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ALL THINGS KIDLIT - Aug., 2021

Natasha Yim
Natasha Yim
Greetings, KidLit Creators! Welcome to All Things KidLit. Here, you’ll find craft, publishing, and marketing tips for Kid Lit writers and illustrators, as well as new books and book launch announcements by new and seasoned children’s book creators. If you are a creator with craft tips you’d like to share on crafting Picture Books, Middle Grade, and Young Adult, or you have a new book coming out, please send your info. to natashayim@icloud.com. Writing is a community. I hope you’ll join mine!

TIPS AND WORDS OF WISDOM
Setting up a book launch event: “Take about three months off from commitments ahead of your launch. BECAUSE, I ended up using most of that time putting together all my launch posts for socials, any pre-produced videos, and newsletter material. It takes time to create content. Schedule and plan for the things you are anticipating and allow for a little wiggle room for unexpected things like reviews coming in, shoutouts, and more. Do the best you can. You’re NOT going to get to everything. Just get to the things that really bring you joy!” - Nadia Salomon, author, Goodnight Ganesha
SCBWI Summer Conference: I loved the new format and the brevity of the 15 minute sessions with great craft tips. Here are some of my favorite takeaways:
  • Marla Frazee, How to Write with Pictures if You’re Not An Illustrator. Marla suggests drawing out your ideas, and using book maps and dummies to make a visual layout. “Writing with pictures can be just as viable a way of getting into a story as writing it with words.”
  • Christina Soontornvat, How to Write Nonputdownable Nonfiction by Identifying What’s At Stake. “Every life is a high stakes life. Your job as a nonfiction writer is to figure out what those stakes are and draw them into your story. Ask yourself 3 questions: What does your protagonist stand to gain? What does he/she stand to lose? How does the outcome ripple out to affect others?”
  • Tiffany D. Jackson, How to Plot Like a Pro. “Write a logline for every book. Ask yourself: Does the book you’re writing live up to the logline? If you don’t know where to start - write the 1st image that pops into your head even if it’s the last scene.”
BOOK RELEASES AND BOOK LAUNCHES
GOODNIGHT GANESHA Book Launch 
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
3:00 pm PDT
Online Event
Contact: Nadia Salomon, author and SCBWI North & East Bay Co-ARA 
Join Nadia Salomon in celebrating her debut picture book, GOODNIGHT GANESHA, illustrated by Poonam Mistry on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. PST. The Virtual launch will be hosted by author Myrna Foster and Storyteller Academy and moderated by author Meera Sriram. A ‘LIVE’ virtual social to immediately follow on author Samantha M. Clark’s Youtube channel. For more information, visit www.nadiasalomon.com
FUN AND GAMES
Charlesbridge Publishing, Dec. 2020
Charlesbridge Publishing, Dec. 2020
LUNA’S YUM YUM DIM SUM and the books in Charlesbridge Publishing’s Storytelling Math series aims to weave math concepts into stories that make math fun and entertaining for kids. Need more fun math games? Check out Math Bingo!
BUNDLE #1 Add and Subtract- MATH Interactive Bingo! by Teach and Create Today
You can download other fun book-related activities on my website, www.natashayim.com/funstuff.
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Natasha Yim
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