Self Publishing Child Book Question & Answer
My granddaughter has written a book and insists on having it published. What do I need to do?
Although you haven't given me much to go on, I will give you some
general information to point you in the right direction. First of all,
you didn't mention if you intend to go forward with self publishing this
child's book or if you want to send it for consideration to mainstream
or small publishing houses.
Authors who choose the self
publishing route do so because they want to create copies of their
books for themselves and to give to family members as gifts or as legacy
gifts for future generations. Other self-published authors fully intend
to promote, market and distribute their work to the public.
which direction you want to take is important in terms of choosing the
right people to help you create a self-published book.
Is your granddaughter's book a chapter book or a picture book?
Picture books, especially those that will be created with a four color
process, are much more expensive to print than black and white. If the
book is a picture book, will your granddaughter illustrate it with
pencil drawings, color drawings or will you hire a professional
illustrator? All these answers depend on what you want the final product
to look like, the money you have to invest and your intention in terms of whether you will try to
promote and sell the finished book for profit or just provide copies for friends and family as keepsakes.
No matter which direction you decide to take, you should have an
illustration for the front cover of the book. Ask your granddaughter to
draw a picture of a scene that is significant from the story. She can
draw it on paper or use a computer art program. If she draws the cover
picture on paper, you'll need to scan it into your computer. Next, use a
book cover art design program template to give the book a polished and
professional-looking cover. Although the old saying goes, "Never judge a
book by its cover," everybody does.
Next, type the text
into your computer and format it so it has an even edge on the right as
well the left margin. Add page numbers. Microsoft Word is not a book
layout program, but it does have some layout features. Add a header to
each page so the book title is on the top left of every page. If the
book is a chapter book, you can put the name of the chapter in the
header on the top of the right page. Completing these small steps will
give the book more of a professional look.
Edit your work
to make sure there are no mistakes, then save it. Have some people you trust take a look at it to look for mistakes that you might have overlooked, then edit and save again. Next you'll need a
program to make the Microsoft Word file into a PDF file which is the file format that is accepted by printing companies and is also the file format for ebooks. The best and
easiest program we have found to do this is PDF Create.
Once you're finished making the PDF file, you'll have an ebook. This ebook file can be sent to relatives via email to read or print out on their computers. It can be uploaded to a web site and downloaded by those who wish to read the book or it can be submitted to a printer to print physical copies of the book.
Digital print-on-demand printing houses can can print a
paperback perfect bound copy of the book for about four dollars per copy (depending on the page length and number of illustrations). Using print-on-demand is the smart way to go for self publishing child book because it means that you won't have to buy thousands of dollars of inventory for your first print run. To learn how to set up an account with the printing company that I recommend, click on CreateSpace publishing for step by step instructions.
I'm sure you and your granddaughter will be very proud once you hold a printed copy of her self-published book in your hands. Self publishing child book will be a bonding experience with your granddaughter that you will cherish for the rest of your lives.
Click on self publishing child book for more information on the process.