Tip #8 - Critiques & Improvements: 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. I don’t claim to have all of the answers, so chime in if you would like to add your expertise.

#8 - New authors tend to focus on particular aspects of their book, ignoring improvements that are right in front of them. Once you have a few printed copies, ask people for their opinion. Pay a copy editor, and ask teachers or friends to read your book. Read your book to children in your neighborhood, church, or school. Send a free copy to people in the know and ask them what they think. You might get advice that makes the book better all around. Take constructive criticism to heart and only make the changes you need to make. Here are a few from my writer’s group with regard to various picture books that have been reviewed:

  • “Instead of placing your text in one long line, hit the “return” key every time you hear a natural pause in your speech.”

  • "You could do without this entire first line."

  • "You have two books here. You need to focus on one story."

  • “If you add big, colorful numbers to each page, you’ll be adding a math element that will benefit your book.”

  • “Your book had wonderful rhythm, until I got to page eight and stumbled through the first paragraph.”

  • "I'd like to see sheet music to go along with your song." (See tip #4)

Take advantage of the fact that KDP allows you to make changes to the interior pages. Don’t’ just check color, font size, margins, text and artwork placement, grammar, punctuation, page order, and consistency. What other ways can you improve your book? One of my friends called me out of the blue and suggested that I give my shapes a 3-D appearance. I had never considered the fact that my shapes looked flat, even though it was plainly obvious. I changed my files and ordered a proof to see how the shapes would look. Once I get my book tight, I will submit it for reviews and contests, but not before.

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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