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Self-Publishing Children’s Books

Young readers are always eager for new stories and discoveries. Use your creativity to publish a children’s book that will fuel their curiosity, spark their imagination and expand their understanding.
Whether you write a full-colour picture book or a chapter book, your writing should be of bookstore quality. By being a children’s book self-publisher, you retain complete creative control over your work so your vision can be converted into a masterpiece!
Now that you have finished crafting your book, it’s time to determine how you’ll share this masterpiece with the world.
Here are a few things to consider for a successful book publishing journey –

Recognizing the process of self-publishing a book
Self-publishing takes extra effort and dedication but the rewards are awesome. With self-publishing,

  • you have complete creative and design control,
  • your work is not limited to market standards, and
  • you can publish at your own pace and you do not need to rely on any gatekeeper to offer you a book deal.  

Identifying your target (child) audience

It is very essential to identify your target audience, and their preferences, especially if they are children. This can improve and strengthen your book and widen its reach. Revise and refine your research before moving forward.

Categorizing your book is the foundation of all the work that follows, from editing to designing to marketing. Do not stray too far from the market conventions of your niche while promoting your masterpiece!

Look at other popular titles in the market

Browse through books at a book store, or online, to see what children’s titles look like, and what kind of stories they have. Trends should reflect the tastes of children along with the concerns of parents and educators. Keep them in mind as you go along as they are the actual buyers of your book.

Make a budget plan

A publishing budget is a very crucial step in the publishing journey. Before getting in too deep, an author must know how much money can be spent on a book. Knowing what you can afford will help sort professionals outside your price range when hiring. The fact that children’s books are generally shorter than the ones for adults does not automatically mean that they are cheaper to produce.

Revising your manuscript

There are many types of editing, but at this stage, we are most concerned with developmental and copy editing. Ask yourself these questions, throughout the process:

  • Is your story good enough to engage young readers?
  • Are the characters of your story memorable, with various voices?
  • How simple or complicated is the language for your target audience?

The key to all of the above is revising your manuscript on your own! And once you’ve done your best to refine your book, it’s time to get an outsider’s opinion.

Creating graphics that complement the story
Though the story is paramount, a good book also provides an enjoyable reading experience: a key fact in producing children’s books. Every element of typesetting, from margin size to typeface, is crucial for capturing the young readers’ attention. So make sure you get it right!

Designing books
This generally becomes complex if you’re working with more graphics, as is the case with children’s picture books. You will need some design expertise to help you produce unique and attractive children’s picture books.

Receiving feedback to increase sales
Marketing is an integral part of publishing, especially when you are managing everything yourself. As an author, you want to boost your book’s exposure and present a friendly face behind your stories.
Bring your pictures and illustrations to life in a children’s picture book with a sturdy and
winning vision!