As part of Oldcastle Writers’ Group, I was delighted to be able to take part in this wonderful event that we organised. The night was all about our stories and as you know from reading my blog, I wrote the story “The Curse of Johnny Murphy” which you can read on my blog in three parts.
Public speaking for writers can often come with fear and dread. Well in my case anyway. I love writing but public speaking terrifies me. Even reading my work aloud is a chore. When I started with my writing group back in March I couldn’t even read out loud to the other women in the group and I would often ask one of the other ladies to read what I had written.
Yesterday evening as part of Oldcastle Writers Group, I had the privilege of meeting Dolores Keaveney children’s author and artist. It was a wonderful night and this lady is such an inspiration. Dolores is a self-published author and her books are beautiful. She told us all about the self-publishing process from start to finish and even read from one of her books. It really was eye opening and I hadn’t realised there was so much to do when it comes to writing and publishing a children’s picture book. You have to write the book, design a front cover, create the book in InDesign, print a mockup, edit, edit, edit, and then have print copies done for reviews. There really is a lot involved including getting your ISBN from Nielsen, a UK company. You also have to find someone to do you a bar code if you are self-publishing too.