So what’s cooking in David Chuka’s world? Let’s find out.
First of all, my long awaited second children’s animal book – ‘I Love My Dog,’ should be ready this weekend. To say I’ve had challenges getting this book ready would be an understatement. It boils down to the fact that the illustrations for this book were not up to scratch and we’ve had to revisit the drawing board on multiple occasions. I’m hopeful the final draft being worked on will pass the test and subsequently get published this weekend.
What have I learned from this episode? Never compromise on your standards. You and I only have one chance to make a first impression and once you’ve blown that first impression, you can’t turn back the hands of time to do it again. I was almost at the brink of getting some of the images approved because I had a target of getting it published in May. However, if I had published the book with the images as they were, it would have cost a serious dent in my reputation. I’m happy I pressed the pause button and when the book is finally published, I’m confident you’ll like what you see.
Secondly, I’ve been writing the fifth book in the Billy and Monster series and its titled ‘Billy and the Monster Meet the President.’ In this book you’ll discover new characters, Billy telling us what he wants to be when he grows up, an incident with an explosive device and Billy meeting the President. The way things are looking, this book might be substantially longer than my previous offerings. I shared the story with my wife and her Mom and they had that ‘Wow!’ look on their faces. It should be ready end of June, just in time for July 4th.
Thirdly, I’ve been doing some research on how I can get my books to a wider audience. I read a research today that says about 50 plus accounts are opened daily on KDP. What that means is that the Amazon Kindle store is getting saturated and some authors will have noticed a decline in sales. Thankfully, I haven’t seen a decline in my sales. A majority of my sales come from people buying eBooks on the Kindle platform. Wouldn’t you like to walk into your local Wal-Mart, Tesco, library or bookshop and see a David Chuka book on the shelf? I know I definitely would and I’m actively working to make this happen within the next few months. If you have any suggestions or insights, please get in touch via the Contact Us page.
Fourthly, the third Billy and Monster book – Billy and the Monster who Ate All the Easter Eggs is now available in paperback. You can order it online at Amazon by clicking the link below.
Finally, I discovered a story I wrote about four years ago about a sea dragon and a sea turtle who get into trouble playing hide and seek. To be honest, I had forgotten I had written this story and only found it while looking for another document on my hard drive. I emailed this story to my wife to see what she thought and she gave it the thumbs up. The working title is ‘Kojo the Sea Dragon‘. The story will be edited and published sometime in the next few months. Watch this space!
So that’s what’s cooking. Have a fab day!