Kids book blogs are ubiquitous online, it seems, especially to those of us who work in kids books.
But is there really anyone else out there reading ‘em?
This is the question posed to me in the past few weeks by a well-published kids book author. This author wasn’t trying to be sarcastic, but was inquiring seriously about the odds of a blog (that requires hours of work on top of the writing of the actual kids books) gaining any sort of following outside of kids book publishing circles.
I can’t guarantee anything. And I won’t. But I wanted to start a dialogue on this blog about what works on a kids book blog. I asked the questions of some of my Facebook friends a few weeks ago. Their answers were varied, but mostly this:
“Yes, I visit author’s sites all the time—if I feel a connection to the author that goes beyond their book. But I only visit after buying/reading the book, once I’m toying with fanhood.”
So, how does a kids book author create that connection?
I’m really asking. How do you think a kids book author (and if you are one yourself, how do you) create connection and encourage “fanhood”?
I’ve got a couple of ideas and I’m going to bring in a few authors this week to discuss this very subject, so stay tuned. But your comments will propel the conversation, so jump right in!