Yesterday evening as part of Oldcastle Writers Group, I had the privilege of meeting Dolores Keaveney children’s author and artist. It was a wonderful night and this lady is such an inspiration. Dolores is a self-published author and her books are beautiful. She told us all about the self-publishing process from start to finish and even read from one of her books. It really was eye opening and I hadn’t realised there was so much to do when it comes to writing and publishing a children’s picture book. You have to write the book, design a front cover, create the book in InDesign, print a mockup, edit, edit, edit, and then have print copies done for reviews. There really is a lot involved including getting your ISBN from Nielsen, a UK company. You also have to find someone to do you a bar code if you are self-publishing too.
I am very aware that today’s post might have a lot of mixed reactions and that’s okay. Today I want to talk about self-publishing and give my views on whether I think it is a cop out or not. Please remember that these are my views only and no matter whether you choose to look for a publishing contract with one of the big six or go it on your own and self-publish, it really doesn’t matter. The end result is that you have a completed book that is now available for public consumption.
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