I’m thrilled to be a part of this wonderful summit. It started August 17th and ends tomorrow on the 20th. It has been wonderful! I have to make sure I highlight the last sessions. I’m sad to see it end!
Conference Link: https://www.kidlitindiepubsummit.com/
Session 1: Creating Your Marketing Plan with Andy Stonehouse
In order to sell your book and find new readers, you need to market. Learn what Andy did for his children's book series and how you can apply the tips to your own marketing strategy!
Andy Stonehouse is a writer and illustrator of children’s books based in Leicestershire, in the UK. He is married to Victoria and father to 3 young girls. Between them, Andy and Victoria have created the Adventures of Lily Series and have published five books via Amazon KDP. The series follows their youngest daughter, Lily, and her first experiences. The latest, Lily’s Lockdown Birthday, was published at the end of July. All profits will go to Chartwell Children’s Cancer Trust charity to support Paediatric oncology Units in the London area.
Connect with Andy: View His Website
Session 2: Planning Your Launch with Pre-Orders with Tieska Jumbo
Two of the most important parts of any book launch is collecting pre-orders and getting pre-orders. Learn what Tieska did for her upcoming book and how you can tap into your own network.
Tieska Jumbo is the proud wife of Daniel and mother to David and Danny. Professionally, Tieska is a technical writer for a financial software company. With a Bachelor of Arts in English, with a Spanish minor and a Master of Science in Library Science, writing and books have always been a significant part of Tieska’s life. As a mother, Tieska’s desire to write children’s picture books stems from the need for her Nigerian-American sons to see themselves represented positively and with strength in a variety of everyday situations.
Connect with Tieska: Visit Her Website
Connect on Instagram @jumbohousepublish Connect on Facebook @jumbohousepublishing
Session 3: How to Use Your Self-Published Book for New Opportunities with Dr. Dawn Menge
Dawn has been in the self-publishing world for 10 years now, but she's not just publishing books. Learn what kind of opportunities this has opened for her and what kind of things you might be able to do once you have a book, too.
Dr. Dawn Menge has won forty-one national awards including selection in the Conquering Disabilities Film Festival and Action in Film as the author of the Queen Vernita educational series. The series is named after her grandmother Vernita and is based on her real adventures and real friends. Dr. Dawn also judges Indie romance books and children’s literature. She writes book reviews for Story Monster Magazine.
Dr. Menge holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, a master’s degree and a Clear Credential in moderate/severe disabilities, and a bachelor’s degree in human development. Dr. Menge has been teaching severely handicapped students for nineteen years. She has three children and five beautiful grandchildren and lives in Southern California.
Connect with Dawn: Visit Her Website View Her Books
Connect on Instagram @DawnMenge Connect on Twitter @QueenVernita
Session 4: How to Overcome Your Fear of Putting Yourself Out There with Delanda Coleman
Marketing can feel very intimidating to writers, but it doesn't have to be! Learn how Delanda overcame her imposter syndrome and what you can do to plan your next launch!
Delanda Coleman has spent fifteen years as a leader in Product Marketing for some of the world’s largest and most innovative software companies, including Microsoft and Brightcove. Having seen the fast-paced and evolving nature of technology, she was surprised by the lack of urgency or innovation in recruiting and developing women of color in the software industry. Inspired by the birth of her daughter, she and her husband, Terrence, recognized the need for more diversity and inclusion for people of color in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). Together, they created Sydney and Coleman LLC to expose young black girls and boys to concepts and careers in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), through books, toys, games, and experiences.
They also aspire to equip parents and caregivers with tools to influence every child’s success in these areas.
A native and resident of Boston, MA, Delanda holds an MBA from New York University and a Bachelors’s from Northeastern University. She is an avid reader and world traveler.
Connect with Delanda: View Her Website Connect on Social @MsDelanda
When I write, I can only have one voice in my head, mine. A little noise is fine. But too much, or worse yet, WORDS, and I must change rooms or pull out headphones. Then I can write on!