Self Publishing Illustrated Books

Written by Will Baum
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Self publishing illustrated books is a terrific way to sidestep the potential frustrations and pitfalls that come with trying to deal with a major publishing house. There are fewer major houses, it seems, every year. The ones left are under enormous pressure to watch the bottom line. Taking chances on unknown writers and illustrators just isn't in their business plan.

This is especially true if you are considering self publishing illustrated books for children. Take a look at the children's book section of your favorite book store. You'll find plenty of classics by the likes of Dr. Seuss and Maurice Sendak. Books like "The Cat in the Hat," "Where the Wild Things Are," and "Goodnight Moon" have stood the test of time. Generations of children adore these books. They are carefully crafted, drawn, and imagined.

Now look at the "New Children's Books" section. Who are the authors? Well, there's one by Madonna. Here's a book by Jay Leno. (You may have heard of him.) And right over there is one by Jamie Lee Curtis. What's wrong with this picture? Are all children's book authors celebrities? Are all celebrities children's book authors? The answer to both these seems to be affirmative.

Self Publishing Illustrated Books On Demand

Where does this leave you? If you're a celebrity, you probably already have a book deal. What about everyone else? Happily, there is another way: self publishing illustrated books on demand. Forget the major publishers. It's time to take matters into your own non-celebrity hands.


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