A friend of mine – Silvina De Vita – has self-published her first book Emilio – A Picture Book For Children.
She both wrote and illustrated it, and it just went live yesterday.
Silvina is very new to the world of self-publishing, and I was giving her some advice on how to go about it.
Sometimes images don’t look great in e-books, and the placement of the text in relation to the image can be tricky.
Silvina took an interesting approach where the text is actually incorporated into the images itself, so that each “page” is just an image, which gave her a lot more freedom in terms of fonts and placement of the text.
The result is beautiful – I really love the illustrations – and I bought a copy for my brother’s kids. Obviously, it will look best on a laptop, iPad, or iPhone where you can see it in full color, but I believe it looks good in black and white on the Kindle too (I don’t have one to check).
Here’s the blurb:
Emilio is very small toy. His owner – James – takes no notice of him at all. But one day, Emilio finds out that being small can be very useful indeed.
Follow Emilio on a voyage of discovery and enjoy the fun pictures and rhyming text.
“Emilio” is a picture book for children aged 1 to 6 years old.
I don’t have the first clue about how to market children’s books, and I don’t know many authors who write/illustrate books for young children. I presume you are marketing to the parents, but that’s about all I know.
I would really appreciate it if any of you guys could help give some advice to a self-publisher who is just starting out.
Silvina is from Argentina but living in London. As such, she is a native Spanish speaker, and fluent in English. She has plans for a range of books for the same age group, and is planning Spanish editions as well.
I think there are great opportunities to sell both to Spanish speakers and to Americans who want to teach their kids Spanish in a fun way. But the first step is marketing this English edition.
Targeting the parents is the tricky part, and any help or advice would be appreciated. I think she has a really great book here, and we just need to get her some help in getting the word out.
It will be available shortly on Smashwords for those with other e-readers. If you would like me to send you a message when it’s available, just leave a note in the comments.
Most importantly, if you have any tips or advice on how to market children’s books, if you have any links that would be of use, or if you can put me in touch with someone who could point her in the right direction, that would be greatly appreciated.