11 episodes

Making a Middle Grade walks you through how a children's book goes from an idea to a bookstore. We're following WHAT HAPPENS NEXT, my debut novel, as it goes through the traditional publishing process with HarperCollins. By talking to industry pros, fellow authors, school librarians, and more, we'll break down how children's books--specifically middle grade books--are made.

Making a Middle Grade Claire Swinarski

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    • 5.0, 22 Ratings

Making a Middle Grade walks you through how a children's book goes from an idea to a bookstore. We're following WHAT HAPPENS NEXT, my debut novel, as it goes through the traditional publishing process with HarperCollins. By talking to industry pros, fellow authors, school librarians, and more, we'll break down how children's books--specifically middle grade books--are made.

    Finale: Receiving Reviews

    Finale: Receiving Reviews

    It's our finale episode. What's it feel like to have people reading your book? Why are all authors bugging people for reviews? 
    Thanks for listening to MAKING A MIDDLE GRADE, a podcast on publishing middle grade books. 

    • 10 min
    9: Launching During COVID-19

    9: Launching During COVID-19

    In today's episode, I'm talking about the difficulties of releasing a book during the coronavirus pandemic. I also chat with Tara K. Ross about her experience.

    • 20 min
    8: Balancing a Brand

    8: Balancing a Brand

    Christian books AND secular books? Kids books AND adult books? If you want to write in multiple genres, how do you brand yourself as an author? That's what we're talking about in today's episode of MAKING A MIDDLE GRADE.
     
    PS: Don't forget you can preorder WHAT HAPPENS NEXT wherever books are sold!

    • 15 min
    7: Connecting With School Libraries

    7: Connecting With School Libraries

    In this episode, we interview a school librarian to learn what makes kids pick up a book, how librarians decide which books to purchase, and what trends are blossoming in children's books. 

    • 15 min
    6: Marketing a Middle Grade Book

    6: Marketing a Middle Grade Book

    When it comes to marketing, how much is on the author vs. the publisher? What are some things authors can do to get their books into the hands of kids? Why do some authors get HUGE marketing pushes while others...don't? Plus, my agent delivers some tough love. 

    • 12 min
    5: Celebrating a Debut Year

    5: Celebrating a Debut Year

    How can we reframe "debut year" from something full of anxiety, stress, and broken hopes to something full of joy, gratitude, and fulfillment? I interview Janae Marks and share my own feelings on "debut year" as we step forward into 2020. Don't forget--WHAT HAPPENS NEXT is available for preorder right now wherever books are sold!

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Becca Wierwille ,

Such a fun journey!

Claire, thank you for taking us along on this journey with you as you took your middle grade from idea to reality, and thank you for introducing us to the people you met along the way. I’m a writer myself, and middle grade is my favorite. This podcast was informative, helpful, encouraging, and fun!

LeahDob ,

Delightful and informative

I look forward to this podcast each month. Claire’s perspective is refreshing, and the insight into the publishing world is fascinating. An overall delightful and informative listen.

KaitlynSisson ,

Well produced and super informative!

I’m so excited to hear the whole story of Claire’s journey to publishing her first middle grade, and this podcast is gorgeously produced and a treat for the ears.

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