On Becoming a Writer
As with most things I’ve done in my life, I never actually intended to become a writer, and certainly not a children’s book author! I had a much different map laid out when I was younger - I was going to be a teacher, and I knew that by the time I was a senior in high school. But, life has a funny way of charting its own course. So here I am… writing children’s books! And I guess in some ways, that still makes me a teacher!
Whenever someone hears I’ve written a book (or two), I invariably hear a sigh, and then, “Oh… I would LOVE to do that… someday!”
My answer is always the same: “Then you should do it.”
One of the coolest thing about today’s modern digital society is the way it has blasted open the doors of opportunity for creative types. Musicians get discovered on You Tube. And authors have the world at their feet via self-publishing options like Amazon’s KDP. Gone are the days of traditional publishing being the only way in, where you were spending time finding an agent, and then that agent was spending time shopping your book idea, followed by a pile of rejection letters, followed by maybe, just maybe, an acceptance, followed by profit sharing (where you still have to do most of the marketing anyway!)
Today, you really just need to devote some time and energy into solid research, hire a few professionals to do what you don’t do as well (perhaps illustrating, editing, and layout), upload, and you’re good to go.
Of course, I’m over-simplifying! It took countless hours of study, refinement, and mistakes to get to where I am with a published book. And then I had to learn to market it well.
And it turns out, there’s an even simpler way to go about self-publishing - a way I wish I’d known about when I got started. I’d like to introduce you to my friend Laurie Wright. Laurie has an extensive collection of wonderful kids book on Amazon, and she has literally set the bar for self-publishing success in children’s literature (no, really, I’ve seen some of the numbers behind her results - you want in on this). She’s also just about the nicest most helpful person you’d want to know.
And she’s offering a full digital course on how to self-publish. In eight weeks you can go from idea to published and be on the road to success. Honestly, the writing part is pretty easy compared to putting all the rest of it together, and marketing effectively. Having a guide like this is priceless.
You can learn more about Laurie’s course, and enroll here: Profitable Picture Books.
The course begins April 4th, so go and register ASAP.
And be sure to watch our podcast interview where she interviews me on my self-publishing journey!