This year's conference of bloggers of children's and teen literature, KidLitCon13, happened in Austin, Texas in November.
While I went to present and meet my fellow kid-lit-obsessed blogger peers, I also learned a lot from the sessions I attended. One tip I'm especially excited about was from MotherReader, a.k.a. Pam Coughlan, in her session "Beyond the Blog for Authors and Illustrators."
A little bit of set up: The Cybils Awards are annual book blogger awards for children's and teen literature.
Problem: How do you figure out which blogs to aim for in promoting your book?
Solution: Pam suggested that the annual lists of Cybils awards judges is a great place to start. They list their panelists and judges by category:
Easy Readers/Short Chapter Books
Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction
Young Adult Speculative Fiction
Fiction Picture Books
Middle Grade Fiction
Young Adult Nonfiction
Young Adult Fiction
Let's say you write MG nonfiction - just in 2013 you can see the seven round one judges (who read everything and come up with the short list) and the five round two judges (who choose a winner from the short list.) That's twelve dedicated and respected bloggers who focus on YOUR genre/age category, who should absolutely know about your book. And the list was different last year! (And the Cybils started back in 2006!)
It's an awesome tip.
Illustrate and Write On, and Happy New Year!