Questions to Ask if You Want to Self-Publish Your Children’s Book
How much control do you want over your children’s book to be?
Self-publish means that you have to do all things by yourself or you need to hire professional help to assist you with a specific job. For instance, you might want to hire an illustrator to turn your script into illustrations. By choosing self-publish that means doing every task by yourself or the choices are in your hand and the decisions are yours to make. Even though illustrators will put their taste in their illustrations but you as the project owner have the right to decide how the illustrations will look for your children’s book.
How soon do you want to release your children’s book?
The preparations before self-publishing your script must be done then you could start to process your work to the publisher. From editing, cover design, illustrations per page, formatting must be prepared and organized, then you could send them to the publisher or upload it on their website. The preparation might take a long time, but the publishing might take shorter than that depends on how many books you’re publishing. Comparing to traditional publishing that usually takes a year to be published and distributed, self-publish your own children’s book is a good choice if you want to release it as soon as possible.
How many people do you want to reach?
If you’re expecting a lot of people from around the world to buy or read your self-published children’s book, it might take a lot of time to do so. Since you have to handle marketing by yourself and that’s a big task to do to distribute books around the world.
How much do you want to earn?
For traditional publishing, they give royalties to the author as the earning of their books. This varies for different publishers, depends on the publisher itself. Some give 20% royalties per book that’s been sold or higher or maybe less. But if you manage to self-publish your children’s book, the money you’ve earned from selling your children’s books are yours to keep. That is why you need an amount of money to upfront some of the costs you need to pay first for example payment for the illustrators.
What’s your main goal?
After all, either traditional publishing or self-publishing has its pros and cons. But it depends on your goals,
· If you wanted to earn more money by selling books, self-publish your books is the best way.
· If you demand full creative controls of every aspect of your children’s book, self-publishing is a good choice.
· If you want to get your children’s book to the market as soon as possible, then you might need to self-publish your books.