You guys have heard a lot about Katie Davis on this blog lately, however, it’s all been in the context of ME being featured in HER space.  Today I am so pleased to turn the tables and announce Katie as our featured 12 x 12 in 2012 author for March.  Katie has been very busy this month spreading the word about her new eBook, How to Promote Your Children’s Books: Tips, Tricks and Secrets to Creating a Bestseller (see a list of all the stops Katie’s made on her blog tour at the end of this post).  Readers, I have read this book, and I must tell you this is MANDATORY reading for anyone who is serious about publishing and promoting their books.  Every question you could possibly ask about marketing and promotion is covered in this book.  What’s even better is that it’s written in Katie’s trademark voice, which means it is actually fun to read. AND, Katie is giving one lucky 12 x 12 participant a free copy of this book.

If you are a regular blog reader, you know I am now a monthly contributor to Katie’s Brain Burps About Books Podcast.  I’ve also been a subscriber of the podcast for well over a year. I’m continually amazed by the amount of information imparted in the shows.  Every time I have a question about something related to kidlit, I ask myself if maybe Katie’s done a show on the topic.  Recent examples of questions I had were on author websites, school visits, eBooks, writing retreats.  Podcasts addressing those issues?  Check, check, check and check.  Katie provides this great service for FREE.  I am so passionate about the value of these podcasts, (and NOT just because I am in some of them – I swear) that I want more people to take advantage of them.

Yes, you can listen to the podcasts directly for free.  However, I find that it is much easier to have the Brain Burps iPhone app.  All of the episodes are there and searchable.  You can stop and go back and listen where you left off.  You can “favorite” certain episodes.  But the best feature is that you have them with you wherever you go.  Standing in a long line?  Just pop onto the app and listen while you wait.  In fact, I love the app so much, that in addition to Katie’s giveaway, this month I will draw two additional winners who will receive the app from me as a gift!

Now you’re probably wondering when the heck Katie is going to show up in this post, and that is right now.  Lest you think her book, podcasts, etc. aren’t applicable to you if you are pre-published, I asked Katie a few specific questions on how the advice and tips in her books are appropriate for ALL writers – not just published ones.  Take it away Katie!

Many of this blog’s followers are pre-published authors.  Which chapters or parts of your book do you think are most critical for them to read and why?

I think Chapters 1-30 would be best. Oh, wait. There are 30 chapters in the book…

I really can’t choose just some sections because it’s one of those more-than-the-sum-of-its-parts kind of thing. All the chapters together teach a way to approach this business. Picking out one thing would be like pulling out one domino; they’re all interconnected.

Why do you think it is important, even for pre-published authors, to develop an online presence?

 I’ve heard of publishers looking online to see what kind of presence prospective authors have. I can’t believe if someone isn’t online it would jeopardize getting a contract if the story is publish-worthy, but imagine if you have an odd subject or niche book. An editor sees you have a following and knows that you’ll be proactive in the marketing support of that book. These days we all need an online presence and if you already have one firmly established, you’re that much more ahead of the game. But nothing will help a badly written book, so the thing you need to concentrate on most is writing well, learning your craft and making sure that you’re creating your best possible work.

The 12x team has been debating on the Facebook page whether or not they should use their names in their blogs or whether they should set up websites if they don’t yet have a book to promote.  What’s your advice?

I vote for using your name in your blog site. Your blog should be contained within your site so visitors don’t have to go to two different places to find you. Your name is what people will search for and you want it to come up on the first page of the search, right? Also buy your title.com the minute you know it – or just buy it if you have a potential title.

I am so happy I bought katiedavis.com when I did back in the late 90’s because do you have any idea how many Katie Davises there are out there? And at least two are authors, and another Katie Davies is a children’s author and published by S&S like me! So go buy yourname.com NOW.

I’ll wait here.

Okay, now that you’ve done that, let’s continue this interview.

 Actually, I have to interject here and agree wholeheartedly with Katie. I bought juliehedlund.com three years ago and I am just now starting to build my author site from that domain.  How happy am I that I own it now that I am ready?  Seriously.  It costs, like, $12 a year for a domain.  Go Daddy (which Katie mentions in her book) is the registry I use for all my domains.

