Do you have advice for me if I want to publish my own book?
I have been a published author for two decades and have learned a lot along the way. I self-published my first book in 1997! This was LONG before it was easy to do so (through programs like CreateSpace and Blurb). After running my own business for 16 years, I sold my entire book line to Chicago publisher Sourcebooks, Inc. Basically, I've never had the experience of working with an agent or sending query letters to various publishers seeking an acceptance of a manuscript. What I can say is this: It's all about distribution. It's easier than ever to get your book made. This is the “easy” part. But who is going to buy it and how will you reach him or her? And even before that to know your objectives. Why do you want to publish this book? To make money? To touch lives? To see your name in print? This, too, may inform your publishing journey. These are the resources I often refer to and I'm sure there are many more! Alexandra Franzen, a Portland-based writer, pondered this same question and offer some great food for thought.
The Write Practice is a blog I have contributed to and that helps writers of all levels keep at it. A great place to ask questions and get advice! I'm also a fan of Jeff Goins who is encouragement personified for aspiring writers everywhere. Again, tons of tools and advice for getting published. John Kremer is a longtime advocate for the independent author and has a jam-packed website of resources. And lastly, here is great FAQ from Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators about next steps for writers.
This is an excellent article explaining the various formats of children's books!