I self-published Benjamin Weatherby’s Practical Bestiary in order to print a copy for Jack, but I still hope to publish the book through a traditional publishing house — and I need your help.
I’m planning to use this first self-published galley to make several review copies available for anyone who wants to purchase one (and especially for my target audience of 8- to 12-year-olds). I’ll gather feedback, and I anticipate doing one more revision before I try to find a publisher. I may also enlist the help of a professional editor.
Here are a few things you can do:
1) Like, friend, follow, &tc.
Your typical social media stuff. Share this website, like the page on Facebook, then keep a weather eye out for new platforms as they come along — Twitter, Instagram, etc.
2) Read a copy!
You can buy a copy of the book online. If you’re interested, I’d love to have you buy and read a copy!
3) Let me know what you think
Truly, seriously, honestly what you think. Did you like it? Why? Why not? What parts can be better? What parts didn’t work? What would you change? Etc. Positive feedback is always welcome, but it’s the critical feedback that will help get this thing published. Email me to let me know.
4) Submit your illustrations
If you purchase a copy, I’d love to have you (or your kids or grandkids, etc.) try out the “illustrated by the owner” concept — not least because I’m still not sure it’s a good idea. If it’s a bad idea, I need to know. And if it’s a good idea, I’d love to have robust photo galleries to show a publisher. Either way, I’d love to see what comes of it. Submit your artwork online.