What are the biggest mistakes newbies make with promotion activities?

  1. Forgetting that the more you give, the more you get. Remember to do things for other people first, and it’ll all come back to you, as sappy as that sounds. The minute, and I do mean almost to the actual minute I started looking outward and promoting other people, I could tell my career shifted.
  2. Being scared that you’re not doing enough and/or that you’re doing the wrong thing and then freaking out because of that. Do what you’re comfortable with. If you don’t like blogging, don’t do it. Pick something you can handle and most of all, enjoy.
  3. 3.   Forgetting it’s about connecting with people, not marketing.

What is your own biggest marketing/promotion blooper?

Where to begin?! I got a bunch of ‘em! I spent money on stupid marketing efforts that didn’t work, or I’ve spent a ton of time on a complicated idea that fell flat. During this blog tour for How to Promote Your Children’s Book: Tips, Tricks, and Secrets to Create a Bestseller one of the stops was all about my mistakes, called Banana Peelin’. The more you try, the more you fail, but the more chance you’ll have at succeeding.

What is your biggest marketing/promotion success?

 Being generous.

 If you were in a reality T.V. show about the “real” life of a children’s book author, what part of it would viewers find the most surprising?

Very weird you’re asking me this, since last week I was asked to be part of a pilot for a new “Housewives” type show! (I said no.) However, since you put “real” in quotation marks, I will take that as not real so I suppose you’d be most surprised at all the butlers I employ. They carry me from my front door to my studio so all my shoes remain spotless. This is also the technique I use to wear high heels so my feet never hurt. Plus I have an app that writes all my books.

Children’s author/illustrator Katie Davis has published nine books and appears monthly on the ABC affiliate show, Good Morning Connecticut, recommending great books for kids. She produces Brain Burps About Books, a podcast about kidlit, a blog and monthly newsletter. Katie has volunteered in a maximum-security prison teaching Writing for Children and over the last dozen years has presented at schools and writing conferences. She’s a 2010 Cybils judge and has also judged the Golden Kite, smartwriters.com, and Frontiers in Writing awards. Recently Katie was selected to be on the Honorary Advisory Board for the Brooke Jackman Foundation, a literacy-based charity.

Participants – to enter to win Katie’s Book and the Brain Burps app, you must be an official challenger and leave a comment on this post (INCLUDING YOUR FIRST AND LAST NAME) any time during the month of March for one point.  On March 31st, l’ll put a check-in post on the blog.  If you completed a picture book draft in March, you can let us know in the comments of that post for another point.  I will draw a winner using Random.org and announce on April 2nd.

Check out the rest of Katie’s blog tour stops!

Feb 1 – E is for Book – www.eisforbook.com

Feb 2 – Banana Peel Thursday – http://bananapeelin.blogspot.com

Feb 3 – Creative Spaces – http://chrischengauthor.blogspot.com

Feb 6 – DearEditor.com – www.DearEditor.com

Feb 7 – Writing With a Broken Tusk – http://umakrishnaswami.blogspot.com

Feb 8 – Shutta Crum – http://shutta.com

Feb 9 – McBookWords – mcbookwords.blogspot.com

Feb 10 – Kerem Erkan- keremerkan.net

Feb 16 – Elizabeth O. Dulemba- http://www.dulemba.com/

Feb 17 – Fiction Notes – http://www.darcypattison.com/

March 1 – 12×12 in 2012 – http://writeupmylife.com

March 2 – Christine Fonseca, Author – ChristineFonseca.blogspot.com

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  1. One of the things I appreciate most about Katie is that she makes me laugh at the same time she brings me priceless information. :-). Great way to kick off March, Julie.

  2. Fabulous! What an inspiration you are Katie. I so need to buy my domain name which will have to have my middle initial in now due to so many famous Catherine Johnsons. Oops! I’m definitely getting your book and I love your podcasts, I just wish I had more time to listen to them. Thanks Julie and Katie.

    • I’ve had to use my maiden name initial on both Twitter and my Facebook author page. Kind of a bummer but at least I do have the URL.

