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Ride a Fast Horse: WordPress Q&A

Posted by on May 26, 2013 in Character Blog, Social Media, Speaking, Website Design | Comments Off on Ride a Fast Horse: WordPress Q&A

Ride a Fast Horse: WordPress Q&A

Thanks to all the clever creators at the Wild, Wild Midwest SCBWI Conference for attending my “Speak Your Mind, But Ride a Fast Horse: Rework Your Online Presence with WordPress” workshop. We did the workshop Q&A as a write-in and I hope these answers might help you in your ride Westwards into web development. (Feel feel to ride over to our partner Q&A about Marketing, All Hat, No Cattle, here.) NEW TO THE WEB?   If I am just getting started, where should I start? You need three things (maybe four). 1) You need a domain name.  This is what the www.______________.com will...

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Sirenz Song

Posted by on Dec 2, 2011 in Character Blog, Giveaway, Librarian Outreach, Marketing Advice, Website Design | 2 comments

In Greek myth, the Sirens were said to be impossible to resist.  I found the Sirenz creators to be equally tempting.   How is this for a first client meeting?  Pop to the front of the line of Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty show at the Met with a snap of author Natalie Zaman’s manicured hand and then off to Alice’s Tea Cup to nibble scones with Zaman and classy co-author Charlotte Bennardo.  We all had “The Nibble” (and were stuffed for a week).   Charlotte and Natalie write in the alternate voices of Shar and Meg, two modern teen girls whose...

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Librarian Lobsters!

Posted by on Oct 31, 2011 in Character Blog, Giveaway, Website Design | Comments Off on Librarian Lobsters!

No…this is not some genetic mutation to bring you protein-rich book curators…   Author Craig Moodie (former fisherman, now author) is giving away 4 live lobsters to be delivered on New Year’s Eve.  Or rather his character is giving away lobsters.  Let me explain…   Moodie has decided to continue the storyline of Into the Trap (Roaring Brook) in a (quite funny, quite content rich) blog written by the teen lobsterman character, Eddie Atwell (aka Lobster Boy).  For kids that love action adventures, the book and blog are a sweet match.   “…an...

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Bases Loaded

Posted by on May 14, 2011 in Character Blog, Website Design | Comments Off on Bases Loaded

David A. Kelly has the bases loaded on the Ballpark Mysteries series (Random House).  With Fenway Foul-up and Pinstripe Ghost out now and L.A. Dodger hitting this summer, David is hitting homers. Curious City was happy to be called from the dugout to shape and design the character driven website, The Dugout Scoop: The Dirt on Ballpark Mysteries.   (Isn’t great how you can make a zillion cheezy baseball references?) Share...

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Online Flapdoodle

Posted by on Dec 7, 2008 in Character Blog, Children's Literature, Curious City, Website Design | Comments Off on Online Flapdoodle

Curious City just finished up a website for author Amy MacDonald. Having just released, Too Much Flapdoodle that includes the same line up of eccentric characters as her chapter books, No More Nice and No More Nasty, we decided to create a greater “series presence” for her books. As the third book did not follow the naming mechanism of “No More…” we created a themed website based on the character’s names and quirks. As the books deal with the formerly straight-laced boys, Simon and Parker spending time with their wacky luddite Maine relatives, we decided...

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