As a way to document my journey in self publishing, I will be writing a series about the experience. This is the first post of the series.
Although this is my first experience with self-publishing, writing has always been important in my life. For instance, one of my favorite high-school projects was writing a children’s book. Hannah’s Haunted House was written and illustrated – by a very gifted middle-school classmate – in 1989, the spring of my eighth-grade year. The idea for Hannah’s Haunted House was formed from a dilapidated house we passed every day on our way to school. I recall writing and revising and holding my breath as the dot-matrix printer churned out the final product. Cutting the pages and binding them in the heavy card stock was a memorable process.
Over the past several years, I have consumed an enormous amount of content around side hustles. Many piqued my interest, but when I heard Marcy Pusey http://marcypusey.com/ talk about self-publishing children’s books, I took to action. Several ideas for children’s books floated through my imagination, and hiring a coach spoke to my drive for efficiency. As the dark days of March 2020 wore on – daily bad news about cancelations, illnesses, the stock market – I was seeking a positive, creative outlet. My evenings and weekends were now freed up and looked to be a clear opportunity to get started.
I contacted Marcy and we set up a coaching agreement. Our first call focused on the landscape of self-publishing and narrowing my many ideas down to one. By the end of our first meeting, I had decided to write a ‘quiet’ book about Lake Superior. I spent many summers exploring the area as a child and have brought my own children to Superior several times. The book will include some facts about the area, which appealed to my analytical side.
We set a 2-week deadline for a first draft.
Next up: weeks 1-2. Where to begin?