Self-publishing a Children's Book can seem like an enormous mountain to climb. Many authors procrastinate for many 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 save you time, money and hopefully give you the motivation to pick up the phone and start the adventure.
The main benefit of self-publishing is that you have complete control over the process. You get to choose the illustrator, price your book and set profit margins. The other key benefit is that you can publish your book much faster at a reduced cost. There is very little downside in self-publishing. Worst case, if you are not happy with the results, you can always switch strategy at any time.
Finding a professional illustrator is a critical part of the process. The illustrator will 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, this will save you time and money in the long run.
If finding the lowest price is most important, you can sign-up with a website like Fiverr.com, who list hundreds of freelance illustrators across Asia Pacific. If speaking with an illustrator closer to home is more important, Google: "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 to express characters, creatures and worlds. The illustrator will have a portfolio of work where you can view their artwork and individual style. Here are some examples: