Monday, February 16, 2015


How To Write A Kid's Book, and Make It A Best-Seller

Every once in a while, I get a call from someone who wants to write a book. Sometimes it's fiction, sometimes it's non-fiction, but my favorite is when they ask about my children's books.

I wrote and published "What Kind Of Penguin Are You" and "What Kind Of Owl Are You" not too long ago, and I thought I would pass along a few ideas.

Know this: Parents want to entertain and make their kids happy! Now that I am a father, I will buy and read ANY book that seems half-way decent if it will make my kid smile!

If your intention is to create smiles, then you really can't go too wrong. When I wrote those books, I imagined that I was reading them aloud, because that's probably how they'll be read. 

Is it entertaining on it's own? 

What about the visuals? My books visuals are extremely simple, but other people make very elaborate pictures to bring kids into the world of their books. 

Not many people know this, but my Penguin book was written AND published in a 24-hour period, and has been selling ever since.If you set things up in a smart way, your book can have a long cycle.

HOWEVER, the biggest thing I learned is that there is a difference between writing a book, and publishing and selling a book, and I had to learn that VERY IMPORTANT lesson from someone else.

I learned how to do all of this (and many other things) from my secret weapon- Jay Boyer.

His company JJ Fast publishes many kinds of books, and I am actually an excellent customer of theirs and have learned a lot from them. 

They are doing a children's book publishing webinar this week, and I am very excited to add some extra tips to my knowledge:

I learned a number of great things from Jay:
  1. How to find ideas for kids books
  2. Where I can find illustrators for cheap
  3. When is a good time to sell children's books
  4. Why Children's Kindle books can be a steady source of income
If you want to learn how to be a children's book author, I suggest you get on his webinar before it fills up. He always provides great info, and I can't recommend him and his company enough.

See you on the webinar!