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You Can Publish a Book!

Yes, it is possible for you to publish a book! But will you? And should you?

There is A LOT to consider when publishing a book. I have spent many, many hours learning about publishing over the past few years.

I’ve attended writing conferences and webinars, read countless blog posts and books, joined SCBWI and a monthly writer group, submitted manuscripts to literary agents and editors, and self-published multiple journals and three picture books. All three of my picture books received a Readers’ Favorite 5 Stars review, and my book Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles was chosen for the 2019 Read Across Connecticut program.

Through it all, I have learned a lot! I am excited to share what I have learned with you to save you countless hours of research.

Choose a Publishing Option

Of course, in order to publish a book, you must first write a book. But once you have completed your book, what should you do to get it published?

Many years ago, anyone who wanted to publish a book had to submit their manuscript to literary agents or editors who then had to accept the manuscript in order to be published. Writers can still do that if they would like, but there are now additional publishing options available.

Do you know the differences between the different publishing options? And do you know which publishing option is best for you and your book? If not, you may be interested in the course Choosing the Best Publishing Option for You and Your Book: Traditional Publishing, Hybrid Publishing or Self-Publishing? (A free Udemy account is required to take this course.)

Choosing the Best Publishing Option

There are pros and cons to each of the publishing options. In the end, it is up to you to decide which option is best for you and your book.

If you are a children’s book author interested in publishing through a traditional publisher, make sure to check out this list of 37 children’s book publishers accepting unsolicited submissions.

If You Choose to Self-Publish

Literally anyone can self-publish a book these days. In fact, my daughters self-published their own journal last year at the ages of 12 and 13.

write, draw, believe journals

Authors who choose to self-publish don’t have to worry about their manuscript being rejected by literary agents or editors. But, their books could be rejected by their potential audience if not created well.

Do you want to learn more about self-publishing a book in print, so you can one day see your book for sale in online places such as Amazon and barnesandnoble.com? Are you interested in self-publishing a book but have no idea where to begin with the self-publishing process?

If so, the course Self-Publishing 101: Things to Consider Before Publishing Your Book in Print may help guide you in the right direction to reach your publishing dreams. (A free Udemy account is required to take this course.)

self-publishing 101 Course Available

As I had said before, there is A LOT to consider when choosing to publish a book! Instead of spending countless hours aimlessly searching for information about self-publishing, this course is designed in an easy-to-follow format to guide you in the right direction. And it doesn’t matter if you write books for children, middle grade, young adults, or adults.

Divided into a total of 33 videos including the introduction, each video is presented with a slide show presentation as well as a downloadable transcript for your convenience. Handouts are also included with many videos to provide additional resources and information to help you with your publishing journey.

You are welcome to watch the course video, introduction, and the video about print-on-demand publishing (found here) before choosing if this is the right course for you.

Enroll here now or continue reading to see what information is covered within the course.

What is Included in Self-Publishing 101 Course

Section 1

Lecture 1: Introduction

  • Expansion of information presented in the course video
  • Brief introduction of instructor
  • List of what students should learn by the end of the course
  • List of what this course will not teach
  • List of who this course is for
  • Reference to the course Choosing the Best Publishing Option for You and Your Book
  • Brief overview of the publishing options: traditional publishing, hybrid publishing, and self-publishing
  • List of what is needed for this course
  • Some additional publishing tips
  • Break down of this course
  • Disclaimer and copyright information for this course
  • Information about the included handouts

Lecture 2: Print-On-Demand Publishing

  • Overview of print-on-demand printing
  • Pros of print-on-demand
  • Cons of print-on-demand
  • List of print-on-demand companies
  • Brief discussion of offset printing
  • Handout with Additional Resources Included

Section 2: Copyright and Legalities to Consider

Lecture 3: Copyright

  • What copyright is
  • How long copyright lasts
  • How to register for copyright
  • What may not be copyrighted
  • How to show copyright
  • Handout with Additional Resources Included

Lecture 4: Other Legalities to Consider

  • Explanation of disclaimers with samples
  • Being an authorpreneur – business considerations
  • Taxes and permit considerations
  • Keeping records considerations
  • Mention of one resource all self-published authors should consider having
  • Handout with Additional Resources Included

Section 3: Sections to (Possibly) Include in a Book

Lecture 5: Sections to Include in a Book Overview

  • Brief overview of front matter sections
  • Brief overview of body sections
  • Brief overview of back matter sections
  • Handout with Additional Resources Included

Lecture 6: Front Matter Part 1: Title Page

  • What is included on a title page with samples
  • What is included on a half title page
  • Handout with Additional Resources Included

Lecture 7: Front Matter Part 2: Copyright and Dedication

  • What is included on a copyright page with samples
  • Explanation of a dedication with samples
  • Brief explanation of a CIP data block

