Do you offer a discount for bulk orders?
As of right now, no. Purchasing books through my website means that the price is already lower than through other retailers.
What publisher are you working with?
Me! I am proudly self-published. I learned how to do it by asking a ton of questions to anyone who would answer, watching a million YouTube videos and reading every article I could get my hands on. I still have a lot to learn but I'm happy to answer questions or take advice!
How did you find your illustrator?
Maria Burobkina is amazing and she is the reason my ideas came to life the way they did. I have actually never spoken with Maria directly: I work with a company out of Kelowna, B.C. and they do all the formatting and communicating with Maria. We go back and forth a million times until everything is just right. I found the company that I work with by doing some google searches on how to find an illustrator for a children's book. I sent off some emails (it was very scary) and filled out inquiry forms on a few websites. I spoke with two illustrators before I was contacted by the company I went with. It was a perfect fit for what I was needing--I am very grateful to have found them. If you have any questions about this process, please feel free to contact me.
How much does it cost to self-publish a children's book?
Good question! I was quoted anywhere between $2000 and $9000 to complete all the illustrations and the formatting. Different companies charge differently. Some charge per illustration and only allow a fixed number of changes, while others are more flexible and allow for more back and forth conversations. All of this is put into writing when signing the contract.
How long did it take to publish your book?
The first book took about 8 months and the second (I was not in a rush) took a little over a year.
How long did it take you to write your books?
I have always wanted to write children's books but I have never written one that felt right. My first book (still not published) took me a few years to sift through my thoughts and get down on paper. Maybe one day it will make it out into the world for people to read.
What Does It Mean to Be Brave? was the second book that I wrote and I wrote it in about 30 minutes. It was inspired by some students I was working with at the time who were very nervous about doing everyday activities. We spoke a lot about supporting each other to find our own everyday bravery that year.
From that book, came many other ideas. I have currently written several in the series but only two are published at this time. What Does It Mean to Be Your Best? is the latest in the series thus far. It took about an hour to write. Of course, there are a million edits and changes that happen after the original idea is down on paper...or in my case, written on notes in my phone!