Coloring Books for Adults! is an easy to read guide for anyone wanting to create their own designs and publish their own coloring books using CreateSpace.com (owned by Amazon), and to sell on Amazon. It includes tutorials, lists of free and paid for apps, and step-by-step instructions for using CreateSpace. First off, I liked that the offer of support was at the front of the book, between the Intro and Adult Coloring Books Characteristics. No having to scour every page to find a support email!
So what’s different about an adult coloring book?
According to Bill Platt: Elaborate Drawings, One Design Per Page, Sets of Drawings, etc. He follows it with Create a Series Before Publishing Your First Book, Create a Facebook Page Where You Give People a Taste of Your Next Book.
A guy who knows what he’s talking about.
Okay, on to the book proper!
Types of Books That Sell Extremely Well.
This section isn’t just about types of adult coloring books, Bill Platt also gives us websites and software and tutorials to help us produce different types of designs
Mandala Coloring Books has a brief description of what a mandala is and how they’re used by Tibetan monks, the types of image that can go into a mandala and how they can be used creatively. The section ends with a short list of software applications to help you design mandalas.
I must admit that the first app mentioned is my favorite go-to design site. It’s the one I always start with, the one I test ideas out on.
The second paid for app doesn’t apply to me as it’s for Mac computers.
The third paid for app is another favorite. I produce some of my best symmetrical designs on this one.
The tutorials are okay. Basic. I would’ve preferred a video to run alongside the book so I could see how a mandala’s put together with these apps, but that’s how I learn.
Patterns Coloring Books briefly describes patterns and how to create them. Using your original mandala, you can create variations using various free and paid for apps.
One paid for app is mentioned and a tutorial included. Again, I would’ve preferred a video showing me how to use it.
Classic Coloring Books are the ones with classic objects such as animals, transport, fashion, musical instruments, landscapes, flowers, sport, etc.
An excellent note has been added for images related to sport advises you to make sure you don’t infringe trademarks of teams. They tend to be quick off the mark suing you when you use their trademarks and images when you haven’t paid the proper license fee.
Bill adds measurements in pixels for each type of design to fit CreateSpace’s paper sizes.
At the end of this section are tutorials on converting a color photograph to a coloring pattern using different apps, both paid for and free.
Now to publish your coloring book for adults!
This part is step-by-step:
Step 1 Create the Book
Step 2 Upload Your Book to CreateSpace (with screenshots for every step so you know you’re on the right path), and covers each mini step – giving your tax information, your book title, paper type, cover creation, distribution network, price, description of your book and which category you’d like it in.
Next section is vital. Do not miss this!
Bill is thorough in his explanation, and a little bit scary, but it’s important.
And then you’re on to how to get traffic for your book. It isn’t all about Amazon, there are things you can do, such as write a press release, arrange a book signing at a local book store, blog about it.
The last part is tips on how to create the bestest ever coloring book for adults. My favorite bit here is Dominate the Software and Create 50 Images Per Day.
This book helped me build a successful business designing coloring patterns. Check it out.
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