Don Winn

Don Winn

Author and Publisher

Cardboard Box Adventures Publishing


My road in life took a while to figure out.
First I wrote a poem to express myself and had an epiphany that I was able to be a good writer.
Next I continued to write poetry and eventually children's rhyming picture books.
Then I pursued publishing my first children's picture book, "The Tortoise and the Hairpiece."
Finally, I started a publishing company and continued writing picture books and even chapter books.
Keep following my journey


High School
Accounting/Computer Programming
Durham's Business College
Computer Programming
Bryan Institute


Author and Publisher

Award-winning author of children's books and founder of Cardboard Box Adventures Publishing.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

I usually begin my day about 4:00 a.m. I dash to the kitchen for breakfast and then go in my home office and get to work. I'm normally working by 4:30 at the latest. I monitor my social media, my book sales, respond to emails, work on blogs and newsletters several months in advance, do research, and care for business related tasks. There is always writing to do, with several projects in the works at any given time. My best day is when I have a good block of time to write creatively.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Tenacity: If you have a learning challenge, learning to read, write, and communicate well will take heroic effort and massive amounts of time. Develop a Love of Story: If you don't develop the love of losing yourself in a great story, you won't have the drive to keep slogging through the hard work of improving your reading, writing and comprehension. Learn to get comfortable with discomfort: Being outside our comfort zone is no fun, but doesn't kill us.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for middle school students

Believe in yourself, especially if you have dyslexia or another learning challenge. You are not broken, second-rate, unmotivated, lazy, or stupid. Your brain simply processes things differently from the way teachers use in their approach. Discover your learning style: Structure your learning environment for the way your brain works, use online resources to find tools and strategies to help with learning.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

Any field that will allow you to support your writing


The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"As a child I was often told that I would end up doing manual labor as I was not smart enough to do anything else. As an adult I would frequently hear, 'Oh, everyone wants to write. You're not going to be able to make anything from writing.'"

Challenges I Overcame

Learning Issues