Be Your Most Entertaining Self

This is a guest post from author/illustrator Jed Henry, who is a total dear. I very rarely do guest posts, so I’m happy to bring this one your way today and help him promote his new book, CHEER UP, MOUSE! Plus, there’s a lovely video!

Just Be Yourself — Your Most Entertaining Self

First off, I want to thank Mary Kole for posting this. I’ve been following her blog for a couple years, and I’m always floored with the amount of thought she puts into each post. I recommend this blog to both newbies and veterans alike. Thank you, Mary!

We writers and illustrators can be a strange group (in a good way!) We come from all walks of life, and possess an impressive range of talents. Understandably, our main focus is to hone our bookmaking craft, but we should never discount our random skills! They can help us in surprising ways, to win the hearts of our eager readers.

The key is finding your particular voice on that Great Equalizer, the Internet. There is a social network tailored for almost any talent imaginable, where we can make our books shine. And the best part? If you create entertaining content, other people will re-post-tweet-blog it, for you!

If you’re a clever writer, Twitter is the perfect stage for you and your book. Words are not my fortĂ©, but Instagram has empowered illustrators like me in our daily tweeting. Other illustrator-friendly sites are Tumblr and Deviant Art. If you have acting or video experience, Vimeo and YouTube are powerful stages for your marketing efforts. And don’t forget Facebook! A Facebook page is the ideal place for a community of fans to gather and feed on each others’ passion. There are no limits or rules, except for maybe this: you gotta entertain us! We log on mostly because we’re bored. If you can catch our attention, we just might want to read your book.

My own path to publishing came by way of a BFA in Animation. Just before graduation, I switched to illustrating picture books instead. I’m grateful that I took the long way to making books, because I still have occasion to use my animation skills.

So how will you entertain us?

Book trailer credits:
Music by Jordan Henry
Voice by the T. Kids

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  1. SC Author’s avatar

    Great advice, truly. I love how you put what each social network is good for – visual, literary, etc. too many times writers just do everything without truly being themselves. They need to read your post.

  2. SC Author’s avatar

    Great advice. I love how you put what each social network is good for – visual, literary, etc. since too many times writers just do everything without truly being themselves. They need to read your post.

  3. Dionna’s avatar

    Your Cheer Up, Mouse book trailer is absolutely wonderful! It cheers me up, and makes me want to purchase a copy! Delightful illustrations!!

  4. Valerie Harmon’s avatar

    Jed Henry, You are so lucky to have animation skills! Your book trailer is delightful. One of the best I’ve seen! I’ve video skills that have come in handy for my own book trailers, but they’re not animated. Adorable trailer and it looks like a sweet picture book. I will have to check it out.

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