7. Get people to proof read your work. Friends, teachers or other writers who will critique your work and will be honest but kind to you. I have about 4 go to people.
8. Take their advice (mostly) – You want to write books that people will buy.
9. My illustrator will send the book as a PDF to the printer whilst we continue to edit. Sometimes the printer will spot errors that we need to fix before printing.
10. I use a local printer – but you can also use on line printing companies.
11. I write my story – and then suggest illustrations to my illustrator – but I am always open to his suggestions as he is a very creative person. He sends me drafts so that we can make alterations before the final inking and colouring of the artwork.
12. In New Zealand you get an ISPN number from the national library and from that you can create a bar code. It sounds complicated, but it isn’t and the costs are minimal.
13. Check out and join any local writers group – they can be a great resource and source of inspiration.