I self-published a children’s picture book this month, and I did everything wrong.
There was no pre-release buzz, no relentless marketing to everyone in my contact list, no scheduled blog tour. I don’t have a decent Goodreads author’s page. For heaven’s sake, I didn’t even announce it on this blog until now.
And… I’m okay with that.
Why? Because I wrote this book to make my kids laugh. Mission accomplished. Sharing it with the rest of the world is a bonus learning experience. As time goes on, I’ll add to my marketing efforts, but I’m giving myself permission to not obsess over how to skyrocket sales. Instead, I’m enjoying how my kids ask me to read it to them again and again.
Here are my top three things I’ve learned through the process.
1. ASK FOR HELP.
You probably have many people who are eager to guide you through the publishing process. In my stubbornness, I chose to go it alone and learn by trial and error and error and error. Thus, what could have been a two-day process has turned into three weeks and counting. But who’s counting? (And clawing their eyes out.)
2. YOU’RE NOT AS DUMB AS I LOOK – BUT I AM.
Amazon makes self-publishing sound super simple, but really… @#$@$! Sufferin’ succotash, the Kindle edition formatting nearly killed me. Praise the heavens I have a techie husband who fixed my html issues. I do believe publishing a regular novel without all the images of a picture book would make the process less kicks-ya-where-it-hurts-ish.
3. THERE IS NOTHING LIKE HOLDING YOUR NEWBORN BOOK.
The box came and I knew my proof was inside. Trying really hard to act like an adult, I squealed and ripped it open. Oh, the beauty! Oh, the joy! I kind of wanted to lick the shiny cover. I mean, look at it – so much color.
I know you’re dying to buy the book now, right? Well, it’s finally available in print and Kindle edition. (Blood, sweat and tears not included – but I do honor special requests if that’s a deal-breaker.) Plus, if you purchase the print version, you get the Kindle version FREE! That’s a smokin’ deal. If you want to be my BFF, leave me a nice review on Amazon and Goodreads. I’ll send massive positive karma your way.