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  4 things to consider when publishing a Children's book   1. It takes time and effort—then more time and effort. Illustrations—let me rephrase this—good illustrations take a lot of time. Finding and working with a good illustrator to completion is a process. Start early. Have realistic expectations around publishing time for your book. Engaging other services, like editing, is important regardless of it being 'just a children’s book’. Interior and cover layout (or ebook creation) and printing can take a long time too. Consider your printing needs, as it can mean the difference between four weeks or four months, depending on the printing option...

We can do so much using Word BUT the initial intention of Word was never to be a page layout program. It was meant to be a word processing program, meaning something you can use to create letters, proposals, etc. It was never meant to be utilised to create book layouts, brochures, detailed fliers etc. Therefore, there is no win with word, despite the fact that it now has templates to do all those things.   It’s therefore tempting to believe that anyone can be a graphic designer and that they can create beautiful publications using Word. This is a huge mistake. Good...

There are thousands of self-publishing companies out there.  Traditional publishers make more in selling author services than selling books.   A one time author - overnight  - becomes a publisher and sells their publishing services to writers.  Agents understand they can make more from self publishing than from book touting; even bookstore chains like Dymocks entered into self publishing as a service to prospective authors.  All scenarios hope to monetise the writers rush to be an author. Hence, the self publishing gold rush. On the whole, what authors don't know is, every aforementioned company or individual ALL use the same printing and...