START WITH AN IDEA:
When you start writing a manuscript and an idea pops into your head [for me] it is an annoying buzzing that will not quit. It takes over my thoughts until I either dictate into a tape recorder or go directly to my computer and start typing. Immediately, my head stops buzzing and I can concentrate on other matters.
Once it is in my computer I can go back to it on a daily basis and add and delete to my hearts content. If my brain is really cooking, my story takes on a life of its own and somehow I am happy with the results.
TRUST IN YOURSELF:
Trust in yourself. When you start showing your manuscript to other people for their opinion, you used auto parts will be overwhelmed. But you are the author and you make the final decision.
Once the manuscript is written a decision needs to be made. What am I going to do with it? Does it sit in my computer until it crashes or am I going to try and sell it? or self publish.
An author said to me once and this has stuck with me to this very day. “Only you can make the decision to publish your work. If you don’t have confidence in yourself, nobody else will.”
WRITING CAN BE EXPENSIVE:
After trying the conventional way to sell two (2) of my books to a publishing company, I decided the expenses were too high and added up fast.
Publishing has changed over the last few years. Publishers are interested in self-help books, or nonfiction manuscripts. My children’s books did not interest them.
EXPENSES FOR MAILING YOUR BOOK TO PUBLISHERS:
(1) Double Postage
(3) Ink cartridges
(4) Double Envelopes
I decided, I was going to take the expenses for trying to sell my book the conventional method and use the money to self publishing my book.
ALWAYS THINK WITH A BUSINESS HEAD AND NOT WITH YOUR EMOTIONS.
It is not feasible to edit your own work. You are to close to it and you do not see what other people see. Either have a friend edit it or hire a professional editor. Make sure your manuscript is as perfect as you can get it before you publish it. Your name will be on it.
A children’s book definitely needs illustrations. They give the book life. The illustrations and the written word together
create the finished product. When you are happy with this you have a winner.
EXPENSES FOR SELF PUBLISHING YOUR BOOK:
(5) Blank CD’s or Floppy Discs
(7) Ink Cartridges
(10)Expenses for Marketing and Advertising
(11)Fee for Self Publishing
BIG EXPENSIVE MISTAKE:
Don’t make the same mistake I did and choose the first self publisher that happened to pop up in your computer search. I paid my money and even went and visited the publishing company, but they never could get their act together and my book was never published. I did receive a portion of my money back but I was stressed and very disappointed. That was my first amateur dealings in the publishing world. I will never make that mistake again.