Writing My First Children’s Book: How I Got Started

book imageI started writing my first children’s book recently and the process was a little tedious at first but I am making great progress. The book is one of many to come in a series called Ellen Star. Ellen Star is my wife’s name and I wanted to name the character after her. I started this book well over a year ago and came across some stumbling blocks along the way, but I finally recovered and now getting things finished. I had written the story in about  a week and thought I was going to fly right through the process until I couldn’t make my mind up on the character design.

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Writing my first children’s book is really fun and if you want to write your own children’s books then follow my website and YouTube channel. I will take you through the process of the good, bad, and ugly of getting started. There are only a few road blocks I ran into and this is because I am really picky designing my own graphics.

From my experience so far I would recommend that you outsource your graphics if you have the money to spend. I wanted to save as much money as I could so I decided to create the whole book myself, but it does have it’s drawbacks. Here is a short list of the issues I ran into creating this children’s book myself.

  1. Graphics – I dreaded trying to draw 27 graphics for the book and procrastinated 1 year.
  2. Character Concept – I had trouble deciding on the style of the main character.
  3. Medium to Use – I tried doing the graphics digitally but didn’t like them, I tried watercolor but the paper was too wet. Finally went with color pencil.
  4. Compiling The Book –  I had to learn how to use Create Space which took a while to publish the book, and publishing is still in progress as of 12-28-2016.


Even though these roadblocks are just a few, I still enjoy the process of writing my first children’s book and I will at least know how to make life easier on the second book.

What about you? Have you ever written a children’s book before, or planning on doing it? I would love to hear your feedback.





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