The Ultimate Guide to Self-Publishing
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- Self-publish your own professional quality illustrated children's book.
- Basic computer skills and enthusiasm!
You’ve finished writing your children’s book!
Unsure of what to do next?
I know what that's like.
When I was first starting out, I looked everywhere for a single source that would tell me everything I needed to know to create and self-publish a professional quality illustrated children's book.
I couldn't find anything to seamlessly guide me through the process.
The majority of the sources of information I found online were trying to sell me their printing, layout, design, or distribution services.
I worried about being taken advantage of.
Therefore, I asked tough questions of the self-publishing companies who made big promises, read the fine print, and conducted extensive research regarding what my editing, printing, and distribution options were.
In this course, in under two hours, you can learn information that took me over a year to research, collate, verify, and test.
I’ve sorted through the mountains of information developed by leading publishing experts, designers, and commercial printers and I've pinpointed exactly what you need to know know to self-publish like a pro.
Most self-publishing blogs, books, and courses focus primarily on how to work with only one self-publishing company. In this course, I teach you the foundational knowledge you need to know to work with any printer and book distributor you choose, whether that's Amazon, IngramSpark, BookBaby, Lulu, or somewhere else.
By the end of this course, you will know exactly what you need to do to self-publish a professional quality children's book.
This course is for you if you want to:
- Increase the marketability of your book by choosing the right title, book categories and keywords and by writing compelling book descriptions.
- Speak the language of children’s books designers and printers. I tell you what you need to know about margins, bleeds, digital artwork, scanned in artwork, hue, saturation, PNG, JPG, print ready PDFs, and more.
- Produce a professional quality book by learning about ISBN numbers, book industry print standards and the Library of Congress PCN program.
- Save money by understanding your printing options, including the difference between offset printing and digital (POD) printing.
- Learn how to use Amazon Createspace, KDP, or IngramSpark (or all three in combination!) to widen your books reach and distribution.
- Learn how the publishing industry works and speak the language. Self-publishing is a rapidly developing market. The printers and distributors that are the industry leaders today, may not be around tomorrow. While I discuss both IngramSpark and Amazon in this course because they are the current industry leaders, I also teach the core foundations of the publishing industry so that you can switch printers and distributors as you see fit to maximize your distribution and profit.
In this course, I will teach you how to self-publish your book, but more importantly, I will teach you how to protect your wallet along the way. According to The Independent Publishing Magazine, there are over 80 author services companies vying for your business. Some are great, while others are charge huge fees to handle things you can easily do yourself for free. When you are finished with this course, you will know what is worth paying for and what isn’t.
Are you in the right place?
These classes are NOT for you if you want to create a book for family and friends and you have no intention of selling your books commercially.
In these classes, I cover topics like how the self-publishing industry works, book marketing, and how to prepare digital files for commercial printers.
If you plan to only create a few books to share with family and friends, I recommend using a company like Shutterfly or Blurb. These companies offer easy drag and drop templates and they handle the details for you. However, if you plan to sell your book commercially, these companies aren’t very practical because their print costs are so high (the average is $20 per book or more,) so you’d have to price your book cost unattractively high to make a profit if you tried to resell these books. However, these companies are a great solution if you only want a few copies made.
- Learn everything you need to know about self-publishing an illustrated children’s book, all in one place. "Do-it-yourselfers" on a publishing budget will love this course. I don't shy away from teaching the technical terms used in the printing and publishing industry. The lectures move quickly. (Time is money!) There are no 30 minute introductions filled with pep talks and sales pitches about why you should watch the video and why should get savvy before hiring, printing through or publishing with any company. If you aren't already convinced of this, then you (and mostly your wallet) are in trouble. Publishing is a competitive business. Prepare yourself by educating yourself.
Here are links to the trim size options offered by a few common printers:
Ingram Spark: http://www.ingramspark.com/plan-your-book/print/trim-sizes
Amazon Createspace: https://www.createspace.com/Products/Book/
Link to IngramSpark Duplex Cover Template:
Finding an Illustrator:
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators: https://www.scbwi.org/illustrator-gallery/
(These are just a few places to look. There are many others sites like these where you can find illustrators. Simply type "Children's Book Illustrator" in Google and tons of options will come up.)
Improving Your Drawing Skills:
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards http://drawright.com/
Lynda Drawing Tutorial: https://www.lynda.com/Design-Skills-tutorials/Foun...
YouTube Drawing Classes:
Adobe Photoshop: http://www.photoshop.com/
Adobe Illustrator: http://www.adobe.com/products/illustrator.html
Adobe Creative Cloud: https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud.html?promoid=41Y3B172&mv=other
Link to the Bowker website: https://www.myidentifiers.com/get-your-isbn-now
Link to the Library of Congress PCN Program website: https://www.loc.gov/publish/pcn/
Link to the Bowker page where you can assign your ISBN number to your book:
Statistics and Studies of Author Earnings and U.S. Book Sales: http://authorearnings.com/
Ingram Spark Publisher Compensation Calculator: https://myaccount.ingramspark.com/Portal/Tools/PubCompCalculator
Amazon CreateSpace Pricing Calculator: https://www.createspace.com/Products/Book/
Note: In addition to a 55% wholesale discount, most bookstores require that your books be returnable as well. This means that the bookstore can return any unsold copies to you.