How I Wrote My First Books and You Can Too!

Episode 88
35m | Jun 30, 2022

You may have heard me on social media talk about how I am writing a kids’ book and unless you are new to the podcast, you will already know that I wrote a book called Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know. I am so excited to announce that my kids’ book, My First Book of Earth, is now available for pre-order and will soon be available everywhere on August 2nd.

With this official news, lots of people have been asking me, how I did this. Today I am going into detail about that – talking about the entire experience – from setting it up, writing, and getting it published with a publishing company.

For the second part of the podcast, I’m also gonna tell you about my experience writing my other book, Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology, which is a book I self-published in 2020. This is a book I wrote entirely by myself – with no publisher – and has done well since its release selling hundreds of copies.

Writing both of these books has been such a fun experience and great learning process. I really hope this podcast inspires you to write a book if this is something you have been thinking about. This is something you really can do!

I am going to break it down for you and also talk about the advantages of working with a publisher and self-publishing. Specifically, I talk about:

  • How I was approached by publisher
  • How long it took me to write both books
  • My process for writing for kids and for adults
  • My process for writing when working with a publisher and on my own
  • The challenges that come with writing a kids’ book including maintaining scientific accuracy without using jargon and sticking to a word limit
  • How the books were designed
  • How I was inspired to write a book
  • An overview of how to self-publish
  • How I used the Best Self Journal to write my book
  • What you need to know about marketing your book during the pre-release phase
  • and MORE!

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