Why did I decide to become a children's book author?
When I tell people that I am a children's book author most of the time I will get a response like "I have a great idea about a children's book" or "I have always wanted to write one".
In short, the difference between them and myself is that I actually made it happen. Most of us are incredibly imaginative and when it comes to children's stories they are pretty easy to make up when you are sitting with a little one at bed time. But what makes your idea become a physical book in your hand?
Let me share with you a little bit about my journey.
Most of you will probably know that I have a gorgeous little girl called Isla. To be honest in my opinion she is the best (but I am a little bias.) Like most parents, I read books to her before bed. I am able to see what she likes and what she doesn't. I have had to read a certain book for many nights in a row and others don't really get a look at.
She is my world and I wanted to be able to give her something from me, from us, that she could be proud of.
I haven't really written before. I mean, I was good in English class and know how to spell. I even read books for myself sometimes but never really considered even the possibility of becoming an author.
When I was about 8 I wrote and illustrated a book about two young girls who found some police uniforms and ended up having to use them to save the city. I really need to see if that still exists somewhere it would be great to look at now.
Anyway, I am pretty vocal about my hopes and dreams and in a random conversation I mentioned to my partner, wouldn't it be cool if I wrote a book for Isla. I got a response I wasn't expecting. So simple yet for some reason it struck a cord. "You should do it."
What was stopping me? Why shouldn't I? It would be really cool if I did.
I sat on this idea and thoughts for days thinking if I actually could. What would I write about? Is it even possible. Doubt kicked in for sure but before I let it completely take over, I decided on giving writing a go.
I chose to write a book about sloths. It is something my daughter and I both really do love. I know it is an animal a lot of kids like now days and I haven't seen many sloth books out there.
I will talk about my writing process in another blog but for now I will tell you the whole book was written in four days. It felt like it came easily. I would read to my daughter and partner each page I completed and asked for feedback. I then moved on to reading it to my father. Surprised at his response of "I want to support you to publish this." I knew I had to make it happen.
So I did.
If you want to read more about how I decided on self publishing and how I went about it keep an eye on my blogs.