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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...

  A publishing paradigm has evolved.  It shifts power away from traditional and vanity publishers to writers.  Accordingly, the roles they once played is disappearing. Self-publishing, often called Indie publishing, is the new normal.   Jim McRobert. Author of novella, Doing Good, realised self-publishing offered him the opportunity to produce his book.  Furthermore, the joy of seeing his book in print, inspired him to write a follow-up. He said, "It's a heady experience when you can create your own publication with the support of the Pickawoowoo team”. Author of Horses Heartache and Healing, Elizabeth Dennis, self-published. She thought it was not...

Testing Design Work  Remember you are producing a paper document (book). Although you can view on your computer screen it is best to test your design work on paper. Its appearance will be very different. The appearance of documents will alter with changes in resolution too. Your readers will have a final product (book) that they can hold. Pages they can flick through, rather than flat pages printed from your design document, or viewed on screen. So if possible, make up sample documents that match the look and feel of final copies. These should help you check things such...

You’ll often hear the term ‘POD publishing,’ and it stands for ‘Print On Demand,’ and sometime people use if for ‘Publish on Demand.’ POD is the technology that most vanity publishers’ utilise (as can you). POD is simply a printing technology available to all publishers (including self publishers/DIY publishers); instead of having to manufacture hundreds or thousands of books at any one time, POD allows you to affordably produce single books (or more) to order. You purchase the books at COST. Most vanity presses do rely on POD printers for production but they charge the book back to you at...