Writers often ask me, “how long does it take to make my money back after I publish my children’s book?” While I wish there was a simple answer, there isn’t. The amount of time it takes to make your money back after publishing varies depending on how you published and how willing you are to market your book.

As a bestselling author, I’ve put a lot of work into marketing my books, and in this article, I’ll share my top strategy.

But first, let’s talk about why publishing your own book is absolutely worth the wait and the marketing.

Why Publishing a Children’s Book is Worth It

I’ll state the obvious by saying that publishing your children’s book is worth it because your story can empower children and impact their lives. That alone is pretty well worth the effort, but there are other reasons too (like making your money back and then some).

Publishing Provides Opportunities

There’s something about being a published author that impresses others. You’ll notice that, after you’re published, people will start reaching out to you with questions or ask you to come visit their classrooms to talk about your story.

After I published The Big, Bad Bully, I had the opportunity to speak at a local TEDx event, attended teacher conferences, and got to facilitate writing groups.

One of the authors in Publishing Mastermind was hired as a ghost writer after she published her children’s book.

Having a published book to your name opens doors you might not have otherwise noticed. As you gain more experience at these kinds of events, you can request payment and begin making your money back.

Publishing Can Change Your Life

Publishing can also be the catalyst for a significant change. After I published I CAN Believe in Myself, I became a full-time writer and eventually started my own publishing company.

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

Another Publishing Mastermind author took up a career in video editing to help other authors create book trailers after she published her own children’s book.

You never know where publishing might take you, and sometimes it leads to a career that will help you make your money back.

How To Make Your Money Back After Self-Publishing

Of course, I promised I’d share my top strategy with you. In addition to helping writers’ groups and TEDx speaking, I made my money back by speaking at schools. To spread the word, I stayed active on Facebook and Instagram too.

If you’re diligent about visiting schools and letting others know about your children’s book, you CAN make your money back (and more).

At the end of the day, the amount of time it will take depends on how much you spent to publish, how much you decide to sell the book for, how much you charge to visit schools, and how committed you are to your career as an author.

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