great articles for kidlit bloggers

A few presenters at the recent kidlit blogging conference have posted some fantastic, thoughtful, and informative articles from their presentations, that are sure to be of use or help to other kidlit bloggers:

Jen Robinson posted a thoughtful article on promoting the kidlitosphere with a compelling discussion on why promote the kidlitosphere, what some bloggers are already doing to accomplish this, and what the rest of us can do.

Anne Boles Levy at BookBuds posted a detailed, helpful article on creating more professional book reviews, suggesting that we avoid formulas and overused cliches and metaphors; think of our ideal reader; and consider the form we want to use in reviewing (capsule reviews, mid-length or daily reviews, and long-form essays). She also goes into some detail about the forms of reviews.

MotherReader posted a great article on Kidlit Blog Promotion with helpful, concrete suggestions on how to promote your blog, and gain greater visibility, including bringing your own voice into your blog, finding your niche, and commenting on other’s posts.

I found all of these articles inspiring and helpful, though I admit to getting slightly overwhelmed. I think it’s important to take it a little bit as we can, and to keep blogging about what’s important to us–children’s and teen books, and issues that relate. We’re all helping create greater visibility for great children’s and teen books (and their authors), and that’s a wonderful thing.

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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2 Responses to great articles for kidlit bloggers

  1. Jen Robinson says:

    Thanks, Cheryl! A little bit at a time sounds good to me, too. Though I\’m feeling a bit overwhelmed at the moment also. But thanks for linking to the articles – hopefully you\’ll be at future conferences and reporting on them yourself.

  2. Cheryl says:

    I’m glad to know I’m not the only one feeling overwhelmed. 🙂 (Not that I’m glad you’re overwhelmed–just glad not to feel alone.) And I really enjoyed your article! Thanks for sharing it with all of us.

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