This is for you if you’ve ever thought you’d like to publish your own coloring book but didn’t know where to start. These are the steps I took to publish my first – the proof copy is waiting for me – and am using them for my second. Here goes:
This is, basically, what you do for CreateSpace to publish your own physical coloring book, not an ebook. You can use more advanced techniques but, if you’re just starting out, these steps are fine.
IMO, CreateSpace was dead easy to use. My biggest problem was getting over myself. You know, changing my mindset.
I had to get from “I’m not good enough/my designs aren’t good enough” to “They’re as good as the ones in what’s-his-name’s book, so why shouldn’t I”, then to “Sod it – just go for it!”
Doing a course on beating procrastination helped a lot. It was “Get The Darned Thing Done” by Caroline Ferguson. I’d been procrastinating (dithering) for months – this course changed all that. Two months on from doing the course, I’ve got my first proof copy.
Previously, I’d happily designed coloring patterns most days, putting a few sets for sale on different websites. Before I noticed, I’d done around 2000, all sitting on my hard drive.
I thought about publishing a coloring book but I got into this around the time most other people were publishing coloring books, and thought I wasn’t good enough, etc. Ended up selling packs of designs off my own website, then decided to do a coloring book.
And here we are.
The infographic is a checklist, learned from my mistakes. Starting with CreateSpace to find out exactly what they wanted would’ve saved a lot of time. If I’d known I needed to optimise designs to 300 dpi to publish, I would’ve done it as I went along, not waited until I had around 1200!
Optimising designs day in, day out, isn’t my idea of fun 😉
Check out CreateSpace and see what you can do with them, and how they can help you. It’s a great site!
Got any questions? Leave them in Comments and I’ll reply.
Shân (The Coloring Coach)