For anyone who attended the talk our huge apologies that the system crashed half way through – Shelli and I carried on going through the questions until the full hour was up and it was only afterwards that we realised that the system may have broken. We think there is a possibility that the talk was recorded – if it was, we will make a link available in the next couple of days. Otherwise I will post here again with a revised date for the talk – our apologies once again. Karen
YA and Children’s Authors – Live Self-publishing Q&A Session
Tues 18 March 12 noon PDT/3pm EST / 7pm GMT Free Event! All Welcome!
Just a quick post to to let you know that I shall be answering questions along with YA Indie Author, Shelli Johannes at a live Q&A session to be hosted by The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) on YouTube next Tuesday 18 March from 7-8pm UK time/3-4pm EST.
The event is free and you don’t need to be a member of ALLi to attend.
ALLi Director, Orna Ross, will be fielding your questions which you can send in advance using the form link below. You’ll also find a link to the YouTube page for the event below.
Shelli (AKA S.R. Johannes) is based in Atlanta, and is the award-winning author of the Amazon bestselling YA thrillers, ‘Untraceable’ and ‘Uncontrollable’. Her third book in the series, ‘Unstoppable’ is scheduled for release in May. As well as being the YA Adviser for ALLi, Shelli organises the highly successful indie author online conference, IndieRecon, and is a founder member of author co-operative, The Indelibles.
As most of you will know, I am based in London, and was an early adopter of children’s self-publishing in the UK . I’ve successfully placed my three children’s books The Secret Lake, Eeek! The Runaway Alien and Ferdinand Fox’s Big Sleep in bricks and mortar stores in London and have to date sold over 7,000 books across Kindle and print. I regularly take my books into schools, and I’ve also recently self-published an interactive iPad book app version of Ferdinand Fox’s Big Sleep.
Send us your questions
If you’d like to ask me or Shelli about any aspect of self-publishing for our markets, please add your question on this form in advance and we’ll try to include it in the schedule.
You’ll also be able to comment during the session using the YouTube chat functionality.
How to join the event
Just turn up to http://www.youtube.com/user/IndieAuthorALLi at 3pm EST / 12 noon PDT* / 7pm GMT (London) We hope to see you there!
Please tell your friends 🙂
*Please double check this time if you’re on the west coast of the USA – I think I have this right taking into account daylight savings changes over there. If in doubt, the EST and GMT times are definitely correct!
Hi Karen – that’s a great shame about your tech malfunction during the talk! I couldn’t attend live anyway because of the time difference from Australia but I was looking forward to catching up and was disappointed when it cut off (especially halfway though answering my question – ha! ha! But thanks very much for addressing it). Anyway, I shall look forward to the revised date when it is announced.
For anyone who attended the talk our huge apologies that the system crashed half way through – Shelli and I carried on going through the questions until the full hours was up and it was only afterwards that we realised that the system may have broken. We think there is a possibility that the talk was recorded – if it waswe will make a link available in the next couple of days. Otherwise I will post here again with a revised date for the talk – our apologies once again. Karen
So lovely to meet a fellow children’s indie author! 🙂 I’m looking forward to your event on Indie Recon next Tue. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to tune in live as I’m Perth, Australia and it will be 3am for me! But I have sent in a question – and hope to catch up with the show later.
I’m really interested to hear the other questions and your responses – as I find that so much of the advice & information out there on self-publishing seems to be geared towards adult genres and children’s fiction can be such a different market with different challenges and strategies. It’s also very disheartening to compare sales with those writing in adult genres. I only started last Sep so I know I need to be patient (not my forte! 😉 ) – but sometimes, it can be hard to remain positive when you feel like you’re fighting a constant uphill battle. Anyway, I was delighted to see an Indie Recon event specifically focused on the children’s market!
It’s been very inspirational looking through your website and all you’ve achieved. 🙂
(writing as H.Y. Hanna)
Big Honey Dog Mysteries
Thanks, Hsin-Yi – I’m glad you’ve found my website useful and hope you’ll find the interview useful when you come to watch it! Karen
Which self publishing resource is the best market to get a book published?
Hi Jeff – is this a question that you’d like me to send on for the event? I can do this for you or if you use the link further up the page you can post the question there. (Actually – here it is again to save you scrolling back up! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1yb3ZNFF9DArcYOJ0Z5dxWu-RDlr5xU2S9uaXjgYAy6Q/viewform
By which ‘self-publishing resource’ I assume you are asking about which platform is easiest and most cost-effective to use if you want to self-publish your children’s book? It might be worth clarifying that when you send in the question. Many thanks. Karen