Yvonne Jones on her IRDA Winning Title “How To Self-Publish A Children’s Book”

Indie Reader Discovery Award

How To Self-Publish A Children’s Book was the winner in the How-To category of the 2018 IndieReader Discovery Awards, where undiscovered talent meets people with the power to make a difference.

What is the name of the book and when was it published?

How To Self-Publish A Children’s Book: Everything You Need To  Know To Write, Illustrate, Publish, And Market Your Paperback And Ebook. It was published on January 24, 2018.

What’s the book’s first line?

When my first book was published some years ago, I felt lost and overwhelmed throughout the entire writing and marketing process.

What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”.

How To Self-Publish A Children’s Book outlines the precise path to fulfilling your dream of becoming a published children’s book author. It will provide you with a blueprint that can guide you from story idea all the way to published book, without feeling lost and overwhelmed – even if you don’t have much time.

What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event?

Over the years, I have written more than a dozen children’s books, seven of them bestselling. As more and more people asked me to help them to do the same, I decided to help aspiring children’s book authors write their own, with the help of this book, along with my 1-on-1 coaching programs, and my upcoming online program at Children’s Book University.

What’s the main reason someone should really read this book?

If you’re looking for a blueprint that can guide you from story idea all the way to fulfilling your dream of becoming a published children’s book author, then How To Self-Publish A Children’s Book is the only resource you will need.

Whatever stage you’re at, this book is for you. With more than 19 swipe files and templates, it contains hand-selected lists of highly qualified editors, illustrators, book formatters, and marketing strategists you can hire without it costing you a fortune.

How To Self-Publish A Children’s Book will help you write a magical story tailored to specific age groups, will empower you to bring your characters to life, and turn you into a published children’s book author.

When did you first decide to become an author?

My debut children’s book, Teeny Totty Uses Mama’s Big Potty, received high praises from potty training gurus and bestselling authors Teri Crane and Jamie Glowacki.

With my then 2-year-old having difficulties transitioning from potty chair (he was already potty trained) to toilet, I sought out help in the form of books. As no other book was available on this subject matter, I remembered Beverly Cleary’s quote “If you don’t see the book you want on the shelves, write it.” And so I decided to write and illustrate my own. It was an instant success with many other families.

A passion was born, and with now more than a dozen children’s books under my belt, I’m determined to instill confidence, curiosity, individuality, and moral values with my writings and illustrations.

What do you do for work when you’re not writing?

I’m a writing and publishing strategist, and have made it my mission to help driven and aspiring children’s book authors write, illustrate, publish, and market their own high-quality story.

I have helped aspiring authors from all walks of life – from lawyers, neuroscientists, and filmmakers to parents and grandparents – at all stages of their writing careers. My signature method draws from the writer’s own experiences and past circumstances to influence children’s lives in an incredible and positive way.

What’s the best and the hardest part of being an indie?

The best part is absolute, creative independence – be it any given timelines, costs, or any of the design aspects. It’s your project and your book, from the beginning of the creation process until the very end.

What’s a great piece of advice that you can share with fellow indie authors?

My number one advice would be not to go it alone. I spent so many months, if not years, trying to figure it out all on my own. I could have easily cut this time and stress in half (if not more), if I would have sought out someone that had already done what I was trying to do.

Whether it’s seeking out a community of fellow authors, like a facebook group, or an actual mentor, find someone that understands what you’re going through, and that can help you in getting wherever you want to go much, much faster than you ever could on your own.

Find community, find support. And things will be so much easier, and quite frankly, so much more fun.

Is there something in particular that motivates you?

My kids are my main motivation. I absolutely love writing children’s books for my two boys. They are my inspiration for everything I do. I adore writing about their unique interests and I always aspire to find fun and exciting ways to have my kids discover and learn about the magnificent marvels this world has to offer.

My second motivation is my unwavering passion to empowering others to write their own children’s books that are influenced by their own experiences and their own circumstances, that provide a world of acceptance and love, and that celebrate children’s adorably unique traits and interests that, in turn let a child’s confidence soar.


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