Hello – I’m Karen Inglis.

I live in London, UK, and I’m a self-published children’s author with over 450,000 print sales across my titles, over 11,000 audiobook sales and around 25,000 paid eBook sales. (I also made over 550 book app sales back in the day before realising it simply wasn’t viable to continue with them!)

This ‘info blog’ gives an overview of the process I went through to get my books to market on a modest budget — and I hope it will provide a useful introduction for anyone considering self-publishing fiction (or indeed non-fiction) using the ‘DIY’ method rather than a third party. However, you will see on the right-hand side menu that the second edition of How to Self-publish and Market a Children’s Book came out in May 2021 and I would urge you to read this if you are serious about embarking on this journey. There is just too much to pack in on this website!

A bit about my books…

My first children’s book The Secret Lake, a time travel mystery adventure for ages 8-11, which came out in September 2011, is an Amazon UK and USA bestseller at the time of writing and continues to be a firm favourite with girls and boys at school visits. It was considered by CBBC for adaption a few years ago, has completed nine foreign rights deals as at March 2022, and has had several approaches about film rights. After many requests I brought out the sequel Return to the Secret Lake in March 2022. A week after launch, early feedback has been fantastic 😊 .

A year after The Secret Lake came Eeek! The Runaway Alien, a fast-paced black and white illustrated chapter book for ages 7-10, about a soccer-mad alien who runs away to Earth during the World Cup. Eeek! was singled out early on by reading charities, teachers, librarians and book reviewers as great for boys and reluctant readers in particular, and has been used in the Get London Reading Campaign.

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Next up came Henry Haynes and The Great Escape — a page-turning illustrated chapter book for 6-8 years in which Gordon the gorilla masterminds a zoo escape (you heard it here first!). Then came Walter Brown and the Magician’s Hat (7-9+ years) in which magical mayhem ensues when Walter inherits a top hat with specials powers from his Great-grandpa Horace and discovers that his cat Sixpence is no ordinary cat…

For the younger ones, aged 3-5 yrs, I have two rhyming picture books about a fox:  Ferdinand Fox’s Big Sleep — also available as an eBook and on Kindle, and Ferdinand Fox and the Hedgehog as well as a new (non-rhyming) picture book which came out in 2019 The Christmas Tree Wish 🌲😊

Out now!

Finally, in  July 2020, I published The Tell-Me Tree. This is a gentle picture book for ages 4-8 that invites children to share how they are feeling — whether happy, sad or anywhere in between — through conversation, drawings and/or writing. It is now being used extensively in UK classrooms (where many teachers have created their own Tell-Me Trees inside or outside), and by parents at home.

Children sitting below a tree talking and reading - the book cover of The Tell-Me Tree

Suitable for ages 4-8

My non-fiction

As mentioned above, on the non-fiction side, the first edition of How to Self-publish and Market a Children’s Book came out in September 2018, and was extremely well received and reviewed with over 100 reviews. The second edition came out on 20th May 2021. Follow this link to view the updated edition on Amazon.

It is also available as an eBook on Apple and Kobo, and is available to order from all other online and high-street stores in print.

(You will find reviews of the first edition if you search Karen P Inglis on Amazon.)


If you know how to self-publish but are looking for marketing support

There is also a ‘sibling’ title How to Market a Children’s Book’ (23 May 2021) for those already versed in how to self-publish and looking only for help with marketing. This contains the whole of the marketing content from the larger book above, including translations and foreign rights. Fully updated for 2021 it is almost as long as the first edition of the joint book!

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I do not try to replicate the many fantastic websites and blogs about self-publishing already out there that go into huge amounts of detail, but I do provide links to the ones I found of most use. And I don’t blog regularly – rather I add posts and updates from time to time when something changes or comes up that I think warrants attention – so if you’d like to receive an email when I occasionally post please join my mailing list (I won’t mail often and you can unsubscribe any time!).

Best wishes,

Karen Inglis

Updated 16th March 2022