So you want to self-publish a children's book but don't know how?
Before we get started, what is your why? Why do you want to publish a book? Is it for fun? Is it because people need to hear your story? How much do you want to invest? What do you want to do with the book once it’s printed?
The answers to these questions will help determine if you try to get Traditionally published, Self-published or just print through a Photobook platform.
If you have decided you want to self-publish a book, read on.
I often get asked “How did you publish your book?” so I thought it was about time I wrote a post about it. Self-publishing a book is a big investment that takes a lot of time, effort and money. Coming up with the idea is the easy part.
Here are the steps I took to self-publish my books.
Write your story – This is the fun part. When you have all these ideas going around your head and you just write them down, eventually piecing them ...
These six short stories for kids contain beautiful text, sweet illustrations and powerful messages that will touch the hearts of both children and parents alike. I trust you and your children will enjoy them as countless others have!
Good moral stories for kids can be hard to find. I know, because when my children were younger, I browsed the internet and libraries for good stories to read to them. Although there are many beautiful books out there, I was surprised to find that very few children's stories contained the positive messages and morals that I was after. Sure, there is a place for simply fun and entertaining books, but I was after something more. Something that my children and I wanted to read again and again. Something meaningful. The only answer seemed to be writing my own, so here we are!
The value of reading bedtime stories to your children regularly cannot be underestimated. Reading to your child helps to develop a love of books and improves literacy, as well as building relationships and creating beautiful memories of time together. Reading together is also an excellent opportunity to teach values and life lessons in an enjoyable and meaningful way.
What Love Looks Like was inspired by a book called The Five Love Languages®. Dr Gary Chapman, a long-time relationship counsellor, authored this very popular book which basically discusses the five principal ways that people speak and understand emotional love.
I really like to use every day experiences, analogies and examples to teach my children spiritual truths or life lessons. Jesus often used parables, real life examples to illustrate spiritual truths and our chickens provided one of those educational moments and inspired my sixth children’s book, Sooty & Snow.
Proverbs 4:23 says that we are to guard our heart with all diligence for out of it spring the issues of life. Wow, with ALL DILIGENCE! My whole life and what I do is affected by the condition of my heart – that’s serious. It takes a conscious effort to be aware of what I am allowing to be sown in my heart. I want to grow good fruit!