Why self publish?
14 years ago my first children's book, Mr. Bob's Magic Ride in the Sky, was published by Whitecap Books. It was put together by their graphic designer without any input from me. The Art Director in me had a difficult time with that and the finished product was, unfortunately, not what I'd envisioned. The bottom line was that I didn't have full creative control - something, I believe, all artists want.
With Six Owls and A Party self-publishing was the only way to go. I wrote it (and rewrote it), illustrated it (mosaicked it), chose the font, the font size, layed it out (relayed it out)... you get the picture - full creative control:) My labour of love.
Blurb's BookWright has so many user friendly features that putting a book together with it is very easy.
This week my second proof should be arriving in the mail, then I'll be moving onto the next step; getting Six Owls and A Party out and into the world.