Blogging Progress Report May 01 2019

For Blogging Progress Report May 01 2019, I’ll show you the difference in ranking between two different Amazon Author Pages. One is an author profile that is continually worked. The other is an author page that hasn’t seen any new activity for quite a long time.

Kim Staflund Blogging Progress Report May 01 2019

Kim Staflund Blogging Progress Report May 01 2019

First, take a look at my non-fiction Kim Staflund ranking above. You’ll notice that my “Business & Money” Kindle ranking sat at a stagnant 60,000 ranking for a long time until I started publishing regularly in 2017. Now? It goes up and down. But the level it falls to is less and less each month. It’s only a matter of time before I break the top 100 list in that category. I just have to keep publishing to it, every four to six weeks, to get there.

Kim S. Progress Report May 01 2019

Kim S. Progress Report May 01 2019

Now look at my fiction Kim S. ranking just above. This is what happens when you have very little activity and don’t publish books or RSS feeds from your blog to your Author Central Page very often. Your ranking just continues to fall bit by bit every month. I believe that recent spike in June was due to me adding a new title to my Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) admin page that month. But I haven’t actually published the book yet. I plan to finish writing it and publish it this autumn. (I’m much more focused on my non-fiction books for now.)

Blogging Progress Report May 01 2019

These two Author Central profiles visually illustrate the whole reason why you want to be publishing regularly—both new books and blog entries. The more activity, the higher your ranking grows each month. Once you have a consistently high author ranking like Timothy Ellis‘s, that’s when you’ll start to sell 3,000+ books per month in your category:

Timothy Ellis ranks (paid store), as at writing time:
1853 in the Amazon Book store.
1023 in the Kindle store.
180 in Science Fiction and Fantasy.
79 in Science Fiction.

Why? Because the higher your ranking, the more visibility your book(s) will have in front of a larger number of Amazon readers. You’ll never quite know which book will be the tipping point for you. That’s what Timothy Ellis and other authors like him all say.

Bonus tip: The authors who release a new novel of a decent size every 4 weeks, never lose their momentum, and these authors make a decent income. It only takes 1 book to get the ball rolling, but you will never know which book it is until it happens. Once it does, a whole heap of things kick in to boost you up, and as long as you keep releasing, you can stay there and make a living from writing. (Timothy Ellis)

So, just keep writing. Just keep publishing. That’s the simple key to success online.

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Economy matters. Creativity matters most. (PART THREE)

Economy matters. Creativity matters most. Even the grandfathers of prosperity, Napoleon Hill and Wallace D. Wattles, will tell you this.

Economy matters. Creativity matters most.

Economy matters. Creativity matters most.

In his prosperity classic, Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill talks about the importance of organized capital in the world. Capitalism is necessary for the good of all. But he also warns against what he calls “the six ghosts of fear,” and he lists the “Fear of Poverty” in first place. I believe many of today’s corporate and government leaders suffer from this fear. And they are giving capitalism a bad name through their fear-based actions.

In his prosperity classic, The Science of Getting Rich, Wallace D. Wattles lays out the only true formula for obtaining lasting wealth. He agrees that economy matters. But creativity matters most.

Words of Caution from Napoleon Hill

The fear of poverty is, without doubt, the most destructive of the six basic fears. It has been placed at the head of the list because it is the most difficult to master. Considerable courage is required to state the truth about the origin of this fear, and still greater courage to accept the truth after it has been stated. The fear of poverty grew out of the human tendency to prey upon others economically. Nearly all animals lower than humans are motivated by instinct, but as their capacity to “think” is limited, they prey upon one another physically. Humans, with their superior sense of intuition, with the capacity to think and to reason, do not eat other humans bodily; they get more satisfaction out of “eating” them financially.

Think Trudeau/SNC Lavalin and our current banking system here…

The age in which we live seems to be consumed by money-madness. People are considered less than the dust of the earth unless they can display a fat bank account; but if they have money—never mind how acquiredthey are too often idolized and treated as being above the law. They rule in politics, dominate in business and the whole world about them bows in respect when they pass by.

Nothing brings so much suffering and humility as poverty! Only those who have experienced poverty understand the full meaning of this. It is no wonder that we fear poverty. Through a long line of inherited experiences we have learned, for sure, that some people cannot be trusted where matters of money and earthly possessions are concerned. This is a rather stinging indictment, the worst part of it being that it is true.

