'sI very much enjoy creating children's picture books.
I use a Microsoft program called publisher.
It's really easy once you know how.
I place all the illustrations in their correct order and then add the text. I do this page by page. Then I convert the file to a PDF and send it to the client. I want the client to be involved in the whole process and learn as we go. I make any corrections to the text or illustration placement and believe me I do miss a couple things and need that extra set of eyes.
Once the client approves the PDF, the client can take the files to any publisher they choose or I will up load it to Create Space. Most authors know it is part of Amazon.
Sometimes Create Space will not accept the file because of various reasons. One I run into often is the text is too close to the edge of the page. It looks fine to me but they can be a bit picky.
Once it goes through, the client then can look at a digital proof and look for any other corrections. Or they can order a physical proof sent to their home. Most new authors choose this way. It's fun to get your first published book in your hands.
If the proof is accepted then it's listed on Amazon and we hold our breath waiting for all those sales to roll in.
That's when the hard part begins. The dreaded marketing.
I enjoy the marketing end of things almost more than the writing. Several of my books have made it into the Amazon top ten best seller list and I'm going to try entering a couple contests in the coming months.
Winning a contest raises your credibility as an author. Three of my books have won awards at the National League of American Pen Women conferences.
I love to help new authors so if you have a questions just ask.
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From the active mind of Brenda M. Spalding