Unique and inspirational publishing stories to share.
Angela Thompson is a writer of children’s books. She holds a degree in Health and Human Services and has worked in this field for numerous years. Her books rhyme to hold the children’s attention while they are learning. She currently has two books on the market, Who Has Seen the Wind, Today? and How We Get From Here to There?
It is titled How We Get From Here to There? It’s a rhyming book about transportation. It is written in a humor mode and I wanted it to be fun to read, yet an easy way to learn about transportation. It was inspired by my grandson’s love of big trucks. He was so excited when saw them while traveling and he likes books about big trucks.
As a small child I can remember dreaming of becoming a writer. I would re-write children’s books with a different ending and my after-school hours were spent reading. I choose self-publishing because I wanted to see my book in print, but I would like to get published by a traditional company. I web searched different self-publishing companies until I found one I could afford then I sent in a copy of my manuscript. The company sent a list of questions I had to answer, and I also had to send in the pictures that I wanted in my book in the order that I wanted them. Then I had to approve a copy of the book before they published it. From there is was ready for purchase.
This was kind of a hard question to answer because sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and write down ideas or between the hours of 3 and 4 am. I like Dr. Seuss’ books, especially Green Eggs and Ham. I can still remember it almost word for word. I mention this because my ideas about books almost always come in rhymes. Sometimes I will write for a week then put it aside. It took about a year to get this book together.
The first book was illustrated by the publishing company, but I always wanted my daughter to do my illustrations. She did in the second one, How We Get From Here to There? I was sometimes anxious, impatience and a little bossy at time because I thought she was taking too longer, but I also was excited.
I have two finished but unpublished ones and five unfinished ones. I plan on finishing them, but I would like to work with a traditional publisher.
I joined an online book club and had them to review my second, but mostly family and friends wrote reviews.
Personally, I prefer print. I like the idea of sitting somewhere comfortably and reading and just begin able to turn the pages. I think this is because I’m a visual person and plus the bright light from the tablets causes my eyes to burn.
James Patterson, Double Cross.
I think in the self-publishing landscape it will be the respect level, because it seems to me that books are not held valuable and are [deemed] worse looking at if they are self-published. In traditional publishing, hopefully it will become a little easier to get published by them.
To keep pursuing your dream. Do not let someone else’s opinion become what you think of yourself or your writing. If you publish with a self-publishing company, know that you will have to be the main one that promotes your book, as they basically just publish what you write.
I don’t have an author website address but my books can be purchased on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.