Growing into Greatness with God is my first inspirational book for children. This is not the first book that I have written but the first to survive the long journey to becoming published. If there is a book in your heart, write it! Once you book has been written, a dream will have been realized and you will feel a great sense of accomplishment and freedom. Self-publication is relatively painless and there are many resources (I have provided a list below) that can help you find an agent/publisher, if you choose to go the traditional route.
Do you dream of becoming a writer? Just write - stories, notes, random thoughts, blog posts, letters to friends. Read books in the genre that interest you to discover your writing style, how good writers construct their stories and the type of stories that may interest your audience.
Writing is an area where being an introvert is a bonus! If you prefer to write your thoughts rather than speak them, then start writing - you are well ahead of the game.
Being a writer and being a published writer are two different dreams. One requires writing ability, the other requires tenacity, shameless self-promotion and sheer luck.
RESOURCES FOR WRITERS
- The Best Resource for Writers - compiled by LikeHacker, this article helps you wade though the numerous books on writing to find the best one for your needs.
- The Elements of Style - Almost all you need to know to make your manuscript pass an agent and to a real editor's desk.
Associations for Writers
- The Society of Children's Book Writer's and Illustrators. If this is your genre, this is wonderful organization that will provide you with support and plenty of resources to help you write and publish your book.
Professional and Trade Publications
- Publisher's Weekly - Expensive but helpful publication if you want to quickly learn everything about the industry.