Lots of people ask me about writing a picture book. It’s just for kids, so it must be easy, right? lol
I thought I’d make a video where I’d just talk about writing picture books and the difficulties you may come across. If you think you are going to make a fortune and be a famous author, you are better off working at Macdonalds – Honestly, that’s not a joke.
It takes an inordinate amount of luck to have a best seller and a huge amount of work to make any sort of living at it. Author incomes have halved in the last 20 years – really!
But you may just want to have a few copies of your book for your family, which is great. These thoughts apply to you to. Any questions? put the in the comments box and maybe you will inspire a new video?!
Why no Drawing Video today?! Because I am applying the seat of my pants to the seat of my chair and I am writing. I’m about 8,500 words into my 25,000 word children’s novel. My editor has brough forward the publication date, so I really need to get the first draft finished as soon as possible.
Need a drawing fix? The head over to my other channel www.youtube.com/drawstuffrealeasy, where I am doing Drawings from my book – published 17th May – called How to Draw Ancient Greek Stuff Real Easy –
How much do you think a children’s author makes from each book they sell? Take the poll that pops up in the video – It’s anonymous – I won’t know who you are or what you think, but it will be very helpful to know what you think. Please ask friends, relatives and colleagues to join in and have a go too. Let’s make this viral!
Imagine that the book says £5.00 on the back – it could be $5 or €5.00 £5.00 = 100% – From that 100% do you think the author gets:
25% = £1.25
7.5% = 0.37p
4% = 0.20p
I’ll let you know results in a new video quite soon. Make sure you are subscribed to get the results!