  3. Thanks for the interview Julie and Katie! I’ve enjoyed your Brain Burps and would love to read your book! You have some great tips, even on this blog!

  4. thegracefuldoe

    Thanks for the great advice, Katie. Marketing is not an area I feel confident in, so your advice is greatly appreciated.
    Jo Hart

  5. Fun interview! I love that Katie is always Katie and doesn’t take herself too seriously, even when imparting valuable info. I was speaking with someone recently who said he follows a “rule of 9” for social media; that is, for every self-promotional tweet or FB update, he does 9 promos for other people. I think that’s a good ratio and one I’m trying to follow as well. As Katie says, generosity is key, but I might add that you also need to be sincere about it. Promote only what you love. 🙂

  6. Interesting reading. I’m doing the rounds of promoting my PB at the moment. I love reading to the children at shop signings, but the ‘selling’ aspect doesn’t sit well with me. I need to find other ways, so this book should be just the thing!

  7. Great interview! I love hearing from Katie because she always says important, worth-hearing things and makes me laugh at the same time 🙂 I already own Katie’s book, and I don’t have an iPhone, so you don’t need to enter me in the drawing, I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the interview. Thanks, ladies! 🙂

  8. Thank you, thank you Katie! Wonderful advice. I have my domain name and I am preparing to build my site. Thanks for giving me the giggles. Hope I win! Ha ha haaaa. Robyn Campbell here. 🙂 (Aren’t we supposed to leave our names or did I dream that?)

  9. Jennifer DuBose

    What a fun concept, a reality show featuring a kid-lit-er! Oh well, you’re too busy with your craft. 🙂 I definitely need to read your book, as ‘selling myself has always felt uncomfortable for me. I will say, too, that while I have precious little time to read blogs, etc. (I find I don’t have enough time to devote to my PB’s, as it is), because of the ‘falling down the rabbit-hole and getting lost for hours’ effect, I will subscribe to yours. I’m confident I’ll learn a thing or two. For example, like it or not, I’d better buy jenniferdubose.com (wonder if it’s sold already, lol?)
    Many thanks, Jennifer DuBose

  10. Lots of good info in this post to get folks going. The step-by-step approach takes away some of the intimidating parts of the scary world of marketing. Ages ago, when I was a reporter, editorial and advertising never talked to each other or even saw each other. It’s a shift to think about stepping over that once-forbidden line–but it’s an essential step.
    Lisa Rogers

    • You raise a good point about the walls between writers and advertisers in the past. I think it is very safe to say that paradigm has not only shifted, but has been knocked down.

  11. Beth Gallagher

    Love Katie Davis! 🙂 Thanks for the advice and for such a great book. I can’t wait to read it. Positive thinking for when I AM published! (Very very soon. Positive thinking, right?) Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

    ~Beth Gallagher

  12. I love her book and podcasts. I already own it so don’t enter me in the contest but I think the amount of information crammed into Katie’s book is amazing!

  13. I love what you have to say about being generous, Katie. Before there were blogs and Facebook, even before many authors had websites, David Harrison and I created Missouri Writes for Kids (http://mowrites4kids.drury.edu) and partnered with Drury University, the Springfield, MO, library, and the Springfield public TV station to do visits and TV spots promoting Missouri authors. Why? Because we’re not comfortable tooting our own horns and because we truly respect and enjoy our colleagues and their work. MO Writes for Kids quickly grew into America Writes for Kids and then added USA Plays for Kids. Forget “Greed is good.” “Generosity is excellent!”

  14. Thanks, Katie, for sharing. Your generosity embodies exactly the spirit you urge us to embrace. I like that it’s “about connecting with people” not “marketing”. That puts everything into perspective.

  15. The more I hear from Katie, the more I think I need to go ahead and buy my domain name. Sometimes, as a new children’s writer, it’s hard to spend money before you are making money. I hope that American Girl Doll doesn’t have my domain name. Kirsten Larson

  16. How have I missed this book. I’m off to order it now. And the podcasts!! I can’t wait to listen.
    Thanks, Julie and Katie!
    Jean

  17. I am planning to get an iPhone this month and can’t wait to download the app as my first official app purchase! Thanks, Katie, for your generosity in sharing your knowledge! -Jan O’Neil

  18. This is really great information! As a pre-published gal, I hadn’t even considered being online, but it sounds like something I definitely need to think about. Thanks Katie!

