Social Media and Beyond – Thinking Outside the Box
From book trailers to websites, contests to conferences, come hear the strategies four successful children's literature professionals use to promote their books. Lena Coakley, Joanna Karaplis, Cheryl Rainfield and Vikki Vansickle will share their ideas and expertise on our panel this month.
first novel, WITCHLANDERS, was called “one stunning teen debut” by Kirkus Reviews and won the SCBWI
Crystal Kite award for the Americas. It was a 2013 MYRCA
nominee and a 2013 OLA White Pine
honouree. Lena is also the author of two children’s picture books and the former administrative director of CANSCAIP. Learn more about her at www.lenacoakley.com
is the author of FRACTURED: HAPPILY NEVER
AFTER, a young adult novel that brings three fairy tales into the 21st century. She has worked in children's publishing for over six years, first at Raincoast Books and more recently at Annick Press, where she handled online marketing and developed the company's ebook publishing program. Her latest position is Marketing & Communications Manager for BookNet Canada. Visit her website at www.joannakaraplis.com
is the author of the award-winning SCARS, a novel about a queer teen sexual abuse survivor who uses self-
harm to cope; the award-winning HUNTED, a novel about a teen telepath in a world where any paranormal power is illegal; the forthcoming STAINED (Oct 1, 2013), about a teen who is abducted and must rescue herself, and PARALLEL VISIONS, about a teen who sees visions of the future--but only when she has an asthma attack. She's also the author of two hi-lo books for reluctant readers: The Last Dragon and Walking Both Sides. Cheryl Rainfield is an incest and ritual abuse survivor, a feminist, and an avid reader and writer. She lives in Toronto with her little dog Petal.
is fully immersed in the world of Canadian children's books. She is the author of the acclaimed Clarissa books, including WORDS THAT START WITH B, LOVE IS A FOUR-LETTER WORD, and DAYS THAT END IN Y (Scholastic Canada). Her most
recent middle grade novel, SUMMER DAYS, STARRY NIGHTS, has been called "Summer reading at its best." After obtaining an MA in Children's Literature from UBC, Vikki's career began in bookselling at The Flying Dragon Bookshop, which earned her the 2011 CBA Young Bookseller of the Year award. She is a popular children's lit blogger and is frequently called upon to speak about kids books for radio panels, conferences, and perhaps notably, as Lainey Gossip's YA mentor! Currently she balances writing with her duties as the Marketing and Publicity Manager for Young Readers at Penguin Canada. Visit her online at http://vikkivansickle.wordpress.com
, on facebook, instagram, and twitter @vikkivansickle
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