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ALL ABOARD THE BLUEBOARD
by Verla Kay

This article will explain how to use the Blueboard - things you should and should not do - to effectively promote your work via the Blueboard.

Essential Reminder:

Make sure you read the Rules of the Board before you post!
Board Rules:  https://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php?topic=34154.0

Please note that the Blueboard is essentially for the SHARING of information. It is not and was never meant to be simply a place to promote books. In spite of that, there's something to be said for sharing your new book information with your peers, who can help spread the word about your wonderful new book. The Blueboard has very strict rules about what is and what is not allowed when it comes to promotion of books on the board.

The number one way to spread the word about your new book is to use an image of your new book cover as your avatar. Go into your profile and upload a clear cover image. (Ask your publisher to send you a good .jpg copy of it if you don't have access to one.) Every single time you post on the board, everyone reading that thread will see your book cover. If you add a little information about the book in your profile, that will also show up in every post.

Read The Secret of Book Promotion on the Blueboard: https://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php?topic=71976.msg1016415#msg1016415

You will find you will get the best results if you first get to know (and to be known) by other Blueboarders. The absolute best way to do that is to become an active board member and post thoughtful, sharing messages with your peers. Ask questions and answer other people's questions. Each time you post, you are letting people get to know you - and your new book.

If you are new to the Blueboard:

SCBWI members are already registered on the Blueboard. Log onto the Blueboard using your SCBWI email (this is your user name) and SCBWI password to automatically (and instantly) create your profile.

Anyone aged 18 or older with a serious interest in children's literature is also welcome to join the Blueboard. Click on the Register button at the top of the board and follow the prompts. Be sure to fill out as much information as you can, as internet website and social media links will help the Administrators approve your application in a timely manner. Please give a valid reason for wanting to join the board.

Login:  https://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php
Welcome:  https://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php?topic=72965.0

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Contact a Moderator: https://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php?action=contact

Enjoy and use the Blueboard!


Bio:  Verla Kay is the author of historical picture books in rhyme. She is the original creator of the Blueboard, a former instructor for the Institute of Children’s Literature and she loves traveling and presenting to both adults and children. Visit her online at www.verlakay.com.
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Verla Kay

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