So, you’ve made the decision to self-publish books for kids.
Sounds easy enough to be sure, but there are just a few hiccups that can make self-publishing children’s books a challenge.
We're going to explore some common pitfalls and roadblocks that professional self-published children’s authors encounter, and see how they navigate the, sometimes tricky, world of Amazon KDP self-publishing.
Problem: Finding your audience
If you’ve been self-publishing on Amazon KDP for long, you know that the key to really making money is finding a niche that appeals to buyers.
If you haven’t heard of this before, niching down just means narrowing down who your customer is and making sure your work appeals to them. What makes this especially challenging in the world of self-publishing children’s books is that your target market is actually the parents with the pocketbooks and not the kids who
may be reading your books. Once you consider this, finding your target audience and generating content for them should be much easier.
Remember, parents and those who work with children are looking for things that help them teach important ideas, inspire kids to read, and expand their world view. As long as your books for kids meet some of these criteria, you should be selling in no time.
Problem: Writer’s block
In any creative field, you’re sure to find some challenges coming up with inspiring content. While the world is full of ideas, writer’s block happens to everyone who has ever written for a living. This can be especially true in the world of self-publishing. Where others have the opportunity to work with larger teams of editors and publishing companies, you’re on your own to come up with new content. The solution here? Get yourself a team. Seek out a co-writer to help you get you out of your wordless hole.
The good news about writing books for kids is that there are tons of people around you who know children and would probably be more than happy to help inspire you. (We happen to know a few who could help 😉) Don’t be scared to reach out and find the support you need.
Problem: It can take a long time
There’s no doubt about it, self-publishing children’s books is hard work. Sure, you have a flexible work schedule unlike your office-trapped friends, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t challenging work.
Sadly, too many people interested in self-publishing can’t handle the stress and end up procrastinating on their writing. If you find yourself struggling to complete a book, the key is to get the help you need. If you were in an office, you’d reach out to your colleagues or your boss for support.
Just because you’re self-publishing doesn’t mean you don’t deserve the extra helping hand. There are several ghostwriting services out there (though, you've already found the best ones 👀) for children’s books that can help you continue to do what you love and still regularly publish enough content to make you money.
So don’t drown yourself in Amazon KDP self-publishing anxiety! Use these tips and get yourself the support you deserve to continue doing what you love.
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