marketing children's books

Anola PickettAnola Pickett makes history intriguing for kids of all ages. She's repeated the 2011 success of her juvenile historical novel Wasatch Summer, set in Utah in 1889, with a great page-turner, Whisper Island, set in 1913 in North Carolina's Outer Banks. Cedar Fort, Inc., published both books and will release a new, World War I era novel by Anola later this year.

Abandoned by her mother, Whisper Island's protagonist Primmy longs to someday join the U.S. Life-Saving Service like her dad and older brother, but until 1919 this precursor to the U.S. Coast Guard accepted only men. 

With an exquisite eye for detail and a deep understanding of human nature, Anola uses all the skills and knowledge she developed as an urban language arts teacher and avid world traveler to pump life into days gone by. Adults, too, enjoy reading her books! Tune in to The Studio with Cheryl this week to learn Anola's techniques for making her travels pay off.

Marketing Consultant Susan Salzman Raab will reveal "New Rules of Media Engagement" on Saturday, June 1st at the Coralville, Iowa Public Library during a conference sponsored by the Iowa chapter of The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for its Published and Listed (PAL) members. During this "Wave of Inspiration," two Iowa children's authors will also speak. Jacqueline Briggs Martin will discuss research techniques and Gary Metivier will provide time management strategies.