Words of Wisdom from Wallace D. Wattles

There is a thinking stuff from which all things are made, and which, in its original state, permeates, penetrates, and fills the interspaces of the universe.

A thought in this substance produces the thing that is imaged by the thought.

Man can form things in his thought, and by impressing his thought upon formless substance can cause the thing he thinks about to be created.

In order to do this, man must pass from the competitive to the creative mind; otherwise he cannot be in harmony with the Formless Intelligence, which is always creative and never competitive in spirit.

Man may come into full harmony with the Formless Substance by entertaining a lively and sincere gratitude for the blessings it bestows upon him. Gratitude unifies the mind of man with the intelligence of Substance, so that man’s thoughts are received by the Formless. Man can remain upon the creative plane only by uniting himself with the Formless Intelligence through a deep and continuous feeling of gratitude.

Man must form a clear and definite mental image of the things he wishes to have, to do, or to become; and he must hold this mental image in his thoughts, while being deeply grateful to the Supreme that all his desires are granted to him. The man who wishes to get rich must spend his leisure hours in contemplating his Vision, and in earnest thanks-giving that the reality is being given to him. Too much stress cannot be laid on the importance of frequent contemplation of the mental image, coupled with unwavering faith and devout gratitude. This is the process by which the impression is given to the Formless, and the creative forces set in motion.

The creative energy works through the established channels of natural growth, and of the industrial and social order. All that is included in his mental image will surely be brought to the man who follows the instructions given above, and whose faith does not waver. What he wants will come to him through the ways of established trade and commerce.

In order to receive his own when it shall come to him, man must be active; and this activity can only consist in more than filling his present place. He must keep in mind the Purpose to get rich through the realization of his mental image. And he must do, every day, all that can be done that day, taking care to do each act in a successful manner. He must give to every man a use value in excess of the cash value he receives, so that each transaction makes for more life; and he must so hold the Advancing Thought that the impression of increase will be communicated to all with whom he comes into contact.

Economy matters. Creativity matters most.

To obtain riches in the only true (and lasting) way that harmonizes with nature, one must obtain his or her riches creatively. If only our current political leaders and bankers understood this natural law, we would all be thriving.

Related reading:
Honesty and Integrity Gift-Wrapped in an F-Bomb [Ralph Klein]
Economy matters. Above all else? (PART ONE)
Economy matters. Above all else, Donald Trump? (PART TWO)
Canada’s economy practically grinds to a halt — and nobody saw it coming

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Economy matters. Above all else, Donald Trump? (PART TWO)

My biggest concern with Jason Kenney winning Alberta’s election was that we would end up with another Donald Trump type. I found that prospect quite frightening, actually.

Economy matters. Above all else, Donald Trump?

Economy matters. Above all else, Donald Trump?

Since Kenney’s unsurprising landslide victory, I continue watching him closely. He’s no Donald Trump. In fact, he’s an articulate, bilingual career politician from Ottawa who is well-connected both provincially and federally. I still have my concerns: coverage of him in Maclean’s Magazine seems to mirror the NDP’s smear campaigns, and his United Conservative Party is already dogged by various RCMP investigations. But at least he’s no Donald Trump in other important ways. Life’s little blessings.

What advice would you give to your daughter?

I’m always perplexed whenever I hear Donald Trump supporters talk about how he’s been “good for the economy” like nothing else matters. This man surrounds himself with liars and convicted criminals, and he is unarguably a chronic liar himself. He’s been caught on tape admitting to—bragging about—how he has sexually harassed and groped women in the past. And after he and his family brushed this off as “locker room talk,” like it was no big deal, he was elected as President of the United States of America. Huh?

What if your daughter came to you and said, “I’ve met a new guy, and I want your advice about him. He hangs out with criminals, lies to me constantly, and he caught me off guard by groping me the other day. But he makes a lot of money. Should I stay with him?”

Any half-assed decent parents, male or female, would tell their daughter, “Lose that guy fast! He’s no good for you. You deserve better.”

So, why on earth would these same people put a man like that into the most powerful office in the free world? By doing so, you’re sending a strong message to all your sons about what is acceptable treatment of women. And you’re telling all your daughters how they deserve to be treated by men. There is no sidestepping this fact, people. This is what you’re doing when you elect someone like Donald Trump into office.

Economy matters. Above all else, Donald Trump?

