Food for the Cubs: My Children’s Books

Many years ago, I had the opportunity to have a children’s book published. I called it The Secret Room. This led to other opportunities to have more published. People always have questions when they find out that I use to write them, so here is a collection of thoughts about the experience:

  • I have had about fifty children’s books published.
  • These books were mass-produced, which means millions of cheaply-printed copies were distributed through stores like Wal-mart and Target.
  • I use to go to the children’s book aisle of Target and move all my books to a shelf at eye level. I would be sure to place them on top of the other children’s books.
  • No, I don’t get royalties for the books. I got paid a flat fee for each assignment. If I got residuals, I would be rich right now. However, one time I was able to make a down payment on a new car using money I made from writing them.
  • It was neat to be walking through a store and be surprised to see my books. I came across them at Micheal’s Crafts one time. Another time I was standing in line at grocery store and saw them at the check out –impulse buying!
  • One time my mom and I were at a store that had some of my books. She bought some of them. When we got to the cashier, my mom said “This is my son. He wrote these books.” The cashier looked at her like she was crazy.
  • Many times people who know me would ask me if I write children’s books. It turned out they had one of my books at home for their kids and just notice my name on the cover for the first time.
  • One time I saw a toddler in a pizza parlor walking around with one of my books in his chubby little hand.
  • I had a cool experience when I was working part-time at a bookstore. A woman came up to the counter and bought one of my books. I was tempted to blurt out “I wrote this book” to her as I rung it up on the cash register.
  • One time several of my friends were hanging out at my place when we got out some of my books and had dramatic readings. I narrated my books as each of my friends read parts of different characters. Let’s just say they gave some pretty interesting interpretations of some of my creations.
  • I have found online reviews of my books written by children. Wow.
  • Most of my books are out of print. You can find them on the internet being sold on used book websites.
  • I have moved on from writing children’s books, but I cherish the experience. I want to write other things now.
  • Here’s a list of my books on Goodreads.

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