My original idea was to publish these books myself using Create Space. I am still probably going to go that rout, but I have also been giving some thought to getting picked up by a publisher.
There are pros and cons to both avenues.
If I self publish I retain more control over the process, which I like. However, I just saw another children’s literature author get picked up after his third book and they re-did all of his cover illustrations. I am not sure how I would feel about that because I have pretty close ties with the artist, Travis Eastwood, I am using for my illustrations.
If I self publish I maintain more control over where the books are going to be taking place. I wonder where a publisher would have me go or if they would want to control that aspect of these books. Right now my plan is to finish this first geocaching book which is set in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, and then start the second book which will take place in Los Angeles, California.
I also don’t want it to take forever to publish. I have heard of books that have been completed for months or even years still waiting in the queue with the publisher. That would be very frustrating for me.
On the other hand, my dream and vision is to get paid to go around the country or even the world visiting cool parks and writing stories for them. In order to do that I will probably need some financial backing, a traditional publisher could offer that.
It also appeals to me to have some kind of contract with a publisher for a set number of books. A favorite author of my kids’, Mary Pope Osborne, has written many many books and I definitely intend to be prolific if people like these books. I imagine a traditional publisher would expect me to keep churning out books year after year, and hit all the major U.S. markets and popular parks. That type of pressure will keep me focused and working.
There are so many things to consider!
There’s also the matter of a literary agent. Aside from a publisher, someone who can negotiate with a publisher better than I would be able to. Someone to go to bat for me. But also that would mean someone getting a cut of the profits as well…
If you have any thoughts on all of this I would love it if you would share them in the comments below.