Show Notes

Air Date: 11/19/2019

About the guest:

Angela Ferrari, Children’s Book Author/Illustrator/Podcaster at Story Spectacular
Angela Ferrari, Children’s Book Author/Illustrator/Podcaster at Story Spectacular

Angela Ferrari is an artist and children’s book author/ illustrator based in Portland, Maine. She is the creator and host of the Story Spectacular podcast.

Angela grew up in the mountains of western Maine. Living in a rural setting, she developed a talent for finding creative ways to play and captivate her imagination.

After graduating with a BA in studio art from the University of Maine, Angela moved to Portland. She was accepted into the Assets for Artists program, which focuses on business finance for creative entrepreneurs. After completing the required training, Angela received matching grant funds for working capital. She then became a successful painter.

She has since expanded her artistic endeavors, writing and illustrating five children’s books: Digger’s Daily Routine, An Extraordinary Book, What Do You See?, The Shape Escape, and Lawrence the Lighthouse. Angela has also launched Story Spectacular, a children’s story podcast that features original stories and classic retellings.

In the episode:

2:17 – Angela shares how she decided to expand her creativity by transitioning from a landscape painter to a children’s book author and illustrator.

3:33 – After deciding to self’publish, Angela shares how she founded her podcast, Story Spectacular, to self’promote.

5:53 – Angela shares that she would have placed more of a focus on marketing if she had it to do over again.

8:42 – Rather than looking at other podcasters as competition, Angela shares how she collaborates with other podcasters.

9:53 – Angela shares how she has overcome nervousness during podcast interviews with dance.

12:11 – Nancy and Angela discuss the quirky turkey and how it connects to content marketing.

19:22 – Nancy tells a story about getting tuxedos at Ferrari Brothers.

20:38 – Angela shares how she uses social media to connect and share content to help others.

22:56 – Angela measures success by hearing from her listeners and how they connect to her characters.

25:52 – Angela talks about how she gets parents to post about her storytelling events on social media but that it is the in’person connection that creates a lasting memory.

29:13 – Through her network, Angela learns new things and does the work that she cares most about.

31:44 – One of Angela’s most valuable tools is YouTube, enabling her to learn new skills.

32:52 – Angela shares her one piece of advice for career success.

34:17 – Angela challenges listeners to create, create, create.


I feel like you have to not just hit the pavement, but hit the keyboard. So, I’ve tried to find ways where I can do both at the same time.” — Angela Ferrari, Children’s Book Author/Illustrator/Podcaster at Story Spectacular



Podcast: Story Spectacular

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Lawrence the Lighthouse

Lithgow Library

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Portland Pod

Malcolm Gladwell

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Twitter: @storytacular