Fun children's picture books that kids enjoy, help parents, and are from a fresh, modern perspective
As a writer, today was an exciting day for me. My 4th book in the Secret School Spy Squad series, Mission 4 - Hair-Raising Hair was launched and my first book in the series, Mission 1 - Lost Lunchboxes was featured on Storytime Pup Children's Book Read Aloud You Tube Channel.
As a self-published author, there is always so much to do. Writing is the easy bit, though finding time and coming up with new ideas can sometimes be a challenge. The marketing and promotion, for me, is what takes up most of the time. I guess this is also where I have the steepest learning curve.
Some things to think about when it comes to marketing and promotion are:
- categories where your book can be found
- distribution channels
- social media posts - where and when
- paid advertising - Facebooks, Adwords
- press releases - bloggers, news sites
- guest appearances / school talks
Not sure if I have mastered it yet but will let you know how it goes.
If you'd like to check out my new book, it's available on Amazon.
Welcome to the first blog post for my author site. If you had told me this even a year ago I would have thought you were crazy. Me an author? It was the last thing I thought I was capable of. However, after reading numerous books to my two girls and having to tell my eldest daughter a new made up story each bedtime, I decided to have a go at writing a children's picture book.
I'll freely admit I had no idea where to start. Naturally, I thought that writing a story was where you began, so I did that. But after studying the process, I discovered that the first step is research into what customers want to buy. Lesson number 1.
Secret School Spy Squad - Mission 1 - Lost Lunchboxes was my first attempt. After having other children review the story, give me feedback and go through the editing process - it was time to take a leap. I found an illustrator and finished assembly of the book. A couple of months later, I had an eBook ready to go. I published it to Amazon and was away. My book was there for all to see - exciting and scary at the same time! Within the next 3 months, Mission 2 - Germs Galore and Mission 3 - Shrinking Students where released. What a ride!
I enjoy writing and creating books, and am excited to come home at night from my day job to work on more stories. Now I've been bitten by the writing bug there are more stories in progress. Subscribe if you want to be notified when they are released.
The next step is to further seek feedback and advice to become a better writer. The big lesson I've learned the hard way, is that it's not just about writing the book. The promotion, marketing and launch matter too if you want to do this for income. That's going to be my focus and I'm going to blog about this as I learn and develop my skills.
If you've ever had an interest in writing your own children's picture books, follow me on my journey...
My name is Janelle and I'm a full-time working mum of 2 and an indie children's picture book author. I love writing picture books that are fun for kids, help parents and bring a modern perspective. Books that can be experienced by both boys and girls. I am also learning how to better write, self-publish and promote what I do. So if you've ever had an interest in writing children's picture books, join me on my journey.
Janelle McGuinness's books on Goodreads
Mission 2: Germs Galore: Secret School Spy Squad - a fun rhyming spy mystery book for 4-8 year olds
ratings: 2 (avg rating 5.00)
Mission 3 - Shrinking Students: A Fun Rhyming Spy Mystery Picture Book for Ages 4-6 (Secret School Spy Squad)
ratings: 1 (avg rating 5.00)
Mission 1: Lost Lunchboxes (Secret School Spy Squad)
ratings: 1 (avg rating 5.00)