Are Story Times Worthwhile For Children’s Books?

When you have published a children’s book, getting it out into the world can be a huge challenge. This is where a children’s storytime can become an amazing help.

Hosting a storytime is ideal for children’s book authors. It allows you as the author to share your story with your desired audience, as well as read it to them the way you intended it to be. Ideally, you want to host these story time events with parents being able to attend. As well as this you want a selection of your books available to purchase on the day as this is an excellent sales tool.

We recommend hosting your storytime at a local library if they will allow it. This draws people to the library, as well as provides you with a nice quiet place for all to enjoy. You can also try attending local schools to reach your target audience directly.

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Preparing For My First Book Event

Attending your first book event as a published author can be a scary process. With you not being sure what to take and how to answer any questions. So, let us share with you some ideas to help you prepare.

Firstly, think about your book. If you are attending an event, it is a great time to make sales on your book. So, gather a few copies of your books, depending on how big your event is you may want to bulk buy them. You can then sell these to those who seem interested in your story.

You should also think about sharing your details. Business cards are a great way to do this. You can include links to where your book can be purchased and contact details.

Finally, when you need to answer questions. Try to not overthink it. Just be yourself and remember to keep your main story a surprise. This will help people to connect with you and be intrigued by your book.

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Simple Ways To Get Your Children’s Book Out There

When you are an author, the main worry is getting your children’s book out into the world once it is published. You may believe that just publishing your book will get it seen and will get you customers, but this is not the case. You need to work hard to get your book seen by the public. So here are some simple ways to get you started.

When you have written a children’s book, you want to be seen by both parents, children, and teachers. So one of the easiest ways to get your book seen by these people is by contacting local schools. If you offer schools a free copy of your book, they can share this and get your name out there.

You should also attend children’s events as an author stall. If you know of any festivals, schools fetes or anything where children will be, go to them! By having a stall with copies of your books, you will be able to sell them, you will be able to show your face and interact with your audience. Helping to boost your name and your book.


Why Are Book Reviews Important For An Author?

Whether you are self-published or published through an agency, it is extremely important that you gain as many honest reviews on your book as possible for a few main reasons.

One of the main reasons why you need to gain reviews on your book/s is for your own reputation. Building a reputation as an author can be challenging, as you can not really make a social media presence for a writing process. The best way to build your reputation is through reviews of your book. These reviews will help you to gain a following, it will help more people become interested in your work.

Another reason why you need reviews on your books, more so if you are self-published through Amazon, is so people can understand what your book is like. When purchasing books online people like to see what other people are thinking about a book, this can help them to decide if the purchase is worth their money or not.

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Gaining Reviews As A Self-Published Author

Self-publishing your book can be an exciting time, especially with there being many ways to do it, Amazon being the most common. But gaining reviews as a self-publish author can be challenging. So, today we are going to share with you some of our top tips for gaining reviews as a self-publish author.

Create Relationships With Followers

One of the best ways to gain reviews on your self-published book is to create a relationship with your followers. It is likely that through the process of writing your book you have been advertising in one way or another to get yourself known. Use this relationship you have made to gain reviews on your book.

Simply Ask People
If people you know have purchased your book, ask them if they will leave a review on Amazon or your own website/page about your book. By simply asking, people are more likely to leave a review for you as they will see how much it means to you.

Create A Social Media Post
Creating a social media post is a great way to gain reviews. A lot of people do not understand how reviews can help a self-published author. So, if you share with them honestly how this will help you, people who then purchase your book are more than likely going to leave a review.

Reviews are important for any author, more so for self-published authors. So, do all you can to build those relationships and gain those reviews. If you make an effort yourself to gain those reviews, you will see an improvement in the number of reviews you gain. Just remember, some people may not be as kind as you would imagine.



Should I Attend An Author Event?

As an Author, you have likely heard about author events, if not then you have come to the right place to learn all about them.

There are a lot of different places that you can go to author events. For example, you can speak to local schools to talk to and inspire children. You can also attend pre-arranged Literary events to showcase your own book/s.

So, why should any author attend an author event?

One of the main reasons we believe every author should attend these events is to get their name out there. As a new author, it can be difficult to get your book seen, to get people interested and to gain sales. An author event is a great place to show your face and get yourself known. It will help you to build a background for your career.

Author events may also gain you the opportunity to make sales. Not every author event is about sales, but some people may ask about ordering your book. This is a great way to make generic sales with people who are interested in you, your journey, and your idea.

