To publish a child book, you must have a manuscript that
publishers think will sell. Child book publishers have survived in
business by being smart and selective about what they publish. Tips 1-3
below are for those who intend to send their manuscript to a big name
If you decide not to follow this route or if your book is rejected by established publishing companies, follow steps 3-7. (Of course, first, you'll want to make sure your book follows step 1.)
1. Know Your Market
Do the research before you
submit your book. Better still, do it before you write it. See what
types of books are being published, notice trends. Don't write a book on
exactly the same subject as another author. Be innovative and creative.
Target your book to a certain market and a particular age level. If
you're honest with yourself and you haven't done this, go back to the
drawing book before sending out your manuscript. Remember, you only get
one chance to make a first impression.
2. Know the Child Book Publisher Before Submitting Your Work
Before submitting a manuscript to a child book publishing company, know their market. Do they publish Christian children's books? If so, don't send them a book about the life of a Native American child. Do they publish books about desert wildlife? Then don't send them a fantasy story set in outer space. Be smart. Send your manuscript to a publisher who is looking for what you have to offer. The publisher will notice right away that your book is a good fit.
Make sure you follow the child book publisher's policies. Do they
require a query letter first or do they want you to send the manuscript?
Pay attention to their requirements because if you don't, your work may
end up the round file. This is a waste of their time and yours.
your attempts to publish your book result in rejection, don't quit.
Rejection is a companion of the beginning author. Whatever you do, don't
resort to a vanity publisher. Consider self-publishing and print on
demand publishers instead. You can get your book into print.
3. Publish a Child Book with Print on Demand Technology
They are many child book publishers who will accept your manuscript with illustrations and produce a print-on-demand book. Although the books cost more per unit, you are not required to place a large minimum order, so you avoid the cost of inventory which can be quite expensive for a new author. To use print on demand, you will have to turn your manuscript into an ebook. See our recommendations for ebook software.
You can also use Amazon's platform Create Space Publishing which make it simple to create a paperback or hardcover book. Plus, it will be easy for you to get your book listed on their web site which means it will be in front of millions of eyeballs.
4. Publish a Child Book in Different Formats
choices are many. Publish your book as a hard cover book (if you
believe you will be selling thousands of copies). Publish as a
paperbound book. Since the first two options require making your child
book into an ebook (or pdf) anyway, publish as an ebook which can be
downloaded from your web site. This is a win-win situation because
readers can get your book right away and you create another revenue
stream for your book by packaging the same information in a different
way. See our recommendations for
5. Build a Web Site to Sell Your Book
you self publish a child book and use print on demand technology, you
can sell your book for full profit (minus printing costs and transaction
fees) from your web site. Most first time authors make the mistake of
creating a web site with their name as the domain, but since they only
have one book, no one knows who they are and will not find them through
the search engines. A smarter way to build a web site is to think about
information your book's target market is searching for and build a site
that answers this need along with a recommendation for your book.
You can build a successful
even if you are a newbie.
6. List your book on Amazon.
publish a child book and fail to get the best distribution possible
does not make sense. Although Amazon will heavily discount your book, it
gets a lot of traffic which means your book will get more exposure.
Some people will buy your book on Amazon and some will buy it from your
site. Even if you make less money by selling to Amazon, the exposure
you'll receive is well worth it.
7. Follow the Same System for the Next Book and the Next
tune these "publish a child book" steps into a system that you can
repeat to write and publish your next book. By following a system, you
are more likely to publish multiple books are come up with a series that
becomes required reading in our nation's schools. And wouldn't that be
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