Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

Shout-Outs, Giveaways and Reciprocity

One of the things I love best about being a member of the children’s lit industry is the spirit of community with which we support one another. Unlike many other businesses, almost everyone who writes, illustrates, edits, publishes, markets, sells or otherwise works with children’s books puts their love of kids and reading first. This makes for an environment in which everyone encourages everyone else, and all in the interest of getting more kids reading – and loving – books.

This was something Katie Davis and I chatted about this week, when she invited me to be a guest on her terrific podcast series, Brain Burps About Books. (You can listen to the interview here: Katie and I had a great time talking about various aspects of writing for kids, and she was enormously generous in putting the word out about my various creative efforts, such as The Children Book Hub, my Just Write for Kids online course in writing picture books and the Southampton Childrens Literature Conference. In return, I offered her listeners a special introductory rate to join the Hub (you’ll have to listen to the interview to access it!) and invited her to be an Expert Interviewee on the Childrens Book Hub in March. I’m really looking forward to that, since Katie has just published a fabulous resource for childrens book authors and illustrators, How to Promote Your Childrens Book. It’s chock full of invaluable information, and a thoroughly enjoyable read, being written (and illustrated!) in Katie’s fun, accessible style. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

I am also touched and honored to be “In the Spotlight” this week on Beth Stilborn’s excellent blog, By Word of Beth.  I have had the pleasure of working with Beth editorially on several different projects (she’s a terrific writer  with a shared commitment to the arts and literacy), and we now collaborate as co-administrators of the Childrens Book Hub Facebook page (check it out – it’s not limited to members of the Hub, but welcomes all children’s authors, illustrators and editors, whether published or aspiring). I’ve watched Beth’s passion for children’s literature grow into a thriving platform that now serves the industry in numerous wonderful ways. Beth is giving away two copies of my book Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment this week – to be eligible for the draw, go here:

As I watch our politicians (among others) take one pot shot after another at each other, I continue to be grateful to be a member of this warm and supportive community.


7 Responses to “Shout-Outs, Giveaways and Reciprocity”
  1. Beth says:

    Thank you so much for the shout-out, Emma! I, too, appreciate the collegiality and supportive nature of the children’s literature community. I am deeply appreciative of your words about me, and my blog, and am delighted with the ways you and I are able to work together toward our common goals. You are a gem.

  2. jan says:

    thank you, emma, for giving beth a shout out. i’m delighted with her works and am pretty proud of her, too!

  3. Mona Pease says:

    Beth deserves a shout out…she’s a great “connector” of children’s authors. Thanks Beth. Thanks Emma.

  4. Emma,
    Enjoyed your comments about the spirit of the writing comments. I have never experienced such a supportive and encouraging group of people. Enjoyed Katie’s interview with you — liked to see the tables turned. And, will look forward to Katie’ interview in March. As I listen to the negative political scene swirling around us, I too am grateful I can turn to a community of support. Enjoy your weekend in Vero Beach to benefit Childcare Resources. Hope you have sun and warm weather.

    Great shout-out to Beth. I know she’s working very hard to help you in this new FB endeavor. It really has taken off.

  5. I feel the same way. It doesn’t matter where you are in the journey, new like me, or a published author, the support and encouragement everyone shares speaks volumes. 🙂

  6. Joanna says:

    I too have been blown away by the kindness, encouragement and support across all the groups involved in children’s literature. That shared passion for good stories and getting those stories into the hands of children, seems to bring out the best.

    Have been loving getting to know Katie’s Brain Burps the past couple of months and enjoying the interviews and all she has to offer.

    Beth has been investing a lot of time into the FB Hub page and it is paying off great dividends – it is becoming a supportive and growing group of illustrators and writers. Well done Beth!

  7. I never cease to be amazed by how supportive and anti-competitive the people in the children’s literature community are. It is a delight to work every day with these talented and generous people. Katie and Beth are two of the brightest examples of people who give of themselves every day to help other writers.

    Congratulations on your interview, and I can’t wait to listen to Katie’s on the Hub.

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