One of the most rewarding projects I have ever undertaken was creating and publishing my own children’s book. The idea stemmed from childhood stories I used to make up with my father during walks with our family dog. In college, I outlined and wrote the book and then rewrote it a dozen more times over the next decade.
Finally, I got it to a place I was satisfied with and wanted to go about illustrating and publishing it. As a member of SCBWI, I wasn’t sure if I should pitch agents or publishers, or publish it myself. SCBWI’s essential handbook now has an entire section on self-publishing your work. So I decided to do it on my own, and this is how I did it! P.S. This page may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure for more information.
Step 1: Writing Your Book
The first step in creating a children’s book is, of course, writing the story. While it doesn’t have to rhyme, if you decide to make it a rhyming book, it’s important to ensure that the meter is consistent and the rhyme scheme works well. You don’t want to confuse or frustrate your readers, especially if they are children who are just learning to read.
One way to ensure that your book’s rhyming scheme is correct is by using different meters. A common example is the iambic meter, which consists of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable (da-DUM). For instance, in the line “The cat in the hat sat on the mat,” the stressed syllables are “cat,” “hat” and “mat.”
I spent a long time making my story rhyme and trying to get it in the right format. Another option I didn’t use but which exists is to use a website or app that helps you with the rhyming and meter, such as RhymeZone or Poem Generator.
Step 2: Finding an Illustrator
Once you have your story written, the next step is to find an illustrator. Fiverr.com is a great platform to find talented artists. You can browse through portfolios and connect with artists who have a style that matches your vision. Be sure to communicate your expectations and needs clearly so that you get the results you want.
There is some talk about using AI for art like DALL·E, but a lot of speculation as well.
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Step 3: Publishing Your Book
After your book is written and illustrated, it’s time to publish it. Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) is a great platform to use for self-publishing your children’s book. It’s free, and you can publish both paperback and e-book versions of your book. You’ll need to create an account, upload your book’s files and set your price. You’ll also need to design a cover, write a description and choose categories and keywords.
When setting the price for your book, keep in mind that it should be affordable for families with children. You want to make sure that your book is accessible and that it reaches as many readers as possible.
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Step 4: Promoting your book
Promoting your children’s book on Amazon can be a key factor in getting it into the hands of readers. One way to do this is to create an author page on Amazon, which allows you to showcase your book and connect with your audience.
You can also take advantage of Amazon’s advertising services, such as Amazon Ads, to target potential readers and increase visibility:
Additionally, encouraging readers to leave reviews on your book’s page can help increase its ranking on Amazon and attract new readers. Lastly, social media can be a powerful tool to promote your book and connect with your audience. By sharing your book on your social media channels and engaging with your followers, you can create buzz and excitement around your children’s book.
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In conclusion, creating and publishing a children’s book can be a fun and fulfilling project. You can share your story with the world and inspire young minds!
This post was written with a little help from ChatGPT.
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