Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Transcript: 12/29/2015

TOPIC: Happy New Year! Gaze into your crystal balls and tell us what you see in 2016, for you and for kidlit in general.


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Transcript: 12/22/2015

TOPIC: It's almost year-end, so let's talk "best of" or "favorite" or "most interesting" books of the year!


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Transcript: 12/15/2015

TOPIC: Food is a major player during the holidays. Share thoughts on food as character; as setting; as plot motivator . . .


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Transcript: 12/8/2015

TOPIC: Share bookish gift ideas plus favorite literacy charities and  initiatives that deserve the support of holiday donations.


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Transcript: 12/1/2015

TOPIC: Leftovers! Share tips on warming up old projects and using ingredients on hand to create new mash-ups.


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Transcript: 11/24/2015

TOPIC: Share your thanks--for the people, projects and 'aha!' moments that kept you going this year!


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Transcript: 11/17/2015

TOPIC: Pressure--a moderate amount spurs creativity, but how much is *too* much?


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Transcript: 11/10/2015

TOPIC: It's almost the end of the year, so let's talk mock Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, Belpre and more!


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Transcript: 11/3/2015

TOPIC: If it's November it must be challenge time! Do you sign on for NaNo, PiBo, or any of the other creative group challenges?


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Transcript: 10/27/2015

TOPIC: Share scariest kidlit moments: monster tech fails, school visit horrors; scream-inducing reviews; ghoulish fans . . .


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Transcript: 10/20/2015

TOPIC: Anything new working for you in terms of promotion and marketing? Anything working/not working like it used to?


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Transcript: 10/13/2015

TOPIC: What does it take to make a living in this business? Writing/illustrating alone? What skills do you use to supplement?


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Transcript: 10/6/2015

TOPIC: Can you imagine abandoning your creative pursuits? Have you ever given yourself permission for a strategic time-out?


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Transcript: 9/29/2015

TOPIC: Read any banned books lately? What is the appropriate response, individual or collective, to these kinds of challenges?


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Transcript: 9/22/2015

TOPIC: Good vs. bad distractions: when do you allow yourself to wander creatively and when do you forge straight ahead?


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Transcript: 9/15/2015

TOPIC: It's quarterly check-in time: what's new? What projects have you begun or wrapped up since June?


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Transcript: 9/8/2015

TOPIC: How do you imagine your work being used in a classroom? Do you think about standards/Common Core when creating? Ever?


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Transcript: 9/1/2015

TOPIC: What does 'quirky' or 'edgy' mean to you as a writer, illustrator, parent, educator, librarian, bookseller or publisher?


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Transcript: 8/25/2015

TOPIC: What's worse than a pitch? THE SYNOPSIS! Let's talk synopses - what works, what doesn't, plus tips, tricks, and tools.


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Transcript: 8/18/2015

TOPIC: Query & Pitch: words which can strike terror into our hearts. How do you create great queries/pitches (and handle fear?)


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Transcript: 8/11/2015

TOPIC: Do you have an agent? How do you define the relationship? Any tips on how to find the agent of your dreams? 


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Transcript: 8/4/2015

TOPIC: What are you reading? And what have you just read that we all have to read?


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Transcript: 7/21/2015

TOPIC: It's our 6th anniversary! Share your #kidlitchat memories... and let's talk about what the next six years should look like.


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Transcript: 7/14/2015

TOPIC: What's your best tip for overcoming the blank page (or screen or canvas)--how do you coax inspiration out of hiding?


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Transcript: 6/30/2015

TOPIC: It's quarterly check-in time! Share what's new since March: current projects, progress, new goals and priorities!


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Transcript: 6/23/2015

TOPIC: Give a shout out to your favorite librarians! How can we better support/partner with librarians?


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Transcript: 6/16/2015

TOPIC: What's the "next big thing" in MG? YA? PB? Are there trends you've seen... or wish to see?


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Transcript: 6/9/2015

TOPIC: What are your tips and tricks for making sure the writing/illustrating/work gets done?


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Transcript: 6/2/2015

TOPIC: What do you think differentiates MG, YA or PB characters (besides age)? And why?


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Transcript: 5/26/2015

TOPIC: What's on your reading list this summer--or what have you read that MUST be on ours?


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Transcript: 5/19/2015

TOPIC: How do you keep yourself organized? What tools and strategies help you schedule work, promotion, submissions, etc.?


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Transcript: 5/12/2015

TOPIC: Self-publishing keeps on changing. Do you see it as a viable path for you or in children's books? How? Why? #kidlitchat


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Transcript: 5/5/2015

TOPIC: How are YOU present in each of your book projects: via character, or favorite theme, or setting . . . or?


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Transcript: 4/28/2015

TOPIC: Where does poetry fit in in the children's writing world? Does it inform your work? Do you read it?


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Transcript: 4/21/2015

TOPIC: What books (from board books to YA) do you want to see turned into movies?


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Transcript 4/14/2015

TOPIC: What's the most taxing part of this business for you? What part makes it worthwhile?


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Transcript: 4/7/2015

TOPIC: What, besides your own stories, would you like to see more of in children's lit today?


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Transcript: 3/24/2015

TOPIC: It's March Madness - share "mad" (unusual, crazy, off the wall) things you've seen in the biz. Promos? Stories? Other?


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Transcript: 3/17/2015

TOPIC: They tell us spring is on the way . . . How will you de-clutter, organize and "spring clean" your workspace/work habits?


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Transcript: 3/10/2015

TOPIC: How do you push through dry spells, frustrations, and the doldrums? Or do they never happen to you?


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Transcript: 3/3/2015

TOPIC: Do you push yourself out of your comfort zone in writing/illustrating? How? What works? What doesn't?


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Transcript: 2/24/2015

TOPIC: What type of promotions work for you as a reader? What about as an author/illustrator? What breaks through the noise?


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Transcript: 2/17/2015

TOPIC: How do you deal with the "everyday" things in your book - weather, time, place. Are they characters? Background?


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Transcript: 1/20/2015

TOPIC:  Let's talk the State of the Business (or the union between art and commerce).


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Transcript: 1/13/2015

TOPIC: If you were asked improve the children's lit biz for creatives, what would you suggest?


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Transcript: 1/6/2014

TOPIC: Let's share our New Year's "resolutions" for our writing, illustrating, and editing (etc.!).