  19. Second attempt – more brief and to the point. Thank you ladies – for all you do and share!

    Melissa Mead

  20. So glad to “meet” Katie! I’m a new fan of her podcasts! What a blessing you are, Katie….. THANK YOU for sharing all that you do!

  21. Thank you again and again, Julie, for providing such an awesome guest for 12 x 12’ers.
    Even if I wasn’t intending to visit Katie’s sites (and all the sites on her blog tour…which I am as soon as I get back from my Thursday morning school program), I have already taken away so much valuable information from this interview…top on my list is to grab viviankirkfield.com from godaddy (already my author website host).
    Katie…you are so generous with your knowledge and expertise…words can’t express how appreciative I am…so I guess the best thanks will be to follow your advice…and read your book! 🙂

  22. I’m so eager to get my domain name, I almost forgot to post a comment first. 😉 I’ve been thinking of getting my website done, and this is the perfectly-timed nudge I needed. Thanks Katie & Julie!

  23. I love Katie. I have been a groupie for the entire blog tour. I won the book at one of the blog stops on the tour, so count me out of that part of the drawing. I do listen to her podcasts via an app I already had for listening to podcasts, but would love to be in the drawing for her app. It sounds very handy. Her podcasts are incredible and a regular companion on my walks and in my car. I feel like we are friends. I just laugh right along with her and imagine her dog Mango right there with her as she imparts valuable information.

  24. I love the advice to be generous and that the point of social media is to connect with people. I’ve made a lot of 12×12 friends just from visiting blogs and the FB page. Thanks, Julie, for your many efforts to build this wonderful community. (BTW, a few years ago, I tried to get sylvialiu.com, but it was already too late; there’s a Hong Kong filmmaker with my name using that site!)

  25. Thanks for the great advice, Katie! I’m not normally a pod-cast kind of gal, but you just might convert me.

  26. I think I read that Katie is leading a workshop for the Highlight’s Foundation…

    • She is! Next week as a matter of fact. On How to Make the Web Work for You. Join #kidlitprchat next Wednesday at 6 p.m. EST. I think all of the leaders of that workshop are going to participate.

  27. Thanks Julie for hosting Katie. Enjoyed the interview a lot. I definitely am going to order the book. Great point about giving or being generous — it comes back to you. Great interview!

  28. Love how your voices and personalities come out in all you do, Julie and Katie. What a team! Can’t wait to look through the book, Katie. I’ve enjoyed your site. And Julie, this nudge to create a new manuscript each month has been great—I’m committed! And hopefully it will become such a habit that we’ll all keep going.

  29. Her book is next on my reading list… can’t wait to read it… especially after such a positive review here!

  30. Being a part of the 12×12 group has been so valuable in so many ways, but one BIG way was introducing me to Katie’s podcasts. I love them, and I love the app.

    ….and I love the tip from this interview. I have resisted buying my domain name. Now I will stop resisting, even though I’m worried that people who COULD find me from a blurb, bookmark, business card, or signature in the past, might lose me in the switch. Should I be worried?

    Genevieve Petrillo

    • Genevieve,

      You should be worried because you can just point your former domain to your new one (that’s what I’ll be doing). No broken links, no lost followers.

  31. You know, the more I listen to/ read from Katie, the more I LOVE her!! Gah, what a treat to have her this month. I still haven’t gotten my hands on her book, so this could be a wonderful chance.

    Thanks, Julie! Wonderful advice!!!

    Bethany Telles

  32. Thank you so much Julie and Katie! What a fantastic interview. I am going to go and buy my domain name now! I look forward to posting an interview with Katie on my blog on April 9!

    Sandi Hershenson

  33. Thank You for your generous information! You definately gave us something to think about and a call to action for many of us!

