Katie Davis is an author and illustrator of over a dozen traditionally published books for children, she teach writers about writing, tech, and marketing, created digital courses and products for writers. She also hosts the Brain Burps About Books Podcast.
INTERVIEW WITH NANCY COFFELT Author/illustrator Nancy Coffelt began her career as a fine artist, but when she found that the titles of her whimsical works were getting longer and longer AND longer, she dove into picture books. Her first book, Goodnight Sigmund was published by Harcourt in 1992. Since then Nancy has produced a steady stream of published works including the picture books Dogs in Space, Big, Bigger, Biggest, Fred Stays with Me!, Catch That Baby! and Aunt Ant Leaves through the Leaves. In addition to working with educational, small houses and foreign publishers, Nancy has worked with several big houses including Houghton Mifflin, Scholastic, Chronicle, Little Brown, Holiday House, Henry Holt, Simon & Schuster, and Highlights. Nancy Coffelt has taught writing to fellow word nerds ages 6 to adult since 1992. Her teaching style has been described as “thoughtful,” “motivating,” and “inspiring.” In our conversation about humor, we talk about:    If different genres are easier to write funny  How to create surprise for humor Monty Python  How to bring heart into humor  If you can you write funny when you’re not funny?  The unexpected in humor     Check out our amazing new self-led course, Revision Power at writingforchildren.com/revisionpower
PACING 101 You hear the word all the time from teachers, critiquers, and editors. “Nice brisk pace.” “Kind of slow, pick up the pace”. “I like it, but the pace is a bit slow in the middle.” So what the heck is pace and how do we make that slow middle faster or create that brisk pace in the first place? Today, I share a fantastic article on pacing from my old friend Mary Rosenblum. Check out our amazing new self-led course, Revision Power at writingforchildren.com/revisionpower
VOICE You may feel like you are struggling to find it. The first step in succeeding is realizing that it isn’t as far away as you might think. “Relax. Know that you already have a distinctive voice,” says author Kristi Holl. “Your voice is the product of your personality and your life experiences, both good and not so good.” The trick is to set this voice free in your writing and consistently sound like yourself—not your favorite author, critique buddy, or high school English teacher. Let's dig in on voice in today's episode based on an article from Sue Bradford Edwards. Check out our amazing new self-led course, Revision Power at writingforchildren.com/revisionpower
GETTING DOWN AND DIRTY WITH PLOT Today we’re continuing our conversation around plot. Our IFW blogger Jamie K. Schmidt contributed to a great article on plotting. Every good story, whether picture book, middle grade, YA, or adult, needs an excellent plot to get your manuscript past the slush pile. If you’re starting a new book, it’s helpful to have a plot outline in front of you when you’re stuck as to what to write next. When you’re revising, it can be helpful to pull out a plot outline to make sure your manuscript is hitting all the right beats. Check out our amazing new self-led course, Revision Power at writingforchildren.com/revisionpower
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Location
NY, USA
Episode Count
318
Podcast Count
4
Total Airtime
5 days, 21 hours