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.