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.
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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!
Resources and Sources in How I Wrote My First Books
Stephanie Schuttler is a wildlife biologist with 17 years of experience in mammal ecology and conservation, education, and outreach. Read her inspirational story, “My Unexpected Journey Into Science” to find out how she went from the daughter of a jeweler to a Ph.D. in wildlife biology. Feel free to contact Stephanie here.