Friday, 21 December 2012

New Children's Picture Book - The Ultimate Self-Esteem Guide (for puffins)

New picture book - The ultimate Self-Esteem Guide (for puffins).

At last! My latest children's picture book is published!

In rhyming verse, it's funny, quirky and for any age group.
It has a serious self-esteem message, but is put over in such a way that makes it ideal for using with younger ones, and can be used for the story alone.

Here's the cover and the blurb;

The Ultimate Self-Esteem Guide. (for puffins)

Percy thought he looked like a nerd!

Yes, here was a puffin, who was a shy, under-confident bird,
with huge self-esteem issues.

The reason?

His looks!

With his enormous quiff of feathery hair,
Percy felt so different from all the other puffins that
he thought he's never fit in.

That is, until an even dorkier puffin arrived...

This thoroughly modern, rhyming picture book is suitable for all ages, and the loveable characters have been brought to life with delightful illustrations.
The story is clever, quirky, and although has a more serious message, is told
with such fun, you will be reading it again and again!

Author's Note;

Parental Warning

To avoid unnecessary shock,
I would like to add that this story
contains such word as
nerd, dork, quirky and geek,
which those with an extremely sensitive nature
may find disturbing.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Great review and giveaway!

I've had a great review left for my best selling children's book, Hairy Scary Spider?

I love it when this happens!

The reviewer is also having a giveaway! Just leave a comment and you'll be in with a chance to receive a paperback, signed copy of Hairy, Scary Spider?

Here's the link;

Hairy, Scary Spider? at unorthodoxmama

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

The best sort of feedback...

Had some really great feedback tonight. The sort you cannot beat.
Here's Roxy enjoying the paperback verson of my best seller Hairy, Scary Spider?.
It's easier to show you with this picture that was uploaded on my facebook page:

Hairy, Scary Spider? paperback on ebay

Hairy, Scary Spider? Ebook from Amazon

Sunday, 25 November 2012

My little children's book is in print!

I'm really excited by my news!

Here's the blurb for the sale of my book on ebay - what do you think?

You will be pleased to know my national best selling ebook ‘Hairy Scary Spider? is now available as a paperback.
At the moment the paperback is exclusive to ebay, and is for a ‘signed by the author’, first edition, including all the same adorable illustrations as the original ebook.
Are spiders really scary?
This light-hearted little picture book explores that question with lively and amusing rhyming verse.
Your child will certainly enjoy the fun, colourful illustrations that capture the cheeky little spider's character. Follow as he jauntily tells you, from his own point of view, what it is like being a wonderful and sometimes naughty little spider!
Simply, but beautifully illustrated throughout, this entertaining, catchy story will make sure you and your child never look at a spider the same way again!
Perfect for ages 2-102.

This little paperback has a wipe clean glossy cover, special area to write your child’s name and a page for your little one to draw their own spider friend.
Size: 140mm x 140mm, with approximately 18 pages, perfect for popping in your bag.
With many 5 out of 5 star reviews, don't miss out on this simple, though special little story.
For a limited time, this signed, first edition can be bought for only £3.29, instead of the usual price of £3.89So get yours today before the little spider gets away!

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Kindle Fire HD feedback....

I am so pleased right now with the look of my children's picture ebooks on Kindle Fire HD.

The display quality is excellent, the colours are bright and the contrasts are deep. Much, much better than I anticipated.

According to Jeff Bezos, the quality of the display is better because of its laminated touch sensor that prevents the air gap and gives 25% less glare as well as much sharper contrasts. 

For a children's author and illustrator of picture ebooks, this is good news!

According to the feedback from my customers, my ebooks; 'Hairy, Scary Spider?' and 'Pipsy the Penguin', in particular, look great, the colours are bright and with one tap, the picture fills the screen.

Any other children's pcture book authors had similar feedback? I'd love to hear from you.

Saturday, 29 September 2012

My children's ebooks are in a national magazine.

