Children's books seem so simple, right? But don't let that fool you! Children's books are a huge challenge, especially for self published authors. I share what you need to know about taking on this daunting type of project.
Blog: Writing a Children's Book Challenges http://hub.me/akUhN
YouTube video: https://youtu.be/uhpMy5z-nTY
Timestamp show notes (click on a timestamp to view segment on YouTube):
0:10 Doing a children's book is tougher than it looks
1:01 The issue of age appropriateness for kids' books
2:16 Grade reading level and readability testing
3:29 A children's book is not always a picture book
4:23 Children's book illustration issues
6:07 Content maturity issues for kids books
6:56 Marketing issues for children's books
7:36 Hire a children's book editor
8:53 Is traditional publishing a better choice?
A self published author was concerned to discover that a new book with a very similar title was appearing before hers in search on Amazon. She feared that this other book would take away her visibility on Amazon and Google, even though hers was published much earlier. Were her fears justified?
Blog: What If Another Book Has the Same Title as Yours? http://hub.me/anLe7
YouTube video: https://youtu.be/586ZiPg2j7M
Timestamp show notes (click on timestamp to view segment on YouTube):
0:11 Are authors' fears of other books with similar titles to theirs justified?
1:03 Books with the same title may not be the same
2:22 In US, titles are not copyrightable, but may be trademarked
4:02 Why I'm not concerned about similar titles on Amazon or Google
6:27 Readers want you and your book, not any book with the same title
Are you a great cook or chef who wants to self publish a cookbook? Then this episode is for you! I discuss all the issues you'll need to address for your self published cookbook project.
YouTube video: https://youtu.be/yqeKzA5HlgI
Timestamp show notes (click on timestamp to view that segment on YouTube):
0:32 First step in writing your self published cookbook
1:44 Photo issues for self published cookbooks
2:46 Color or black & white printing?
4:12 Paperback or hardcover cookbook?
6:20 Kindle eBook cookbooks?
7:18 Copyright issues with cookbooks
9:19 Allergen, health and nutrition info?
9:56 Using brand name ingredients?
Collaborating on a book can be a fun and fulfilling project between family, friends, or colleagues. But co-authored books add several issues to all the challenges of individual self publishing. I explain.
Blog: Self Publishing a Co-Authored Book: What You Need to Know http://hub.me/anKqg
YouTube video: https://youtu.be/cVM0--d0ctM
Timestamp show notes (click timestamp to view segment on YouTube):
0:32 What is a co-authored book?
3:12 Why self published co-authored books are messy
6:20 Real-life example of a co-authored book project gone wrong