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How to Self-Publish a Children's Picture Book

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Author: Angela Russ-Ayon

How to Self-Publish a Children's Picture Book using Amazon KDP:

A Guide for Beginners with Tips and Information on Creating and Publishing Your Own Book


Did you know you can publish your book on Amazon KDP in as fast as a week for no money down?


Whether you are just starting to write a book or you’ve finished one and have no idea where to turn, this book can help get your book launched into the market. It is an overview for writers who want to self-publish a children’s paperback picture book, especially aspiring young writers, and includes quick tips and essential information on publishing topics that are simple and easy to read.


It touches on the different parts of a book, story elements, laying out a book, fonts and text, illustrating, proofreading, print-on-demand, royalties, uploading to Amazon KDP, and more.


Useful templates and story maps that can be scanned and reused are provided to help writers organize their thoughts.


You could write an entire book on every aspect of publishing, but this overview will help keep you from getting lost. The sooner you finish your book, the faster you can order one and turn the pages.

Why are you waiting? Let’s do this!


This book DOES NOT COVER publishing eBooks or using Kindle Create. "How to Self-Publish a Children’s Paperback Picture Book" focuses on publishing a physical paperback picture book that can be shipped directly from (internationally distributed), held in one's hands, given to friends, or sold by the author at events.


Published books will sell on to the general public and can be ordered in quantities of one or more for author resale.


Bulk Orders: Bulk Orders: This title is available in bulk directly from the publisher for school districts, writing programs, author workshops, author visits, conferences, literacy programs, library presentations, book clubs, non-profit initiatives, licensing, or educational grants that promote writing and literacy.

This process also works for writers who want to affordably publish and distribute physical books with more pages, such as a memoir, instruction manual, puzzle & game book, graphic comic book, coloring book, cookbook, end-of-year school highlights, yearbook, or multi-page novel with no pictures at all, even if the book gets distributed to a limited number of people.

For set up, the author is a novice at using Microsoft Publisher and Word to format PDFs for uploading and wanted to share her publishing experience. If she can do it, you can do it. She distributes hundreds of books during author visits to schools. Other writers have found publishing success using similar writing and multimedia programs they are familiar with, such as Scrivener (for screenplays and large amounts of text), or those in the Adobe family.

123 Pages [includes 10 blank note / journal pages]

Benefits of Self-Publishing:

  • Total creative control over your work

  • Publish a book on any subject

  • Dictate the pricing structure

  • Less cash outlay

  • Greater royalty rates, monthly

  • Reduce financial risk

  • Order any quantity of books

  • Established printing partner

  • Quicker publishing process

  • Stepping stone to other opportunities​

  • Easy to implement changes​​ on the cover and interior pages

$14.99 B/W Paperback

Black & White Interior

Paperback Resource Book

Author's Note

Thank you for your time and interest in my book. It is designed to be a basic overview of how to self-publish a children’s picture book on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) that you can hold in your hands, rather than a digitized e-book. Did I leave some things out? Absolutely. I touched on aspects of publishing that would typically take many more pages to explain. If you have a question about a topic, I encourage you to broaden your knowledge base with supplemental research. There are some excellent articles, videos, and books that delve deeper into writing, illustrating, and publishing to help you improve your skills.


The first thing you have to do is open an account on Amazon KDP. This includes entering banking information for payment and tax information.


Expect links and tips to change as Amazon KDP continues to update its requirements. I will certainly try to keep up. Feel free to contact me directly to schedule an author visit or workshop.


Amazon is not the only place where you can self-publish and distribute your book. The key is to educate yourself about the various options available. 


I welcome your constructive criticism, comments, observations, and questions.


Don’t forget to have fun.  I can’t wait to read your book!

Related Terms & Phrases:

  • Publishing a book

  • How to publish a book

  • Self-publishing

  • How to self-publish

  • How to publish on Amazon

  • How to publish using Amazon KDP

  • How to write a picture book

  • How to write a children's book

  • How to publish a paperback book

  • Elementary school author visit

  • Middle school author visit

  • High school author visit

  • Author visits in Long Beach, CA

  • Author visits in the Los Angeles area

  • Author visits in Orange County

Available for bulk discounts for distribution in schools and at special events.


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