You know you’re a children’s writer when…

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  1. …someone says the word DUTY and you giggle like a third grader
  2. …you know more about the books your kids read than they do
  3. …you shamelessly wear dragon jewels!
  4. …you have more in common with kids than their parents
  5. …you get a paper cut and bleed coffee/tea
  6. …you day dream A LOT
  7. …you have creative ways of procrastinating like sock skating
  8. …your co-worker is a cat or dog or rabbit or bird
  9. …every time one of your adult friends talks about an issue they’re having with their kids, you immediately recommend a middle-grade novel that deals with the same situation
  10. …you’re more excited about the BFG movie than your kids are
  11. ….you struggle to remember the last adult book you read
  12. ….you still secretly keep an eye out for the wardrobe that will get you to Narnia
  13. ….you analyze the story structure of every movie and TV show you watch (much to your spouse’s chagrin)
  14. …when you can’t focus on doing taxes and filing your child’s college aid forms because you want to finish your Rick Riordan novel
  15. …people in the airport give you weird looks because you’re reading a chapter book
  16. …you’re the one with the spaced-out look in the supermarket because your head’s still in the 1800s or on planet Zippon

 

New PB: I Want To Eat Your Books by Karin Lefranc

Darlene Beck-Jacobson, author of Wheels of Change, interviewed me on her fabulous blog!

Darlene Beck-Jacobson

Why not celebrate a new year with a fun-filled read?  My author friend Karin Lefranc’s debut picture book takes kids on a fun ride with an unusual student whose favorite food is…books.

The new kid in school is a zombie, who eats books instead of brains. When the monster catches a whiff of the library, the students need to find the perfect book to change his ways before all their books become history!   IWANTTOEATYOURBOOKSCOVER (1)

twitter: @karinlefranc
http://www.karinlefranc.com
I Want to Eat Your Books: Sky Pony Press, October 2015 (Illustrated by Tyler Parker)

Karin Lefranc grew up all over the world, living in Sweden, South Africa, and the United Kingdom, but she moved to the U.S. to attend college in upstate New York. She now lives in Connecticut with her three girls and one boy, who all love devouring books in all shapes and sizes. This is Karin’s debut picture book.

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Author Chat: Karin Lefranc talks about her debut picture book — I WANT TO EAT YOUR BOOKS

Rebecca at WriteRebeccaWrite interviewed me for her blog this week!

Rebecca J. Allen

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 
I have lived in five countries but am now settled in a quiet Connecticut town with my French husband and brood of three girls and one boy. Apart from a few years owning a children’s store, I have always worked in publishing from newspapers to books. I like the written word in all its forms!

What do you do for fun when you are not writing?
I love reading, of course, and hiking, movies, yoga. In fact, I am a certified children’s yoga teacher and am busy creating a yoga lesson plan for I Want To Eat Your Books for teachers to use in the classroom to focus their students.

When did you first start writing?
Unlike many writers I had no idea I was going to write fiction until about five years ago. However, I have always loved writing. I…

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Five things I learned making a Book Trailer        

I’ve been so busy trying to finish my middle-grade novel that the publication date for my picture book snuck up on me. I Want To Eat Your Books is publishing September 22, and while I have a great publishing team at Sky Pony Press,we all know it takes a village—no a hundred villages—to launch and nurture our book babies as they flap their pages into the world!

In addition to all the other things on my launch check list, I decided I needed a book trailer. If made professionally, these can be very expensive, and I didn’t have the time or money to fiddle around with that. But my technically challenged brain knew I also didn’t want to do it myself. For those of you who do want to do it yourself, check out this excellent post from the Creative pen here.

A friend suggested I check out fiverr.com, a site which offers all kinds of services from graphics and writing to video and animation for $5. After a little searching, I found someone that seemed like a good fit. I made a great choice because Anne-Rae was beyond fabulous. I ended up paying about $50 which included revisions and tip. She was open to all my suggestions and the final trailer exceeded all my exceptions.

The first draft included only text and music, but I thought it would be even better with a voice over, so she told me to send her a recording in a m4a format. I stepped up to the challenge. I wrote a script, downloaded a voice recorder onto my phone, and recorded myself reading it. My first readings were pretty bad, but after a a little practice, I managed to get an okay recording. Anne-Rae magically synced my voice with the illustrations and music beautifully. Here’s what I learned:

  1. A book trailer shouldn’t be too long. We all know the first thing we do when we finally  click on any video is see how long it is. We don’t want to lose our view half-way through. I wanted it under 60 seconds and it came out at 50 seconds.
  2. The object of a book trailer is to want the viewer to read/buy your book so your pitch has to entice them to do just that. Some trailers go on too long and give too much away. Keep it short and sweet and leave the viewer intrigued and wanting more.
  3. A book trailer is a form of advertisement so it needs a call to action. Your final screenshot should show where viewers can purchase the book. In mine I said, “Available anywhere human books are sold,” but you can be as specific as you want from your own website to your closest independent book store or Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
  4. If your book is funny add humor to your book trailer. If it’s scary, scare us a little. If it’s romantic, make us swoon. I tried to insert a little humor with my call to action—see #3 as well as making my script funny. Not sure if I succeeded but at least I tried!
  5. Thanks to Anne-Rae’s suggestion I added my website to the final screen shot along with my publisher’s logo.

And without further ado, here is my book trailer! It’s not perfect but not bad considering my limitations. Hope you agree!