I recently heard of an expat author, publisher and illustrator of children’s books. Her name is Sophie Kittredge and her books about dogs are quite beautiful. I asked Sophie to share some of what she has learned from her experience with you here. Over to you, Sophie:
I work as a freelance illustrator. It has, therefore, been a natural progression for me to write and illustrate my own children’s books. I use my childhood travels and family pets as inspiration.
I was born in France, and I grew up in Europe, Southeast Asia, the Far East, and the Middle East. I graduated from Art College in England with a BA in Illustration, then moved to New York City where I worked in the publishing and animation businesses. I now live in coastal South Carolina with my family.
My book series is called ‘Tails around the World’. I have two self-published books in this series and I’m working on the third. The ten lessons I’ve learned along the writing road are:
This month sees the launch and the Worldwide Virtual Book Tour for the fourth edition of A Career in Your Suitcase.
As part of our promotional efforts, my co-author, Colleen Reichrath-Smith and I, have done a few things that we hope will guarantee we not only sell books but that we share the news of the book as far and wide as possible.
One of the things we have done, is to get ourselves a speaking engagement or opportunity to present the book everywhere we go. Colleen has already been doing this in Washington DC and The Hague. I have done so in Miri, Sarawak and next week I go to Singapore to run workshops for Shell Outpost, CRCE and a private writing workshop too.
Donating a copy of Career in Your Suitcase to the library at Outpost Miri, with Annie Irlapati
When CRCE asked me to make a short promotional video with them, to promote the workshop Jacinta Noonan and I are running called Passionate About Your Portable Career on 15 May, I jumped at the chance. Using Google Hangout, we recorded this interview by webcam, though I was in Brunei, and they in Singapore.
When you produce a video you get the chance to embed it on your website and share it on social media platforms. CRCE want people to book to attend my workshop. I want to sell more books.
Do you think you should consider creating a video too?
Colleen Reichrath-Smith and I have set aside April and May as the months we really promote our newly released book A Career in Your Suitcase. We are so determined to make sure that more people get to hear about it than ever before (this is its 4th edition) that we share here our top six methods. Feel free to copy our ideas. We’d be flattered.
Just over a month ago, Brit in the Dominican Republic, Lindsay de Feliz, saw the publication of her first book, a memoir, What About Your Saucepans? With no previous experience but a determination that can be seen leaping from the pages of a story that includes attempted homicide, bankruptcy and politics, de Feliz leapt into action. Today I learned that What About Your Saucepans was Summertime Publishing’s bestseller on in both kindle and printed formats for the month of March. Here, Lindsay shares her success story:
I wasn’t a writer but I knew I had a good story to tell, so I wrote it down, got in touch with Jo and she and my editor Jane Dean helped me to turn my pedestrian account of the last 10 years of my life into a real book. Jo told me the publication date would be February 27 and a few days before then I checked on Amazon.com and there it was. A truly amazing feeling. The next stage was to get people to buy it, although I was somewhat apprehensive in case they didn’t like it, and I really had no idea what I should be doing, never having written or sold a book before. I decided on a staged approach, and I have just finished stage one.
Stage one results
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