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Research / Re: NF PB research
« Last post by lauren-ward on Yesterday at 08:05 PM »

As a teacher you're familiar with standards.  Check out the curriculum standards for lower grades and keep them in mind when researching.  You may want to base your books on  a few standards.  This could help you market them.  As dinalapomy101 said, it's important to know what's out there to make yours different.

You might want to check out regional animals that may be unique to your area and you may have more experience or information on them.


Thank you so much for your replies!

I love the idea of doing regional animals. It's actually considering that as well! I was thinking about researching and writing about animals that are uncommon. I got the idea when I took my daughter to the San Diego Zoo. There were huge lines at the "popular" animal exhibits like the lions, otters, and elephant exhibits; however, there were other animals who no one was looking at! My husband and I were thinking it would be fun to bring attention to the "forgotten" animals.
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Wow! You're all so resourceful!  I will try to diversify my use of Pinterest and check out Evernote and Zotero.

It's, also, interesting knowing about the different strategies that you use.  What works for each one is the best!  Any other ideas welcomed.

Thanks for sharing.
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Research / Re: NF PB research
« Last post by zoraida-rivera on Yesterday at 07:38 PM »
As a teacher you're familiar with standards.  Check out the curriculum standards for lower grades and keep them in mind when researching.  You may want to base your books on  a few standards.  This could help you market them.  As dinalapomy101 said, it's important to know what's out there to make yours different.

You might want to check out regional animals that may be unique to your area and you may have more experience or information on them.
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I'd love to meet for dinner at the Hilton!   
Has anyone stayed at the Hampton Inn?   Which is closer to the conference, Hampton Inn or the Hilton?
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I create folder in my books marks and label them with the project title and theme or content. So a nonfiction on medieval art might have these bookmark labels: Art in Churches Europe, Art in castles Europe, Art in Museums Europe. You get the idea.
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Research / Re: NF PB research
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on Yesterday at 06:08 PM »
Word allows you to insert Footnotes into your text fairly easily. You click on Reference and then Add Footnote. This keeps you source with your info. A bibliography is also common as I understand it.
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Book Talk / Re: The Long Secret/The Witches of Worm
« Last post by andracill on Yesterday at 03:50 PM »
I haven't read THE WITCHES OF WORM in years (I was a young kid), but I love much of ZKS' writing. My favorite by her is BENEATH THE ROOT. That's part of a trilogy, but I didn't like the final book (one of my favorite characters died?!!).

I did read THE LONG SECRET, but I prefer HARRIET, THE SPY. ;) I've read the latter a few times (all when I was a kid), but TLS only got one read from me. I still enjoyed it, though.
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PAL Book Promotion / The Secret of Book Promotion on the Blueboard
« Last post by andracill on Yesterday at 03:46 PM »
The best book promotion is (almost) no promotion.

So you're published and feel that pressing need to Promote! Promote! Promote! Many publishers burden authors with promoting their books all over social media, and we definitely understand the desire to see your book succeed. But if you constantly self-promote, it often backfires. Here are some tips to spread the word about your book on the Blueboard (or elsewhere) without driving people away:

1. Use the cover of your book as your avatar.

2. Include the link to your website featuring your book in your signature line (this can include a book page with a sell button on it).

3. Post in Kidlit Good News on your book's birthday or the initial sale (do NOT include any sales links, however) if you have at least 5 solid posts. The best way to encourage community support with KGN posts is to include a snippet of your book's journey to publication. We've all been there (or currently are there), and hearing about your triumphs and challenges along the way involves everyone. If your journey was particularly long, include a link to your blog post where you more completely detail the journey.

4. If you have a cover reveal or book launch party, post in Promotional News. However, try to avoid posting in KGN and PN within the same week. Too many posts in too many places tend to cause the community to ignore your book (or even become a little annoyed) rather than interest us.

5. Now that your book info is on our board, the best thing you can do to raise awareness of your book is to be a helpful, active member. Members don't come here to see ads; they come here for the community. As people get to know you through thoughtful posts, they'll see your amazing cover and signature links. They'll know your name and book title, which could easily lead to them buying it, suggesting it to others, or asking their library to order it if they don't have it in stock.

All in all, congratulations on your new book!
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Non-Fiction (NF) / Re: How to Save Research Found on the Internet
« Last post by JodyJS on Yesterday at 03:28 PM »
I usually copy and paste the article and the links into a Word document.
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PAL Book Promotion / ALLIGATOR JAZZ Is Here!
« Last post by sam-pittman-ii on Yesterday at 02:04 PM »
I'm excited to announce that my debut picture book Alligator Jazz (illustrated by Sheila Bailey and published by Pelican Publishing Company) is on bookstore shelves! Here's the link to the publisher's website:
https://www.pelicanpub.com/proddetail.php?prod=9781455624225

Alligator Jazz is also available on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Target.com, and Walmart.com, as well as on other online bookseller sites.


Book Synopsis:

A scaly tale of music, mischief, and growth!

Alligator Slim is tired of singing sad songs and playing the blues down in the swamp. From now on, he’s going to play jazz! He packs up his saxophone and heads to the big city where he lands a gig at The Zoo playing this jumping lively sound. The crowds love him! This is where he is meant to be and everything seems perfect. That is until a certain weasel becomes jealous. He is none too thrilled about Alligator Slim stealing his fans, and makes sure that Slim won’t be able to perform. Young readers with revel in the musicality of the text and the lush atmospheric illustrations that bring to life this heartwarming tale of change, struggle, deception, and forgiveness.
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