March 11, 2018


 

You've written a kids book. Congratulations.
Hopefully you are ready for the rules. to get this self-published.

1) Pick a printer.

Really it's first. Why? Because they all have their own little rules and idiosyncrasies that you need to follow for pain free publishi...

September 15, 2016

I've had the pleasure of doing a few image heavy books. Unfortunately, I don't have permission to share most of them do to image copyrights. So after being asked for the twelfth time in a week I took one of my personal favorites and replaced the images and text with pl...

May 27, 2016

Another option on the illustrations for you children's book would be white background illustration. These don't need an extra bleed on the outside and are more versitile than full page illustrations.

Using a white background would give the option to make designs around...

May 13, 2016

There are just as many options in Children's book as there are in fiction novels. The most common would look like the attached picture. Images should give enough space .125 inches, though I suggest .25 to be on the safe side. Make sure your illustrator knows the size o...

April 29, 2016

Want to talk about variety, the sky is the limit. From the placement, whether you want to start at the top of a page and save space or the middle of the page and give the eye more rest to the actual text used. There's not a place that you can make more choices that rig...

April 15, 2016

 Inserts will separate out parts of a story from each other. No, not every book gets these separations and probably fewer books should.

 

I have two.

The first pictured would be Life as a Ghost. This story follows a young girl that fades into the background of...

April 1, 2016

Each book should have its own flare. Every word is unique to that book and so should be the formatting and flourishes, or for the series as it may be. 

 

Whenever possible I prefer to make the title page match the front of the book. Sometimes in a freelance world the tit...

March 18, 2016

Scene separation can be simple. In some books you can go as simple as skipping an extra line, though if you do that very often or have extra blank space in the formatting you might want to go a step farther.

 

Live Like the Breeze is a great example of how simple you can...

March 4, 2016

I've seen some horrific attempts at creating a book over there years. Since InDesigns creation, it's only become worse. The above was sent to me by a regular client,(yes it's really small so you can see who did this) and when I converted his PDF back to word, I found o...

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