Emerging Author Help

Have an idea for a children's picture book but don't know what to do next or...
Have a children’s picture book but need some help to grow your profile, sell more books and earn some money?

Do you have an idea for a children’s picture book but don't know what to do next?
I know for a fact that there are literally hundreds of people who have an idea for a story or who have written a story, however have no idea how to turn it into a real book. 

 

That was me in 2013.   It took me almost two years of ups and downs and a crash course in "how to write and successfully self publish a children's picture book," to take my scrappy piece of paper and big dream, and turn it into a reality.  

To be honest, it was challenging.  I made a number of costly mistakes along the way and it almost didn't happen. But becoming a published author has been one of my life's greatest achievements so far.

Here is a small snapshot of my journey since then...

In December 2014 I successfully self published my first ever children's picture book.  Before the book was even printed, I pre sold over 350 copies.  Within 6 months of publication I was a top 3 finalist for a book award, was invited to attend a writers festival as a "paid" guest author and was being paid to visit schools and kindergartens to read my story and to share my story about how I became an author.

In the past 4 years I have successfully self published 3 children's picture books in total, pre selling over 1300 books, set a Guinness World Record at a book launch, visited hundreds of schools and kindergartens, attended several writers festivals, built a strong personal brand, become a regular in the media and now work full time as an author.  I also have 3 other books written and ready to go.

Not bad for a kid from Outback QLD and former rodeo clown who never graduated from high school. 

Apart from writing more books and progressing my own author career, I love helping first time authors take what seems overwhelming and impossible and turning it into a reality through self publishing.  

I help first time authors with...

  • Knowing when your story is ready to publish

  • Finding a professional editor

  • Finding the best illustrator for your story

  • Understanding how to work with and editor, illustrator, graphic artist and printer

  • Book layout tips, tricks and ideas

  • Finding a reputable printing company and obtaining the best possible quote

  • Deciding on a book size and type

  • Obtaining an ISBN and barcode, understanding your requirements for Legal Book Deposits and all of the little things that make a HUGE difference to the success of your book

  • Pre publication sales and marketing

  • Ideas for book launches

  • Post publication sales and marketing ideas

  • Getting your books into public libraries, schools, kindergartens, bookstores etc.  

  • Developing a story time session and author talk

  • Approaching Kindergartens, schools etc

  • Attracting media attention

  • Personal branding, building a public profile and attracting media attention

  • Generating sales and starting to make money from your book

You can do all of those thing yourself.  But it can take hours of research and guessing, months of preparation and planning and years of waiting to get there and there is still no guarantee you will get it right or that it will work.  

I specialise in taking the hardship and guesswork out of the process and helping people to take their idea and successfully turn it into a book they can be proud of.

If you would like to know more about  how I can help you, email me at ian@ianmcintosh.com.au or call 0402 907 333. 

Have a children’s picture book but need some help to start earning some money?
I love to help children’s picture book authors like you find their niche, build their profile, discover and develop their marketing mojo, sell more books, earn more money and grow their business.   That’s my thing. 

I know how hard it is to get up and get going, because I have been there.  I know how amazing it feels to start earning more money from being an author, because I have been there too.

If you would like to know more about  how I can help you, email me at ian@ianmcintosh.com.au or call 0402 907 333. 

You have done the hard part.  You have a book.  But to move forward you need a plan.  Whatever you do, don’t put it into the too hard basket.  Email or call today. You will be glad you did. 

© 2016 by Ian McIntosh.

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