C.M. Harris Books

What I Learned From Writing My First Book


That is all. 

So, I thought writing would be an easy-to-do, especially writing a children’s picture book! But really, it’s not. I thought I, a college-educated woman who received no less than the grade of a B on any of my college essays, would find this to be such a simple task, but boy was I wrong. 

As a first time author, I learned everything on my own from writing to publishing to marketing to selling, and I was and still am very proud of myself. I was on the job hunt for almost four years, and after disappointment after disappointment, I realized I don’t need to work for someone else and be told what do, thinking I would have “imposter syndrome” anyway. I created a business for myself and doing something I had someday wanted to do. After researching the role of a Self Published Author I figured I could handle this, how hard could it be?

Well, it isn’t easy. I’ve learned many lessons, the biggest lesson I would say I have learned is to get an editor. Let me say that for the people in the back of the room, GET AN EDITOR!  I hired an editor. Currently, I have two editors working on two different books. Why should you hire an editor you may ask, here’s why;

  1. You need criticism. You sit and read the same story, again and again, thinking you can catch simple errors, but you really can’t. You need a different set of eyes to find what you’re missing. (I hated having critiques at first while studying graphic design but after my first few classes you recognize the need for a new set of eyes looking at your work)
  2. Writing a children’s book comes with a different set of rules. There are rules for syllable count, rhyming with a pattered rhythm and sentence structure. Very different from writing a ten paged paper. 
  3. You need to think like a child and be realistic. 
  4. You need to appeal to the parent or adult first. Children do not buy books; an adult usually decides for them.

I made a few mistakes, and that’s okay.

I knew I would not be making a perfect book on my first attempt, but I should have done better to try. It’s okay to fail, but it’s not okay to give up. You live, and you learn. Am I going to continue to try and put out my best work? Absolutely. Even if it means going back to fix the mistakes. 


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.