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Sarah Maizes

Have you ever thought about writing a children’s book?

According to today’s guest, author Sarah Maizes, everyone has! (I might be the one exception to the rule, but hey, I’ve got a lot of life yet.)

If you’re curious about the process of getting a children’s book published, want to find out more about where children’s book authors get their inspiration, or just want to hear a very funny, engaging guest, you’re definitely going to want to listen to today’s show.

You’ll also find out more about Sarah’s fascinating journey from children’s book agent, to media executive, to stay-at-home mom, to stand-up comic, to children’s book author (whew!)  

Listen now! (Or scroll down to find links to some of the stories and resources we discussed in the show!) [click to continue…]

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