Instructor Stories: Darcy Pattison
Darcy Pattison will be teaching our very first self-publishing course for children's books, and I don't think we could have found a better teacher. Darcy has been teaching through her own website, blog, and newsletters for years, as well as speaking at conferences. While Darcy has sold some of her books to traditional publishers, she has published most of her books herself.
I will be giving away one of Darcy's books at the end of this blog post.
Children’s book author and indie publisher Darcy Pattison writes award-winning fiction and non-fiction books for children. Her works have received starred PW, Kirkus, and BCCB reviews. Awards include the Irma Black Honor award, five NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books, two Eureka! Nonfiction Honor book, two Junior Library Guild selections, two NCTE Notable Children’s Book in Language Arts, a Notable Social Studies Trade Books, and an Arkansiana Award. She’s the 2007 recipient of the Arkansas Governor’s Arts Award for Individual Artist for her work in children’s literature. She blogs at IndieKidsBooks.com. For Darcy's books, see MimsHouseBooks.com.
Darcy Pattison's Books
Darcy writes prolifically for a variety of children's book categories, and as mentioned above, her self-published titles win awards that usually go to traditionally published books. They're also very much at home in book stores.
I'm just going to drop the covers of a few of her award-winning books here for you to admire. If you want more learn more and/or buy any of these books, you can go to the award-winning section of Darcy's Mim's House Books website.
Self-Publishing Children's Books
I've already established that Darcy's bringing many years of experience and success to our new Self-Publishing Children's Book course. Arree is so excited for this course that he's purchased a spot in Darcy's mentored critique group.
So, let me tell you why I'm excited about this course. Among other things, it's going to include:
- advice for surviving as a business
- advice to help you plan your distribution
- how to hire a great illustrator
- a look at formatting options
- marketing strategies for prepublication, launch, and ongoing sales.
We're still in the process of making this Self Publishing Children's Books course, so it isn't available to purchase on our website. We hope to have it available by the end of January. If you'd like a free preview of the course, Darcy will be teaching a free live workshop on January 12, which you can register for here. The handout and replay will be available on our challenge page, whether you register or not. If you're in our Makers Pro membership, you'll automatically have access to the new course with live workshops in mid-January.
I'm giving away a copy of one of the books featured above, or any book of Darcy's on her website. The winner can choose. Just comment on this blog post to enter.
For additional entries, you can share the post on social media and post a link to where you’ve shared in the comments (preferably as a comment to your original comment so that all of your entries are grouped together). If you attend or watch the replay of the free live workshop on January 12, let me know one thing you learned in the comments, and I will add another entry.
I’ll close the contest at midnight, Pacific Time, on January 18. Thanks for reading and sharing!