Choosing the Best Publishing Option for You and Your Book: Traditional Publishing, Hybrid Publishing, or Self-Publishing? Course Now Available

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Are you interested in publishing a book but don’t know which publishing option would be best for you and your book?

If so, you may be interested in a course I recently created titled Choosing the Best Publishing Option for You and Your Book: Traditional Publishing, Hybrid Publishing, or Self-Publishing?, which is now available on Udemy.

Choosing the Best Publishing Option for You and Your Book
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If you take this course, you will learn:

  • the differences between traditional publishing, hybrid publishing, and self-publishing
  • what a literary agent does and whether or not one is needed to publish a book
  • the pros and cons of print-on-demand publishing and two self-publishing companies that offer print-on-demand publishing
  • publishing terms such as query letter, manuscript, book proposal, exclusive submissions, simultaneous submissions, advance, and royalty
  • things to consider if choosing a hybrid publisher
  • and more

The course includes a total of twelve lectures: an introduction and 11 lessons. Each lecture includes a video with a slide show presentation as well as a downloadable transcript for your convenience. The video lectures total approximately 2 hours (about the same amount of time it takes to watch a movie)!

Handouts are also included with some of the lectures to provide additional resources and information to help you in your publishing decision.

You are welcome to read more information and preview the introduction and two lessons over on Udemy here.

If you do not already have a Udemy account and you choose to take the course, you will be required to register for a free Udemy account.

Please reach out to me if you have any questions concerning the course Choosing the Best Publishing Option for You and Your Book: Traditional Publishing, Hybrid Publishing, or Sef-Publishing?

Choosing the Best Publishing Option for You and Your Book

If you are a children’s book author interested in pursuing traditional publishing, you may want to check out 37 Children’s Book Publishers Accepting Unsolicited Manuscripts.

May you have a wonderful day!

Aah! Blown Away · Being an Author · Writing Appearances

Podcast Interview with 12-Year-Old Published Illustrator on Language During Mealtime

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My 12-year-old daughter and I had the opportunity to be interviewed for a podcast episode on Language During Mealtime recently.

Podcast Interview with 12-Year-Old Illustrator

We had an idea of some of the questions ahead of time but not all. I was impressed by how well my daughter answered questions on the spot. We talked about what it was like to publish Aah! Blown Away, Crash! An Alphabet Misadventure.

Aah! Blown Away, Crash! Cover

You can hear the entire interview on episode #58 over on Language During Mealtime here.

If you have a kid interested in starting a podcast, they may like the course Podcasting to Change the World over on SchoolhouseTeachers.com.

SchoolhouseTeachers.com offers over over 450 courses for one low price. My daughters have enjoyed quite a few courses on SchoolhouseTeachers.com including Podcasting to Change the World.

Podcasting to Change the World SHT.com

Learn more about Podcasting to Change the World here.

Here are a couple of more courses one of my daughters has taken on SchoolhouseTeachers.com, which may also be beneficial for kids interested in podcasting. (You can click on the words on the pictures to learn more information about each of them.)

Learn more about SchoolhouseTeachers.com here and/or listen to the podcast interview on Language During Mealtime here.

Being an Author · Ramblings · Writing Appearances

Learn Some Self-Publishing Tips in the Latest Journey to KidLit Podcast Episode with Author Brigitte Brulz

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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.

Journey to Kidlit

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!

Being an Author · Ramblings

It’s Official – I Have Joined Twitter!

I had written “maybe join Twitter” on my writing goals list for 2019. Well, over a year later, I have officially joined Twitter.

I spent more time than I would like to admit trying to think of what to say for my first tweet.

I guess we’ll see how this goes. You are welcome to follow me @BrigitteBrulz.

My 12-year-old daughter, who had illustrated Aah! Blown Away, Crash!: An Alphabet Misadventure, designed the banner for my Twitter profile. She chose to use the colors and font from my website along with the cover images of the books and journals I have published.

Please let me know in the comments below if you have any suggestions for using Twitter!