For me, writing children’s stories is fun, quick, and relatively easy. I can often write one within three to five hours–and that includes multiple drafts, and considering and incorporating the feedback of others.
So far, it has taken me about a month to turn a fully illustrated children’s story into a successful children’s book. When it has taken longer, it has been for budgetary reasons rather than creative ones.
I don’t know how long it takes for me to create a commercially successful book, as I haven’t yet done it.
My definition of success is that I love what I do, grow and learn from it as it feeds and reveals my spirit and makes a positive difference in the world.
My definition of commercial success is that I love what I do, grow and learn from it as it feeds and reveals my spirit and makes a positive difference in the world while making a financial profit after factoring in all expenses.
My books are selling on Amazon.com and getting excellent reviews. Now, I need to help many more people discover them. I believe that is what it will take to propel my books from being successful to commercially successful.
I don’t need commercially successful books to be happy. My investment management business provides sufficient commercial success to more than meet my daily needs.
Still, commercially successful books would make the endeavor far more sustainable and that would lead to making a positive difference to the lives of many more children and their loved ones. So, I’m rooting for, and playing toward, that outcome.
I recently contacted three bookstores. None were interested in carrying my books. One said it was because they only carry books where the title is clearly visible on the spine. Mine aren’t. One said they only carry used books and the relatively few new books they feel forced to carry are the most popular ones from non-independent publishers. The third bookstore said they never deal with print-on-demand publishers.
This coming week, I plan to investigate using Etsy, EBay, and some other vehicles to help more people to discover my books.
I plan to share what I experience with you.