    Louise Nottingham

  34. What a great interview, Julie! I love that you can hear Katie smiling every time she speaks…it’s so refreshing and wonderful and she’s been so supportive of us pre-pubbies.

    I’m ready for you, March. Bring it.

  35. Great interview! Great ideas and suggestions no matter what you write. I whole heartedly agree that your blog, website, etc. should all be accessible from one easy place. The less folks have to remember, the better.

    I love children’s books. Period.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  36. Thank you for the great interview and ALL the information to go read and see. I am curious about the iphone app too.

    Sheri Cook

  37. Katie — You are an inspiration to all of us in 12 x 12! Thank you so much for everything you do.

    Eric VanRaepenbusch

  38. I got the app last week and I don’t know why I waited so long. I had been using my small gym time to write up story ideas or take notes, but now I can listen to the app and do the same thing. OK. I check Facebook at the gym too. I cannot tell a lie. 🙂 I haven’t got the book yet, but it’s on my TBR list. Thanks Julie for introducing me to Brain Burps and Katie Davis. Stacy S. Jensen

  39. Katie’s podcasts are fun and informative. There’s always a laugh, and sometimes a woof from Mango. Thanks for kicking off March in style for all the 12 X 12 ers!

  40. Thanks Katie and Julie for your entertaining and informative interview. It’s made me think seriously about getting a blog. I live in Australia but I guess the process is the same. Your new book sounds like just what I need.
    Thanks again,

    Tricia Simmons

  41. I am so impressed by both of you. Not only by your successes, but by your philosophies of gratitude and reciprocity in an industry that at times seems like it has a dog-eat- dog mentality. Thanks so much for sharing such valuable information with us. Truly inspired!

  42. I’ve recently started listening to Katie’s podcasts (I have a lot of catching up to do) and really enjoy them. It’s like having some really nice, interesting people here in the studio with me while I work. Thanks, Katie (and her crew–Julie!).

    Dana Carey

  43. Jarm Del Boccio

    Hey, Katie, thanks so much for reminding us to think of others before ourselves. This fleshing out of the “Golden Rule” always brings blessings if we follow it! Looking forward to spending more time on your site, and listening to “Brain Burps”!

  44. Terrific information. I’m taking lots and lots of notes…

    Kim Murray

  45. Thanks for visiting with us, Katie. I didn’t know about your podcasts until Julie brought them to us, now I see all I need to learn! Sadly, I don’t have an iphone, so you’ll have to count me out on the app.

  46. I still need to buy my domain name. I didn’t realize it was just 12 bucks a year! Pretty cool! Now I’m curious to know how that works with a blog (wordpress blogs especially) that I already have up.

    I have to agree with the promoting others comment. It really does come back to you and everyone appreciates a helping hand, especially in this business. Gotta love it!

  47. oh would love to on this book!! thanks guys! I am loving this group.. and all the wonderful people inside 😉

  48. Katie is so enthusiastic, and has so much information to share. Great choice for March! Don’t include me for either the book or the app, I already have both!

    I just want to mention that if anyone is a paid member of the Children’s Book Hub, or is thinking about joining, Katie will be interviewed by Emma Walton Hamilton (in a table-turning kind of way) on the Hub on Tuesday, March 6th. http://www.childrensbookhub.com for those who aren’t familiar with it. (Toddles off to announce that far and wide…)

  49. I have been listening to Katie’s podcast since the summer, and they are absolutely jam packed with information. It is a must listen for any children’s author. I still haven’t downloaded that book, need to take care of that and buying my domain name. Thanks!

    Darshana Khiani

  50. <3 the podcasts.
    I have had my domain name for years now and BOY am I glad I do.
    There is another published author named Tracey Cox… she writes for ADULTS. *eyebrows raised here* Not something you want the kiddies to be reading.
    I also use my middle initial… Tracey M. Cox
    Thanks for the post. GREAT way to kick off March.

    Tracey M. Cox

  51. Thanks for all you do to teach authors, Katie!

  52. It seems this is another ‘must-have’ book, so if I don’t win it I will buy it. 🙂 I’m learning so much, hopefully even more than I think I am.

