The first time I self-published, I was new to the process and endured many failures before I finally held my book in my hand. Here are nine things I wish I had known about self-publishing before starting the process.
When I was 14 years old, I wrote a poem entitled “Does A Giraffe Ever Feel Small?” that tells the story of six animals and the characteristics that make them stand out from one another. It had a cute rhyme scheme and a resounding message to love yourself for who you are.
Over the course of four years, this poem morphed into a children’s book by the same name that I self-published with my friend and illustrator, Olivia Wischmeyer. We crowdfunded over $3,000 to cover the cost of producing our book and donated all profits raised from sales to Reading Partners Colorado and Books for Africa. Our book was officially released in April 2017 when we were both seniors in high school. We’ve since sold nearly 1,000 copies and the book has been sold in five different stores.
As young people, we were new to the process of self-publishing and endured many failures before we held the final book in our hands. Here are nine things I wish I had known about self-publishing before starting the process.