This is the fourth annual Random Acts of Publicity week, founded by Darcy Pattison as a way to promote favorite books or favorite authors.

Today I’m going to talk about an author who has taken me under her wing and mentored me beyond my wildest imagination – Katie Davis.

If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you already know how much Katie does in service of authors, illustrators, librarians and teachers in her FREE podcast – Brain Burps About Books. With more than 100 episodes, Katie is the best in the industry at “spreading the gospel” of kidlit. Now she’s even making ebooks out of the transcriptions from the podcast for visual learners like myself.

You also probably know that Katie is a social media and marketing maven. She shares her vast knowledge in her ebook – How to Promote Your Children’s Book (soon to be published in audio book form) – the definitive source on book marketing. She also has video tutorials about using social media and making a Picture Book Dummy.

Why, you may ask, does a master of marketing like Katie need publicity? Two reasons:

  1. With as much as she does to assist and promote other authors, I think she deserves to put the megaphone down for a moment and let someone else pick it up on her behalf.
  2. In the midst of sharing all of her marketing, promotion and other expertise, I think people sometimes forget she is an author/illustrator. Therefore, she’s written books. GREAT books!

In March, I featured LITTLE CHICKEN’S BIG DAY for Perfect Picture Book Friday. Even though my kids are older, we all love the sweet simplicity and cuteness of this book.

Also, what could be a better book for the beginning of the school year than KINDERGARTEN ROCKS? For the preschool set you could pick up the perennially popular WHO HOPS? or WHO HOOTS? If you need activities to go along with them, Eric VanRaepenbusch over at the Happy Birthday Author blog played a very fun hopping game with his kiddos.

Did you know that Katie wrote a middle grade novel called THE CURSE OF ADDY McMAHON? Did you also know it’s on sale at Amazon right now? Go grab it!

Back to marketing and promotion for just a minute, because Katie is running a great deal right now on the soon-to-be published audio book version of How to Promote Your Children’s Book. If you preorder, you not only get a great discount on the audio book, but you’re entered into a weekly drawing to win Katie’s Golden Ticket plus bonus prizes!!

Do you own any of Katie’s books or products? Feel free to sing their praises in the comments, as that’s what RAP is all about!

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This is the third annual Random Acts of Publicity week, founded by Darcy Pattison as a way to promote favorite books or favorite authors.  I’m focusing on three Colorado picture book writers, all of whom have reached out a hand to help me in my own budding career (and their books are great!).  In fact, I am so convinced that you will love the books too, I am giving away all three as a prize package.  To enter, you must:

  • Be a follower of this blog – if you are a new follower, let me know how you follow (email, Google Reader, Networked Blogs, etc.)
  • Leave a comment on this post by midnight ET on Friday, September 9th.  To keep the promotion love going, in your comment, please leave the title of at least one picture book published within the last five years that you love. = 1 point
  • Tweet about the contest = 1 point
  • Like this post on Facebook = 1 point
  • Blog about the contest = 2 points

In your comment, let me know how many points you have.  I’ll announce the winner on Saturday, September 10th. Now, onto the books!

TOO MANY PUMPKINS, by Linda Arms White.  This book is a modern classic and, along with the equally delightful TOO MANY TURKEYS (2010), is perfect for this time of year as we approach Halloween and Thanksgiving.  Find out how the heroine and hero, respectfully, turn their bumper crops into something fabulous.  Linda gives generously of her time to the Rocky Mountain SCBWI chapter.  She worked with me for six months through the mentorship program, and my WIPs improved immeasurably.  I am a much better writer as a result of working with Linda.  For others interested in working with her, she is a co-owner of the Children’s Author’s Boot Camp, and also offers manuscript critiques.

STELLA UNLEASHED, by Linda Ashman.  Linda is a master of writing picture books in rhyme, particularly those for older children (4-8).  I should know because I took her “Crimes of Rhyme” workshop, so I commit fewer of them now.  We own many of her books, and this one is our current favorite. (Although her latest – NO DOGS ALLOWED – is on its way to us as I write this, and we eagerly await it).  Who can resist a story told in a set of poems about a dog who chooses first her family, then her name, and then creates all kinds of entertainment and chaos for her family – as all dogs do.  Other favorites of ours are COME TO THE CASTLE, WORLDWIDE MONSTER GUIDE, and M is for MISCHIEF.  I worked with Linda at the Big Sur in the Rockies workshop, so I can also vouch for her manuscript critiques.  They can be invaluable, especially if you write in rhyme.

TOO PICKLEY, by Jean Reidy.  This book is a must for anyone with toddlers who are picky eaters (and what toddlers aren’t?).  My son used to say things like, “This bread is too crusty,” so I knew this book was for him.  I met Jean at the RMC-SCBWI conference last year, and she has graciously agreed to come on the blog later this fall for the How I Got My Agent Series.  If you have a fussy dresser (which I also do), check out TOO PURPLEY.  Jean does writing workshops and talks, and is also part of the Skype an Author network.

Comment (see rules above) to win a prize pack with a brand new copy of TOO MANY PUMPKINS, STELLA UNLEASHED, and TOO PICKLEY

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