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I' ve made several children's literature for other writers - Mummy Can I Keep It, Penny and Glenda Lloyd (Kent England) - Taylor Must Behave, Markie Paxton to name a few - and I found the best way to make the book: Do NEVER mix images and text as a unit.
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in the self-publication of children's picture book with Laura Backes
Until recently, the children's photo book industry was one of the most difficult self-publishing environments. With the KDP Kindle Kids' Book Creator, a Amazon photo book publishing utility for kids, this has now changes. Today's audiopodcast discusses this new utility with Laura Backes, who is teaching how to use it with her Pictures Ebook Mastery course.
On the introductory page, I speak about the completion of my design for One Day in New York, my inclusion in a pro photography workshop for my non-fiction books, the change of my blog with a face and my lectures for 2015 - which includes March in Charleston at Pubsense and May in London about life with your writing.
She is a children's book instructor and has been edited by Writer's Digest, The Writer, Random House and independent publishers. For 25 years she has been working with her late teammate Jon to produce the Children's Book Insider, the newsletter for children's bookwriters. Laura's backdrop of over 30 years in the publishers sector and how she has created a company that helps writers write for them.
The latest status of young children's literature. There is a growing demand for children's literature in electronic form. Printed textbooks don't go away, but often they buy both sizes because youngsters like reading the same book over and over again. It' simple to buy a new e-book and immediately fetch it if your kid needs distractions - it's an e-buy.
They' re convenient and give the e-book scanner to younger babies. Educational institutions are switching to trays - some are iPad-specific, others are Kindle Fire. They read more booklets and if printing can be more costly, they know they can get more for their bucks. The KDP Kids' Book Creator is a standalone software that can be downloaded from Amazon and used on Mac or personal computer to produce picture volumes in either vertical or horizontal formats.
But Laura has designed some work-arounds for the pop-ups, which offer the children things they can look for, making the book interact. Read more in Laura's Picture Ebook Mastery course. You can have more detail in the artwork while on smaller displays, such as iPhones, you need to split the book into smaller artwork.
However, keep in mind that you do not have to adhere to 32 pages per press, you can do whatever you want. And the good thing is that you can integrate videos and sounds - but this is the number one feed-back to the KDP Kids Book Creator, because it is lacking, so something will probably be added soon.
If you own the right to your textbooks, you can use both of them. They can' t put a hyperlink, but that probably won't improve, as this could cause children book issues. I' m including some issues from Alexandra Amor, middle-class writer of Sugar and Clive, and also Karen Inglis, who is writing for children of different age.
We' re talking about other possible uses of the programme, e.g. for horizontal textbooks, such as historical textbooks or phantasy textbooks with cards. We' re also discussing Kindle comic book creator, which has a similar feature set of panel. Publication expenses for children's literature. Reduce printing and sales expenses - even if you still need expert processing and illustrations.
If you have a book of pictures, your shipping costs can be high on Kindle, as the file can be so large with so many pictures. Be sure to use the JPEG Optimizer software (many free features online) to reduce your pictures without compromising them. Discussing the commercialization of your book for kids - by addressing your parent and grandparent, not the kids themselves.
Hints for using your website to add additional parental and teacher resources to your book. Further opportunities - the fate of children's photo albums and other photo albums for grown-ups. If the text is such a small part of the book, the option of translating it. It' a great season to bring out your children's storybooks because the room isn't as overcrowded as the other part.
For more information and to shorten the time it takes to read, Laura has a great course, Image Ebook Mastery, which will show you how to use KDP Kids Book Creator, as well as advice on how to design, publish and market your KDP Kids Book Creator and her top hints to get around some of the software's current restrictions.
Have you got any question or comment regarding the publication of children's photo albums? Only a short intro for everyone, Laura is a children's writing instructor and has been edited by Writer's Digest, The Writer, Random House and independent publishers. For 25 years she has been working with her partner Jon to produce the children's book insider, the magazine for children's book authors.
We' re going to talk specifically about Kindle Kids' Book Creator today, which is quite upsetting. So, Laura, just begin by giving us a little more about you and your writing and publication backgrounds. As I read the scripts and wrote the refusals, I wrote like two- or three-page refusals because I told them what was going on with their script and why they refused and how they could do it better, because I didn't just want to say no.
At one point I said to my man, I wish there was a resource I could point someone to to study this kind of work. He said: Why don't you do one? Twenty-five years ago I launched the Children's Book Insider and since then it has been growing.
We' ve begun to release writing literature, have created our website, now we do we offer on-line seminars, we have on-line training, we have all kinds of information for humans, how to spell and illustrated, published by ourselves and marketed their children's work. I' m not writing for kids. I' m childless and it's not my fair, but I have a large number of visitors who ask me about it.
