Maria Ashworth’s first self-published children’s picture book, Step One, Step Two, Step Three and Four not only earned a spot on The Gittle List 2017, but was featured in the Houston Chronicle, NPR, and Fox News. (Read Aviva’s review.)
How did it feel to win a spot on The Gittle List? Excited about the win. I was pretty impressed with The Gittle List winners and happy to be part of such a successful group of authors.
What is your favorite color or color combination? You might think this is crazy but it’s brown. Any brown but I tend to lean more towards a rich chocolate brown. I have no idea why, maybe it’s because I love chocolate sprinkles or love chocolate chips in my ice cream. The color makes me happy.
I have been traditionally published and yet self-publishing was my best experience.
Why did you decide to self-publish? I got tired of the industry. We are writing for kids and yet we have to please adults with our manuscript. I wrote a novel about sushi and cats. Well, if an editor had a bad experience with either of the two I’m out of luck. So I finally had enough and said that’s it. I have had an agent. I have been traditionally published and yet self-publishing was my best experience. Step One, Step Two, Step Three and Four has been successful enough to have me on Fox News, NPR and the Houston Chronicle. I am proud of my first.
Tell us 3 strange and wonderful things about you.
- I will buy a tub of chocolate sprinkles and eat them right out of the tub.
- I keep the tags on clothes for years and don’t wear them. Had something clothes for over ten years with tags.
- I have a pair of sunglasses that are over 20 years old without a scratch on them.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? It is an old song that I replay in my head when life frustrates me. “You can’t please everybody so you got to please yourself.”
Any advice for writers thinking about self-publishing a children’s picture book? Do it but do it to perfection.
Maria Ashworth is the author of several children’s picture books. A few of her adult short stories have also been published in literary contests and a woman’s anthology. In 2017, Maria’s picture book Iggy Loo received silver in the Moonbeams Children Book Competition and first place in the Royal Dragonfly Competition. Tommy James, The Littlest Cowboy in Reckon received Honorable Mention in the Royal Dragonfly Award. Story Monsters Ink, in their December 2017 issue featured her first book, Step One, Step Two, Step Three and Four, a story about transitioning children into a blended family. Maria has appeared on Fox News, NPR and the Houston Chronicle.