The indie/self-publishing industry is booming, and I believe it's a viable alternative to traditional publishing for author entrepreneurs who believe they can connect with their readers online. In 2011, I became excited about this fresh frontier and I self-published a middle-grade novel titled THE PET WASHER.
I learned A LOT about publishing with this book, and also about interior formatting, cover design, marketing, editing, and Amazon sales rankings (which are as addictive as CRACK and just as bad for you). I shared what I learned on my website, and I watched several indie YA and Adult authors shoot onto the bestseller lists, namely Rebecca Donovan and Rachel Abbott, whom I had the pleasure of interviewing early in their careers. But the most important lesson I learned is to not self-publish children's books!
This applies to the solo indie experience, not to writers who already have a readership, or who partner with hybrid publishers, I don't know anything about that.
Here are ten things to consider before self-publishing a children's book: