I have been so excited to tell you all my big news.  It’s practically killed me.  But today I can!  Katie Davis, children’s author and host of the wildly popular Brain Burps About Books podcast, has invited me to be a monthly contributor on the show.  Yay!

You may recall that I was Katie’s first guest of 2012 (Episode 78) where I spoke about my anti-resolution revolution and the launch of the 12 x 12 in 2012 challenge.  Based on the response to that show and a bug placed in her ear from the epically (Yes I DID just make up my own adverb!) awesome Julie Falatko, Katie invited me to do a monthly segment focusing on gratitude and its importance in the life and work of a writer.

So today, you not only get an amazing interview with Carol Rasco, the CEO of Reading is Fundamental (RIF) and a Take 5 Marketing Tip from Diane de las Casas, you get ME with my the big debut of my new series.  You HAVE to listen to it, if for no other reason than to hear the KILLER opening Katie developed for it (also inspired by Ms. Falatko).

In seriousness, however, I hope you listen because the subject of gratitude is one that is so close to my heart, and one that I feel honored to be able to share with you.  In this first segment, I reveal my very personal story of how I came into my own gratitude practice and how it’s changed my life – literally. Over the course of the series, I will provide ideas and tactics to help you develop your own gratitude practice in the hopes that it will change your life too – AND make you a better writer in the process.

Here’s the link to the podcast: http://traffic.libsyn.com/brainburps/84_RIF.mp3.  You can listen to it on your computer just by clicking the link, or you can do the same by clicking the link from your smart phone or tablet and listen to it from there. Or you can listen from the link on Katie’s blog here: http://katiedavis.com/rif/.

Or you can do as I did and buy the app from the iTunes store for $1.99 and have all the episodes in one place.  People, it’s a bargain.  Katie is an exceptionally talented, multi-published author/illustrator, a whizz-bang marketing guru and a pioneer in using all forms of media in the children’s book arena.  She recently published an e-book entitled, How to Promote Your Children’s Book and is on faculty at the Highlights Foundation for an upcoming workshop called Making the Web Work for You.

Are you a reader of this blog and STILL not familiar with the podcast? Well, Brain Burps About Books is all about children’s literature and has held the #1 in the iTunes store in Children’s Publishing since it began almost two years ago.  If it has to do with the children’s book business – whether it’s craft, creating a platform, developing eBooks and apps, or supporting a small business as a writer, it’s fair game. Interview subjects include authors, illustrators, librarians, editors, app creators… anyone in the field covering anything under the umbrella of children’s books. Regular features include a “Take 5 Marketing Tips” by Dianne de Las Casas and picture book and middle grade reviews by contributors Betsy Bird of SLJ’s Fuse #8 Production, “Mommy” blogger Julie Falatko, Travis Jonker of 100 Scope Notes, and YA reviews by Bookalicious Pam and now, a series on Gratitude for Writers by ME! 🙂

If you have any ideas or questions you’d like me to cover in upcoming segments in the gratitude series, please let me know in the comments or contact me offline.  

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  1. No, YOU’RE epically awesome! Hee. Seriously, you are such a natural fit for this show, and I’m so excited about the focus it’s taking (gratitude).

    Mwa ha ha ha! Yet another step toward the Julies taking over the world!

  2. Wow, that is great! I love her book and podcasts. I look forward to hearing your addition to the show!

  3. I’m grateful you are doing this. Now, I’m getting the iTunes app for this. I’m very random about listing to this, but now … I’m going to do it with intent. Congratulations. Very excited to hear you as a regular on the show.

  4. Thanks to The Julies, the show is epically awesome! Thanks, goils!

  5. This is great news! Congratulations! I look forward to hearing your segment each month.

  6. Yay Julie! Can’t wait to listen! Congratulations!

  7. Congratulations! Your gratitude posts are lovely, they are something I enjoy reading every week. It is so important to see and appreciate all of the little moments that make up our lives! One more reason to tune in!

  8. Kudos! I just shared the good news on Twitter.

  9. Congratulations, Julie! Looking forward to hearing all you’ve got to say 🙂

  10. Julie,

    That’s GREAT news! Yet another reason to listen to Katie Davis’ awesome podcast.

    Can’t wait to hear your wise words.

    All best,

  11. Yay! I love the app, love the podcasts, love Katie, love her books, love you, and LOVE gratitude. Yup. I’m pretty sure I love this idea.

  12. Congratulations Julie! What a great opportunity.

  13. Enjoy your new gig! 😀

  14. Congratulations, Julie! I’ve been meaning to download the app – this is obviously the moment! I’m looking forward to turning the tables on Katie and interviewing her myself next month for our Children’s Book Hub!

  15. Hot-DIGGITY-Dog!!! Two treasures for the price of one! It’ll be great hearing from you regularly on Katie’s podcast. Love the download, and all the greats that Katie brings in, learning the kid-lit community, listening to leaders in the adventure. Thanks (speaking of gratitude) for your willingness to share.

  16. Yay Julie–what fabulous news! I am so excited for you! Can’t wait to hear what you have to say (Katie, too, of course). 😉

  17. Wow – congratulations! That’s amazing news! I’ll be listening! 🙂

  18. Congratulations Julie! What a great opportunity. This couldn’t happen to a better person/writer. Your Gratitude series is wonderful.

    Some day I’d like to talk to you about a project I’ve had in the back of my head for a long time for writing a series of books for children. But I don’t know what I’m doing. LOL! I’d like your thoughts.

    Have a great day! 🙂

  19. Yay Julie! Congrats 🙂

  20. WOO HOO!!! Congratulations, Julie! You sound like a perfect fit. I’ve never experienced the program, but I’m a lover of podcasts. I’ll be sure to check your features out. 🙂

  21. BIG congrats, Julie! And you get to share the gratitude–awesome!

  22. Fantastic news Julie. I was thrilled to hear about it and as I now have it on my favourites I can tune in anytime.

  23. Hi Julie, Congratulations on being a monthly contributor to Brain Burps About Books podcast!! I will check it out, and THANKS again for visiting my blog and your comment about the english muffins… 🙂

  24. Congratulations! Awesome! So exciting 🙂

  25. Kudos, Julie!!! And richly deserved 🙂
    I learn something (many somethings, actually) each time I read your posts…I will check out the podcast and follow it…sounds like info that is quite valuable.

  26. Congratulations, Julie! I hope you let us know when you’re on 🙂

    I’ve got a touch of sometimers, as my cousin calls it 😉 lol!!


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