Many of you have been coming to me with book dreams in hand, wanting to know my tips for how to get published.
I’ve posted quite a few resources here, but if you truly want to create a physical book that you can hold in your hands, here’s the one question you need to answer first:
Do you want to traditionally publish or self publish?
I spent years weighing the pros and cons of both, finally choosing self publishing. Does that mean I recommend self publishing to everyone? Hardly.
Here are my crib notes from years of research and my own experience. If you’ve published your own book and want to weigh in, by all means, add your nuggets of knowledge in the comments below.
Here are my top 8 reasons to self publish (and 3 reasons not to).
Please note that these tips are specific to publishing a children’s picture book. If you’re looking to self publish something else (say a paperback book without pictures, for instance) the financial considerations are considerably less, but some of the other points will still apply.
I had so much fun hosting a special story time at my hometown library in Ohio last week. We created imagination telescopes, just like Leo’s in The Denim Jungle.
And you can, too—it’s so easy!
If you’re looking for a fun (practically free) craft for your kids, school, or library, this one is great for all ages.
Better yet, read the book together, make the telescopes, and go on a hunt to see what imaginative discoveries you can find out in the Denim Jungle. You could even draw a picture or write a story about your findings and add it to the blank pages in the back of your book. Continue reading
One of the great joys of parenting (for me) is reading books aloud to my kids. It’s fun for us all and good for them, too.
I remember long drives to Grandma’s house when I was a kid, my mom reading chapter books from the front passenger seat. Little House, Charlotte’s Web, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe…
My kids (five and two) are still a bit young for chapter books, but I read picture books to them nightly. Increasingly, my eldest reads books to us, too, which adds its own joy.
I wonder when our read-aloud days will end? I’d like to say hopefully never, but I don’t want to be the creepy mom in the Love You Forever book.
Here are a few of our current favorites. I’ve started a Pinterest board of Great Read-Aloud Picture Books, too, where I’ll continue to add favorites.
Happy reading together! Continue reading
I’ve lost count of how many people have told me they want to make their picture book someday. That’s why I created a whole Writing & Publishing tips section on this site (under The Archive, upper right). Let’s make that someday now.
One of the sticky points I ran into was digitally laying out my book. Once I had the final copy incorporated into the final art, there was definitely a “What now?” moment. Assuming you’re not a graphic artist, it’s intimidating! But it doesn’t have to be. In this post, I’m going to walk you through how to lay out a picture book with InDesign, step by step.
Let’s be honest, parents. We’re the ones reading the picture books. Shouldn’t we be enjoying them, too?
My heart does a little flitter-flutter when my kid grab the following books off the shelf. All of them would make great gifts for new parents, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and kids’ birthdays, too.
Long live the heartwarming picture book! Continue reading
Who wants to join me in a happy dance? I just discovered The Denim Jungle has its first blog review.
At which point I pretty much did this…
From Loralee Leavitt of CandyExperiements.com:
“A new picture book invites parents everywhere to get down to kid level and look at the world their children see. In The Denim Jungle, a child explores a forest of blue-jeaned grown-up legs, as ordinary objects magically become exciting.
Angela Taylor Hylland’s easy verse feels like natural conversation, quite an accomplishment for a debut author.
“This fun little book reminded me how important Continue reading