Not only are they great for making background and getting yourself known, but they are also good for inspiration. If you are going to schools for talks, you are likely going to inspire so many young people. Helping them to realise and achieve their dreams.

To attend an author event you do not even need to have your book published and printed. As long as you have something to show for your book, something to talk about, you are ready to go. You may even gain preorder sales which will be amazing for new authors.

There is no reason why you should attend an author event. Get your name out there and just have a great time.

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The Costs With Self-Publishing

One question we are always asked is ‘ what costs are there with self-publishing a book?’ Well, the truth is that the costs depend on you and what you are happy to do yourself, and what quality you want your book to be.

If you are a writer, then it is likely you want to write your own book. Whatever this may be about, you will always think that your writing is always the best it could be. But, you may want to consider hiring an editor, as they will be able to proofread your work before publication. This is one cost you may encounter.

Another cost that may need to be considered is whether you need an illustrator. Not everyone who writes a book will want fancy illustrations. But some people may need the help, especially those writing children’s books. This is likely to be the most expensive cost you will face as illustrations do take a lot of time to create.

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Writing A Book Fears Answered

A lot of first time authors have a lot of fears to do with writing their first book. Well, I am here to answer the most common fears for you, helping to make your first book writing experience a dream.

What If I Can’t Think Of A Title?
One of the most common worries in the book publishing world is wondering what will happen if you cannot think of a title for your book. You DO NOT need to worry about this at all! Some of the best books from the best authors have their titles chosen after most of if not all of the book has been written! Sometimes you just need a bit of inspiration before sticking to a title!

What If I Make A Spelling Error?
Spelling errors are extremely common in the book publishing industry and any writing industry for that matter. This is why people proofread their work and will hire an editor to double-check things over. So do not worry, after hours upon hours of writing a story, the first draft will always be full of little spelling and grammar errors. They can easily be fixed before publishing.

What If No One Wants To Buy My Book?

Another common fear, the lack of sales. Now becoming an author is a huge step and you should only write a book because you want to. If you are writing a book to make money then you should reconsider. Publishing a book should be something that you love to do. The making money side of it is just an extra. Anyway, with the right advertisement, you will always find somebody who wants to purchase your book at the right price.

Writing a book is great fun. Just remember to conduct all of your market research before you publish your book. It can be a scary time but all of your fellow authors are here to help you through it.

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Why Is Working With An Editor Important In Book Publishing?

Writers have a mindset, a mindset where their writing is always perfect. This is the same for any kind of writer, including authors of books. This mindset makes every writer believe they should never pay to have anyone check their work as of course, it’s going to be 100% perfect. But, this is not the case, and every writer working within book publishing should consider working with an editor.

Working with an editor is not something that you should be ashamed of. It is something that most well-known writers do for some main reasons.

Working with an editor on your project allows your work to be 100% perfect. Editors have a skill that writers do not have. They have the skill of spotting tiny mistakes. Spelling and grammatical errors that may have become natural in your writing style. They will be able to correct these and help you rephrase some of your work to make more sense.

Working with an editor will be amazing for your book publishing project. Helping people to be more respectful of your completed work.


Writing A Book – All You Need To Know

I want to write a book, can you help me?! 

Writing a book can be an extremely daunting process. When you know you want to write a book but have no idea where to start or what you truly need to do. Today we are going to share with you all you need to know about writing a book!

The First Paragraph Is Always The Hardest!

It is without a doubt that the first paragraph of any writing project is always the most difficult. The paragraph that will take you the longest is always the first paragraph! So, don’t worry if you are writing a book and it seems to be taking you months to start your first paragraph. This is completely normal, and one day it will just come to you!

Working Backwards Is Normal! 

For every story writer, working backward is normal. With most authors knowing how they want their story to end, yet not how they want it to begin. Sometimes writing the ending is the best way to start. Soon the rest of the story will just begin to flow.

It Will Cost You Money!

You may be wondering, how on earth can writing a story cost me money. Well, it costs you money as soon as you come to the point where you wish to publish. With you needing to pay someone to publish and print your book for you! You will also need to hire a proofreader or editor to ensure that your story flows. Checking on all your spelling and grammar as it would be a shame to publish something with mistakes!

Just let your creativity flow!

No matter what, when writing any story, just let your creativity flow. Write down whatever you are thinking. Jot down notes for your story as and when they come to you! You never know when your mind will spark the perfect idea.