Self-Publishing a Children’s Book: Best Practices [One-Hour Live Workshop]
So you’ve got a great idea for a children’s book—fantastic! But if you’ve started the journey, you’ve likely realized it’s not as simple as writing a story and sketching some stick figures. From crafting a compelling narrative to marketing the finished product, publishing a children’s book is a multi-disciplinary endeavor.
This one-hour workshop offers you a roadmap through the labyrinthine world of self-publishing in the children’s book market. My guests this month, a mother and son team, successfully co-authored and illustrated a well-reviewed children’s book. They’ll share their journey, their challenges—including the critical error of hiring the wrong consultants—and the strategies that have led them to the successful launch of the first book in their series.
Meet Our Guests: Lynn Greenberg and Jonathan Greenberg
Jonathan, a talented young illustrator, was born with dyslexia and could not read or write like many other children his age. He channeled his energies into expressing his ideas through art. Lynn, a retired attorney, approaches raising children with learning differences using a philosophy of positivity. During COVID-19, when many families were living together with an abundance of unscheduled free time, Lynn and Jonathan began to work on the concepts and ideas for Robby the Dyslexic Taxi and the Airport Adventure which they published earlier this year.
What You Will Learn in the Workshop
- Unique Audience Demands in Children’s Books – Understand why market research for children is distinct from other age groups.
- Storytelling and Illustration for Young Minds – Learn the unique aspects of crafting a narrative for children and how illustrations engage young readers.
- Why a Test Audience of Children is Essential – Learn how to gather feedback from young readers.
- Formatting for Little Hands and Eyes – Grasp the specific formatting needs for children’s books.
- Distribution Channels for Children’s Books – Understand the best platforms and venues for distribution.
- Marketing to Parents and Educators – Understand the need to market effectively to those who will be purchasing the book.
- The Pitfalls of Hiring the Wrong Consultants – Hear firsthand about the costly mistake of not properly vetting publishing “experts” and learn strategies for hiring the right ones.
- Post-launch Assessment in the Children’s Market – Gain insights into measuring your book’s success in this unique market in order to set the stage for your next book.
Whether you’re a writer, an illustrator, or simply someone with a story you’re passionate about sharing, this workshop is designed to guide you through the complexities of the field.
This workshop is being offered as a stand alone opportunity. You do not have to be a member of the Creative Law Center to attend it (members will have access, of course, and need not purchase the workshop separately). You’ll get an email with the Zoom link for Wednesday, September 2oth at 1 p.m., ET once you sign up. You will have access to the replay for a year.
This is a live, interactive workshop using Zoom. You will be able to ask questions in real time, so bring your list and learn from folks who have completed the process.
Who Should Attend?
- Aspiring children’s book authors
- Current authors looking to shift into the children’s book market
- Parents interested in co-authoring with their children
- Illustrators looking to work on children’s books
- Educators and librarians
Join us on September 20 at 1 p.m. ET.
I look forward to seeing you there.