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Don Henwood

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Children's books
Posted: Jun 18, 2017 4:20 PM
 
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Do you think children's books should be illustrated. My book "Greyda the Great and other Tails" is intended as stories to be read to a child. And not have the parent go crazy with inane dialogue. These were stories told to my grandchild when she was four and always wanted more.
cdalebrittain

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Re: Children's books
Posted: Jun 18, 2017 4:28 PM   in response to: Don Henwood in response to: Don Henwood
 
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Well, most children's books these days are illustrated. Telling stories to kids (rather than reading) is excellent. Reading to them is also excellent. But if you want to sell books, you need to have a book that meets the expectations of parents today.

And be aware that children's books are notoriously poor sellers on KDP. Good luck!
Don Henwood

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Re: Children's books
Posted: Jun 18, 2017 5:05 PM   in response to: cdalebrittain in response to: cdalebrittain
 
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Thank you, I'll start looking for the right person to do the illustrations that do justices to the stories. I want readers to love these stories as much as that little girl did. That to me is even more important than making money on it.(Bite my tongue, RIGHT)
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Posted: Jun 18, 2017 5:59 PM   in response to: Don Henwood in response to: Don Henwood
 
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I took a look at your book, (based on your other thread) and if you do go with illustrations, I would go with black and white pencil sketches, and I wouldn't go crazy with them. One at the start of each story, and maybe one somewhere in the middle would do. Your storytelling style is entertaining; it reminds me a little of Thornton W. Burgess. I suspect if you were to invest in a professional cover, perhaps using one of your new illustrations, and published it as a paperback, you might be on to something. But it does need a bit of editing.jmho.
Sharon

PS If you look up Burgess, check out his original works, not the color reprints.

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Don Henwood

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Re: Children's books
Posted: Jun 18, 2017 7:50 PM   in response to: starnssv in response to: starnssv
 
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Yes, thank you. I thought about very simple drawing on each chapter too. I know the cover is weak, but I'm very limited on budget. That said, I'll look into other options. I don't want to put out crap. And I will take a look at T Burgess too.
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Posted: Jun 18, 2017 8:27 PM   in response to: Don Henwood in response to: Don Henwood
 
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I use a fellow who goes by the name witkee on fiverr. He's done nine covers for me and he's very talented, and a good cover can be had for less than $25.
Don Henwood

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Posted: Jun 18, 2017 9:32 PM   in response to: starnssv in response to: starnssv
 
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Thanks, I just logged on with them and made a request. This really helps.
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