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Children's Picture Books: How to Self-Publish Your Way to Success! Paperback – April 1, 2009
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BOOKS: HOW TO SELF-PUBLISH YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS!
if you've ever considered writing and/or illustrating such books . . . me
thinks that even published authors in this field will pick up
valuable tips, too.
It is a comprehensive insider's handbook that contains information
on writing, illustration, design, printing, sales, distribution and
One of the things I liked most about it was that it did not talk
down to the potential author . . . that is the feeling I get
when reading some "Idiot's Guides" on various subjects . . . Donahue,
instead, makes you feel like you are her partner in the process . . . and
she even tells you, "Sure, it's simple, writing for kids . . . just as simple
as bringing them up."
Yet don't let that discourage you . . . she goes on to tell you exactly
what you need to every step along the way . . . in doing so, she
includes both informative examples and colorful illustrations from
one of the other books she has authored: THE ZEBRA-STRIPED WHALE
WITH THE POLKA-DOT TAIL (one of my favorite children's books, by
You know that Donahue knows what she is talking about because
she has been there . . . so when she says something, you
should make a mental note to do it--such as when she advises
how to minimize your errors:
* According to Brent Sampson, author of Publishing Gems,
Insider Information for the Self-Publishing Writer, a writer
benefits from reading his/her manuscript aloud--as well as
backward--to find errors. He states, "When you read a manuscript
backward, word for word, misspellings literally jump off the page.Read more ›
I highly recommend this book if you are planning to self publish, whether it is a children's book or not.
A general note that can be of concern in this ever-changing industry: Ms. Donahue's advice is still accurate and applicable in almost all of the cases I found. However, a couple website links here and there can use some updating.
Ms. Donahue covers it all including:
Copyright page requirements
EAN, PCN, ISBN numbers
Distribution and all the options on the table
Awards & Organizations
Very educational glossary and resource appendixes
If you're self-publishing a children's book of any sort, this is a must have.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. Gives step by step everything you need to start your first book. A wealth of knowledge. It has been a big help for me with my book.Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Lots of helpful information for publishing. Not enough really good resources, though I think. Overall, very worth buying.Published 19 months ago by Barbara Davis
Very good book for learning about self-publishing children's books. There is very good tips and laid out in an easy to read and find format. Read morePublished on January 10, 2014 by J.W. Edwards III
I've read at least 20 books on book marketing and I believe this book is the best I have read.Published on April 21, 2013 by Terry Hueffed
This book is fantastic, arrived on time and has been a big help to my publishing company. The book appeared to be new, with no marks ar corner turned pages.Published on June 20, 2012 by kroger