Are you going to harness the creative genius of Stan Lee, Lester Dent, Jack Kirby or Raymond Chandler after going through this training?
Heck no! If I could do that you'd be publishing 365 children's books in the next year without breaking a sweat...
If I could do that, you'd happily pay thousands of dollars and still feel like you were stealing candy from a kid.
If you answered yes to more than one of these questions, don't feel bad... Most kids book authors have the same challenges as you do.
July 13th 2013 I published my first Kids book. I remember checking the sales statistics hourly...ok, that's a blatant lie. I hit that refresh button so often there was reasonable cause to fear it would need to be replaced.
Oh, how excited I was to sit there and watch my brand new kids book break...nay shatter all kinds of records.
You know what happened?
I spend 6 weeks on that bad boy so I have to admit...it stung...a lot...
Ok. I can't complain about the actual writing. That was pretty easy. I mean 14 pages with no more than a paragraph on each...not that bloody difficult, but...
As you may know there are additional, let's call them, "production concerns" when you create kids books.
Do you have any idea what the pros charge for a simple drawing?!?!?!
A lot! That's what they charge.
In fact, you can easily end up paying a cool $100 for that drawing!
So, I made the only sensible decision. (In hindsight the level of sensibility sometimes seems questionable)
I decided I wasn't going to fork over $1,400 for images for the book.
I mean, I'd have to sell almost 4,500 copies of the book to break even!
That's why I spent 6 weeks creating the book.
And even though it could be worse I'm not going to claim the art is outstanding...
After that I gave up on kids books. It seemed the only reasonable decision.
Lesson learned. Moving on.
Still, no matter what I did kids books kept haunting me.
I still had a million ideas...and my three boys kept feeding me more ideas.
Was it a market with potential? CHECK.
Would it be possible to compete? CHECK.
Please keep reading...
Case in point. That book I just talked about. Every now and then it still pops up with a new sale...4 years later...no promotion whatsoever!
That, if anything, shows the potential of children's books.
Promise you won't tell anyone?
While it doesn't exactly suck, it's not really a great book either.
Any genre where you can publish a "not-great" book, do no promotion, and still make sales must have potential.
It was a great idea, but the execution was flawed.
It took me almost 3 years to get back to children's books.
I had too many ideas that wouldn't go away.
A parent/teachers conference made the difference.
My oldest was having trouble finding books to read.
Nothing caught his interest.
"Hogwash," I said. (Cause, you know...kids in the room.)
"I know plenty of things he's interested in," I said.
I went home and did some research, there were virtually no books on the topics he was interested in.
I came to a stern realization...millions of kids were unable to find more than a handful of books on topics they wanted to read about!
And I knew how to help them.
The truth is it's really simple.
Ask any male over the age of 40 what kind of books they were reading in their pre-teens.
Some will say, "Read! I didn't read no stinkin' books."
Others will, more or less, reluctantly admit to reading a specific type of books.
If you don't know what kind of book I'm talking about you should ask Mr. Stan Lee.
Stan Lee knows exactly what books pre-teen boys love to read.
He built a multi-million company on books like that.
He didn't do it alone. He was joined by the creative talents of Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, John Buscema and many others.
They churned out literature pre-teen boys devoured like candy.
I'm talking, of course, about comic books. No, I'm not saying you have to create comic books.
I'm saying you should learn from the lessons of those who did.
Stan Lee worked under a tight deadline...
And if he didn't make it, he didn't eat!
The man literally went from sweeping the floors to running the place in the space of a couple of years.
People were relying on him to come up with new stories at the drop of a hat.
To speed things up Stan came up with something called "The Marvel Way" of plotting stories.
It allowed him to jot down half a page, or give an artist a 5 minute brief over the phone and then get on to the next story.
He harnessed the power of "The Marvel Way" to build one of the biggest companies in the industry.
Stan Lee discovered a great way to plot stories...
Still, super-fast plotting will only take you so far.
Sure, it helps you get more books out there faster, but you still have to do the actual writing.
To speed up that process you have to look at one of the modern comic book's ancestors.
Pulp Magazines churned out stories...novel length stories at that...at a dizzying velocity.
The caveat being that most pulp stories aren't really suitable for children.
That the topic matter isn't great for young readers, however, doesn't mean you should dismiss the methodology.
Combining the invention of comic book plotting with the workflow of pulp writing can cut your production time down to a fraction of what it is today.
I know how hard it is for new writers to imagine how they can reduce their production time to "a fraction."
I get it.
When I was first introduced to the concept of ME - of all people, being able to produce a children's book in a fraction of the usual time it takes, I scoffed.
"Maybe someone else, but not me," I told myself.
"No way could I do that," I said.
