Our lovely lady Sheila Marie has inspired me so much by her article on Fiona Theatre mouse and self publishing, that I thought I'd write about my children's book journey.
When my business partner and I decided to write a story for very young children it was a new and exciting venture for us. We decided we wanted the book to be quality literature and not the poor standard English which is so often found in children's books. My business partner wanted to do tasteful art work and not bold, brash pictures which ruin some children's books. We also wanted to show good witches and nature and have a moral stance as we are keen to promote a good example to children.
The book is aimed at up to 7 years old.
As a teacher of very young children, I was accustomed to Literacy expectations and so I included things such as alliteration, adjectives, similes. We were delighted when a local private school took the book for their infant school literacy class work.
I asked my eldest brother to do the editing for me and he was marvellously thorough and concise and worth asking.
As Sheila Marie said in her wonderful self publishing article here on Wizzley, it is difficult then to get a publisher. The world recession has harmed them too!
Finally I got it printed at a printers and we sold them just a first run of 50 at local fairs and such like.