âI have the honor of bringing you the amazing Children's book author Kim Ann! She is a 10x bestselling and award-winning self-published author who has published more than 20 children's books and has sold more than 85 thousand books around the world! Her titles include Ninja School Rules and Ten Little Sandpipers, as well as the popular Ruby the Rainbow WitchÂ®, Goldy the PuppyÂ®, and the Go On Vacation book series. Thank you Kim for taking the time to share your wisdom with us!
How did you get into writing childrenâs books?
âI have always had a love of writing and reading, but once I had my own children I knew that I would one day write my own.
Tell us a little bit about your latest childrenâs book?
âMy latest book is Where Do Pirates Go on Vacation? It is a fun, rhyming story about where pirates might go if they had some time away. It is part of a collection asking similar questions. These books inspire creative thinking and inspire children's imagination.
What made you decide to go the self-publishing route vs traditional publishing?
âI attended a writer's conference a few years back. At the end of the second day, the speaker basically told us that you can go ahead and send in a manuscript, but it would be put in a pile with a million other submissions and most likely you will never hear back. After that I started researching how to self-publish and that seemed like the best option for me.
What was a challenge you had to overcome during your self-publishing journey? â
Like many self-published authors, I was affected by the paper shortages and the shipping delays. I relied heavily on print-on-demand during those times. â
âWhat is one thing you wished you knew before you started?
âSo many things, actually. When you start out, you don't know what you don't know. I struggled with putting the right team together, at first. Now, I have awesome people that help me with editing, formatting, and printing. My illustrator, Nejla, she has been amazing since the start!
âIs there a lesson you have learnt in your journey that you would like to share?
âAsk for referrals and references.
âWho are some of the people that have helped you make your book a reality?
My amazing illustrator, Nejla Shojaie, my sometimes co-author Yobe Qiu, Misty Black, Amy Weaver, Shannon Jade, Brooke Vitale, Robin Katz, to name a few.
âWhere can we find out more about you and your books?
â I have a website authorkimann.com, and I am on all major social media platforms as authorkimann.
âWhat is your favorite childrenâs book?
Green Eggs and Ham is my son Aidan's favorite and mine too!
âIf you wrote a book about your career so far, what would you title it? Why?
âFrom small town girl to bestselling author. Because I am really proud of how far I have come.
Kim Ann also provides coaching services to aspiring self-publishing authors, you can read more about what she offers here âhttps: //authorkimann.com/product-category/coaching-sessions/
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