I’ve already discussed the economic repercussions that can result from a lack of corporate integrity in a past blog entry. How about The Long-Term Economic Cost of Violence Against Women? What about The Costs of White-Collar Crime to society as a whole? There are so many more articles I could add on related topics here. Google it for yourself.

Economy matters. Yes, it does. But when you put economy above all else, we all pay a much higher price in all areas of life than we actually gain from that one.

Related reading:
Honesty and Integrity Gift-Wrapped in an F-Bomb [Ralph Klein]
Economy matters. Above all else? (PART ONE)

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Will you read and critique my manuscript for me?

I get asked this question a lot: Will you read and critique my manuscript for me? Possibly. But not for free. Because this is an editing service—a paid service—that must be completed by a professional editor.

Will you read and critique my manuscript for me?

Will you read and critique my manuscript for me?

I find that many people request this even after they’ve already had two or three friends or colleagues read and critique a manuscript for them. Those people gave it a rave review, and now they’re looking for … what? Another rave review? Or maybe a criticism—a way out?

I always ask these people, “And what will happen if I like the book? Or what if I don’t like it? Then what? Will you bring it to someone else to read and critique? Or will you finally stop procrastinating, finish writing it, have it edited and designed, and publish it once and for all?”

Will you read and critique my manuscript for me?

The only critics who truly matter are your readers—your customers. And the only way you’ll learn what they like and don’t like is to publish it and read their reviews. You’ll grow and learn from there if you keep yourself open to growing and learning.

Every author experiences criticism along the way. It’s okay. I get five-star and three-star reviews, and even the occasional one-star review on my books online. After several years of doing this, I’ve grown a thicker skin and have learned that I have to love me and my books first—I have to support my vision first—and other people’s approval (whether it comes or not) is extra; it doesn’t make or break me anymore. Now, when someone gives me one star with an unflattering review attached to it, I simply thank them for taking the time to read and comment on my book; then I recommend another book that they may enjoy better. End of story. Move on. You’ll learn to do the same over time.

“Some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all—in which case, you fail by default.”
~J. K. Rowling, 2008 Harvard Commencement Speech

In other words, you fail by default if you never publish your book. But you have a strong chance of success if you go through with it—publish it and then sell it by following these steps.

Discuss Your Book Project Over Coffee

PPG offers Calgary and area writers an in-person book project consultation with a book publisher and fellow author. This one-hour coffee meeting is appropriate for those who have been working on their manuscripts for a while, have at least 30 pages written, are wondering if their projects are viable, and are seeking advice regarding the various publishing options that are available to them. Click here to book your meeting.

Discuss Your Book Project Over Coffee | Have Your Manuscript Reviewed

In addition to the above service, PPG also offers manuscript reviews by professional editors. The writer is encouraged to bring a USB memory stick or flash drive to the coffee meeting. That drive should contain up to the first 30 pages (double-spaced, using Times New Roman 12-point font, roughly 5,000 words in total) of his or her manuscript for review by one of PPG’s copy editors. The copy editor will offer basic advice and guidance on writing style, spelling, grammar, and punctuation to complement the publishing/business advice given at the one-hour in-person consultation. Click here to book your meeting.

Related reading:
Don’t Call Procrastination Laziness. Call it Fear. (PART ONE)
Don’t Call Procrastination Laziness. Call it Fear. (PART TWO)

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Why You Need a Graphic Designer Who Understands Printing

In this post, I want to discuss why you need a graphic designer who understands printing. This is especially true if you wish to print business cards, book marks, and other marketing materials.

Why You Need a Graphic Designer Who Understands Printing

Why You Need a Graphic Designer Who Understands Printing

In past posts, I mentioned the different printing processes and what each one is used for. I also discuss that today’s digital printers can only handle certain paper sizes and weights.

Now I want to take this a step further to discuss specialty “soft touch” papers and soft touch finishes. These are popular choices for those who want to emulate elegance and sophistication. But they have their limitations.

Why You Need a Graphic Designer Who Understands Printing

Graphic designers are truly creative people who can take your author business to the next level. They can design stunning business cards, book marks, trade show banners, et cetera, to complement your books. Many of them are recommending soft touch to their clients nowadays. Feel a soft touch business card or presentation folder just once, and you’ll understand why.

But before you hire a graphic designer to help you produce any speciality marketing materials, ask if he or she has a printing background. If not, ask that designer to vet his or her recommendations through a local printer before presenting them to you. It will save you a lot of time having your print jobs quoted and requoted several times over.

