I have finally completed my first-ever children's picture book and it is now available on Amazon. The whole thing was written, illustrated, and designed by me. OK, I got the idea for the story from my 10-year-old daughter, but she was alright with that. I found her story, when she first told it to me, to be just so funny. She has such a great sense of humour.
I guess that making a book like this has been deep down inside for some time, just waiting to come up. I think it was a result of all those years of reading bedtime stories to my daughter. I really admired just how clever so many of those stories were. As well as studying the pictures and wishing that I could try something like that too.
So, the time has finally come to put the book out there and I have decided to go with self-publishing. The manuscript was sent to quite a few publishers, but there were no takers. This book is my first attempt at this sort of thing, so that's OK. I believe that I have made a fun children's picture book that most kids will really like, so I want to give them the chance to be able to enjoy it. Therefore, self-publishing is a workable means for me to make my book available.
Well, the book turned out to be a lot of work to create. There was a pretty steep learning curve with writing, illustrating, and formatting it. Not to mention my website and marketing and lots of other things. I rather enjoyed the whole process, though. Now I am happy to have my book available for anyone to check out, especially kids.
I still want to make my book available on some other sites, so there's still some more work to do. And then some more marketing needs to be taken care of. I will keep working on that. Of course, I also have my second children's picture book to keep working on as well. Anyway, it's keeping me busy. I hope to keep learning how this book business operates and how to make it all a success.