Writing and illustrating children's stories

by Lisa
(Eugene, Oregon)

I have wanted to do this ever since I was a child. I wrote and illustrated a book when I was in 3rd grade called "Where's Sandy?" It was about my pet cat. At the time, I had a wonderful teacher who encouraged me to send the story to a book publisher. I did, and received a warm and encouraging rejection letter. Even though it wasn't published - my teacher had warned me that very few authors actually GET published - still, the fact that she got me to go through that whole process of submitting my work really had an impact on me. It made me believe that I COULD do this if I wanted to. But somehow I find myself at this point in my life, now aged 55, and I still haven't fulfilled this passion. Why not? I think I have instead focused on "jobs that pay" and put the passion aside. In this day and age of self-publishing options, it's crazier than ever for me to NOT re-visit my passion, right?

Thank you for your inspiring story, I feel motivated to take the leap too now!

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Go for it! NEW
by: Jill R.

Now is as good of time as any!

Check out Lulu.com. Self publishing has never been easier. Once you publish on Lulu, you can submit it to Amazon, Barns & Noble, etc. Even if they don't decide to carry it "in stores", they'll often
still carry them online.

At the very least, once you get that first real copy of your book in your hands, it'll feel amazing!

Best of luck!

Jill R.

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