Self-Publishing Tips

by Andrew Hoare · August 2020

What is this article about?

Self publishing a Children's Book can seem like an enormous mountain to climb. Many authors procrastinate for years before taking the next step. In this article we will discuss the Top 5 tips for self-publishing your children's book, which will hopefully point you in the right direction and give you the motivation to start the journey.

Benefits of Self-Publishing

The main benefit of self-publishing is that you have complete control over the process. You get to choose the illustrator, printer and set the selling price and margins. You can publish your book faster and at a reduced cost. The biggest challenge with self-publishing is that you will need to do all the sales and marketing. If you don't have a passion for sales and marketing, you might want to take the traditional publishing route

1. Find an Illustrator

Finding the right illustrator is an important part of the process. The illustrator should have the right style to bring your ideas to life. The success of your children’s book will depend on the quality of the story and the illustrations. It is worth taking the time to find the right illustrator for your children's book.

If finding the lowest price is more important, you can sign-up with a freelance website who list hundreds of illustrators around the world. If connecting with a local illustrator is more important, search for “Illustrators in Australia”. What you should look for is a style that is a good match for your children's book. An experienced illustrator can have more than one style or combination of styles. Have a look at their portfolio and pick a style is right for your book.

2. Discuss the Timeline

Designing a children's book is an exciting journey and can take some time to get the artwork, text and layout ready for printing and publishing. It will normally take 4-5 weeks to complete a children's book with a full-time illustrator. The style and background complexity can also affect the timeline. A standard illustrated page can take 1 or 2 days, whereas a realistic illustration can take much longer. Revisions can also push out the project timeline. Always ask your illustrator how many revisions are included in the price.

3. Find a Book Editor

Getting your friends and family to proof-read your children's book is a great way to save money. If you don't have anyone who can help, you can always look for a professional book editor. A book editor will review your manuscript, edit drafts and help to perfect the manuscript. You can find a book editor by searching on Google: “Book Editor Sydney”, “Book Editor Melbourne” etc.

4. Find a Printer

At this point you should have a finished children's book ready for printing and publishing. This will normally be a high-resolution PDF file with the inside pages and a seperate file with the front and back covers. Finding a local printer is easy using Google Search. I would recommend choosing a printer with good reviews. You can ask for a quote based on the quantity required and paper stock. The printer will give you the specifications, bleed and crop requirements. Your illustrator may need to tweak the artwork based on the printers specifications.

5. Self-Publishing

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