Publishing your own children’s book is a fun and exciting process. As each day passes, you get to watch your book slowly come together with illustrations, design, and prints. But sometimes authors get so excited about their book that they forget to take care of the little things. Here are 5 Published Author Must-Haves.

5 Published Author Must-Haves

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.

Miriam Author Bio

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.

A Professional Headshot

Next to the author bio, you'll 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.

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. At the end of the day, every published author needs a social media presence.

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A 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.

A Community that will Support Your Journey as a Published Author

As an author, there will be days when writing, finding an illustrator, and promoting your book will resemble doing the dishes and vacuuming — you'll 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. 

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Even better is a support system of individuals with the same goal in mind. If you don't already have a community of likeminded writers to turn to, check out my FREE Children's Book Writers Community.

Who can help you get started, navigate your biggest questions, and celebrate your success?

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