So let's review some of the topics we discussed last week.
* You need to get a good editor, someone to proof and make any necessary suggestions. Keep in mind, their ability to edit and revise are more important than someone who is just into punctuation. Sign up with Google Grammarly... this is a basic FREE package. The FREE package is fine for your preliminary draft but as you get closer to final version, step up to the PREMIUM package. You can pay for it by the month. But if you wait towards the completion of your book, you can sign up for the monthly package, take the month to check you manuscript and you can cancel it before the 30 days is up.
Try and find an editor that has some experience with children's books. Finding someone who may have a close tie to children will be a bonus. (a teacher, a parent with small children, etc.) Be open to revisions on your copy. If the changes make sense and are relevant to the content....go with it.
Don't forget to bring your editor back in to review your printer's proof when it comes back from the press.
* Decide whether you want a HARD cover OR SOFT cover book.
If you have a limited budget soft covers are the way to go. Hard covers cost twice as much, and there is generally a minimum print quanity required. So let's say you order the minimum quantity — can yo sell them all?
One thing I've learned is that most schools and libraries prefer HARD COVERS. (because of all of the handling). You can convince schools and libraries to take your book, just be prepared to offer them replacement copies in a few months. You can't loose going this direction, you still come out ahead because your book is getting exposure. Also, if you happen to get into bookstores and boutiques, people are thumbing through books before they buy them. The solution is to shrink wrap your books and leave one for the display that is not shrink wrapped.
If you sell your books via your website or online bookstores, you will encounter mailing costs. The great thing is that books ship via a MEDIA RATE. All single books the same rate. At this date about $2.75 each book as oppose to $7.00 each with a varying distance rate.