Lecture 8: Front Matter Part 3: Table of Contents

  • Explanation of a table of contents with samples
  • Tips for creating a table of contents
  • Video with Step-by-Step Instructions for Inserting Table of Contents Included

Lecture 9: Front Matter Part 4: Accolades and Reviews

  • Explanation of a foreword with a sample
  • Explanation of accolades with samples
  • Brief explanation of an advance reader copy (ARC)

Lecture 10: Body Overview

  • Explanation of an introduction with a sample
  • Explanation of a prologue with a sample
  • Considerations for the main text of a book
  • Explanation of an epilogue with a sample
  • Explanation of an afterword
  • Handout with Additional Resources Included

Lecture 11: Back Matter Part 1: Author Bio and Choosing a Name

  • Explanation of an author bio with samples
  • Explanation of an illustrator bio with samples
  • Considerations when choosing an author name
  • Handout with Additional Resources Included

Lecture 12: Back Matter Part 2: Acknowledgments and Additional Options

  • Explanation of acknowledgments with samples
  • Explanation of a promotional page with samples
  • Explanation of a glossary with sample
  • Explanation of an index with samples
  • Explanation of a bibliography with samples
  • Explanation of permission information with samples
  • List of extra back matter ideas
  • An additional tip in place of back matter

Section 4: Editing

Lecture 13: Editing Overview

  • Possible reasons to have an editor
  • Explanation of developmental editing, line editing, copy editing, and proofreading
  • Tips for self-editing
  • Handout with Additional Resources Included

Lecture 14: Finding an Editor

  • Explanation of alpha readers, beta readers, and critique partners
  • Tips after having your work edited or critiqued
  • List of possible questions to ask yourself when deciding to hire an editor
  • List of possible places to find an editor
  • Explanation of the cost of an editor
  • Explanation of what to do if your book is published with errors
  • Handout with Additional Resources and Handout with Questions Included

Section 5: Illustrations, Photos, and Fonts

Lecture 15: Illustrations, Photos, and Fonts Overview

  • Brief explanation of copyright issues
  • Examples of when the instructor has contacted others for permission
  • Explanation of the difference between black and white interior vs color interior
  • Explanation of bleed and no bleed

Lecture 16: Illustrations Part 1

  • Tips before hiring an illustrator
  • Information about dummies
  • Possible places to find an illustrator
  • Questions to consider when choosing an illustrator
  • Additional tips and considerations with illustrations
  • Handout with Additional Resources and Handout with Questions Included

Lecture 17: Illustrations Part 2

  • Explanation of illustration notes
  • A break down of the instructor’s experience with the illustrator of her first two picture books

Lecture 18: Illustrations Part 3

  • A break down of the instructor’s experience with the illustrator of her third picture book

Lecture 19: Photos

  • Possible places to find photos
  • Additional tips and considerations for photos
  • Handout with Additional Resources Included

Lecture 20: Fonts

  • Brief explanation of fonts
  • Possible places to find fonts
  • A possible place to create your own font
  • Tips for having fun and being creative with fonts
  • Additional tips and considerations for fonts
  • Handout with Additional Resources Included

Section 6: Metadata

Lecture 21: Metadata

  • What metadata is
  • Considerations/explanations/tips for choosing keywords, book titles, categories, price, and the publication date
  • Tips for writing and formatting a book description
  • Handout with Additional Resources Included

Lecture 22: ISBNs and Barcodes

  • Facts about ISBNs and Barcodes
  • How many ISBNs you need
  • When a new ISBN is required
  • Where to get an ISBN (in the United States)
  • Whether or not you should purchase your own ISBNs
  • Handout with Additional Resources Included

Section 7: More Details

Lecture 23: Trim Size and Additional Considerations

  • Explanation of trim sizes
  • Tips for choosing a trim size
  • Explanation of additional interior considerations such as paper thickness, paper color, running heads, running feet, and page numbers
  • Handout with Additional Resources Included

Lecture 24: Book Covers

  • Explanation of book cover considerations such as hardcover vs softcover, matte vs glossy, and cover consistency
  • Tips and resources for creating your own cover
  • Handout with Additional Resources Included

Lecture 25: Self-Publishing Expenses to Consider

  • Explanation of cost to self-publish
  • List of expenses to consider when self-publishing
  • List of ways an author can save money when self-publishing
  • A break down of the cost to publish the instructor’s most recent book
  • Considerations about profiting on a self-published book

Section 8: Publishing with KDP Print

Lecture 26: KDP Print Overview

  • Brief recap of print-on-demand
  • Overview of KDP Print
  • Handout with Additional Resources Included

