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Don’t under estimate the process of self publishing- know your self worth

6 Dec

To be honest, I thought the art of self publishing was going to be cake.  And, by that I mean I thought it was going to be a smooth, straight forward process.  Boy, was I wrong.  Now, we have to choose a different printers because they can’t do what we want them to do.  I am not sure how all of that changed from the beginning of the quote to now, but so it goes.

And, one thing I am NOT prepared to do is settle.  I think Suzy and I both agree that we are sticking to what we had envisioned.  What we had envisioned was an A4 landscape looking book that was stitched.  Because the book is only 12 pages (including the cover) for some reason many printing companies don’t have the machine to do that.  But, of course that is why their quote was cheaper than most.  They wanted to staple the book.  And, of course we want to just get the book out there before Christmas, but not sure if I really want a stapled book that we worked really hard on.  There are many children’s books out there and for us to be even close to competing with some of the good ones I don’t think I want a stapled looking book.

Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins (illustrated by Red Fox) has 18 pages (including the cover).  That is the perfect size especially if you want the title on the side of the book.  Our book is not that thick so I am not sure if we will be able to have our title on the side of the page, but that is ok.  We are going for the stitched look (just like Rosie’s Walk) which I think is much more classier.

Plus, know your self worth.  You’ve written a good book, then believe in it.  We are!

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