Sunday, October 19, 2014

Katrina dislikes her SOJOURNS at the pet motel. Word of the Week with Guest Matt Phelan (10/20/2014): #KidLitWow

Author and Illustrator, Matt Phelan, is our paw-tastic video guest this week. Mr. Phelan is the author-illustrator of the award-winning graphic novels, The Storm in the Barn, Around the World, and Bluffton. He also has illustrated many books including The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, which won the 2007 Newbery Medal. He is an all-around great guy, as we share in this post, and he is  an upcoming guest on "The Write Chat" - look for his interview in December! 

Mr. Phelan is here to introduce this week's word of the week: SOJOURN. Can you use the word SOJOURN in a sentence? 

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Where did you get your bookmarks? We'll tell you where we got ours.

First..."The Write Chat" has a new episode, today!

Before we get into the bookmarks...Erik & Felicia, co-hosts of The Write Chatrelease their third episode, today. They interview the talented author, Michelle Isenhoff. Head over there now to view their video. Yes, they have outtakes again, too!

Do you have bookmarks? 

Authors, what do you use as your card? Bookmarks are one way to go. You may include them with book purchases; give them out at events, and carry them with you everywhere. Why not? What is more perfect than a bookmark for an author? 

If you decide bookmarks are for you, you'll need to figure out where to order them from. 

Of course, there is the print-at-home option where you use a publishing program to create your bookmarks and then print them out on cardstock paper. 

Local Print Shop
This is a valid option, especially if you have a local print shop that you work with for other projects. Has this worked for you? 

Online Custom Printing
We went with online custom printing. Cool Mom did a ton of research a few years ago, when she needed bookmarks. She found that was priced the best for bookmarks. 

NextDayFlyers for Bookmarks
On Cool Mom's recommendation, we used NextDayFlyers. We chose their 2x6 14pt Cardstock style with color printing on both sides. NextDayFlyers currently has a free shipping offer that makes their prices amazing. If you aren't in a rush, NextDayFlyers, is a fantastic way to get bookmarks, as the price is extremely reasonable when you don't upgrade the "Printing Turnaround" options. If you are in a rush and need to expedite the turn-around time, they are still a fantastic bookmark printing solution.

We were able to order 1,000 bookmarks for under $55 and had them in our hands within a week's time. The quality is superb.

Don't Make it All About You
To make the price even more reasonable, Neighbor Girl and Erik of This Kid Reviews Books, went in on the bookmarks together. Erik's information is one one side, and Felicia's is on the other. 

Benefits of Shared Bookmarks/Promotional Materials
  • When one of you is at an event handing out bookmarks, you both are being promoted. 
  • Not comfortable promoting yourself? This is a great way to work your way into may focus on the "other side" of the bookmark and focus on promoting the other author. For example, "Oh, and by the way, my book's information is on the other side." 
  • Cost savings. 
We hope this information helps others. We are thrilled with NextDayFlyers and will be using them again. 

Thank you for reading and sharing,

Please note that we decided to not use the available affiliate program with NextDayFlyers for this post. We were not asked to review their service and received no compensation for this post. This post is our opinion and is based on our experience using's service.

Katrina's Word of the Week

We are in the midst of our Book Blasty Tour with a $25 Giveaway. Enter now
We have free printables for our books, words of the week, and more at Kid Lit Printables.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Kid Lit Blog Hop #47

Welcome to the 47th Kid Lit Blog Hop where we continue to develop a dynamic and engaged community of children's books bloggers, authors, publishers, and publicists. You are always more than welcome to join us by popping in a post and hopping around to meet some of your fellow Kid Lit bloggers and authors! We are pleased to be formally part of the Kid Lit Blog Hop as permanent hosts on the Hop. Also, a big welcome to our co-host this week, Kimbra, the blogger behind The Barefoot Librarian. We are thrilled to be an official part of the Kid Lit Blog Hop! 

Happy Hopping everyone and enjoy the Hop!

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1. We ask that you kindly follow your hosts. You can follow us any way you choose (Email, GFC, Twitter, Facebook, G+, Pinterest, etc.), but we've added our preferences below. If you could just give us a quick "follow" or "like" that would be much appreciated! Make sure to leave us a message if you are following us (i.e., on Twitter or Facebook or on our websites) and we will be sure to follow you back. Thanks! :-)
2. Link up any Kid Lit related post. This can be a link to a children’s book review, a discussion about children’s literature/literacy, or a post on a recently-read children’s book or one that you love from your childhood.
* Don't link directly to your blog, it must be a specific post.*
* For Authors, we prefer you to link to your blog if you have one. Please link unique posts each time ~ no repeats please. *
* Make sure you include an image relevant to the POST (e.g., book cover), not your blog button or photo of yourself.*
* Feel free to link more than one post.*
3. Please visit AT LEAST the TWO LINKS directly ahead of your own and leave them some love in the form of a comment. We are trying to build a community of bloggers, readers, parents, authors, and others who are as passionate about children’s literature as we are so please CONNECT and follow any or all of the blogs that interest you!
4. If you like, grab the button above and put it somewhere on your blog, preferably the post you're linking up. If you'd prefer, you can just add a text link back to this Hop so that others can find it and check out all these great book links!
5. It would really help us get the word out about the Kid Lit Blog Hop if you would be so kind as to tweet, share, and spread the word about the Hop!
Interested in co-hosting the Kid Lit Blog Hop? If you've joined us before, you are welcome to join us again! Please email renee @ motherdaughterbookreviews (dot) com and put Co-Hosting Blog Hop in the subject line.
Thank you for reading and sharing,

Katrina's Word of the Week

We are in the midst of our Book Blasty Tour with a $25 Giveaway. Enter now
We have free printables for our books, words of the week, and more at Kid Lit Printables.