How to Self-publish Series: Is it for you?
I wanted to share my latest adventure. After a lifetime of learning about writing and illustrating, I’ve decided to dive into the deep end and learn about self-publishing. It’s been a creative, sometimes difficult, but fascinating experience.
To give you a bit of my background, I wrote Who’s Behind the Mask? because I wanted to help children during the pandemic. A friend of mine said her grandson was terrified of masks. At eighteen months he had to go to the doctor’s office for a well-checkup. The pediatrician told her that most of the children are scared of the doctor’s masks and face coverings. This little fellow, because of COVID, was staying at home with his mom and dad all day. Of course, no one wore masks at home, and they didn’t take him out in public. At a time when he was learning about face recognition, everyone was wearing a mask. A scary time, and I wanted to help. A book was needed quickly, and self-publishing was the best solution.
Is self-publishing right for you? Here are some of the questions that you might want to ask yourself before starting:
- Are you and/or your family/friends able to perform the tasks of concept editor, proofreading editor, illustrator, book designer, website creator, marketing, finance, and sales? If not, analyze what jobs you want to learn or want to pay someone else to perform.
- Analyze the different self-publishers that are out there. Look at their ratings, order paper samples, the services they provide, and prices. For example, creating a picture book is expensive because you need the heaviest paper stock, and every page has a colored illustration.
- Realize that self-publishing is more than just writing a book. You need to ask yourself many questions about your idea. Is it worth pursuing and is it marketable?
- What are your goals? Is it to create a book for your children or grandchildren, share your story with the world, make children laugh, become a professional writer/illustrator, increase your income, or as a fun hobby? There isn’t a right or wrong answer, but it helps you determine which path you might want to choose.
- Do you know how to write a children’s book?
We’ll discuss resources to help you learn how to write a children’s picture book in the next blog. It’s an exciting adventure, and one which I hope you’ll enjoy. As always, please feel free to use my Contacts page, and I’ll try to answer your questions in a future post.
Who’s Behind the Mask