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.
You may have put your all into creating the most unique story line of all time, in hopes of turning your creative literary work into a best seller. But you may have forgotten (or may be dreading) one important step: creating a marketing plan for your book.
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.
It’s hard enough for adults alone to write children’s books. We brainstorm ideas, reflect on our own childhood, and develop themes based on what our children, students, or readers experience in their daily lives. But have you thought about writing a book with a child who can actually help you tell these stories in real time? Continue reading
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
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