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!
When sending over the pictures to the printers I noticed that every time I got to picture number 10 it automatically went beside number two. After calling the print shop I asked them ‘what’s up’? They suggested I save each page/photo like this:
001, 002, 003, 004, 005, 006, 007, 008, 009, 010, 011 and so on.
This is a short cut tip so that when you’re self publishing and uploading your pics on whatever program thy use- save it in the format just noted. It will save a lot of frustration and if you don’t have much patience when it comes to computers and wanting it to get right away (like myself) then it is key to do it correctly the first time around.
This isn’t a blog entry about romantic relationships. However, it is an article about the relationship you have with your illustrator, your publisher, your printing company, etc. It is important to clearly state what your intentions are and what your vision is. It is important to be on the same page of your author.
Suzy and I have both worked very hard on this first edition, The Beach. It was a collaboration of creative ideas. We have concentrated on our strengths and what we both brought to the table. Clearly, Suzy is an amazing illustrator. She has a unique style that is difficult to simulate.
But one thing that I should mention if you are teaming up with someone especially a friend; keep the lines of communication open. Be honest with one another and say what you are thinking or feeling. It is much easier to work on a personal project with someone whom you trust and can communicate with.
Don’t end up like the Mark Zuckerberg and his mate that fell out with one another over the social networking forum, Facebook. Always, be clear in the beginning with what is to be expected i.e. who is working on what, royalties, you get the gist.
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