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Meic Francis
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A technology scientist turned children's book writer and illustrator.
A technology scientist turned children's book writer and illustrator.

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Looking for an #editor for first children’s #picturebook. Please let me know if you have any good suggestions for a newbie #selfpublisher.
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Premo looks pretty impressive. Seems to add a lot of efficiency to the mix.
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I nearly forgot how cathartic just sitting and doodling is, it's been so long. 

So I'm embarking on #writing and #illustrating a children's #picturebook and I was coming up with some character ides/sketches this evening. I would love to get some thoughts from those of you "in the know".  I'm considering hand drawing or the digital equivalent (using photoshop, illustrator or flash) or 3D rendering.

What do you prefer to do and why?  This is my first attempt at creating a picture book - do publishers prefer one method over another?

Would love to hear your thoughts as well as any critique on my doodles this evening.
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Places To Share Your e-Book
Places To Share Your e-Book
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Great info for someone who wants to learn about creating and publishing or self-publishing a picture book.
Self-publishing a picture book
Self-publishing a picture book
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I see it as another potential path to create more starving artists - I could be wrong.
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It's definitely a journey - much like everything worth doing.
The last six years as a self-published author have been transformative for me – both personally and professionally.

I’ve accomplished a lot in the course of six years. I have also had a ton of highs and lows and learned a lot along the way. I understand the importance of paying it forward, so I’ve compiled a list of 10 things I’ve learned as a self-published writer.
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As I continue to learn more about the traditional publishing business it reminds me of so many other “giants” that have been toppled with respect to their paradigm.  I was listening to a YouTube video on my way into work this morning and the presenter, who was a successful, traditionally published, children’s book author, made a statement concerning her own experience as a new writer.  She said, in effect, that she had written what amounted to be a 2,500 word picture book and this made it “unpublishable” in the eyes of traditional publishers.  Any such thing, “no matter how brilliant it was” would be unpublishable.

Immediately my mind went into “maverick mode”… as it tends to do when I see/hear of an underdog being unfairly dominated.  I thought, “Why shouldn’t I be able to create a 2,500 word picture book if I wanted to?  Why should I be prohibited from sharing my work with the world just because it doesn’t fit into a tidy little box defined by someone else?”  Don’t get me wrong, being in the business world my entire adult life I understand the position of the traditional publishers.  Without the constraints and guidelines that they have in place chaos would ensue and any efficiencies gained through standardization would be lost altogether.  I’ve just sensed a tipping point from some time now and it just seems to be getting closer and closer as self and indie publishing continue to gain footing.
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