Thursday, September 17, 2009

It isn't about shouting

"To me, the best self-promotion isn't shouting about your book; it's just being a helpful human being online."

After author Kate Messner tweeted those wise words in a Kidlit Twitterchat last week, I thought they would be all over the internet and turned into bumper stickers. 'Cause she nailed it.

But if you still need a visual on that, and you'd like to see firsthand what "helpful human beings online" look like, consider registering for the 2009 Kidlitosphere Conference, here in D.C. on October 17th. You'll meet over forty such wonderful souls.

Here's the email from Head HHBO herself, Pam (Mother Reader):

For authors, illustrators, editors, and publishers in the area of children's and Young Adult literature, the October 17th Kidlitosphere Conference in Arlington, VA offers an incredible opportunity to learn more about online reviewers, blog book tours, blog writing, and social media. Participants will also talk to forty book reviewing bloggers one-on-one about their books in a Meet the Author session. The dinner gives everyone has a chance to socialize, talk, network, and collaborate. And all for a low $100 registration fee that includes breakfast and dinner.

Featured sessions for authors/illustrators include:

* It's Not All About Your Book: Writing Ideas for Author Blogs
* Social Networking for Fun (and Profit?).
* Building a Better Online Presence

And several more sessions in the 8:00-5:00 p.m day. Attending authors will have the opportunity to set up a table and show their books to bloggers. This is a great opportunity to connect with the blogging community and promote fall titles.

For more information and to register visit

or e-mail:

Pam W. Coughlan


  1. That really is a great quote from Kate. She's a smart cookie. :)

    I would SOOO love to go to the kidlit conf, but alas, I live far away and have no money....

  2. Every time I see notes on this conference, I want to go (especially with you and Cheryl presenting together - wowza!) but it's the same week as the NYS English Conference. One of these years, I'll make it, though...

    Have a great time!

  3. Oh, Kate---Cheryl won't be at this one. We're doing Austin SCBWI in January together, though. Can you make that one?


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