Can't help it - I need to share this - I'm in the 'Woman's Weekly' this week!
It's only a little section called 'All About Me', but they mentioned I'm a children's author and illustrator, and put in a photo, so I'm there for all to see.
I don't know who's thrilled the most, me or my mum!


Children's author and Illustrator.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

One of my children's ebooks featured on Author's Den!

Hi, my little ebook, Hairy, Scary Spider? has been featured on Author's Den. Hooray!
Here is what's been said:

UK children''s author and Illustrator, Paula Mcbride''s colourful children''s picture ebook becomes a national bestseller. The delightful story for the very young, "Hairy, Scary Spider?" becomes a favourite for all.

Many of Paula McBride's picture ebooks for children have hit Amazon UK's top 100 bestselling ebooks. 'Hairy, Scary Spider?' though, has consistently stayed in the top 100 national bestselling lists for the last six months, often in the top 20!
Children and adults alike have fallen in love with the simple, effective illustrations and the adorable, rhyming story as the naughty, little spider tells you all about his adventerous day.
The author and illustrator, Paula McBride says of this work;
"While this picture ebook was originally designed for the 2-5 age group, I have had so much feedback from parents, teachers and grandparents telling me how much they've enjoyed sharing this story with their young ones.
Recently, I was told that after reading my story, a whole class of little ones were making spiders out of paperplates and black wool, another group were making a 'story sack' based on my little book, then discussing if they thought spiders were scary!" she added.

With many 5 out of 5 star reviews, don't miss this simple, though special little story.


This is a great place for publicity, so hopefully I'll get some likes on my facebook page...

Saturday, 22 September 2012

I've had some fantastic reviews on one of my children's ebooks!

I've just had some really lovely reviews on my children's picture ebook 'Hairy, Scary Spider?'.
I'm thrilled to receive these reviews and to hear how youngsters all around the world are enjoying my little stories.
I've had a feel good day today! Can you tell...

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helps My Son's Fear! September 15, 2012
By Esluka
Format:Kindle Edition
My 4 year old is terrified of Spiders. He really enjoys this story. His favorite page is at the end when Spider invites you to take a closer look next time you see one. I will always keep this story handy for him!

5.0 out of 5 stars Book Review. September 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Hairy, Scary Spider? What a wonderful children's ebook. Halloween is just around the corner and this book is perfect for the occasion. I read this story to my children, and they loved it. They interacted with the story by making scary faces, and even stopped me from smashing a couple spiders I found in my house. Not only is the ebook entertaining children, it is saving the lives of millions of spiders around the world (or at least in my house). I read this story to a 1st grade class and again, the student interaction/response was amazing. The illustrations are simple, sweet,and funny. Perfect for children. Students asked me if they could make spiders with paper plates and strips of construction paper. You know a book is good when students give you activity ideas to use the following day. Don't pass up this book. It is worth so much more than the pennies you spend on it.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Busy, busy, busy, writing the sequel to 'The Message'

Hi all,

I've been so busy writing the second book in my children's trilogy, 'The Message'.
The second book is called 'The Epoch Shroud' and it's going really well. I've really got into it!
See my facebook page -

Also I'm sooo pleased this week as I've had a great review for one of my children's picture books on
It's lovely to hear comments about my children's ebooks, - because reviews on Amazon are like 'gold dust' - but when they're this good, I've just go to share them!

So here it is...

By Pricilla
Format:Kindle Edition
Such beautiful detail in the charming pictures. A very good tale of overcoming nervousness and achieving those dreams, but possibly in a very different way.
A definite Christmas present to follow my great-neice's birthday present of "Hairy, Scary Spider?".
Beautifully written, lovely, caring emotions from the mother.
I love it! 
Well back to the writing...
Speak soon

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

I love reading about children's books and in particular the ever-changing and progressing world of children's ebooks, and I've found a really interesting article about children's ebooks from the Saudi Gazette and I cannot help but agree with the statement that children who have access to digital storybooks may have a much richer personal library. My Kindle is loaded with a variety of children's stories for my kiddies!

