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.
They say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but in fact we all do.
Take for example the books above, all of which come up when you search Amazon for “cover design.”
One topic. Five very different covers. And five rather different judgements we automatically assign to each.
Self-publishing friends, those judgements transform into sales.
You never get a second chance to make a first impression, folks. Here are three easy tips to make your book’s first impression a lasting one… in a good way.
*To see the grand reveal of The Denim Jungle cover, check out tip #3 below!* Continue reading
Hey, remember me? It’s been awhile. Things have been a little crazy town over here. Book progress is moving full steam ahead (for release this November!) while I juggle client jobs to fund it. Plus, summer has morphed into autumn, my youngest is in preschool, and my eldest has officially entered the wild world of kindergarten.
And yet, even as I find myself falling forward into new routines, challenges, and goals, Continue reading
What do you think of when you hear “Comicon”? I’m guessing your top 3 would likely include comic books, nerd herds, and costumes. Excuse me, epic costumes.
That’s what I thought three years ago. Then I attended one for the first time. Now my top 3 would be inspiration, imagination, and motivation.
Why? Because of the self-driven authors and illustrators I discovered at these events. And every year I find more.
These people are risking their time and money to follow their creative hearts. In the process, many of them are also teaching their kids to do the same, through both demonstration and direct involvement.