Thank you all for your kind words! I want to respond to everyone…
LizzieP_D9S - Thanks! I checked out your site and WOW, you’ve made a lot of stuff! Definitely bookmarking to check out later.
FirstBastion - I love your stuff! Renaissance Stealth Action Poses became my favorite poses for Rune. I also used some of your landscapes: The Hidden Waterfalls, Rocky Flats, A Walk Across Water and Hilly Surround. Thanks for the encouragement!
cridgit - Thanks! I hesitate to think of it as “doing it myself” when I’m building on top of the works of all the artists who make the products I use. But it was fun to learn comic layout, lettering, editing and marketing in addition to improving my renders!
I’m guessing the children’s book market is a little different than comics, but I could try to answer any questions your wife has based on my experience with self-publishing. The technical requirements are going to vary depending on what printer and distributor you want to use, so you do have to consider your goals (and how much you want to spend) at the outset. I went with the lowest-possible out-of-pocket expenses since this is not a profit-making venture for me.
RorrKonn and MistyWhisky - Thanks!
canberra_boy - Thanks! I made it free because I have the unknown author problem - people don’t know if I make something they’d be willing to buy. Congrats on having your GN published!
Paradigm67 - I have gotten a lot faster with the posing, mostly by expanding my library of pose collections. When I first started using DAZ, I was like, “Why would I buy poses? I can make those myself!” Then I realized it’s HARD to make good, life-like poses! And time-consuming. Now I start with a pose close to what I want and tweak it. Hands are definitely difficult and time-consuming, especially when they’re holding things! I’m ridiculously proud of the panel where Rune is drinking from a goblet because I spent forever positioning his fingers.
Also, I save time by doing almost no post work. Most of the images are straight-up DAZ+pwToon renders, except for a little general brightness/contrast correction.
Proxima Shining and jade monkey - Thank you so much! I am always grateful when someone takes the time to read my book and let me know they enjoyed it.