Today we’d like to introduce you to Skyler Houston.
Skyler, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My grandma Hattie passed away on September 29, 2016. I will never forget that day and all she meant to me. For years, I wanted to do something to keep her legacy alive. I toggled back and forth with ideas. One morning as I was preparing for work, it hit me! I was going to write a children’s book and with that idea came the storyline. I spent that entire day jotting down my ideas and doing a rough draft of the manuscript. I Googled the steps to self publish a book, hired an illustrator, & found an editor. That was about six months ago & now I’m here! I announced my book release on September 30, 2019 on Facebook, Instagram, & LinkedIn. I was in no way prepared for all of the love & support that followed. People were ready to place orders that day, but my Amazon link was not fully up & running. I called Amazon what seemed like a million times that day. Thankfully, Amazon had my link up & going the next day! I sold over 300 copies the first four days of its release.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
So far, so good! It’s still early in my author’s journey. The only setback that I experienced was my original release date was my birthday & it was released almost a month later. There were some minor details that I needed to work out with the illustrator. No biggie though!
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about I Want to be Like – what should we know?
“I Want to be Like” is my debut children’s book. The story is of an African American family & highlights each family member’s admirable traits. ”I Want to be Like” reflects what families look like today, so it is relatable to everyone. I’m most proud of the support that I’ve received thus far. ”I Want to be Like” has been on back order with Amazon since the first week of its release. Additionally, Amazon has ranked “I Want to be Like” in the top 100 of best sellers and top 10 for new releases in African American children’s books. It’s such a great feeling!
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Great question! I’d have to say confidence. Unfortunately, we live in a world where there’s always someone waiting to tear you down. I had to be confident in myself and my process. That self-assurance has set me apart from those who don’t even have the confidence to step out and try. I mean, there are millions of children’s books, but I had to be confident and truly believe that “I Want to be Like” was a story the world needed.
The book is available on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble.
- Website: www.iwanttobelike.org
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org