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Meet Jeff Goodman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeff Goodman.

Hi Jeff, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been drawn to writing. In third grade, I always looked forward to the Editor’s Corner exercises on the chalkboard; correcting the sentences felt like fixing the universe. Fast forward to 2019, when my daughter was born. As a new parent, I had an unparalleled opportunity to view the world from a fresh perspective: the perspective of a child for whom ordinary objects and experiences are downright fascinating! When she started playing around with an empty egg carton, my imagination got the best of me. The idea for Feel Like Eggs? — a rhyming children’s book about a dozen eggs in a carton, each with a different emotion — was born.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
As a new parent, I was reading tons of children’s books for the first time in many years, and I slowly took a liking to the idea that I could make one. How hard could it be, right? What I learned over the course of a year is that it’s actually, well, quite hard. Honing in on a unique subject, or tackling a popular subject in a unique way, takes considerable research, rethinking, and revising. Even after the manuscript for Feel Like Eggs? was complete, I spent countless hours learning about book sizes, illustrators, fonts, marketing avenues, website designs, printing options, and on and on. As an independent author, I realized that I lacked expertise in many aspects of book creation beyond writing. Throughout the process, I learned that it’s critical to identify areas of weakness and seek guidance from people with experience.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
Book publishing is a crowded market. Although I am a newly published children’s author, I have a unique background that combines a decade of professional writing experience with a passion for working with children. As a writer, I have produced hundreds of newspaper articles, columns, blog posts, fundraising solicitations, grant proposals, sponsored content, legal documents, press releases, poems, and social media blurbs. During that time, I have also served youths in a variety of settings, including schools, summer camps, and child literacy nonprofits. Ultimately, I believe that my book is a unique tool for supporting the development of the social-emotional skills that are essential to children’s wellbeing and long-term success.

We’d love to hear about how you think about risk taking?
Many creatives have taken risks along the way in their journey. I consider myself somewhat risk-averse; then again, I get into my car and drive in Los Angeles almost every day. The way I see it, it’s about taking calculated risks. Behind the wheel, that means wearing a seatbelt, driving defensively, and obeying traffic laws. In making Feel Like Eggs? it meant building a budget, creating a marketing plan, and paying close attention to trends in the children’s book world. My project was predicated on risk, but I believe risk can be mitigated with diligence and caution. And, for what it’s worth, the joy I felt in bringing my book to life made the risk that much more manageable!

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