6 Qualities You Need to Self-Publish Your First Book

Honestly, anyone can be a writer. Anyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re a cashier, neurosurgeon, hair stylist, janitor, parent, pastor, student, financial analyst, teacher, or firefighter. You have a story to tell. But in order to get your story down on paper (or nowadays, on our digital devices) and to the masses, you need to have all six of these qualities.

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Don’t Let Any Relative Critique Your New Book — And Here’s Why

You may have worked so hard to complete your story that you are super eager to share it with someone. And with Christmas right around the corner and your family and friends coming into town, you may be thinking how you can ask your fashionable cousin, tell-it-like-it-is grandma, or rambunctious nieces and nephews to get first dibs on reviewing your story. But here’s a little bit of advice: DON’T! And here’s why.

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Human Characters vs. Animal Characters: Which One Impacts Readers Best?

Whether you’re a parent looking for fun, engaging picture books for your children, or an author seeking new ideas for your next bestseller, you will come across two different types of books that everyone is pretty much familiar with: books with human characters and books with animal characters. Yet, which one has the better impact on readers?  Continue reading

Children’s Book Illustrations: There’s No Such Thing as a ‘Tight Budget’

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We as writers put a lot of time and energy into creating our awesome children’s picture books. But we also have to remember that illustrators do the same; they work just as hard to bring our children’s books to life. And because of this, we have to realize that asking illustrators to work on a “tight budget” can be deemed inconsiderate and downright insulting.

So, how can writers solve this budget dilemma? Besides stashing a couple of dollars away here and there or starting a Kickstarter campaign, learn how you can cut illustration costs without sacrificing the quality of your book ― and going broke.  Continue reading

How to Choose the Right Illustrator for Your Children’s Picture Book

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The illustration process is the other enjoyable side of self-publishing a children’s picture book. You have an opportunity to see your words come to life – the way YOU visualize it. But you have to find the right illustrator who is skilled in turning your pose into a colorful and exciting picture book for children. Here are a few things you can do to make sure you find the perfect illustrator for your children’s picture book.  Continue reading

4 Clues Your Children’s Book is Ready for Illustrations


So you’ve taken on the daunting yet fun and exciting task of writing a children’s picture book. And now you are ready for the next phase of your self-publishing journey: illustrations. But before you begin to scour the web for amazing illustrators or hunt down eager design students at the nearby university, take another look (or two) at your story before putting a ton of money into it, and look for these 4 clues that show your children’s book is ready for illustrations.   Continue reading