Monday, December 30, 2013

So you want to write kids’ books?

Yay, you!

This blog will share what I’ve learned over the last few years about independently creating your own kids’ book and offer help and advice.

Let’s start with my First Basic Principle:

It has never been easier to write and publish your own children’s books.

The sad flipside of that is very sad indeed:

It has never been easier to write and publish a truly lousy children’s book.

The ease of self-publishing has caused an unprecedented flood of – frankly – lousy kids’ books “on the market.”

A few other downsides to the modern self-publishing model:

  • You have to edit your own books. This is where many writers skimp – and it shows.
  • Traditional publishers provide art; you’ll have to round up your own somehow.
  • You have to self-promote. That’s hard.

So what are the upsides?  There are SOooo many!

  • Your book can be available for sale worldwide almost instantly (once it’s ready)
  • Nobody can tell you what you can and can’t write (what sells is another story)
  • Create books for specialized markets (eg religious, disabilities, special family situations)
  • Complete control over the look and feel of your final book.

Through this blog, I hope to help you save money, time, and create books that are absolutely excellent. If you have written and self-published a kids’ book, and would like to know what I think of it – either privately via email or publicly reviewed on this blog, please contact me at and I’ll let you know how I can help you.

Also, if you provide legitimate services to kids’ authors and illustrators, please contact me about advertising or guest posting on this blog.

Welcome, and – although this is my only blog without the word “Adventure” in the title, I hope we’ll have a grand adventure together.

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