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Maybe you’ve been wanting to write a non-fiction book that’s meant to inspire the younger audience, but you’re struggling to find that spark. You feel like you’ve lost that childlike wonder inside of you. Well, you’re never too young or too old to live your dreams. You just have to figure out ways to bring back and nurture that sense of wonder and creativity waiting to be unearthed.
In today’s episode, Carmen Oliver talks about her book-writing journey in her goal to make a difference in the world – one kid, one reader at a time. Learn how she stays young at heart, how to shape a book so you can connect on a multitude of levels, how she stays plugged into that little girl inside of her, and how her grandkids help with that as well.
Carmen Oliver is the author of many award-winning picture books for children including A Voice for the Spirit Bears: How One Boy Inspired Millions to Save a Rare Animal, a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard, Building an Orchestra of Hope: How Favio Chavez Taught Children to Make Music From Trash, a Junior Library Gold Standard (Oct 25, 2022), and The Twilight Library (Sept 6, 2022). She’s also the author of the Bears Make the Best Buddies series (Reading, Writing, Math, Science).
In 2014, Carmen founded The Booking Biz, a boutique-style agency that brings award-winning children’s authors and illustrators to schools, libraries, and special events. She also teaches writing at The Writing Barn and The Highlights Foundation and loves speaking at schools, conferences, and festivals. Carmen lives with her family outside of Austin, Texas.
In this conversation, you will also understand why it’s important to get out there. Carmen actually sold her manuscript after having a casual conversation at a conference she attended. If you want to share your work with the world, you have to start somewhere!
In this episode, you will hear:
- What if you want to write a nonfiction children’s book about someone you never met and who doesn’t speak the same language as you?
- The story behind why she wrote Orchestra of Hope
- How to ground a story for readers
- How to find the right balance of word count vs. images in a picture book
- How do you know that a person’s story will resonate with a kid?
- Gathering input to shape your book and why it’s helpful for picture books
- Using your intuition and being a child at heart – how do you do this?
- Here’s one serendipitous way you can explore to sell your manuscript
- Is finding the right illustrator the ultimate act of patience?
- When a story finds its author vs. the other way around
- The benefits of telling a story from another country to young readers
- Passions can go from a hobby to the center of your life
- Carmen’s career pivot and call to action: how her daughter reminded her about the kid’s book she was talking about writing
- The first steps to begin a writing career that involves young kids from reading to artist dates and establishing a writing routine
- Carving time out of your day dedicated to your writing routine
- Getting inspiration from the books you read and from the wisdom of other writers
- Using the art of playing to uncover the kind of story that you want to eventually tell
- Self-care as a creative and why it’s important
- The hard part about being in the messy middle of the book writing journey is…
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