Some of these specialty papers/finishes cannot be run through digital printers. They’ll either get jammed or they’ll melt. They can only be printed on an offset press, which means you’ll have to produce large quantities of them. As discussed in an earlier post, offset presses cannot be used for short runs. This is because the set-up cost is far too high to print only a few copies at a reasonable price.

Related reading: Why Do Authors Need Graphic Designers?

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Economy matters. Above all else? (PART ONE)

Economy matters. It absolutely does. And you may recall that the whole reason our economy is in the state it’s in right now is because of the antics of the last set of Conservatives. Their questionable integrity got them booted out of office and forced an “Orange Crush” vote in protest. That’s proof right there that integrity matters as much as economy.

That’s how I replied to an email from a friend of mine who was disappointed by my recent post about the upcoming Alberta election. He told me to “read the policies and reflect just a little on what the NDP has done to this province.” His final message to me was, “Economy matters.” Then he disconnected from me on LinkedIn. I guess I only get to be his friend if I agree with him on everything.

Economy matters. Above all else?

Economy matters. Above all else?

A lack of integrity can crash the economy.

You don’t only need to read Alberta’s archives from 2015 to understand how a lack of integrity can detrimentally affect the economy. Read today’s news.

Just ask TD Bank about the effect this CBC news story about disgruntled employees had on their stock performance: TD Bank shares post worst day since 2009 after CBC story.

That story was followed by yet another one about thousands more disgruntled employees who replied in solidarity: ‘We are all doing it’: Employees at Canada’s 5 big banks speak out about pressure to dupe customers.

That story was followed by similar complaints from employees in the telecom industry: Former Bell and Rogers employees reveal sales secrets submitted to public inquiry.

And that story was followed by a public inquiry which reported this just last month: Telecom customers face ‘unacceptable’ harm from misleading sales tactics, CRTC says.

Ask all these companies what stories like these can do to their share prices. It isn’t pretty. And it affects us all.

The opposite of integrity is dishonesty.

The opposite of integrity is dishonesty.

Economy matters. Above all else?

When those in leadership place economy ahead of integrity, that economy will only sustain itself for so long. Employees and the public will begin to see through the deception. They’ll start complaining. First in small numbers. Then those numbers will grow larger and larger until a domino effect takes place that not only slows current progress; it causes a recession.

I’m going to a Jason Kenney rally in Calgary this week because I want to hear him speak. I’m still willing to listen to what he has to say. But his policies are not the only things I’m watching. I’m also watching his character—his level of integrity. I long for the Ralph Klein days again. I hope this is the guy. But we’ll see.

Related Reading: Wells Fargo account fraud scandal …Initial reports blamed individual Wells Fargo branch workers and managers for the problem, as well as sales incentives associated with selling multiple “solutions” or financial products. This blame was later shifted to a top-down pressure from higher-level management to open as many accounts as possible through cross-selling.

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Self-Editing Tools for Independent Authors

Self-editing will never completely replace the value of a professional human editor for your books. But these self-editing tools can help you clean up your blog.

self-editing

self-editing (Image by Anne Karakash from Pixabay.)

l recently came across an article written by Amanda Shofner, and further edited by the TWL Team, on The Write Life website. I take the advice regarding these editing tools seriously because of who is giving this advice:

During self-edits on my latest manuscript, I experimented with six editing tools, both free and paid, to determine which could be most beneficial to The Write Life’s audience. Besides being an author, I’m an editor, so I also weighed each tool against what I’d look for when editing.

…An automatic editing tool doesn’t replace a human editor. Because language rules and elements of a good story can be so flexible, human eyes will always be superior to the rigidity of automatic tools. (The Write Life, February 2019)

According to Amanda and the TWL team, each self-editing tool has its strengths and its weaknesses. None can be used for everything.

Self-Editing Tools for Spelling and Grammar

Not surprisingly, Grammarly is first on the list of self-editing tools. We’ve all been inundated with Grammarly advertising lately, so it’s a popular brand. You can download and start using a free version of this tool to help with self-editing your blog entries. Unfortunately, you can expect to be continually bombarded with even more ads if you do so. They won’t stop until you upgrade to a paid version. At the end of the day, The Write Life team recommends Grammarly for basic grammar and spell checking. I personally think you can get this same value from Microsoft Word … and without all the advertising interruptions.

