Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Author Branding & the 75th Kid Lit Blog Hop

Author Branding is a term that I've heard tossed around Indie Author conversations for several years now. And while it's been eight years last month since I published Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend, I've not given branding any thought.

I've worked hard at marketing my Arthurian and Ancient World stories for Reluctant Readers, and I've been fortunate to have some success along the way. A couple of years ago, I had an instructor at a private college back East pick up Guinevere for her Honors English class. Just last year, I had a public school teacher buy a classroom set of Sons of the Sphinx and another buy Sons for one of the class reading groups.

I've had success with all of my books at local fairs, craft shows, and fund-raisers. I've been invited into classrooms—too many to count—over the last eight years to share my love of writing and Arthurian Legend with students eager to try their hand at writing a medieval story. For three years, I enjoyed working with the Colorado Girl Scouts—Brownies, Juniors, & Cadets—as they spent half days immersing themselves in Medieval Times. And, I've been fortunate to have a supportive family who've worked beside me.

Now I'm heading down the author branding path. My books have been picked up by a distributor, and Author Branding is first on their list. So far, in addition to this blog, Beyond Today Educator website, and The Quest Books website—which I share with Fiona Ingram and Wendy Leighton-Porter—I have a new author website Author Cheryl Carpinello. It is up, but awaiting my branding to match colors and fonts. This year, all of my current books and the second book in my Guinevere trilogy will have new covers reflecting my author branding. I hope you'll visit my new site and follow me on this next adventure.

And Now, 

Welcome to the 75th Kid Lit Blog Hop. This exciting Hop, now monthly, is where we develop an engaged group of people who love everything that has to do with children's literature.

On this Hop, Carpinello's Writing Pages interviews

MG author
S. J.  Henderson


YA Fantasy author
R. M. ArceJaeger

Remember, you are always more than welcome to join us by popping in a post and hopping around to meet some of your fellow Kid Lit bloggers and authors!

Simply make a post and add it to the linky. (Please make sure to add your direct post only) 
Once you are done, then hop around to visit others. Please visit at least the two people above your link. Please leave a comment when you do visit, we all like those.

Also, it would be appreciated if you grab the Kid Lit Blog Hop Badge and display it on your blog and/or your post.

Our next Hop will be June 15, 2016.

Happy Hopping!

Reading Authors, Hostess

Julie Grasso, Author

Cheryl Carpinello, Author


Pragmatic Mom

The Logonauts

A Book Long Enough

Hits and Misses




  1. Congrats on your distributor agreement! Looking forward to seeing your brand and learning even more from you, Cheryl.

    1. Thank you, Jemima. Just picked up my cover artist. Excited to start work. Will keep all posted.

  2. Looking forward to see all the exciting changes. Well done on the new distributor.