Tip #2 - Interior Pages: Things I Learned Self-Publishing on KDP

In case you missed my first post, I am sharing what I learned as I moved forward with the self-publishing process using Amazon's KDP. I don’t claim to have all of the answers, so chime in if you would like to add your expertise.

#2 - One of my books is a 28-page children’s picture book. Although I am not a graphic artist, I chose not to use the Professional Design Services offered by KDP. Instead, I selected the option to upload my book file after laying out the colorfully illustrated pages in Microsoft Publisher. Using picture books from my own library as a reference, I left my first interior page blank. I did this because I wanted my Publisher’s page (2nd page), which included the copyright information and CIP block, to sit directly across from my Title page (3rd page), rather than verso, or behind it on the left side. The title page is typically a repeat of the cover, but some illustrators design a unique Title page to capture the attention of potential buyers once they open the book. In my case, I used artwork that was designed in a Mr. Potato Head style on the cover, and then had the graphic artist dismantle the head on the Title page. Given that I'd used up the blank page, Publisher page, and Title page, I was left with 25 additional interior pages to work with. Had I been publishing a 32-page picture book, I would have been left with 29-pages to work with. I laid out the rest of my interior pages in proper order and saved them as a PDF to upload to KDP.

I have since received the first printed copies of my perfect-bound "Fruit and Veggie Making Faces" book, and except for the thin interior page paper quality, it is perfect.

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 will help you get your book launched into the market. For more information about self-publishing using Amazon KDP, check out this book: How to Self-Publish a Children's Picture Book using Amazon KDP (an Overview), ISBN 13: 978-0-9987090-4-8.

Angela Russ is a mom-preneur, children’s author, trainer on the subject of early childhood, and award-winning artist/producer of music for young children. She presents educational strategies to child care providers, parents, and teachers nationwide for AEYCs, R & Rs, and the like. She is a voting member of the Recording Academy and is the sole owner of the Russ InVision record label. For more information on Angela, her workshops and accomplishments you are welcome to visit www.abridgeclub.com. © 2019, Russ InVision. All rights reserved.

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