August 2018 - Elena Paige

EPISODE 42: Workshop & Goal Setting – Lessons learned from episodes 36-41

Welcome to Episode 42 of the Indie Kidlit Podcast. On this episode Elena and Marti discuss their recent interviews (36 to 41), and what they’ve learned from the advice and experience provided. 

Here is a quick reminder of the last six interviews that Marti and Helen discuss in today’s show:

  1. Tracy Babbler on connecting with book bloggers
  2. Jessie Suire on Writers Festivals
  3. Nathaniel Wyckoff on book launches
  4. Andi Cann on your first year as an author
  5. Elena Paige on writing your first novel
  6. Rebecca Laffar-Smith on live book launches and other mindful approaches to selling books

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EPISODE 41: Mindfully creating and marketing a children’s book with Rebecca Laffar-Smith

Todays interview is with children’s indie author Rebecca Laffar-Smith (Bec J. Smith).

Bec J. Smith is the writing trio of Rebecca Laffar-Smith and her two children. Rebecca is a dyslexic author who loves writing science fiction, fantasy, and romance novels. Eighteen-year-old Kaylie is a fantasy novelist who also loves role playing games. And fourteen-year-old Joshua, their inspiration, is an avid gamer (as well as a penguin and ant enthusiast) who is both dyslexic and autistic.

Inspired by the challenges her son faced learning to read and write, Rebecca began the first P.I. Penguin book with her children as a homeschooling project. When that book arrived, Josh cherished it and in the simple words of a child, hoped that other kids would love it too. That’s what inspired Rebecca to publish the books more widely and their passion grew. Now, together, they love planning, writing, and storyboarding children’s books, especially more in their popular P.I. Penguin series.

                  

Rebecca covers these various topics:

  • How to make your books dyslexia friendly
  • How to write the best book possible for your target audience
  • Reaching out to schools for sales
  • Launching a book with a live event
  • Press releases
  • And more!

Rebecca has brilliantly provided the best links ever, so I’m going to add in her links here as part of the show notes:

Is a blog post called, “What makes books dyslexia-friendly? [A P.I. Penguin Example]”  where I write about the range of things we consider when making dyslexia friendly books.
Is a blog post called “The Amazing Launch of Jenna’s Truth” where I do a post-event overview of what happened and shared photos, etc. I really, really wish I’d done this for the Zany Circus launch too but sadly I didn’t.
Episodes 01 & 02 of The Literate Child Podcast might also interest listeners:
On those I share my own dyslexia journey and how we started in children’s publishing and why we write the P.I. Penguin stories.

 

YOU CAN FIND REBECCA BELOW…

Aulexic is the publishing house and home of Bec J. Smith and P.I. Penguin.
Mailing list with a free eBooks offer is: https://www.aulexic.com.au/join-little-owls/
Rebecca’s website under her own name, where she writes mostly Sci Fi Fantasy.
Pinterest – P.I. Penguin Board: https://www.pinterest.com.au/laffarsmith/pi-penguin/

Enjoy the show.

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