E N Brown
said 5 months, 3 weeks ago:
No, I don’t have suggestions as to publishers to use. A little advice though might help.
As has been mentioned, self-publishing is an option but to be clear on that, it takes quite a bit of study to do that, even at Amazon. And you pretty much are in charge of your own marketing. You can hire that done though, and still be able to keep about half or one third of the asking amount once the book begins to sell. This is a better ‘deal’ for making money but will take much longer than actually writing the book(s), finding an editor and making sure the content is clean, and grammatically correct. You need the grammar to be correct, especially for children’s books.
As to looking for a literary agent I’d recommend perusing the http://aaronline.org/ but before you choose, take a look at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers information at http://www.sfwa.org/for-authors/writer-beware/agents/ to see if the agent is reputable.
As to publishers – this is what an agent is for, to find the right publisher for your type of book. The publisher then does the marketing and takes a pretty good cut of the the asking price to do that too. Your agent negotiates the deal to get you the best contract they can (with the publisher) as they get a cut of this also so it’s in their best interest to get a really good deal for you.
IF you do go through this process yourself as your own agent, you may find that becoming a “publisher” yourself is the best way to go, to be able to get a really good price on printing. There are many variables to self-publishing and only those who are willing to study hard get what they expect from the process.