Here's a snippit;

Technology doesn’t intimidate children. The smallest tot will reach out for a ringing smartphone. For children, expensive iPads are fascinating entertainment windows. So it’s only natural that toy companies will look for ways to merge age-appropriate technologies and traditional play patterns...

...The last toy to mention today, which has gone high tech in a big way, is the storybook. Parents are getting over their fear of giving an expensive digital device to a small child. Research from the UK’s literary advocate, The Reading Agency, found that 48 percent of parents of primary school-aged children believe electronic devices encourage children to read more. With that in mind, over 40 percent of those parents surveyed have made available a digital device that allows their children to read eBooks. Children who have access to digital storybooks may have a much richer personal library. That’s because eBooks are economical. Bowker Market Research found that the average children’s eBook is $5.65 cheaper than the average hardcover and $3.72 less than the average paperback. Entertaining, educational and economical – eBooks are wonderful tech playthings! 

Here's the link if you want to read the whole article. 

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Free ebook! 'Who Said Quack?'

I'm on Bloggerdise! This is the latest news:

Free for the 18th & 19th July. 'Who Said Quack?' by children's author and illustrator Paula McBride.
With over eight childrens ebooks on Amazon, and consistently in the best sellers lists, Paula McBride now releases her latest children's picture ebook with a two-day promotional launch.
Free for only two days!
With beautiful illustrations, that bring Little Duck's feisty character to life, your children will love to hear this charming and positive story over and over again.
Download this ebook for FREE from or on 18 or 19th July 2012 and if you enjoy it please give it a 'like' or a review would be even better!
Here's the link to your free ebook;

See all Paula McBride's children's stories on Amazon on her profile page;

Paula McBride - Artist, illutrator and author

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

My children's ebooks are on Goodreads!

All of my children's ebooks can now be found on 'Goodreads'!
So many people have stated it's a good site, really helpful for those of us who are authors, and who want some feedback.
So I'm hoping it'll help spread the word around...
If anyone has any experience with goodreads, let me know how you got on and if it was of any use to you, as an author or a reader.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

I have a new children's picture ebook out!

My latest children's picture ebook is out at Amazon at last!
Actually this is my 9th children's ebook in 11 months, so that's not a bad rate as I do all the illustrations myself too.
It's called 'Who said 'Quack'? Did you say quack?'

This fun little story is all about a Little Duck who is so looking forward to flying home to the big, wide lake with his friends.
However things don't go according to plan, and he finds himself at the lake all alone. Little duck is a feisty chap though and isn't fazed at all, even when he meets other lake creatures who definitely don't say 'Quack!' Follow along and help Little Duck search for his friends, will you and Little Duck ever find them?

With lovely, expressive illustrations on every page, you and your young ones are going to fall in love with Little Duck on his amazing adventure.

If you want to take a quick peak, here's the link:

Let me know what you think of the cover.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

I'm always trying to keep up-to-date with publishing as regards children's book. Everything in the publishing world is moving at such a rapid rate, it would be easy to be left behind.
I've just read this really interesting and informative article on the future of ebooks...

It discusses many questions, such as, are print books going away? How does digital affect children’s reading experience? What’s about the next generation of industry leaders? Based on their consumption styles, how will they change publishing?
See what you think...

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Author's Den has me on 'Featured Children's News'!

Author's Den has a featured news article about me on their children's news. How great! It is as follows:

Paula McBride''s Amazon author pages are up and ready to share with you. With a full list of the author and illustators books, photos and added information.

Amazon author pages offer customers a great way to find new authors, browse favourite authors, discover new books, and much more.

Included in Paula McBride's author page you will find her biography, author images, a video highlighting her children's picture books and a discussion board for comments.

Watch the 3 minute video that shows in time-lapse how Paula illustrates her work, and listen to her voice as she reads samples from some of her children's picture ebooks.

