Still new here, so apologies if this has already been asked. (I did try a few searches and nothing came up.)
I'm curious if aspiring children's/picture book authors go through the same process as YA/other authors do? Such as a query letter, finding an agent, etc. I ask this because of the generally short-length of a children's book/picture book.
I currently have finished my children's book manuscript and it is approximately 800-900 words long. I'm lost as far as what my next step goes. I have a friend who has a cousin that owns an independent publishing company and she has asked for my manuscript but has also informed me that there is a publishing fee and that they pay their authors through the royalties of online sales. This seemed like a red flag to me as I have read that you never pay the publishing company, but I do not want to be rude and not respond or throw away my chance to get published.
Any/all help would be greatly appreciated as I'd really like to get my children's book out there, I'm just not sure how exactly to go about it.