    Thanks Katie and Julie.

    – Lynn A. Davidson

  53. Romelle Guittap

    What a fun interview! If Julie says Katie’s book is mandatory, I can’t wait to get…or WIN the book or app. Thanks for your post!

  54. Thanks for putting all your hard earned marketing ideas into a book so I don’t have to learn them myself the hard way–simply buy your book and implement the tried and true!

  55. Love this practical tips…thanks Katie!

  56. I need to make room on my already crammed “writer’s” bookcase for another resource book…lol…

    Great tips! Thanks, Katie, for sharing!

  57. Excellent post. It was good to learn about all that Katie does and how being generous truly works.

  58. This info’s so nice, I need to read it twice. Plus, there’s an awful lot of it. 😉

  59. Great interview with Katie. She is so full of wonderful, useful information. Thanks!

  60. Wonderful interview! How to Promote Your Chidren’s Book is a great resource and the podcasts keep me company when I’m painting. Thank you!

  61. Belinda M Jordan

    I agree with all the comments. What a great book Katie – thanks for sharing it with us. 🙂

  62. I really like the being generous part. I know from listening to Katie’s podcasts that she doesn’t just talk about being generous–she is generous. Her podcasts are a wealth of information and lend lots of support to Kidlit.
    Penny Klostermann

  63. As a newbie I am attempting to soak in all of this wonderful information and I can say DITTO to all of the previous comments. A question was posed earlier that I too would like to know where to find the answer. How does it work if you already have a WordPress blog site? Should you buy your .com there or through GoDaddy? Thank you wonderful people for all you share!

    Robin Howard

  64. I’ve heard from others that Katie’s book is one I should have. If I’m not one of the winners of the book,I can see myself buying it. 🙂

  65. I didn’t get a chance to even look here yesterday as I’m getting ready to leave for the Highlights workshop – wow, what lovely comments! To answer the 1 Q I saw here, by Robin: WordPress isn’t a place to buy a URL or domain name. It’s a place to host your domain. In my eBook there is a link to a video called 4 Minute Blog (I think) which explains how to set up your site on WP in 4 minutes!

    Good luck to you all in winning!

  66. Loved this interview and love browsing Katie’s blog and listening to her brain-blurps….so cool and full of info. Hope I am not to late to enter for the giveaway.

  67. Dorina Lazo Gilmore

    Thanks for all this great information and encouragement. Marketing can be a daunting task but I wholeheartedly agree that the more we are generous with others, the more blessing we will feel in return. I would love to explore your book and podcast more!
    ~Dorina Lazo Gilmore

  68. I already have the Brain Burps app, but I’d still love to win the book! Still, I will buy it regardless if I win. I just started listening to the podcasts but I love what I’ve heard so far & I’m excited to listen to the rest. Thank you Katie & Julie!

    Dana Atnip

  69. Julie since 12x began and you first mentioned Katie Davis I have become a true fan of her podcasts. I was downloading them on itunes but last week asked why not just get that app and make it easier on myself- so glad I did!! One of my favorite concepts re. social media that she has introduced me to is ‘reciprocity’. So thanks for the initial intro to KD, It’s been really fun to see how reciprocity just in the last few months has worked out for you! 🙂

    Lisa Thompson

  70. Shai Stephenson

    I love Katie Davis. Thank both of you for being so generous with your time and your information.

  71. How refreshing to hear someone say you can get ahead by being generous! I knew Katie was special – but then so are all of you 12x12ers! I am alternately amazed, overwhelmed and exhilarated by all of your generosity! Thanks, Katie, for these tips. Also-about the domain names—I’m taking ideas for mine because Laura Miller is taken, Laura A. Miller is taken, Laura Anne Miller is taken, Laura Miller Illustrator is taken, Laura….well, you get the idea–I NEED IDEAS –my blog is grandmamiller.wordpress.com (and grandma, altho’ I love the title makes me think old) if you want to send any thoughts. Thanks again.

  72. Just downloaded the app for my iPhone! Looking forward to catching up on past podcasts. Thanks. Tim McCanna (aka timmccanna.com).

