How Children Can Self Publish

Here you will find resources about how children can self publish. I've self-published 2 soft cover books, which received rave reviews. Additionally, I've just published my first 2 online e-Books, available as of October 15, 2008.

You and your child must answer a number of questions that determine how she proceeds.

The most important question is whether she wants to publish an online, downloadable e-Book or a hard copy book that is printed.

Once she answers that question, she has a much better idea how to move forward.

An excellent resource that answers the question how adults or how children can self publish is The Fine Print of Self-Publishing: The Contracts and Services of 48 Self-Publishing Companies--Analyzed, Ranked & Exposed by Mark Levine, (c)2006.

The author has a background in law and did extensive research.

Although the book is geared for adults, children can benefit from it as well. Learn more about The Fine Print online.

Major technological advances make self publishing relatively easier and affordable by many more people than in the past.

However, the second most important question is: Does your child want to make money on the book or simply to get a book in print?

Anyone can learn how to self publish poetry or how to publish childrens books. That's the easy part.

Making money with your self published book that is work. Many artistic, talented people do not have the desire to do sufficient marketing and sales to make money on their self published book.

That is why when discussing how children can self publish, the clearer you and your child are on goals, the better.

I know from experience how difficult it can be to make money on self published books. I ended up giving away over 2,000 books because I ran out of steam in my marketing and sales efforts.

As importantly, I failed to budget any money for marketing and sales expenses. So, even though I sold copies of the book to over 60 bookstores for cash, I needed the money for daily living expenses.

I'll assume your child won't be in that situation, but make sure if you do decide to publish hard copies of her book and want to make money, you set up a budget ahead of time.

The absolute best book you can find about the actual ins and outs, step by step of self publishing is Dan Poynter's Self-Publishing Manual, 16th Edition: How to Write, Print and Sell Your Own Book (Self Publishing Manual) by Dan Poynter.

This is written for adults and lays out step by step, everything you need to do to self publish you book.

How To Self Publish

Here's a link to Dan Poynter's self publishing website.

He offers extensive free resources that help to answer the question how children can self publish and guides you how to self publish if you decide to.

His book, The Self-Publishing Manual is considered to be the premier resource for self-publishers.

For more information, check out about publishing childrens books.

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