In my Writing 4 Children column this month, I interviewed Alec Price about the pros and cons of mainstream publishing v self-publishing. He had some very interesting things to say about the two processes of becoming a published author.
His children’s books are about the Trogglybogs, strange children who are only two feet tall and covered all over in brown fur. they live deep in the caverns on Brinscall moors. These cheeky mischief-makers enjoy nothing more than sneaking up on people who are picnicking on the hills and stealing their food.
Alec told me that in the end of experiencing both methods he prefers the self-publishing route. he said:
I think it is much more satisfying, and more profitable, to do the whole publishing process yourself. It’s not that hard.
For both ways of getting published Alec explained he has to do most of his own self-promotion. The publisher did put his book on Amazon and other online book sites. He contacted local papers and radio stations, he organised his school visits and he also set up his own mobile book stall to take to fair and summer fetes. Alec said:
With self-publishing you have complete control of your book; it is your baby. you can make it a success and reap the rewards.
For more about Alec Price and his books you can check out his website: www.alecpricewrites.co.uk
You can read the complete feature in Writers’ Forum Magazine #213 July 2019