This week my guest is Carol Ekster, who taught children for 35 years before retiring in 2009 and devoting herself full-time to writing children’s books. She has written around 50(!) books so far, and has 3 books published through traditional publishing, including Ruth the Sleuth and the Messy Room and Where Am I Sleeping Tonight?, a book that tackles the tough topic of divorce.
In this episode, Carol shares her story, along with some of her best tips for marketing yourself as an author. You’ll learn:
- How Carol got started writing, and how she was able to get published within a couple of years of starting
- Why children’s authors need nerve
- How Carol uses social media effectively- including Pinterest!
- Why it’s so important to get out into the community to get the word out about your books
- How to do Skype classroom visits to share your work with kids
- How to find out what agents are looking for from children’s authors
- And much more!
Although Carol comes from the traditional publishing world and doesn’t participate in self-publishing like I do, there’s a lot of useful info in this episode on promoting yourself as an author, and how to keep hustling and writing new books! Don’t miss it.
Mentioned in this episode:
- Carol’s website, with info about her books and more
- 2014 Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market book
- The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published
- Carol on Twitter
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