Books go Social have hit on a great idea to showcase books by letting readers sample the first chapter. As a children’s author, and knowing that your audience may be much more at home with mobile devices than you as the author will ever be, podcasting a sample chapter is also a great way to reach out.
In order to stand out in any niche, letting people know and trust you is vital. But if you do not want to go the whole hog and podcast your posts, then a sample reading might be just the thing for you.
And don’t worry, you do not have to spend a fortune. Lots of people podcast on a budget and there are many ways of doing that.
Joanna Penn has a great article about this here. If you do decide to Podcast, consider the following.
1/ Who to read. You are the author and you might think that you sound like Professor Binns—all wheezes and droning. But you’re almost bound to be an introvert, so test the water.
Alternatively, find a friend to do it, or someone interested in Am Dram.you might be surprised at how you sound.
3/ Editing.. DIY or a professional touch. Again the software is all out there, or you can get a helping hand e.g. Serve Sense provide a clean up option.
All this, of course, is merely scratching the surface.
Whatever you chose, the result will be a story that anyone can listen to and that opens up a whole new audience. In addition, of course, you could partner with Audible and get the whole book read, but that’s a different story.
Here’s my example for The Obsidian Pebble .