I’m making a big decision to change my creative approach:
There’s a ton of information out there about self-publishing, and I came across this helpful article (click here to have a look). In a nutshell, it details ways to structure a children’s book based on age group, and includes advice on book length and type.
According to the article, my books would be really tough to sell to a large audience. The problem is that they’re too long, and the storylines are a bit complex. The substance of the article was bit hard to accept, especially since I’ve already invested the time into writing and self-publishing five books.
I’ve gotten very positive feedback from my work so far, so my first instinct was to just keep doing what I’m doing. After all, the article is only an opinion piece and the nature of markets tend to change. Could my longer format storybooks be the start of a new trend?
I’d like to think so, but I don’t want to let my ego get the best of me. The author of the article has a lot more experience than I do when it comes to selling books, and there’s simply no way to tell right now if the book market will magically shift in my favor within the next few months.
So I’ve decided it’s probably best not to stick to my guns, in this case. I can’t make huge creative decisions based on what I want the current children’s book market to be. I need to be practical, and look at the current reality of the market.
What to do next?
Start making graphic novels instead.
One of the most consistent contents I’ve received about my books is that they’re mistaken as graphic novels.
I’ve already written a graphic novel before, and I recently completed a ninja seals story in graphic novel form. It began as an experiment, but with my background in filmmaking and animation, graphic novels are proving a more natural fit for my creative style.
The writing adventure continues – More to come, and thanks for reading!
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