Tuesday, May 6, 2008

How to Publish a Children's Book - Part X Motiviation

I have been talking about publishing a children's book. But this is a little like putting the cart in front of the horse. Let's back up and talk a little about what motivates you and if the self-publishing route is for you. If you really want to go through with this, examine your motivation. Are you a writer or do you just want to be able to say you are a writer? Do you want to be famous? Do you want to be rich? Do you like to read in front of groups of small, adoring children? Can you romance a sale from the parents of those adoring kids?

Unless you are the next Janet Evanovich (14 is out in June!) or Jane O'conner you probably won't be doing the media tour. Maybe, but probably not. And if you get to meet Oprah, put in a good word for me, okay? Rich? I am not sure about that either, free-lance jobs or private businesses are what you make of them. And that is the key to this. It is what you make out of it.

These days, being a writer means being many things. I believe that this is true for those that self-publish or those that get into the traditional route of a big publishing house. Either you are a brilliant writer, an amazing illustrator, a savvy marketer, a fool, or some combination of these elements.

I think that a savvy marketer and a fool will take the chance and outsell a brilliant writer any day of the week. You must be aware of this going in. You must be willing to sell yourself a little if you want some moolah commercial success. You are now a brand, just like the Queen says. She is talking about Mommy Blogs, but it is true for any way that you put yourself out there.

And you have to ask yourself, are you ready for that?


Ellen Wimsatt Browne said...

Hi Jen,

We'd love to buy a copy of your book when you get it published. It sounds very interesting and I think our daughter will enjoy it as well.

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