If you've ever typed "how to publish a children's book" into Google, then odds are you already know just how much information is out there. But you might've also encountered some harmful publishing myths along the way.
It's time you knew the truth about children’s book publishing.
5 Publishing Myths That Are Holding You Back
MYTH #1: You can’t find success as a self-published author.
This myth is only that — a myth. It is absolutely possible to find success as a self-published author. As a matter of fact, it’s possible to find insurmountable success as a self-published author.
When I first published I CAN Believe in Myself in 2013, I had no idea my book would reach the heights of success. But with a lot of hard work and dedication, I achieved bestselling status, won awards, and earned a Guinness World Record.
And I’m not the only self-published author who has found success. My friend, Maria Dismondy, also found exceptional success with her self-published books. Her passion for impacting children led her to eventually sell over 1 million copies of her children’s books.
If you are willing to put in the effort, you absolutely CAN find success as a self-published author.
MYTH #2: You can’t illustrate your own children’s book.
This is another myth many talented writers believe. But if art is one of your talents, you CAN illustrate your own children’s book. You are not required to outsource to another artist.
Some well-known authors who have both written and illustrated their own children’s books include Mélanie Watt, Sandra Boynton, and P.D. Eastman.
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MYTH #3: You need professional creative writing training to become an author.
This is completely false. So many of the amazing authors that publish through my Publishing Mastermind have no training whatsoever. When I first started my author career, I had no professional training either.Though you will need an editor down the road, don’t let this myth hold you back from chasing your dreams. Whether you’ve had formal training in creative writing or not, you CAN publish an incredible children’s book.
MYTH #4: Traditional & Self-Publishing are your only options.
The publishing industry is changing drastically, which means you are no longer limited to traditional and self- publishing. There is a third option available called Hybrid Publishing.
Though every hybrid publisher conducts their business differently, here at ML Publishing, we have the Publishing Mastermind, which is a year-long mentorship program where I walk you through the whole process: writing, publishing and launching. At the end of it all, my company will publish your book.
And to top it all off, we connect you with like-minded authors, providing you with the perfect network to start your author career strong.
MYTH #5: There are enough children’s books out there. They don’t need yours!
I’ll be honest, this myth frustrates me a lot. This idea that your story is unnecessary and just like all the other children’s books out there is simply untrue. Children need your story (and they need it from YOU).
Many first-time authors believe that since there are already so many children’s books in the world, theirs will be just another book in the crowd. But here’s the thing: no one can tell your story quite like you can.
Sharon Jennings, the incredible children’s book author who edits all the manuscripts for our Publishing Masterminders, often refers to this quote:
You might believe your book is nothing special, but you never know… Your book might be just what a child needs. The way I look at it, even if only one child’s life is changed by your story, it’s all worth it.
Once you overcome these myths and learn to believe in yourself, you’ll realize that anything is possible as long as you keep trying. Yes, you CAN become a successful children’s book author.