Hi – I’m Karen Inglis.
I live in London, UK, and I self-published my first children’s book The Secret Lake – a time travel mystery adventure for 8-11 year-olds in September 2011. A year later came, ‘Eeek! The Runaway Alien ‘, a fast-paced graphic novel for 7-10 year-olds, about a soccer-mad alien who runs away to Earth during the World Cup. Eeek! has been singled out as great for boys and reluctant readers! In May 2014 I brought out Henry Haynes and The Great Escape – another page-turning graphic novel, this time for 6-8 year-olds. The Secret Lake and Eeek! are available in print and as eBooks and are in selected independent bookshops and branches of Waterstones in London but can be ordered from any UK bookshop and online. Henry Haynes is currently just in print.
For the younger ones, aged 3-5 yrs, there’s my rhyming picture book Ferdinand Fox’s Big Sleep. This story is also available in Apple’s App Store as an educational interactive iPad book app – Ferdinand Fox’s Big Sleep – interactive. Click on the icon below to preview it in iTunes or on your iPad. I’m thrilled that it has received 4.5 & 5 Stars from a number of educational review sites, including BestAppsForKids
This ‘info blog’ gives an overview of the process I went through to get my books to market on a modest budget – and I hope it will be of use for anyone considering self-publishing fiction (or indeed non-fiction) using the ‘DIY’ method rather than a third party.
The info I provide is deliberately high level and focuses on the choices I made and why. I also provide relevant links relating to each step along the way. There is a slight UK bias to the postings, but 99% will be relevant for all readers.
I do not try to replicate the many fantastic websites and blogs about self-publishing already out there that go into huge amounts of detail, but I do provide links to the ones I found of most use. And I don’t blog regularly – rather I add posts and updates from time to time when something changes or comes up that I think warrants attention – so if you’d like to receive an email when I occasionally post please join my mailing list (I won’t mail often and you can unsubscribe any time!).
Updated 7 May 2014