The first step is to connect your material with a publisher and persuade them to read it. If the manuscript is accepted, your book will soon undergo edits, added illustrations (orchestrated by a publisher unless otherwise supplied) and final layout design. Once this version is complete and approved, it is off to the printers where pages will be morphed into a final product. Weeks later, the author will experience the gift of opening a box where the indescribable scent of crisp binding floods the air as the case is unsealed. It is amazing and an instant in my life which I will never forget.
One of the biggest misconceptions of new authors is that publication is where your jobs ends. This is simply not true and in fact the exact place where your real work begins. Step two is the task to convince online bookstores, discount market places and just about anywhere else that you can think of to feature your book. Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Borders, Walmart, Ebay, Etsy...the possibilities are endless.
If tactics in media have been received favorably and your publisher has established contacts with local retailers (as Mascot Books had)the impact of driven sales online may get you a trial on a few bookshelves. This is the good part. This is the where all of your anticipated dreams, hard work and most of all "faith" becomes realized.
Over the past weekend, I was lucky enough to have stepped nervously into two Boston Barnes and Nobles bookstores where I found copies of "Coco" smiling back at me from his cover. As my six year old son beamed excitedly to share in the discovery of the treasure we had found, it struck me instantly and without hesitation of the incredible excursion that I had been so fortunate to have been invited to voyage upon. Although I have been a children's book author for only seven months, I can't help but think of the incredible people I have been able to work with and old friends who I couldn't have sold one copy without. As wonderful as this beginning has been, I pray that this tale has only just begun to have spun.