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Reading With Your Kids is all about encouraging parents to read with their kids, and cook with their kids, and do activities with their kids, and experience tv, movies and music together. In other words, our podcast is all about helping parents build stronger relationships with their kids.

Mar 1, 2024

This episode of #ReadingWithYourKids featured two guests discussing self-publishing children's books. Jay Miletsky shared his experience successfully self-publishing over 600,000 copies of his books. He emphasized treating book publishing like a business by understanding costs, profit margins, and marketing strategies. 

The second guest, Larry Daley, introduced his debut picture book "Float." The story follows a girl who causes chaos in an aquarium. Daley said the book explores learning to stay calm during unexpected events. Larry's book is being published by Booking Media, a publishing company that is very unique in that the author-illustrator keeps their rights to their creations. Booking Media and Daley chose are using Kickstarter to allow families to pre-order Float.

The host and guests discussed the importance of marketing when self-publishing. Traditional routes like agents and large publishers involve high costs and compromises. Alternative models like crowdfunding and smaller presses give more opportunities for diverse stories. The episode highlighted treating books as small businesses requiring entrepreneurial skills. It encouraged aspiring authors to view writing as one part of a larger publishing process.

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