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This is a book about how to create childrens picture books - not fiction,
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This review is from: The Business of Writing for Children: An Award-Winning Author's Tips on Writing Children's Books and Publishing Them, or How to Write, Publish, and Promote a Book for Kids (Paperback)
Probably the shortest review I have done so far for Amazon - I bought the Kindle edition of this book because I wanted to learn about what fiction works best for children, to find, having downloaded it, that it is all about creating picture books - and getting them published by mainstream publishers.
Anyone who is anyone knows that books are moving headlong into Kindle/Nook platforms, with the ability for an author to create printed books via Creatspace/Lulu etc.
I didn't find this advice from previous reviewers. Had I have done so, I would have kept my money in my pocket until I found the book that would best help me.
So... if you are thinking of buying this....
a) this is all about creating a childrens picture book, and
b) it majors on getting a book into print via a mainstream publisher/agent - which is strange because Aaron originally made his name in the selfpublishing area.
I hope this helped, and saved you buying the wrong book.
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Initial post: 25 Dec 2013 08:36:42 GMT
Hi notimetoulouse. Actually, I made a name as a children's author long before I became successful in self publishing. This book was based on that experience, and it is decidedly focused as you describe. It was only coincidental that the paperback became my first big self publishing success!
For the Kindle edition, I did a fair amount of updating, but I chose not to reorient it. For one thing, I have yet to come up with a viable, profitable publishing plan for children's ebooks -- and I haven't noticed anyone else having great success with that, either. Perhaps you'll be the one to work it out!
But having first gone the traditional route myself, I feel that most people who try self publishing for children are not really ready for it. In taking the time to submit to publishers and polish their craft, a writer serves an apprenticeship that leads to much higher quality output. My feeling is that nearly all authors who try to short circuit that process wind up publishing substandard work -- and children deserve better than that.
So, my position has always been -- and continues to be -- that self publishing for children is best suited to authors who have already had some success by a traditional route.
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2014 19:12:13 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jan 2014 19:13:21 GMT
Aaron - I've refrained from replying until now because I've revisited this comment without replying to it many times since you appended it.
I think it's because I can't get past the incredibly trite last half of para 2, with it's lofty exclamation mark.
In fact, the more I read the whole piece again the more you come across to me as quite a demeaning type of guy....that whole 'I feel that most people who try self publishing etc.... sentence being a case in point.
I have previously bought two of your books - and I bow to your undoubted intellect and experience Sir.... but I don't bow to the apparent lofty and demeaning attitude to fellow reviewers and writers. Your last sentence has a beautifully crafted arrogance about it don't you think?
Please everyone reading this, if you think I'm seeing an acidity in Mr Shepards comment that doesn't in fact exist, let me know, and I'll revisit it with an edit - but his other comments to reviewers with the temerity to leave him less than a five or four star review seem just as tart.
As for my review...it stays as it is.
You titled the book 'The Business of Writing for Children: An Award-Winning Author's Tips on Writing Children's Books and Publishing Them, or How to Write, Publish, and Promote a Book for Kids'.
Nowhere in the title does it say it's all about creating picture books, not fiction, a point made by three other reviewers, and a title which may lead people to buy in error, leave a negative review, and damage your author stats by asking for a refund.
Which they have done.
It is an objective three star review, not a one star spoiler. Check out my other reviews elsewhere - I'm far from being a harsh marker.
And no Aaron, I won't be drawn into answering a long drawn out comment stream here that drags on and on for comment after comment.
Readers deserve better than that.
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2014 22:03:57 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jan 2014 22:08:39 GMT
Notimetoulouse, I'm distressed that you took my comment that way, because I didn't mean it that way at all. I can only apologize if it came off like that.
I don't know you or your abilities, so my remarks about self-publishing children's authors in general may or may not apply to you. I really have no idea. And when I say you may be the one to work out a viable business plan for children's ebooks, I mean that sincerely. It's likely that someone can, and there's no reason for me to think it should not be you.
Please do not change your review! I have no objection to it at all. It's true I'm sometimes less than kind to my detractors, but I never object to a review, positive or negative, if it is thoughtful, considerate, and sincere. I took yours to be all three. In fact, I welcomed it, because more and more people are buying the book with the same false expectation, and it's good if a review can warn them off. This was not a problem when the book was first written and published, but it is a growing one now, and you helped me address it. That is the main reason I took the time to explain my viewpoint -- so that prospective buyers would be fully aware of it. I never want people to buy a book of mine that doesn't meet their needs.
As for my view about "most self publishers".... I imagine many self publishers _would_ consider that demeaning and arrogant. But having been a traditionally published children's author, and having also taught many aspiring children's authors, I'm very passionate about the quality of literature that children deserve, and also aware that most new authors are ill equipped to judge how far their own work falls short. My book is meant as a way to help them progress from one point to the other. I am not one to assure every newcomer that they're already as good as any published author, because that's simply nonsense, as well as an insult to authors who have spent years honing their craft. But if newcomers want to believe it, there are many other sources of help they can turn to.
But I'd better shut up before I get myself in bigger trouble. Again, my apologies for any personal offense I've caused you.
Posted on 27 Jan 2014 09:59:52 GMT
Thanks very much for this Aaron...I think I was upset because i eulogise your book, Aiming at Amazon, to anyone who asks me for advice about print on demand, or how I got started as an author. In the books of yours I've bought in the past, you come across as a really nice, down to earth person, and the tone of the comment shook me a tad.
After spending two years ghostwriting 'How To' books for others, Your advice in 'Aiming', gave me the confidence to push out on my own..... it still is the most down to earth and engaging book about the intricacies of Print on Demand I've come across.
No hard feelings Mr S.
Glad to find you are the guy I thought you were.
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2014 17:46:35 GMT
Glad we cleared it up, and I'm glad my books have helped you. Good luck with your children's writing!
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