In this digital era, it seems like every day brings new changes to how we read and get information. While reputable newspapers and multi-national publishers are reeling from this new world order, these transformations have also invited great opportunity for the common mom. Self-publishing has become an attractive alternative to going the traditional publishing route. Momasphere caught up with four self-published moms who have each successfully followed their hearts to produce high-quality, well-received books. Most of these moms miraculously continued to juggle full-time work while getting their projects off the ground. While their books appeal to a wide range of interests and audiences in very different markets, they share a passion for their projects that undoubtedly propelled them forward. Their responses to our questions were downright inspiring. If you would like to share your story of self-publishing with Momasphere, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with Self-Publishing in the Subject Line. Or comment here to start a dialogue!
For Deana Gunn and Wona Miniati, co-authors of Cooking With Trader Joe’s, the book was a natural extension of three things they love: good food, cooking and Trader Joe’s. While shopping at Trader Joe’s, they often overheard people asking about how to prepare some of the more unusual ingredients. This cookbook was their response. Their advice: don’t self-publish unless you truly love what you’re doing. Both are moms. Deana has 2 kids (ages 6 and 7) and Wona has 2 kids (ages 3 and 5). As moms, they agree that energy expended often outweighs the financial rewards. Click To Read Interview.
Mindy Roberts is the author of The Mommy Blog and Mommy Confidential: Adventures From the Wonderbelly of Motherhood. In 2002, after the birth of her third child in four years, she began to write about her life and children in the sleepless hours in an effort to capture her young family’s world in real time. The popularity of her daily blog grew exponentially and after being turned down by a few traditional publishers, Mindy decided to self-publish this chronicle of her family’s adventures and mishaps. Her advice: if you have a story bursting inside, write it! Even if you print only one copy, it will be well worth it. Click To Read Interview.
For years Richard Codor would doodle his way through the Passover seder, creating cartoon images of the proceedings. In time Xeroxed copies of his black and white drawings became the Haggadah (guidebook) of choice for family and friends. Together with wife Liora Codor, they decided it was time to take the Joyous Hagaddah to a new level and self-publish a full-color, cartoon guide to the Seder. Liora’s advice to busy moms: make copious lists, but also find some time to replenish. Click To Read Interview.
Kelli Nielsen and Kelly Benham have more than their first names in common. They share a passion for publishing children’s books from the heart. They have chosen to self-publish in order to maintain the integrity of their projects, though they don’t recommend it as the publication method of choice for all. With You Will Always Be My Son on the shelves, and two more books on the way, their advice is clear: follow your passion- it will lead to great things. Click To Read Interview.