"Shauni, every word Jacqui Taub wrote is golden. She nailed it, mate. All I would add is this: make sure you have the time, the energy, and the money to produce and sell a really great book. Before you sign any contracts, research every aspect of…"
After being realistic about the chances of breaking into the Children's picture book market, I self published through Lightning Source. I basically had to set up a little publishing company, but it really wasn't too much work.…"
Whatever route you take, make sure the book is professionally edited. That's the BEST investment you'll make in your book and your writing career. You want your best work out there, a perfect book you'll be proud of and…"
"Hi, Shauni -
Excellent questions. I've been down both paths: I've had two agency contracts for two separate books over a period of 8 years, neither of which led to a publishing deal. The road was so rough and heartbreaking that with my…"
"Hi Shauni. Actually, my illustrator is a member here so maybe I can hook you up directly that way. Let me get with her and see. On the self-publishing....are you wanting to do the work yourself or have it done? I can help you either way. Formatting…"
Thank you for your reply. I am still in search of an illustrator. Any information that you can provide in regards to an illustrator is welcomed. Also, please let me know what you have to offer in regards to self-publishing. I look forward…"
"Hi Shauni. I saw your post and wanted to throw my 2 cents in for CreateSpace. I use them to publish my own books as well as helping others through my www.OneStopPublisher.com site. I have helped numerous authors with children's books, short…"
"By the way, one of the things that I plan to do on my blog, is to review picture books and I want to focus on self published new authors who otherwise would not get any publicity. So, if there are any new, self published authors of picture books out…"
"I have actually self published four books using CREATE SPACE and have been very satisfied with them. I am the author of the children picture book series, The Jazzy Series. I illustrate my own books and my hubby helps me put the books together. If…"
Thanks for your reply. I am writing a children's book as well as a memoir. The memoir is a work in progress. I have already written the manuscript for my children's book. It is roughly 30 pages. I have drawn my characters and I…"
"Hi Shauni! This is kind of up my alley and I'd loved to be able to give you some advice. I spent many months, researching the self-publishing industry - including Trafford. I had written and illustrated 6 children's books called The…"
Hi All, I am not sure if I want to go the self publishing route. I have written the manuscript for my book, but need an illustrator. Would using a vanity press be a good idea? Would the ISBN number be registered to me or the vanity press company (Trafford, Outskirts Press for example)? Also, would finding an agent be a better idea and submit my manuscript to an agent? I have many questions because I am ready to get moving with getting my book published. Thanks!
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