Hello – I’m Karen Inglis.

I live in London, UK, and I’m a self-published children’s author with over 250,000 sales across my titles (most in print), over 550 book app sales and several foreign rights deals. 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 be of use for anyone considering self-publishing fiction (or indeed non-fiction) using the ‘DIY’ method rather than a third party.

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 at school visits. It was considered by CBBC for adaption a few years ago and has completed four foreign rights deals in the last two years, with more in process. As at June 2020 it had sold over 200,000 print copies.

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.

six children's book covers by karen inglis

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!). My latest book for middle grade readers is 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 somewhere in between – through conversation, drawings and/or writing.

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

Suitable for ages 4-8

Last, but not least, How to Self-publish and Market a Children’s Book came out in September 2018. You will find it in print or as an eBook on Amazon and on all other stores. Click or tap here to read my blog post about what’s inside. While the information you will find here on the website all still holds true, the book packs in a lot more detail as well as updated information about new tools and promotional opportunities that aren’t covered here. If you’re serious about children’s self-publishing I would highly recommend it. 🙂

Image of paperback and eBook of How to Self-publish and Market a Children's Book by Karen Inglis

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 July 2020