Sonya Connor is a former daycare owner and now published author. She is just starting out on her journey as an author, with two books published (geared toward 2-6 year-olds) and plans for more on the way. You can find her books on Amazon as well as on her own site, Sunshinereadingadventures.com.
In an email interview, she was nice enough to answer a few questions. To find out more about why she writes and her experiences becoming published, please read below.
Why did you decide to write a children’s book?
“I enjoyed my time working with children in my first job at a daycare and during the time when I had my own in-home licensed daycare. I enjoyed seeing their knowledge grow as they understood the stories we read. I wanted to write books that are fun and introduce different learning concepts at the same time.”
What do you like best about your character?
“Andy is smart and spunky. He’s inquisitive and it leads to his learning about the things he asks about.”
Why did you decide to self-publish?
“When I found out how easy it was to self-publish through Amazon I was glad to try it out for myself.”
What do you wish you had known about publishing a book before you started?
“How expensive the illustrations would be. If I was a better artist I would have saved a ton of money. For every picture, illustration in my books, the cover I drew the stick figures and the concept I wanted on each page and my illustrator brought it to life. I’m happy with the quality of work but it was very costly.”
What is the best part of publishing a book? What was the hardest part?
“The sense of accomplishment. I have something that I’m proud of and everyone who has read it or reviewed it are impressed by the quality of the book and how it truly is a fun way to teach young children. I truly enjoyed writing my books (others written and waiting to release in the future). The hardest part is the business part of having a company. All the paperwork to be sure you are in compliance with everything-taxes, getting my logo trademarked, etc.”
Did you market your book before you published it or wait until after?
“I waited until it was published to market it. I did have it on pre-order for 3 weeks prior to launch and marketed it during that time.”
Is there anything you would like to say to aspiring authors?
“Don’t give up on your dreams. Keep on writing and release your book when you can. This has been on the back burner for me for years and I decided to go forward and get all the work done and put it out there. You never know if it will be a hit or if you’ll have a small audience who are interested in your book. But either way you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you tried and years from now someone else may pick up your book and enjoy reading the thoughts you wrote down and published now. That is truly satisfying.”