GURNEE — Local author Vicky Weber has always wanted to write children’s books, but thought that dream was unrealistic.
One day, she decided to dive headfirst into the industry. What she uncovered through her research was a wealth of overwhelming and conflicting information – and none of it could be easily found in one place.
“It was like trying to piece together a puzzle without knowing what the picture looked like. It was a defeat at times, but I was determined to make my dream come true,” Weber said in a press release.
Weber became a bestselling author within nine months of publication and was subsequently published by Disney.
In a conversation with fellow teacher and award-winning author Brittany Plumeri, Weber realized she wasn’t the only one feeling paralyzed with fear and overwhelmed with information early in the publishing process. Plumeri had felt that too, as had countless other members of the authoring community.
“As Certified Educators, we wanted to help. We wanted to do what we do best: teach! said Weber.
In January 2021, Weber, Plumeri and Scholastic author and teacher Chelsea Tornetto created Home Author, a coaching and consulting firm specializing in children’s books to help current and aspiring authors navigate the world of edition and succeed.
“I wanted to provide a safe place that the author community has been missing,” Plumeri said in the statement. “A solution that others could trust and who would know that in the end they would walk away with exactly what they needed – with no loopholes or smokescreens. Just facts and support.
With Weber as a self-publishing expert, Plumeri as a design and social media marketing strategist, and Tornetto as a traditional publishing specialist, the company has already helped hundreds of people write, publish and market their children’s books and make them stand out from the crowd.
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