Hi – I’m Karen Inglis.
I live in London, UK, and I’m a self-published children’s author with close to 10,000 sales across my titles as at spring 2016. My first children’s book The Secret Lake – a time travel mystery adventure for 8-11 year-olds came out 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! was singled out early on by reading charities, teachers, librarians and book reviewers as great for boys and reluctant readers in particular, and has been used in the Get London Reading Campaign. In May 2014 I brought out Henry Haynes and The Great Escape – another page-turning graphic novel, this time for 6-8 year-olds. All three 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.
For the younger ones, aged 3-5 yrs, there’s my rhyming picture book Ferdinand Fox’s Big Sleep. This story is also available as an eBook, on Kindle, and as an enhanced eBook with narration and word highlighting in the iBooks store. It’s also 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 received 4.5 & 5 Stars from a number of educational review sites, including BestAppsForKids
Last, but by no means least, my next book Walter Brown and the Magician’s Hat is due out on 10 May 2016. It’s aimed at ages 7-9 and is now on pre-order. You can read all about it on my author website here.
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!).