Lecture 27: Expanded Distribution with KDP Print

  • Explanation of expanded distribution through KDP Print
  • A break down of possible book royalties through KDP Print
  • Handout with Additional Resources Included

Lecture 28: KDP Print Tips

  • Tips for using KDP Print
  • Explanation of proofs
  • Handout with Additional Resources and Handout with Step-by-Step Upload Instructions Included

Section 9: Publishing with IngramSpark

Lecture 29: IngramSpark Overview

  • Overview of IngramSpark
  • Handout with Additional Resources Included

Lecture 30: Additional IngramSpark Information

  • Explanation of wholesale discounts
  • Brief explanation of publisher compensation calculator and print and ship calculator
  • Handout with Additional Resources Included

Section 10: Using Both KDP Print and IngramSpark Together

Lecture 31: Using Both KDP Print and IngramSpark Together

  • Tips for using both KDP Print and IngramSpark together with examples
  • A break down of author copy costs
  • Handout with Additional Resources Included

Section 11: Even More Information

Lecture 32: E-books and Audiobooks Overview

  • Overview of e-books
  • List of possible benefits of e-books
  • List of possible options for publishing e-books
  • Brief explanation of KDP ASIN
  • Brief explanation of DRM
  • Brief explanation of KDP Select
  • Brief mention of audiobooks
  • Handout with Additional Resources Included

Lecture 33: Just a Few Marketing Ideas

  • List of a few more considerations before publishing a book
  • List of nine inexpensive publicity/marketing ideas
  • A reminder as the student moves forward with own publishing journey
  • Thank you!
  • Handout with Additional Resources Included

Who This Course is Not For

  • Someone expecting to get rich fast by publishing a book
  • Someone expecting to learn writing techniques
  • Someone expecting to learn specific book formatting techniques

Take the Next Step

Like I said, there is A LOT of information to consider when self-publishing a book. Are you ready to take the next step to reach your publishing dreams? Enroll now in Self-Publishing 101: Things to Consider When Publishing a Book in Print and learn at your own pace.

Click here to register if you are ready to take the next step.

Conclusion

Simply learning about publishing will not get your book published. You will have to put in the effort to actually move forward with your publishing journey.

To your publishing success!

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Learn More about Publishing at the Upcoming KidLit Indie Publishing Summit

Are you interested in publishing a book? Or are you looking for more information about self-publishing?

If you answered yes to either (or both) of these questions, make sure to check out the upcoming KidLit Indie Publishing Summit!

If you are reading this after the summit but are still interested in learning more about publishing, please look on my courses page. There may be something for you there!

KidLit Indie Publishing Summit

Even though the 15 speakers span across four continents and six countries, there is no need to travel to attend the KidLit Indie Publishing Summit. It is entirely virtual. No travel costs. No lodging fees. You can watch the entire summit from the comfort of your own home!

Learn more about the speakers here.

I had the privilege of creating and presenting one of the webinars for the summit. It is titled Using KDP Print and IngramSpark to Publish Children’s Books (And Should You Use Their Free ISBNs and Barcodes?).

This particular webinar may be for you if you want basic information about:

  • KDP Print
  • IngramSpark
  • Tips for using both KDP Print and IngramSpark to publish print books
  • Print-on-demand publishing
  • Expanded distribution
  • ISBNs
  • Barcodes

This is just one of the sixteen webinars that will be available during the summit. All of the webinars are focused on information about creating books, the printing process, illustrating your book, and book marketing.

Learn more about the available webinars here.

And best of all, the entire summit is free to watch for a limited period of time. Make sure to claim your spot for the KidLit Indie Publishing Summit here.

As an added bonus, all KidLit Indie Publishing Summit attendees should be receiving a coupon code for a discounted price on my recently released course Choosing the Best Publishing Option for You and Your Book: Traditional Publishing, Hybrid Publishing, or Self-Publishing?

Choosing the Best Publishing Option for You and Your Book

Make sure to check out the KidLit Indie Publishing Summit for more information.

Like I had mentioned before, if you are reading this after the summit but are still interested in learning more about publishing, please look on my courses page. There may be something for you there!

To your publishing success!

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Choosing the Best Publishing Option for You and Your Book: Traditional Publishing, Hybrid Publishing, or Self-Publishing? Course Now Available

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Are you interested in publishing a book but don’t know which publishing option would be best for you and your book?

If so, you may be interested in a course I recently created titled Choosing the Best Publishing Option for You and Your Book: Traditional Publishing, Hybrid Publishing, or Self-Publishing?, which is now available on Udemy.

