Tip #4 – Page Count: Things I Learned Self-Publishing on KDP


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

#4 - A typical children’s picture book runs 24 to 32-pages long. On KDP, I have both. The difference in page count does not affect the wholesale cost of my picture book. In other words, it costs me $3.65, plus shipping, to buy either printed book from KDP. KDP just sent me books with extra white pages at the end. So, if you are running short of the 28 or 32-pages, find a creative way to use the extra pages, because you've paid for them.

In one book, "When You Find Colors and Shapes," I placed black and white traceable shapes on the extra pages. They can be copied, cut out, colored, and re-positioned for a fun activity. In the other picture book, "Fruits and Veggies Making Faces," I decided to insert black and white food faces that can be copied for the children to color, decorate, and cut-out. This way every book that is purchased comes with an activity, and I don’t bear the expense of the activity being replicated. I include the title of my book and ISBN somewhere on each activity page. They make affordable giveaways at book fairs. When the pages are copied and distributed buy the reader, they become free promotional tools. When I’m hired for author visits, I offer clean copies for the schools to replicate, along with my order forms. Copying order forms and pages like this can cost between $60 and $160 per school, depending upon the number of children you will be addressing.

Here are some other options for filling up those extra pages:

· table of contents

· a glossary of terms

· instructions and diagrams

· paper crafts (origami or paper plane)

· coloring pages

· recipes

· mazes and puzzles

· games (number, words, shapes)

· images for retelling or restructuring the story

· fast facts about the subject of your story

· a family tree

· a map

· lyrics and/or sheet music

· handmade puppet instructions

· details and background information

· teachable moments

· a history lesson

If you have ideas, please feel free to share.

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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