You know how you look longingly at coloring books for adults thinking “I wish I could publish my own coloring book”?
Well, thanks to some wonderful people making it easy to self publish your coloring book on CreateSpace, you can!
This is how I do it:
Why Self Publish on CreateSpace.com?
- They do Print On Demand (POD) so you don’t have to carry stock
- No upfront charges
- Your only charge is for your physical proof copy and the shipping charge (if any).
- Decide your book size and what you need to do
- Check out the coloring sections on Amazon.com and .co.uk to find out the popular page count
- Most popular sizes
- Find out what else you need to do to publish your coloring book
- Create your CreateSpace account.
- How many designs you need – remember your page count
- Mixed patterns or one style?
- How big they need to be – remember the size of your book
- Create your designs.
Develop Base Designs
- Create a minimum 10 variations (generation #1) for each design then another 5 variations (generation #2) of each of the 10. Keep them in separate folders.
- This will create your “stock designs” for this, future coloring books and to add to journals
- You can use some to make into coloring packs and individual designs to sell off your site and Etsy.
Optimise Designs for Publishing
- Industry-standard for publishing is 300 dots per inch (dpi) or 300 pixels per inch (ppi)
- Amend the dpi – check out this post for instructions how to do it
- Change to the measurements CreateSpace need for the book size you chose.
Choose Your Designs
- Go through all your generation #2 designs (yes, ALL of them) and choose the best ones for your coloring book
- The other designs will go into your next books, journals and planners.
Format Your Book
- Open a word processing document
- Arrange the margins according to the size of book you chose in CreateSpace
- Add a design on one side and leave the next side blank
- Do the same with all your designs for that coloring book
- Compose your Title page, Dedication page and Acknowledgments page
- Add them in with your design pages in the order you would like them printed, and PDF them.
Create Your Book Cover
- You could use CreateSpace’s Book Cover Creator
- You could get a cover done on Fiverr
- You could use Canva.com to design your own coloring book/journal cover
- You could have a graphic designer do a book cover for you.
Upload Your Book as a PDF
- Submit your book for approval to print
- CreateSpace will email you to either confirm it’s been approved, or recommend changes you need to make
- Order a physical proof copy because there’s nothing like seeing your book in print before anyone else does! And you want to make sure it looks good.
Check Your Proof
- Accept and publish, or make changes and resubmit.
Start Your Next Coloring Book
- Use the other variations that didn’t make it into this book
- It would be a shame not to use them!
I’m so glad I learned how to self publish coloring books on CreateSpace. It was a little scary at first, but all the guidance you need is on the site.
I used this method for all my coloring books and journals – you’ll find them here. Check them out – I know you’ll enjoy coloring and writing in them!