You've written a 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 publishing.
Almost all require 24 pages for publishing. (keep scrolling for the breakdown) Ingrams allows for 18 pages but is far more expensive to deal with than Amazon. Ingrams is the go to if you want a hardback.
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 the illustrations using your text. This also makes the text easy to read no matter the color. #font #friday #formatting #chapter #titles #white #space #flourish #children #book #young #reader #illustration #dra
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 of the book and the extra space needed for proper printing. The words of the story should stand out from the pictures. The options come in at what age range the book is for. The below is for very young readers. T
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 title page must be done prior to the cover and in those cases, of course, there is nothing to be done but attempt to make the title page a work of art of its own. I mean let's look. You have an entire page to highli
I started here with the ant and colors.
For the kids that this book is targeted for I love the primary(red, yellow, and blue) colors with a few secondary colors(green, orange, and purple) too. Pick my favorite from inside and make that a cover. Put the picture my son took of me on the back and there we go. #cover #concept #how #happened #started #where #children #book #illustration #red #ant #primary #color #secondary
Since before the written word, women have been falling in love with the men in stories. We are hardwired to go for the most masculant verial form of man, which are the men that end up in stories of old and new. Even more so as a writer we get to mold and sculpt the men we create. Each muscle, expression, and scar appears in and moves with the press of ink on paper. We get to choose the way a man moves and what they say. We pick our favorite features and exagerate them to a dr
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 go. Those little asterisks *** will be more than enough to tell your reader that the scene is changing. I do suggest that you use either three or five as one isn't quite enough. I suggest using caution in tryin
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 out just how deep the problem went. The manuscript had been sent to a friend of his, who offered to do the work for free--because let's face it, publishing is a hard gig. So at first glance I expect everyone to n