Publishing your own children’s book is a fun & exciting process. As each day passes, you get to watch your book slowly come together with illustrations, design, and prints.
Sometimes, authors get so excited about their book that they forget to take care of the little things.
That’s why I want to share with you 5 Essentials for Every Published Author.
1. An enticing author biography
Readers love knowing who’s the word-wizard behind their favourite book and one of the best ways to help a reader get to know you is by writing an enticing author bio.
Your author bio should include who you are, where you’re from / where you live, any relevant accomplishments, and a fun fact about yourself. A good author bio will give you authority while encouraging the reader to know, trust, and like you.
This is my author bio from my children's book, I CAN Believe in Myself, co-authored by Jack Canfield and published by HCI Books.
2. A professional headshot
Next to the author bio, you will need a photo of yourself. Similar to the author bio, a professional headshot establishes credibility and helps the reader get to know you by putting a face to their favourite author’s name.
3. A social media presence
Even if your book is still in progress, it’s always a good idea to start building your social media presence.
Social media is one of the best places to market, so any way you can get ahead is a step in the right direction.
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4. A functional website/blog
Websites and blogs are a great way to boost social media activity and build an audience. Similar to a social media presence, websites and blogs are great marketing tools.
Once your book is out, you will likely send people to your website so they can buy your book. Start early, and you will train your audience to visit you there, making them more likely to click on your site when the book is released.
5. A strong support system
As an author, there will be days when writing, finding an illustrator, and promoting your book will resemble doing the dishes and vacuuming -- you will want to put them off for another time. In other words, there are slow days.
One of the best cures for a case of the writing woes is a strong support system. It’s crucial to have friends and family to turn to because they will be the ones to pick you up if you’re down.
Even better is a support system of individuals with the same goal in mind. If you ever get the chance to journey with like minded authors striving to publish their books too, take it. It will change your life.
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