A week Two weeks ago? I told y’all all about my writing. I told you how I wrote a book for children and my heart was just so full with the news. I really and truly felt as if I had found my calling.

I actually still feel this way. If I thought of a million different professions, I don’t think I would be able to find one that feels like a better fit.

I got so excited that I went to a bookstore and picked up a copy of The Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market 2013. Getting serious.

That books has a lot of “don’t’s” in it. A lot. Didn’t take me long to realize that my idea of a good Children’s book might not be the same as the people who actually publish Children’s books.

The more I read, the more deflated I felt.

No rhyming.

No bedtime stories.

No books about being yourself.

No Christmas.

The proper way to. . .

No this

No that.

I realize that the real world of publishing is tough. I know that a lot of people want to get their books published but can’t. I get that.

But all the not-to-do’s have got me thinking.

Wondering if this is what I want to do with my book. I’m exploring all my options–including self-publishing.

You can have faith in your work and your opinion of it, or you can let someone else tell you if it’s good enough.

I haven’t decided, but I love that I’m strong enough to.

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  1. Katy, from everything I’ve heard, self-publishing is THE way to go! There’s a ton to learn and you want to avoid vanity publishers like the plague (a person in my family lost more thousands of dollars doing this than I care to think about). But eBooks are a great outlet and there are eBooks about publishing through the eBook venue that are helpful and encouraging. I LOVE a real hard-cover book, but that can be a goal after your beautiful eBook has gained popularity. Rumor has it that traditional publishers are a whole lot more respectful of authors who have established themselves a following through their eBook sales. Just some food for thought…

  2. I love this post. I wrote a children’s book when we lived in Cairo. I even worked with a local artist on illustrations. I think the publishing part is much harder than the writing part. My book is shelved on my computer at the moment. My goal is to get it out there and write some more next year, once Seb is in school full day. It is exciting to see you are embarking on a new journey with tour writing. (I loved your previous/sponsored post btw, very funny.) Don’t be discouraged by all the rules! There is a huge market for self publishing these days.

  3. Whatever you decide we support you.

    PS. I’m so sorry I haven’t checked in in a while

  4. Maybe you should ignore some of their rules. Plenty of books that are set at Christmas or rhyme are published every year. Some of them are awesome. Some aren’t. You could try submitting your manuscript to publishers – or go straight for the self-publishing option. Whatever you think is best for you!

  5. Oh Katy I have read this book and it is perfect and special. I say do not–DO NOT–give up! In fact, don’t change a thing about your book and also? Write more books. You have such a unique and knowledgeable perspective as an educator and parent of 4 little boys. Take a deep breath and go with your gut! And ps I WILL get those pictures to you. And then when you see me you can slap me for being so late with them.