"Author pages really help people get closer to their favourite authors," said Paula McBride, "they're an excellent tool for authors and customers alike."

Read the biography and get to know Paula McBride at her's author pages by following the link below:

Monday, 11 June 2012

Interesting things at book signing events?

What do you take with you for interest at children's book signing events? Or what is the most interesting item you've ever seen at a book signing?

My friend has made my son a 'Hairy Scary Spider'!
He looks sooooo like 'Hairy' from my children's picture ebook.
He's to be used at 'meet the author' and publicity event because children love to interact with the characters from my children's stories.

Here's a photo of him with my little boy...

Thursday, 17 May 2012

There has been a lot of moaning recently, on author forums and communities, about free ebooks killing the self publishing market.
With so many free books why would anyone need to buy one!
Is this the case though?
It got me thinking, because luckily (or maybe not luck) my sales aren't down - infact they're up for the beginning of May - so what do readers think of a book if they see it's up for free?
That the writer can't sell the story so is giving it away, or 'Oh goody another freebie that looks like my sort of read,' or does it being 'free' make no difference to your opinion of the book.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on the subject.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Getting on with it...

I'm meant to be getting on with the next teen book in my trilogy, but another picture book story popped into my mind the other night!
It was one of those stories that was just written in an evening and has had very little tidying up to do. Some stories I have to mull over for weeks, so I love it when this happens! Do you get this happen much and does it make a better story when it does?

I'm now doing the illustrations and hopefully it'll be on soon. Watch this space!

Also, I've worked out how to put pages on this blog, so I've been able to put a bit about my children's ebooks on here.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

I was talking to someone the other day and the conversation came on to "What do you do?"
After I said I'm an artist, illustrator and author, she mentioned her husband is an author and illustrator too. 'Great!' I thought. Then she qualified the statement with, "he's not got anything published though."

So that got me thinking. Do I see myself as an author?

If someone asks you what you do, do you say, "I'm a author," or do you reply with whatever 'job' you have? More and more I started to think of myself as a writer, especially after I had ebooks published, more so when people started buying them!

As an exampe, if a lady earns money teaching, she is a teacher. She may be a good teacher or she may be a rubbish teacher, but she is a teacher. She may not take it seriously and therefore make much money at it, but she is still a teacher.

If you write books, publish books and sell books, - ebooks included - then you have the right to call yourself an author, but what if you are unpublished and have no sales?

Is there more to being an author?
Are you an author?

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Wow! At last I've finished my latest children's ebook and it's now published!

'Football is Fantastic!'

This one was a bit different from my normal picture books as it's a chapter book.
The book is designed to be laugh-out-loud funny, mainly for boys aged 7-10, ideal for sharing - although for confident readers it can be read alone - and so not so long that it appears daunting.
There are 5 sensible length chapters and each page has a humorous line drawing too.

I mistakenly thought the line drawings would be easier than the colour pictures for my picture books, but because I wanted a lot of fun and humour in the pictures they took a very long time to do - and there's lots of them!

I'm very, very pleased with the results though and now it's finished, I can think of the next.
Let me know if you like the look of the cover.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Free children's picture ebook by Paula McBride

Hey everyone, I've been real busy writing and illustrating for my latest ebook soon to be published.
In the meantime I've two special offers for you all.
Free ebook - pass the word - you can download my children's ebook for FREE!

This day only 27th April 2012 you can download my ebook 'Little Chick's First Day!' from or for NO CHARGE.

You cannot help but fall in love with Little Chick on her first day outside her egg!
Follow along as Little Chick hatches from her egg, loses her way and makes matters worse, trying to find her mum and her home.
With beautiful illustrations, that bring Little Chick's character to life, your children will love to hear this charming story over and over again.

