RE: [art_education] your book/self-publishing
I received your book, thank you. It looks great. Congratulations. I admire your energy. I know it's not easy.
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From: email@example.com on behalf of MaryAnn Kohl
Sent: Sun 8/10/2008 2:37 PM
Subject: Re: [art_education] your book/self-publishing
Self-Publishing isn't necessarily a tremendously expensive undertaking
(you need about $10,000 to start.)
But the time commitment is huge. It's really all you can do...a full
I know if people who have done it with teaching, but it just doesn't
seem to work out as well as going full time.
There is a book called the "Self Publishing Manual" by Dan Poynter,
I think it's about $15.00. It's the quintessential book on "how to".
Follow its steps, and you will self-publish.
Of course you have to have a book that people will buy!!
I have been self-publishing as well as writing for Gryphon House, Inc.
since 1985. With both of these publishing venues, I have a decent
With only the self-publishing, I'm sure it would be about equal to a
But those first few years were tricky as you wait to sell books so you
can pay for a new printing when the books sell out.
It really takes three books to be in business. One book is only a
hobby, and an all-consuming hobby at that.
That's why it's better if you can be published by a company...as far
as time commitment...because they do the publishing.
All you have to do is write the book, and then help promote it when it
Self-publishing picture books or stories is much harder than self-
publishing in the non-fiction, self-help, or how to genres. For some
reason, self-published books in these areas are easily accepted by the
mainstream, whereas, picture books and stories are less so.
I think you could do a publishing project with kids, but there would
have to be some money upfront to pay for the printing, perhaps from
the PTO or a grant. As to selling and printing, that's a whole 'nother
thing, so if you want to know more, or if anyone in this group wants
to know more, I will continue discussing it. The main thing is to get
a good printing price, and then, sell the books locally for sure, but
possibly sell the books in the mainstream.
MaryAnn F. Kohl
author, presenter & educational consultant
On Aug 10, 2008, at 12:10 AM, Gray wrote:
Hullo MaryAnn and others
Very interesting to read about your background in books. I was
wondering how "self-publishing" works. Is it an expensive undertaking
and has it been financially worthwhile? I realize the personal
satisfaction and growth must be huge but has it been an all round good
thing for you. I too have had an interest in writing children's books
for years and have been an oil painter for most of my life and am
wondering about the possibilities of combining the two in some way. I
believe the act of involving kids in such a project in an educational
environment would be beneficial to student and school system alike. It
would be tremendous in getting the education department involved!
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From: MaryAnn Kohl
Sent: Sunday, August 10, 2008 12:11 AM
Subject: [Norton AntiSpam] Re: [art_education] your book
HI, Liz, and Art Educators: Yes, to answer your question about my
books, my focus is always art, though I am getting ready to write a
book about great composers for kids with music and art activities.
I first left elementary (grades k, 1,2) classroom teaching to raise my
little babies. As they grew, I just couldn't make myself return to the
classroom and leave them!, so I returned instead to one of my
dreams....to publish a book. I grew up in the business so it didn't
scare me to try: My grandfather owned bookstores and a book bindery
for library bindings, my dad ran the bindery, my grandmother was a
published author, and my mom was an accomplished oil painter who ran a
lending library from our home (it was the 50's!). Books were all
around me throughout my childhood, and not just books, but the "making
and selling of" books. I also realized that (in 1985), there were no
art idea books for teachers, parents, or kids. Crafts, yes, but no
"independent" art explorations. So, I gathered my favorite ideas from
my classroom teaching (we didn't have any art specialists, so I had to
be full of ideas of my own), organized them, and found out about "self-
publishing". Then I did it! Since then I have published/written seven
books and written another fifteen or so.
I have found that writing my art books is just another way to be a
teacher, but one who is out of the classroom. My year is full of
workshop offerings and presentations about bringing art to the
classroom and the day care center. I'm enjoying what I do. And yet, I
still miss having my own little group of kids to teach. I've been able
to attach myself to one classroom where I test all my art ideas, and
that has really helped! I love those kids!!!!!
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On Aug 9, 2008, at 1:35 AM, Gray wrote:
What a marvellous undertaking! It must be truly rewarding and allow
kids to feel part of the historical art world of America. How did you
first get into books and is your focus always art?
Look forward to hearing from you