In the next 60 minutes learn how to create, proof, publish and list your children's picture book and sell paperback copies of your book on Amazon. Order your first book proof this afternoon!
This course assumes that you are at the stage where you have a children's book written or are in the process of writing and illustrating one and an unsure of what to do when you finish it. How do you get it in print? How do you sell it?
This is a quick crash course on how to use a "Print-on-demand" service called Createspace which is completely free and is affiliated with Amazon.com. Print on demand (or "POD") book publishing means that when someone purchases your book on Amazon, one book is printed and shipped out. The printing company makes their money every time a book is sold which means there is no upfront cost to you to print 100 or 1000 books.
POD is a no-risk way to self publish your books. I am not personally affiliated with Createspace whatsoever, but have been using the service for years and would not choose anything else. I enjoy self-publishing and being in control of my books and would recommend it for any author who is starting out and trying to avoid risks or being taken advantage of by a publisher.
In order to get started, you should first create a free user account at www.Createspace.com and set up your royalty pay-out information. IE, link your account to your Paypal account or bank account so that you can get paid. You will need to set up this information prior to creating your book listing.
A crash course overview of how to begin the listing process through Createspace to get your book published in print and listed on Amazon.com
Getting your illustrations and story into a publishable file is easier than you might think! Take a peek!
There are a few different options for creating your book cover file. I will walk you through the simplest of them all, an online cover creator offered by Createspace.
Information about selecting different sales channels in order to make your book available on Amazon.com, Amazon Europe, offer discount codes through Createspace, make your book available to libraries and retail bookstores.
Learn how to determine your print on demand book royalties before you even get started. Some advice on price point and how Amazon runs their sales and how that affects your royalty.
Good luck and have fun!! To get the most out of your books, and to set yourself up for success before even writing your book check out my other course, the "Kid Lit Career" course.
Tim Johnson is an author in a variety of fields, most notably dual-language children's illustrated picture books and martial arts non-fiction.
In 2011 Tim published his first children's book and has now has over 50 titles on Amazon and has sold thousands of copies. His book's character, Bosley Bear, has since become popular among US and international readers, providing wholesome bedtime stories.
A product design engineer by trade, Tim's quest for knowledge and understanding is a daily pursuit. He continues to broaden the horizons of children as a martial arts instructor, always encouraging young students to become more aware of the enormous world around them.