Tag Archives: self publishing

Reader Q&A: Self Publishing

29 Aug

Hey, remember me? Like you, I’ve been busy doing the summer juggle: a little vacation, a little work, a little downtime, and a whole lot of making memories.

Now fall is waiting in the wings. My evening walks greet a purple sky and school supplies sit ready by the door. One thing I’m especially looking forward to is finally meeting my illustrator in a couple weeks. Would you believe that, after all the time we’ve spent working remotely together on The Denim Jungle, we still have never met?!

In other words, life is full and ever-changing and happy, and my little book continues to bring me delightful surprises.

Speaking of delightful, I recently had a reader reach out with a few questions regarding their own book idea. I thought I’d share our conversation, in the event it could help any of you would-be authors get your dreams out into the world. Continue reading

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8 Reasons to Self Publish (and 3 Reasons NOT to)

29 Sep

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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.

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Cover Design

10 Nov

Book PublishingThey 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

WHAT A WEEK!!

6 Nov
laptop computer loading printing coffee

See that little bar? That’s my book flying off to Print-ville!

What a week, you guys! I seriously can’t even believe everything that’s happened in the past five days.

  • Sunday: Received all final art assets for The Denim Jungle.
  • Monday: Learned InDesign to layout the book for printing.
  • Tuesday: Finalized the layout files with an old design friend.
  • Wednesday: Received proofreader approval.
  • Thursday: Uploaded the files and distribution info on the printer’s site and in the ISBN database.

I feel like I’ve been on fast forward! And somehow I even took care of two kids and squeezed in a little client work on top of all that.

Today I’m ordering the proof, and (assuming all’s well) The Denim Jungle could be in my hands and available for sale as early as next week!

Regardless, I’ll definitely be sharing some art with you very soon. Jackie has gone above and beyond with the illustrations. I think you’ll be blown by her style.

It seems funny that a book five years in the making could go from idea to actuality in basically six days. But that’s how dreams work. They have fits and starts, but boy, when the universe sees your serious, does it put wind in your sails.

Keep working toward those dreams, friends. And soon I’ll have LOTS of from-the-trenches tips for all my fellow would-be children’s authors.

Falling Forward

22 Sep

Green Lake Autumn Walk Shadows

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

Top 3: Inspiring Tales from the Con

7 Mar

IMG_8609What 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.

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