The next recommended tool is called ProWritingAid. This also has a free version available (for a limited time) so you can try it out before buying it. It takes things a step further by helping you catch over-used words and repeated phrases.

After the Deadline is next in line. This grammar tool is completely free of charge, so it’s perfect for bloggers on a budget. That said, the team at TWL cautions “you get what you pay for” here. They recommend Grammarly above it.

Self-Editing Tools for Analyzing Readability

The Write Life team recommends AutoCrit as a great tool for fiction writers. They also speak highly about this paid tool’s ability to analyze and correct one’s common writing issues. More sophisticated than any of the earlier-mentioned tools, it can help in the developmental editing stage of a manuscript.

Next up is the Hemingway App. This free online app needs to be used in conjunction with other grammar and spell checking apps. Why? Because it doesn’t check those things. It appears to be similar to the Yoast: SEO for Everyone plug-in I recommended earlier in that it analyzes your writing to improve its readability.

Last, but not least, there’s WordRake. This one is a fairly pricey add-in for Microsoft Word or Outlook, and with good reason. You get what you pay for in life. And here’s what these editors have to say about this tool: “WordRake is a great tool for the copyediting stage. Verbose writers, authors wanting to cut down on editing costs or editors looking to speed up their editing process will most benefit from WordRake.” It sure sounds worth the investment!

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What is the difference between offset printing and digital printing?

What is the difference between offset printing and digital printing?

What is the difference between offset printing and digital printing?

It used to be that, whenever a book was published, there was automatically a large quantity of 1,000 or more copies printed. All these books were then stored away in large warehouses by the publisher and/or its distributor(s). Long run printing was done because there was only one type of printer available to publishers back then: offset. An offset printing press is “old-school printing” in that it uses liquid ink, is the most cost-effective option for higher print quantities, and offers better colour control than today’s digital printers do. The downside is that offset presses cannot be used for short runs. This is because the set-up cost is far too high to print only a few copies at a reasonable price.

What is the difference between offset printing and digital printing?

Today’s publishers (and self-publishers) have more choices available to them. If you want to print 1,000+ books straightaway and pay the lowest possible cost per unit, you can still use offset printing. Alternatively, you can choose to print smaller quantities of books using two different digital printing solutions: print-on-demand (POD) and short run printing.

A digital printer is what every business has in its office. These printers use dry toner rather than liquid ink and can run smaller quantities at a cost-effective price. The turnaround time for digital printing tends to be faster than offset. This is not only because of the smaller quantities but also the quicker set-up time for each job.

The difference between the digital printer at your office and one you’ll find at a professional print shop is that the latter offers “bigger, stronger, faster” technology. Also, it is run by trained operators who know exactly which settings to use for each individual print job.

What is print-on-demand (POD) printing?

Ecommerce retailers, such as Amazon, utilize POD and short run digital technologies to sell physical books online. In other words, they won’t print and store any physical copies of your paperback book in a large warehouse anywhere. Instead, they’ll store only the digital cover and interior files that you’ve uploaded to their site. And they will print, bind, and ship only as many copies as someone buys from them at any given time. This saves you from having to print any upfront copies whatsoever. If someone buys ten copies of your book, ten copies will be printed, bound, and shipped to that buyer. If another person buys only one, then Amazon will print, bind, and ship only one—hence the term “print-on-demand.”

Related reading:
Is Book Printing a Good Idea for Indie Authors?
Book Binding: What Are Your Options?

Book Trim Sizes: What Are Your Options?

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Honesty and Integrity Gift-Wrapped in an F-Bomb [Ralph Klein]

Honesty and integrity matters in business and in government. It’s not only about a strong economy, albeit that’s an important part of the equation. This is why I’m so torn about which way to go in the upcoming Alberta election. Is it one or the other? Can we actually have both?

Honesty and Integrity Matters [Alberta Election]

Honesty and Integrity Matters [Alberta Election]

I am a Conservative at heart. But I didn’t vote in our last provincial election in Alberta. I was so shocked by the antics of the previous few conservative leaders—Danielle Smith/Jim Prentice, Alison Redford, Ed Stelmach—that I couldn’t see myself supporting anything any of them stood for at that time. In not voting, I inadvertently supported the election of our current NDP Premier, Rachel Notley. Alberta hasn’t felt the same to me since then.

I think the Conservatives needed to be knocked off their throne for a little while, so they could tone down the arrogance that grew from their decades-long reign. I always assumed they would clean up their collective act and return to office in the next election. The longer the NDP has been in power, the more I’ve prayed Albertans will someday restore the “glory days” of the Ralph Klein era.

