So one thing has become readily apparent to me in this publishing process; a book (whether it be a children's book, self-help, or business book) should be viewed like a small business or investment. You are going to have to pour some money into it, regardless of your time and proficiency of writing.
Just last night I completed the 30th editing and revision of my children's book, Sophie Stands Out. That includes professional edits as well as ones solicited by family and friends, and I feel like I have to commit to it being completed, or I will never get it submitted how I want it.
That being said, last night I cut the manuscript down from 1,800 words to 1,630 words, and while it's still a lengthy children's picture book, it's nothing compared to the 2,800 word wonder it was even a week ago!
I will be posting a lot more about the publishing process soon, especially for those who are curious, because I have done a lot of research, and am still planning to get my book published without a literary agent. (We will see how that goes!) My next post will include all of the publishing companies you can submit to without a literary agent; bear in mind that most of these are children's publishing companies, as that is my primary focus for now.