My baby is my book, my children's book "It Began with a Song." I pushed through with the self-publishing and after ordering and receiving 6 proofs of the book (each one an improvement over the next) I finally clicked the "I APPROVE" button on CreateSpace and the link became live to sell.
Here's the link: It Began with a Song
I am very happy about making this idea of a book into a real book. Very happy.
But, the details, the many details were so consuming! What price, what refinements on the story, the illustrations, and the music I wrote that is at the back of the book?
Oh yes, I wrote a song that is included at the end because I wanted children to be able to move, sway, and dance like all the plants and animals in the book. This book needed a song!
However, I am an illustrator, not a musician, so I took advice from my son, my neighbor, and a local music teacher and came up with a song that works and is written with the correct notation. Phew! I learned about the range that pre-schoolers could sing and their ability to learn and remember a tune. I learned about how the stems of each note go either up or down depending on where it is placed in written music.
Self-publishing means self-promoting, so that will be my next project. What is my plan for introducing my book to the world? I imagine I'll make more money doing school visits that I could ever make on books that I sell, so that will be one way I will try to market myself. I need to get a copy of my book to all the area schools and see if I can come do a presentation.
Self-publishing realities: I set the price for my book (which is paperback, 32 pages) at $9.95. If I sell a copy through Amazon, I get $2.32. The purchaser of the book has to pay $14.95 with shipping.
I can buy my own copies of the book directly from CreateSpace for $4.55 each including shipping. So if I do that and sell them locally, I can make $5.40 per book and the purchaser can pay $9.95 and avoid the shipping costs. Locally, my customers and I both make out.
I don't feel any urgency to start promoting my book too hard just yet. I'm just appreciating my baby just for being born!
One person so far has bought my book on Amazon. She is the parent of a friend of mine from high school who lives in San Diego. I only know that she bought the book because she emailed me and asked about the link to the song on my website. Where was the link? she wanted to know. Yikes! She got the book in 2 days from when it was posted on Facebook. I didn't have the link ready because I didn't expect anyone to be looking for it that soon!! (Now, the link is there.)
What touched my heart is the note she wrote me about the book. Remember, this is the mother of a high school friend. She is retired, but has her own multicultural music and storytelling program and provides enrichment in music and storytelling at the University of San Diego's Child Development Center.