Honesty and Integrity Matters [Alberta Election]

But Jason Kenney has me concerned. There is a stifling smell of arrogance in the air again, and I don’t like what I’m reading in the newspapers about this man.

I’m not talking about all of the blatant NDP smear campaigns about Jason Kenney’s character here. Any time I see these types of campaigns, I see only fear in the eyes of the people running them. It makes me question their confidence more than the other guy’s character.

I am talking about articles like this one: Kenney, Callaway campaigns collaborated to attack Brian Jean during UCP leadership race, leaked documents show.

UCP executive Janice Harrington says campaign communication was ‘perfectly normal’ and ‘within the rules’ … Following Kenney’s landslide win, it was alleged Kenney’s campaign ran Callaway as a so-called “kamikaze” candidate to attack and undermine Jean, Kenney’s main political rival. Both Kenney and Callaway have denied collaborating in a kamikaze campaign. (CBC News, March 2019)

If this campaign tactic was above board, then why do Kenney and Callaway feel the need to deny it? Why not simply own up to it? If you have to lie about something like this, what else are you lying about? These are the types of character traits I look closely at in other people.

The opposite of integrity is dishonesty.

The opposite of integrity is dishonesty.

We Need More Leaders Like JWR

ln my opinion, our country was shown honesty and integrity through Jody Wilson-Raybould’s recent actions: JWR has evidence, Trudeau has crumbling stories. We were also shown true courage. I agree 100% with how JWR handled that situation after months of being pressured by Trudeau and his top staffers. She knew she had no other choice but to provide evidence of their ongoing pressure if/when she was ever questioned about it in the future. Because she knew who she was dealing with; she knew they would lie. Without a recording, it would be nothing more than a “he said, she said” scenario. With a recording, she was able to prove her honesty and their lies. She had no other choice in the matter.

All our parents taught us that honesty is the best policy. So, why is this concept so difficult for some people? Here’s another person we can all learn from in this regard: Jane Philpott.

“Without malice, sometimes errors take place, but you need to own up to the people who may have been harmed and you need to find out why it happened and make sure it never happens again.” (CBC News, March 2019)

You need to show integrity, Jason Kenney. If you want my vote, you need to own your words and actions rather than deny, deny like Trudeau. Look where that got him?

Honesty and Integrity Gift-Wrapped in an F-Bomb

Somebody once told me a story about Ralph Klein, and it made me smile. He was seated at a table in front of a roomful of angry constituents who were all yelling at him for one thing or another. He sat there listening to them and couldn’t get a word in edgewise.

Finally, in frustration, Ralph stood up and gave them all the finger—that caught their attention!—and yelled back at them, “I did was exactly what I said I was going to do, you idiots!” That’s honesty and integrity gift-wrapped in an F-bomb. I have a ton of respect for that man.

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How to Publish Books for Children

Publishing books for children is similar to publishing adult fiction, non-fiction, and poetry books. There are a series of steps to follow no matter what type of book you’re working with.

Books for Children | Children's Books

Books for Children | Children’s Books

Books for Children: Breaking Down the Elements

Children’s books will have many of the same interior elements and as other books have (e.g., front matter, main body, and back matter). The elements of a children’s book cover are also much the same as adult book covers. So, it’s important to familiarize yourself with each before designing your book for publication. Here are a few other things to consider:

  • If you want to sell a book—any book—it must have an ISBN. “ISBN” stands for “International Standard Book Number.” An ISBN is a unique 13-digit identifier for each edition of your book.
  • Many children’s book authors prefer to create a hardcover version of their book rather than an ebook or paperback. This is fine. But, if you wish to have this book sold online (e.g., Amazon), then you need to understand some of the limitations of print-on-demand (POD) hardcover books.
  • Most children’s book authors envision their book covers and interiors to be rich with illustrations or colourful pictures. If you are unable to create these images yourself, you’ll need to get them from someone else. Here’s where you can obtain illustrations and graphics for your children’s book.

To produce a truly professional result, I recommend hiring a graphic designer to help you. These professionals will be able to aid you with all aspects of your book project from the book’s layout to choosing colours that will print well on both digital and offset presses. This way, you’ll be able to sell your book both online and in traditional places.

Related reading: Why You Need a Graphic Designer Who Understands Printing

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