One of the things to consider when you are self-publishing, are the illustrations and who is going to create them. It is important that you choose an illustrator you can work with and someone who understands the age group your book is aimed at and the characters themselves, you want an illustrator who can bring your characters to life.
An illustrator will produce the work using the right software and files, that works for the printers, who are printing your book, they may also be able to create your book cover, should that be their forte, as this is quite a specialist area. The book cover needs to stand out and be interesting enough to grab the reader’s attention, as a poor cover can affect the sales of the book.
Whoever produces the book cover, needs to understand how to create it, as it will need to be a specific size and may have a spine, if it is to be perfect bound. Choosing someone who understands this process, will help with the smooth running of the publication of your book. By not using someone who knows what they are doing, this could be costly, if you can’t use the cover for whatever reason, you may need to pay someone else to create you another one.
All of this may sound quite daunting, but it doesn’t have to be, if you choose to self- publish through a publisher, they can take this worry away from you and the only decisions you will have to make, will be which design to choose.
If you are considering publishing a book and it’s your first time, don’t be afraid to a ask questions, as it is important you fully understand what you are entering in to. It would be well worth listing your questions, prior to a conversation taking place, so you feel fully secure in what is involved.