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Carmen Oliver is the founder of the Booking Biz, a boutique style agency that brings award-winning children’s authors and illustrators to schools, libraries, and special events. She is also the author of picture book Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies as well as the forthcoming nonfiction picture books A Voice for the Spirit Bears: The Simon Jackson Story and The Favio Chavez Story. She teaches at the Writing Barn and The Highlights Foundation and loves speaking at schools, conferences and festivals. From 2010-2013, she was the Assistant Regional Advisor for the Austin SCBWI chapter. Growing up in Canada, she saw many bear species along the hiking trails but always kept a respectful distance. She and her family now call the wide-open spaces of Texas home.


Session Highlights (estimated time slots)

  • 1:58 - A passion for literacy & a childhood love of story
  • 4:20 - The birth of The Booking Biz
  • 6:51 - Services provided by The Booking Biz
  • 8:20 - The definition of a Platform
  • 12:28 - The needs of the pre-published vs. the multi-published professional
  • 16:10 - Percentage of time one should work "in" their business vs. "on" their business
  • 18:20 - Online relationship building
  • 19:55 - Platform planning
  • 2120 - The need for authenticity and preparedness in presentations
  • 22:54 - Speaking, coaching, practice & self-improvement
  • 24:59 - Paid vs. unpaid presentation opportunities
  • 28:25 - Originality, individuality, and becoming unforgettable
  • 31:35 - Alternative teaching opportunities
  • 34:10 - Relationships as a cornerstone for success
  • 40:00 - Opportunities for the Indie-pubbed
  • 41:20 - Take time to make connections
  • 42:20 - Content is KEY!
  • 44:20 - Kidlit professionals as role models

 The Booking Biz logo referenced in talk (Photo credit: Taylor Gonzales)

The Booking Biz logo referenced in talk (Photo credit: Taylor Gonzales)

 The Sand Writing graphic referenced in talk (Photo credit: Kristi Valiant)

The Sand Writing graphic referenced in talk (Photo credit: Kristi Valiant)



Homework Assignment

Answer the questions to prepare for the webinar discussion session being held at 11 EST on Wednesday, May 16.