Ariel Mendez, a fellow children's book author in the D.C. area, interviewed me for her blog on the topic of self-publishing.
"Veronica Goodman is the author of the debut picture book, E is for Economics, and the subsequent book, L is for Law. Veronica and I first met on Instagram, where I learned she leads a local picture book club. I met Veronica in person at one of the meetings, along with other local writers and authors. Veronica has successfully self-published her children’s book. Now we get to hear about her self-publishing journey. Thanks for sharing, Veronica!"
Read the entire interview here.
In honor of the release of L is for Law next week, I'm giving away three signed copies of E is for Economics on Instagram. The winners will be announced Monday afternoon via my Instagram stories here. Good luck to all who enter!
I feel blessed to live in a city with so many independent bookstores. I feel even more lucky to have E is for Economics on the shelves at a number of them.
You can find E is for Economics on the shelves at all three Politics and Prose locations around DC, including the new Union Market and The Wharf shops, and at East City Bookshop on Capitol Hill. Hooray for awesome independent bookstores! The Connecticut Avenue Politics and Prose location and East City Bookshop have especially large children's books sections - so much so that I have to stop myself from going sometimes because I leave with way too many books!
This month, I sent my first query letter to an agent for a new manuscript that I've been working on. It's been exciting to finally go from the editing and revising stage to sharing it with others. Alas, that agent passed but as I've heard from many others, it's a numbers game and worth it to find the right agent who will connect with the story and serve as the best advocate for it. Fingers crossed!
I did not approach any agents or publishers for E is for Economics or L is for Law (more to come on why in an interview I did with another local author next month!) so it was a learning process in writing the letter and researching literary agents.
To others who are curious about the querying process, I've found a lot of resources from literary agents on Twitter, especially their blogs, through the hashtag #amquerying. Please wish me luck!
Thank you to Read.Learn.Repeat. for this themed review of E is for Economics! Below is an excerpt.
The first step toward mastering any new subject is acquiring the associated language. But the language of finance is often absent from early childhood, and probably from most conversations with children. Authored by an Economist who noted this absence, this book is designed to build foundational language and facilitate further education.
We're excited for the release of L is for Law next month. Here are two sample interior pages:
Thank you to Dream Reader Kids for this delightful review of E is for Economics! Below is an excerpt.
The New ABC
I am amazed by all of the creativity coming from the ABC genre. I’m calling it a genre, because it has become a solid category and this is my blog!!!! Here are a few of my current favorites.
E is for Economics is written by Veronica Goodman. This book is a sure hit for all of the parents who enjoyed studying Economics. It is not just an ABC book, it is a gateway for kids who want to learn more.
Thank you to The Baby Bookworm for this thoughtful review of E is for Economics! Below is an excerpt.
Hello, friends! Our book today is E Is For Economics, written by Veronica Goodman and illustrated by Nicole Jones Sturk, a playfully financial-themed alphabet book for budding baby economists.
Little readers are introduced to various economic principles and figures, from “A is for Adam Smith” (philosopher/father of modern economics) to “Z is for Zero Sum” (a situation in which whatever is gained by one side is lost by the other). Each term is accompanied by an adorably colorful illustration, often a literal or figurative interpretation of the subject, and sometimes with a tongue-in-cheek twist of humor.
Thank you to MaiStoryBook for this educational review of E is for Economics! Below is an excerpt.
As a future first grade teacher, letter recognition, phonics, and phonemics will be the cornerstone of instruction. First grade= where the reading happens! Therefore, alphabet books will be crucial to supporting students as they learn the letters and their sounds. An important part of teaching~ make lessons relevant to students lives! And what could be more relevant than the economy aka $$$. Even little ones understand the basic concepts of money~ and with this economic alphabet book, be prepared to dive further into the realms of economics. Introduce your little ones, and even *yourself* to the language of economics (there are more than a few new economic terms I learned from this book!).
I love to see before and after illustration posts so here is one for E is for Economics. I sent the talented Nicole Jones Sturk detailed descriptions of each page and she sketched a version for input. After patiently dealing with my quirky edits, she'd design the final version. Here is the draft sketch versus the final design for the M page.
Happy Book Birthday, E is for Economics! You started out as a doodle on my to-do list and now you're finally here. Thanks to everyone who has called, texted, emailed, messaged to offer support and congratulations! I'm really grateful and since I'm terrible at keeping in touch, it's been a wonderful opportunity to catch up. Special thanks to my social-media resistant husband for always encouraging my quirky endeavors and to S, the ultimate muse who inspired the book. And to Nicole, the illustrator, for bringing the concepts to life so beautifully.
"My two year old thinks that E is For Economics is the best economics book he has ever read. And I enjoyed it as well. It is a great way for children to practice the alphabet and engage with some bigger economic ideas and parents might learn a thing or two as well. Economists of any age would particularly benefit from trying to capture even a fraction of Veronica Goodman’s ability to convey ideas in a concise, humorous and colorful manner.”
- Jason Furman, Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and former Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers
Here are two interior sample pages from the book!
After the release, you'll be able to pick up copies of E is for Economics at all three Politics and Prose locations around Washington, D.C. I'm so proud that my book will be on the shelves at D.C.'s marquee bookstore.