My Beginnings As a Self-published Children’s Books Author

“Sometimes we do things not knowing that it’s the beginning of something new or unexpected.” – This Scribbler Mum

I’m not going to say that I do not have any writing background at all before I ventured into self-publishing my own books. Writing has always been something I did as a little girl. But, as I grew up and for many different reasons that happen during one’s journey to adulthood, writing has taken the back seat (and I mean way in the back) in terms of the different things that occupied my time and interests.

Fast forward to having my first born – well, let’s just say that motherhood (along with all the hormonal chaos it brought) brought back the creativity that I always had. Hence, I started creating YouTube videos similar to those toys videos that attracted my toddler (on our K’s Toys channel). I enjoyed everything about it from the creative process of figuring out what the content would be about to editing it and of course, the final cut.

I started with videos that featured toddler toys and using those toys to teach about colours, shapes, counting and so on. I guess you could say that my videos were tailored to my own child’s developmental milestones at the time. And then one day, I had this idea for a content where kids are taught that a shape is still the same shape regardless of colour and vice versa. Basically, I wanted to do a learning concepts video. And that’s when my first children’s short story was born. The video is called Shapes: A Short Story which not too long ago I also turned into a book.

From that short story video then followed other short stories which you can watch in my YouTube playlist below. Not only did I make more short story type videos, I also started making simple digital illustrations to use in combination with actual toys to create the videos.

Looking back at them now, it’s very interesting how when I was making these videos back then, I had no clue that these mini stories would lead me to write and even draw my own children’s books and have the courage to actually self-publish them. I do not have a best seller yet, in fact, I am far from it. But I enjoy the whole process of creating my own books from start to finish and learning from it. And to see that my own children actually enjoy my books is just priceless.

Recently, I have just self-published my latest (6th) book Little Star and the Other Shapes Visit Big Heart. It is a follow up book to my first shapes book where the gang helps a very confused Heart to recognize the different shapes by counting the number of sides. (UPDATE: You can watch my reading of it in my new YouTube channel here.) 

For my next project I am actually thinking of adapting more of my short story videos into books. Do let me know what you think is the best one to turn into a book next and why. 🙂 Oh and if you happen to have purchased any of my books I would love it if you share and tag me – @thisscribblermum on Instagram or @amumzlife on Twitter.

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12 Replies to “My Beginnings As a Self-published Children’s Books Author”

  1. I think its brilliant that you’ve developed your blogging and you tubing into publishing your own books. I’ve toyed with the idea of publishing some of my crochet patterns in a book, but am a bit of a loss as to where to start.

    #abitofeverything

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  2. I love how motherhood triggered that creativity and led you into creating videos and then self-publishing children’s books. They sound great for helping little ones learn more about identifying shapes. #KidsandKreativity

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  3. I love the fact that you have self published books! It’s something I have wanted to do for years. I think the illustrations and putting it all together it what scares me the most! Thank you so much for linking up with #KidsandKreativity, I really hope you come back next time x

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