Second special offer;

One of my other children's ebooks 'Slippy the Slimy Slug!' - a fun, rhyming picture ebook - is on at a special offer of $0.99, on or

Hope you enjoy them, let me know by giving them a 'like' on Amazon or a review would be great!
Many thanks

Thursday, 15 March 2012

FREE! Picture ebook - 'Slippy the Slimy Slug' by Paula McBride

For one day only - 16th March, my children's picture ebook, 'Slippy the Slimy Slug!' is FREE to download from Amazon!

Just one of my 6 children's picture books on Amazon, 'Slippy the Slimy Slug!' is a cute and squelchy story about four sluggy friends, called Slippy, Frank, Slops and Archibald.
In fabulous rhyme, they tell you, in their own words, what it is like being a oozy, sticky slug!
With wonderful illustrations, that bring their characters to life, your little ones will love the gooey, sliminess of this adorable little picture book!
I would love a 'like' on Amazon - if you enjoyed the story - or even a review, that would be great!
Thanks, and enjoy!

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

What would you call success?

My idea of success keeps changing! I've gone through most on my list below but every time I acheive one goal I NEED to create another!
At what point would you say "Yep! I've done it - that's what I call success! Now I can take a break and enjoy all my hard work and 'success'.

For many it seems to be at the point of publishing even if they make no sales.
For others it's when they make a sale from a person not related to them in any way.
For others still, when they start making good regular daily sales.
Or does success mean making your living from writing? Your book becoming a bestseller? Your name in lights?
Where does your 'success' counter stop?

Saturday, 3 March 2012

How to sell on Amazon

This week someone asked me how I make such good sales on Amazon.
"What is your secret?" they asked.

So I've tried to write it in a nutshell what I do - it covers all genres and is free!

Just use what Amazon has given you...
There are three main platforms that Amazon gives you and these have to be treated as tools to selling your book.
1. Your front cover. This has to stand out among thousands of other books. It's the first thing you've got to 'hook' your customers. It needs to be clear, with big bold type, colourful, but not over complicated and lastly not have too much information on. ie; just the title and authors name.
2. Your description. This should be treated like a sales flyer and needs just as much thought as your cover. You have a brief opportunity to catch the interest of the customer. Use teasers and questions - but not too many!
3. The look inside feature. In a children's book only the cover, inside page and one or two pages of the story will be seen, so make these stand out. Make sure they're not cluttered with irrelevent information, but something that wants the reader to carry on, and buy your book!
These are the three main ingredients that I try to put into action, even though I have a blog and chat on a couple of forums, I'm usually swapping notes with other authors, so not many sales come through that.
Also it's a good idea to write in a definable genre. Having other information about your other businesses inside your book can detract and make you sound a bit of a 'jack-of-all-trades'. People will take you more seriously as an author if you are genre specific.
Good luck in the future with your writing and selling,

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Do you take children's picture book authors seriously?

Now there's a question - do you take picture book authors seriously?
I'm inclined to think some people feel it's easy to write and illustrate a picture book.
    "How easy to write only a few dozen to a hundred words, instead of thousands", someone recently stated to me.
I answered, it's more difficult than it may first seem. A children's picture book needs the same basic elements an adults book needs;
   -  a main character with whom the reader can identify with.
   -  a plot with interest that gives the main character a struggle that needs resolving, along with being a  problem or difficulty a very young one could understand.
   -  a completely satisfying conclusion that brings the story to an ending, maybe with a twist.
   -  enough action and depth to bring page turning excitement throughout.
   -  written in a way that has impact when it's read aloud to younger ones.
   -  illustrations that capture the imagination, are varied and add to the story, or even tell part of the story.

All these elements should join seamlessly together and produce cries of read it again. Only then will you know you have a good picture book.
Oh! and you have to do this in only a few dozen to a hundred words!

So what are your thoughts on writing or reading children's picture books?
Are children's picture book authors to be taken seriously?

Thursday, 16 February 2012

How to do a launch party or book signing with ebooks?