  73. Wow. If I ever need an ego boost I’m coming back here! All these lovely comments are overwhelming! Amazing, and I thank you!

  74. Yes. Katie’s podcast is worth gold. I take road trips JUST to listen to it. It’s upbeat, funny, real, and right where writers live and dream. Been listening to her (on my Blackberry) and trying to catch up on older issues from my pre-Brain-Burp years. I have her site listed on my Favorite Things page on my blog.

    Can’t wait to get the book, but guess I can wait and see if i win it!
    Thanks Katie and Julie. I agree, generosity rocks.

  75. I really enjoyed this post. Thank you, Katie. I am now motivated to purchase a domain name. (Of course my name is already taken, so I need to decide what domain name to choose.) As many people have already mentioned, I also really liked the reminder to be generous.

    Erin Pearson

  76. I can’t believe its almost halfway through March and I am just reading this. Oy! A little behind this month. But thank you, Katie, for all you do to guide us “newbies”. Brain Burps is a fun tool for all of us! I love it!
    Now…what to write for this month. Off I go…

  77. GREAT POST! Better late than never, eh?

  78. Sorry I haven’t responded in a couple of weeks – been ca-RAZY around here:
    son: ski accident (yes, surgery nec)
    daughter: 103 temp for way too long
    DH: bad back and biz trip
    toilet: overflowed (no details nec, trust me)

    But I’m here now, so let me answer Erin! How about ErinPearsonBooks.com? Or ErinPearsonAuthor (or writer, or creates, or whatever)?

    Thanks, everyone, for the lovely, kind words. I wish you could all win!

  79. Your book is at the top of my reading list.

  80. Great interview Katie and Julie. Katie I love your podcasts, been listening since the summer. Can’t wait to read the book, on my todo list. Thanks for the tip about buying your author domain name.

    Darshana Khiani

  81. I was on the fence about purchasing my domain name, but I am now the proud owner of irenekistler.com

    Not much there yet, but it’s a start.

    IRENE KISTLER, 12×12 participant

    Thanks!
    🙂 Irene

  82. What a fantastic interview, Katie and Julie!

    I love all the promotion advice–it looks like it’s one of the hardest parts of being an author. You need to get your name out there without seeming too pushy. It’s wonderful that one of the things that worked best for you was being generous to others.

    I already have the Brain Burps app for my iPad and love it!

  83. What a fantastic book…exactly what I need!! I have been working on my online presence for 4yrs now…and the hard work is starting to pay off….thank you for this post – It is a timely reminder of what I still need to do!
    Cheers Nicky Johnston

  84. Thanks for the inspiring interview. I am still plugging away at goals and posts… vs. far future of writing a book but always find that Katie Davis’s tips, book promotions, and ideas shared in the podcasts are useful in other portions of life…

  85. Kelly McDonald

    loved this.

  86. Beth Gallagher

    As usual, great info! Thanks, Katie!

  87. Great interview! Katie is awesome! I attended one of her and Deborah Halverson’s webcast classes.

    I think Katie is doing a workshop for the Highlight’s foundation this summer. 🙂

  88. Holy smokes! I was busy in March as I totally missed this post! Great interview with Katie! I love the podcast. Great advice. Happy April!

  89. Do I admit that this would be my first ebook?

    Heather Cyr

  90. Love that the best marketing tool is being generous! You do get what you give. Thanks for another great installment in the 12×12 series
    Cindy McCown

  91. pursuingthemuse

    I’m so happy to read your comment about connecting with people vs. marketing. I’ve found this to be true in my “other” life as well! Peggy J. Sheridan

  92. There are lots of great ideas in this post! I don’t know a lot about “marketing” I just learned about it in school (we had to make a business up). This helps explain a lot. I actually also completed a picture book this month!
    Erik Weibel

  93. Thanks for the advice, Katie!

  94. Katie, I’m a big fan. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your wisdom and a great attitude. I’m so eager to listen to more of your podcasts. I’m going to cross my fingers and toes to win your book, but if I don’t, I (like many of my writing friends here) will be buying it too. Thanks again!
    Beth Thaler

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