When I started looking into creating my first children’s book, at the beginning, it was extremely exciting. But the more and more time I invested into writing, and also working with other people on my project, the process became also slightly overwhelming. I’ve noticed, I became more of a perfectionist. I actually never thought of myself being one, until I became more creative. When I begun working with editors, illustrators and graphic designers, my book started shaping well together, but with it also came some obstacles. Working with those professionals was exciting, but challenging at the same time.
I’d like to share with you a few thoughts about this process and also what I’ve learned from this experience, with a hope and a belief that it will inspire you.
Attention to the detail
Before I sent my manuscript to the editor, I’ve checked it very carefully, going over it again and again. When I was ready to work with an illustrator, I had to section the story into an outline and make a description of every scene I’d like to see in the book, so my illustrator could translate the story into beautiful illustrations. Creating a cover design and an interior formatting was one of the very important jobs as well. People normally say: ‘Don’t judge the book by its cover.’ I actually realised, that in the publishing industry, people do judge books by their covers. The better the cover, the more interest the book will get. A nicely presented product on the shelf will always draw attention to it. And this also applies to an interior design. I believe that if you take care of these details, you are on the way to achieving some great results.
Stay professional, nice, but also be assertive
When you are creating a product and collaborating with other people, there will be many obstacles you may face, from communication obstacles, misunderstandings and everyone seeing things slightly from a different perspective. To stay in control and put your points across, you need to remain professional, nice, but also assertive. This means you have to choose your words very carefully while communicating your requests. When you do that, people will respect you and also enjoy working with you.
What did I learn from all of this?
Writing my first children’s book has been challenging, but it was also exciting and full of so many learning opportunities. I enjoyed dealing with all these amazing professionals I had the pleasure to meet in the last few months. I learned to become more patient with myself and others, and realise that things take time. I also learned to let go and realised, I can’t control every single detail. I learned to trust others and their professional input. I learned to work better under pressure and so many amazing blessings have come out of this whole experience.
There have been delays, misunderstandings, obstacles and challenges, while working on my first children’s book, but I’m pleased to say, it is finally coming out, on 17th August 2020. You can pre-order it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and everywhere books are sold. I hope you will enjoy it.