I've been asked to do a meet-the-author with a couple of readings of my children's picture books at our local library and another at the school I used to attend when young.
My question is how do I make it interesting, fun and profitable without a real book to sign!? (Well I can make it fun, so ignore that bit,) but will signed flyers do the trick?
I'm thinking of making bookmarks, stickers or something like that.
Any help or experiences you can give me will be very much appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

My latest ebook is published!

My latest children's picture ebook - Pipsy the Penguin - is published on Amazon!
I'm really excited about this little rhyming book, I had lots of fun writing it.
I think children pick up on the rhythm and flow of rhyming books and it's one of my favourite types to write. Rhyme and rhythm are one of the ways many caregivers can help kids develop the skills required for learning to read, whilst having fun.
I also think the best picture books are always the ones where the text and the illustrations tell the story together and this is something I always try to do.
Pipsy the pengin joins my 5 others, 3 of which are consistantly in the top 100 in their genre.

Let me know what you think of the cover art, as I do the artwork for the cover and all other illustrations myself. I've added a page from the story, for you to see too!

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Can you judge a book by its cover?

I'm in the process of designing the cover to my new children's picture book but how important is it to get the cover just right?

They say you can't judge a book by its cover, but as an ebook, the cover and the description are the only two things you can judge it by.

Also, when designing a cover for a children's book, who are you aiming to please, the child or the parent/carer? Is it the picture, or the wording that is most important? What colours please most?

So, please help me with my designing - can you judge a book by its cover?

Friday, 3 February 2012

Had my first foreign royalty payment! Hooray!

I had my first royalty payment from overseas today!
It came as a cheque and I had to physically put it in the bank, which made it feel all the more real!
My UK payments just go straight in, and that's okay, but this felt good.
I cannot believe I've got six ebooks written illustrated and published now.

In January I sold hundreds, so if there's anyone out there who is umming and arring over getting their own books published, I'd say go-for-it.
What have you got to lose?
I'm now doing the illustartions for my next children's picture book.
I'll put some of the illustrations on here shortly.

Good luck

Saturday, 28 January 2012

What marketing works for you?

I have noticed many authors reporting their sales and wondered what marketing tools/actions they used.
I know these to be varied, but thought we could swap notes.

What have you done that showed significant interest in your book or an increase in your sales?
Or even what did you do that was a waste of time/money?

For example, was it Book Blogs, discussions, social net working, like Face Book, a paid advert, price promotions...etc.

I really hope some authors will share their experiences, good or bad!


Saturday, 21 January 2012

Get my new picture book FREE!

 My children's picture ebook "Little Chicks First Day!" is on free for one day.

On 22nd January 2012 you can download it onto your Kindle, Kindle for PC, ipad or iphone completely the free!

Let me know what you think of the artwork. If you like it, hit 'like' or give me a review. Thanks.

Paula xxx

Monday, 16 January 2012

What makes a good children's picture book?

One thing I've learned through writing and selling is, children just seem to love rhyming books.

Out of 6 picture ebooks I have on Amazon, the two rhyming ones outsell the others by around 3 times!
I think really young ones can pick up on the rhythm, and enjoy the musical feel of a rhyming book. 
Put with simple ideas, thet children can easily relate to, and clear colourful illustrations help make a good picture book.
What do you think makes a good picture book? 

Friday, 13 January 2012



My new ebook from the teenage fantasy 'The Message' is going to be free to download from Amazon on the 14th January 2012.

Download it for free on Kindle, or Kindle for PC, or on your smartphone or ipad.

If you like it, please give me a review and a like.
Let me know if you like the artwork, the idea of the book and the storyline.
Do you identify with the characters?

Thanks in advance

Paula xxx

At last my new ebook for teenagers! 'The Message'

At last, at last, it's ready!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Please have a look at my newest teenage/young adult novel.

The trilogy is called 'The Message', with book 1 called 'Discernment'.

I've had so much fun doing the cover art and the extra pictures and maps inside.
It has character profiles too.

You can see quite a lot on the free sample 'look inside' feature on Amazon.

I'd love to hear what you think of the cover art.

Paula xxx

Here's the link;