Lulu in London, self-publishing a children’s book in the UK, the BookSurge stage

It struck me the other day that coming up with a new book idea is rather like saying to your pals ‘Hey, let’s all run up this down escalator!’.   In the  moment you come up with your great idea there’s a  flurry of excitement and a run for the stairs – you get  the credit for your wacky good (at the time) notion.  All good fun so far.  However as you turn the idea into reality things change.  Your leg muscles burn in the fight against gravity and the original appeal of the idea evaporates along with the sweat on your brow.  How nice it would be just the let the escalator carry you back to where you started and you can forget the whole thing.  To save face you could say ‘Hey, better idea!  why don’t we all slide down the bannister like those teenagers are doing? Cool!”

For me that’s what book ideas feel like.  When a book is failing to catch publishers’ or agents’ eyes there is a temptation to blame the idea.  And to get excited about the next idea and the one after that.  But here’s when you have to hold your nerve.  I have worked in creative industries long enough to know that good ideas often get rejected.  I have read enough kids’ books to know that bad ones get published.  Beatrix Potter didn’t say “Oh you don’t like the rabbit, no worries, how about these badgers?    I have a great badger book.  Or voles, wanna hear my vole idea?”   Of course new ideas are great but not when they are an excuse for neglecting a good old idea.

Personally,  I love that phase when I am telling my pals the plot for a new book. I get a kick out of describing the character’s situation and having people urgently ask ‘And then what happened?  How did she get out of that?’  I am getting far less of a kick out of my current phase of trying to heave the book up onto Amazon.

When I published my book with Lulu I kind of assumed that it was already for sale on Amazon.  Not so.  Now I have bought  a distribution package from BookSurge to rectify the situation.  The BookSurge people are emailing me about LCCN numbers. taxation forms and Lord knows what else.  I fobbed off the nice man who phoned to check if I’d read my emails.  I asked him about the location of the BookSurge offices.  I enquired about the weather in Charleston.  But it’s inevitable.  I will have to do all the tedious tax office whatevers.   Yaaaaawn.

And the worst thing is  I have nothing to say when people ask “How is your book going?’  They want to hear that Oprah Winfrey loves it and that Sasha Obama is a fan.   i want to be in lively negotaitions with Beyoncé about her role in the sequel.   Well, some day that might be true but not unless I get my W8-BEN form sorted out.

2 Responses to “Lulu in London, self-publishing a children’s book in the UK, the BookSurge stage”

  1. Teresa Machan Says:

    It’s fabulous!

    You deserve to sell millions….


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