Choosing the Best Publishing Option
Click here to go to the course

If you take this course, you will learn:

  • the differences between traditional publishing, hybrid publishing, and self-publishing
  • what a literary agent does and whether or not one is needed to publish a book
  • the pros and cons of print-on-demand publishing and two self-publishing companies that offer print-on-demand publishing
  • publishing terms such as query letter, manuscript, book proposal, exclusive submissions, simultaneous submissions, advance, and royalty
  • things to consider if choosing a hybrid publisher
  • and more

The course includes a total of twelve lectures: an introduction and 11 lessons. Each lecture includes a video with a slide show presentation as well as a downloadable transcript for your convenience. The video lectures total approximately 2 hours (about the same amount of time it takes to watch a movie)!

Handouts are also included with some of the lectures to provide additional resources and information to help you in your publishing decision.

You are welcome to read more information and preview the introduction and two lessons over on Udemy here.

If you do not already have a Udemy account and you choose to take the course, you will be required to register for a free Udemy account.

Please reach out to me if you have any questions concerning the course Choosing the Best Publishing Option for You and Your Book: Traditional Publishing, Hybrid Publishing, or Sef-Publishing?

Choosing the Best Publishing Option for You and Your Book

If you are a children’s book author interested in pursuing traditional publishing, you may want to check out 37 Children’s Book Publishers Accepting Unsolicited Manuscripts.

May you have a wonderful day!

Aah! Blown Away · Being an Author · Writing Appearances

Podcast Interview with 12-Year-Old Published Illustrator on Language During Mealtime

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My 12-year-old daughter and I had the opportunity to be interviewed for a podcast episode on Language During Mealtime recently.

Podcast Interview with 12-Year-Old Illustrator

We had an idea of some of the questions ahead of time but not all. I was impressed by how well my daughter answered questions on the spot. We talked about what it was like to publish Aah! Blown Away, Crash! An Alphabet Misadventure.

Aah! Blown Away, Crash! Cover

You can hear the entire interview on episode #58 over on Language During Mealtime here.

If you have a kid interested in starting a podcast, they may like the course Podcasting to Change the World over on SchoolhouseTeachers.com.

SchoolhouseTeachers.com offers over over 450 courses for one low price. My daughters have enjoyed quite a few courses on SchoolhouseTeachers.com including Podcasting to Change the World.

Podcasting to Change the World SHT.com

Learn more about Podcasting to Change the World here.

Here are a couple of more courses one of my daughters has taken on SchoolhouseTeachers.com, which may also be beneficial for kids interested in podcasting. (You can click on the words on the pictures to learn more information about each of them.)

Learn more about SchoolhouseTeachers.com here and/or listen to the podcast interview on Language During Mealtime here.

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Learn Some Self-Publishing Tips in the Latest Journey to KidLit Podcast Episode with Author Brigitte Brulz

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Last year, I had the opportunity to interview Brooke Van Sickle, founder of Journey to KidLit, for an article I wrote and had published on SCBWI Iowa’s website.

Journey to Kidlit

Brooke Van Sickle has accomplished a lot since that interview! She has continued to grow Journey to KidLit, founded a publishing company called BiblioKid Publishing, published a book called Pirates Stuck at “C”: An Alphabet Adventure (and has two more books scheduled to be released this year), and started a podcast. Wow!

If you are a children’s book author or aspiring children’s book author, I recommend checking out Brooke Van Sickle’s website Journey to KidLit. She offers a lot of information about writing and publishing children’s books.

Recently, Brooke Van Sickle took the time to interview me about my self-publishing journey for her Journey to KidLit podcast, which is now available as Episode 10: Publish Your Children’s Book on KDP with Author Brigitte Brulz.

In the interview, we talk about:

  • my newly released book Aah! Blown Away, Crash! An Alphabet Misadventure, what it was like working on the project with my 12-year-old daughter, and what I learned through the process
  • Readers’ Favorite reviews (I misspoke and said Readers’ Favorite “Award” when I meant to say Readers’ Favorite 5 Stars Review seal.)
  • what I’ve learned about writing children’s books since publishing my first two picture books
  • why I like using KDP Print to publish my books and a resource called KDP University that offers a lot of information
  • a tip for creating an author website
  • free book marketing tips (two resources I mentioned are the book How I Sold 80,000 Books by Alinka Rutkowska and the website PR For Anyone with Christina Daves; there is also a book called PR For Anyone by Christina Daves)
  • how my book was chosen for the 2019 Read Across Connecticut program
  • a major thing I have learned about creating kids books
  • the biggest obstacle in my writing journey
  • my favorite part of having published books
  • my tip for someone who wants to self-publish a book (and the fact that I would still like to traditionally publish books someday)
  • what writings I am working on now

The episode is about 18 minutes long and is now available to listen to on Journey to KidLit here.

I was really nervous to do the interview, but I think it went well. Please let me know what you think about it!