"Bull hockey pucks," I said, because the kids were in the room. ;)
I was almost angry at the suggestion that it could be done.
However, the discovery of the secrets of Stan Lee and the heroes of the pulp era changed everything.
I know you probably can't think of much you can do different in the way you produce children's books.
There's a certain set of motions you go through...
Ok, that's an exaggeration, but being a children's book author an publisher is a right pain in the butt sometimes.
There may be less writing, but there are far more production issues.
With a bit of foresight, and strategic genre-selection you can bypass the production issue almost entirely.
In this 46-minute video, I am going to show you what you need to know to finally get some children's books on the market
I am going to teach you:
Now, you may not be able to write your first or third story in a day, because honestly, it takes practice.
But once you have practiced these techniques, you will be able to follow these strategies and write "Pulp Fiction For Kids Books" using the formulas I describe so efficiently that "writing a book in a day" will become second-nature to you.
Remember the first time you climbed on a bicycle?
I still have a scar on my knee from that experience. ;)
We must always be willing to fall, before we are able to fly.
I have a pretty good idea what's on your mind right now...
Double my production speed? That guy is just fricking insane.
You're probably working as hard as you possibly can right now.
You've got a life. A life with obligations. A dayjob, a family to take care off, chores you need to do.
There's no way you can cram twice as many books into that life...right?
It's the same for me. I have a wife and three kids. Three kids who want to see their dad outside of his office once in a while too. Things that needs to be done around the house. A wife with BIG list of things she wants me to do on top of that.
The simple fact is, producing children's books isn't something that fits easily into that kind of life.
At the best of times, it requires time, patience and perseverance.
Heck! The results of my first children's book made me quit entirely for almost 3 years.
I could not get back into it without coming up with a better way.
When I wrote my first children's book it took me 6 weeks to do so.
The second time around I did it much faster, but it still wasn't fast enough.
These days I'm down to writing the actual book in a couple of days, but then there's all the other stuff.
Reducing production time, and cost is all about planning and picking the right book to write.
That doesn't mean you don't have to do the work. You do. You just have to do the right kind of work.
Do you want to succeed as a children's book author?
If you want to succeed there are two things you need...
The honest truth is pretty darn simple, both points are entirely on you!
You need to commit to making it happen...
And you need to stick to your commitment.
I know what you're thinking...
"There's an over-the-top statement if I ever saw one."
Well, let's do the math...
I don't know how many children's books you publish today.
I bet it's less than one a week...am I right?
It might sound a bit presumtuous, but I think I am.
And that's just because I've been in the exact same spot you are.
When you look at all those children's book sub-genres it's clear that most of those books take a lot of time to produce.
That's why you need to do it somewhat differently...
Let's face it, you have no way of knowing whether that one children's book you're working on will be worth your while.
You never know how one book is going to perform until you release it.
To ensure you have the best chance of success you have to:
All of that sounds easier than it is.
It means you need a system. A system designed to create books that keeps children at the edge of their seats.
A system that lets you spit out new high-quality books like a llama on a mission to prove he's the king of the pile.
That is the only way to truly boost your odds of success with your children's books.
It's best way to boost your sales.
How many extra sales are we talking about?
I don't know. I really don't.
Take the amount of sales you're making right now. Right now when you're publishing 1 or 2 new books a month.
Then double it or triple it.
Because that's how many extra books you'll be able to publish with this system.
The truth is that's really a conservative number that depends solely on the amount of time you can dedicate to your future.
It could just be a handful more books in a year, but...
It could also be 50 more books this year!
It's hard to predict the future but if you look ahead
to a future with 50 more children's books on the market
would that not make a difference in your life?
All of that would be amazing, but honestly this is what most of us get a kick out of...
Honestly, I often find greater satisfaction of the feedback and the smiles on the faces of the kids who read my stories. It's the best ego boost I can imagine... Then I go buy myself a gift. :)
Do you provide an easy way to produce the graphics/pictures/drawings needed for inside these kids books?
Sort of. And the truth behind that elusive answer is that for these types of books you don't actually need graphics/pictures/drawings inside. You can add them if you want, but you don't have to.
Ecovers are usually something you pay somebody to produce. Same with kids books?
It's the same as with other types of books. Nothing different here.
What do you cover as far as "plots for kids" goes?
There's some idea generation. Two different ways to plot your book, and how you can combine them for the best effect. Also the "Getting Started" guide helps you get started from creating the initial idea.
P.S. The key to getting started is taking the first step. With children's books the production cost is another obstacle. This type of book makes that obstacle null and void.
P.P.S. You're most likely not going to finish one of these books today, but with practice you can reduce the production time to a single day.
Contact info: master[at]kdmastery.com