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: 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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