Just as we talk, just today Digitally Book World had a full days about writing and I see for example that e-book literacy comes for them. I was wondering, however, whether we could begin to talk about the latest status of young people's literature.
They also followed the top 28 book classes that Amazon sells and found that children's e-books increased more this months than any other class and are now among the seven best-selling classes. Including all the textbooks, grown-ups' textbooks, everything. Amazon's daily sales of kids' ebooks averaged 78 in November, and the number of children's ebooks available increased by 11% this months, which is exceptional, as classes typically increase by 1% or 2% per months.
Do they buy them? They found that the online selling of e-books to kids averaged a 46% improvement in November. They also had the largest rise in book pricing. So, not only are the product out location, but group buy them and they buy them at flooding cost, which is really exceeding and what this can all be backtracked is in September, Amazon publicized a system titled K.D.P. Kids' Book Creator.
It should enable them to make illustrative children's literature for the Kindle and directly send it to Amazon to be sold. That really made everything change and made it very simple for poeple to publicize image textbooks, e-books themselves and get them on Amazon and it looks like the class really is out there.
We also see that printed literature does not disappear into children's literature. What happens is that often folks buy both the printed and e-book versions of the same book because their kid likes the book and they want a very wearable copy of it when they are traveling to get the e-book versions because e-books are so simple to get everywhere to go.
When you are a three-year-old mother and father and you are in line at the postal service and they get moody, you can simply put an e-book on your iPad or Kindle and have a new book for them right there. It is more of an incentive purchase and because they are cheaper than printed image guides, they can buy two or three e-books for the same cost as a printed book.
So, they really compliment the printed publications, they don't replace them. I also think because this is a younger parent who has grown up with more tech, certainly than I did, they are doing this comfortably with their newborn. You' re always reading on your Kindle or iPad and have no trouble sharing a book with your kid on the same one.
So, what is this state of equipment for children? So is it iBooks, iPad or is Kindle Fire taking a piece now? Amazons donates many children to the poorest children's communities and there are many organisations around the world. Worldreaders is one of them, where they go to developing-country, give children to colleges and then charge them with free e-books for the children.
However, many counties also use the iPad and so it is interesting that you can have a Kindle application on an iPad and still be able to view the Kindle text. So, I believe that the Amazon supply system is still the most widespread in the world and the most school-wide.
Because I think it is cheaper for the student to do so. Many of the textbooks have interaction features, which is also very beautiful. Aunt Jo, I really like having a printed book, but I will use this cash to buy e-books because I can get four of them for the same amount as a printed book.
" So, he still wanted a printed book, but he was willing to give it up for e-books because he could get more. So, let's go back to that Kindle versus iPad and I think I got the name back on track, so is it K.D.P. Kindle Book Creator? Laura: It's K.D.P. Kids' Book Creator.
K.D.P. Kids' Book Creator. Joe: OK, how does KDP Kids Book Creator look like compared to iBooks Designer? Laura: OK, K.D.P. Kids' Book Creator and by the way for your audience, who don't know K.D.P., Kindle Direct Publishing is. K.D.P. Kids' Book Creator is free stand-alone software that you can get from Amazon and that can be used either on your Mac or your computer to make horizontal photo albums, imitate photo albums, or in vertical orientation, which is more like vertical and horizontal orientation for fiction and more text-heavy work.
Either you can either export the whole book as a PDF with your texts and artwork, or you can make it page by page and place your artwork in the desired location and then place the text in the desired location. It also allows text pop-ups and what they are when the users click on the text on the unit, it actually magnifies in a pop-up and so for children's book, when the kid reads the book on his own it makes it very simple to see the text, which is a beautiful function.
You can then have a look in the programme to see how the book will look on different machines. You can see what it will look like on the Kindle Fire, on a smart phone and even on a computer with a Kindle application. You can then directly post and resell it on Amazon.
At least for me, the only disadvantage is that you can only view your book with this application on an iPad, iPhone or Mac. Not at the moment, the K.D.P. Kid's Book Creator. We' re in personal touch with the technical team at Amazon and give them a great deal of feed-back on this programme and the greatest feed-back I've given them is that they want to be able to put sounds into these book.
So, they are working on it and I really expect them to do this soon, because I think it would be a very useful supplement to a children's book to do that. So, the files you are creating in the Kindle application is a mobile phone book that will be loaded to Amazon.
The iBooks have an ePub, so you have to write your book twice. So, do you have to use the K.D.P. Kids' Book Creator to get the copy of the book and load it into the regular K.D.P. publisher or will it be published automatic? Laura: It makes a mobile and then go to Amazon to load it up and it's very simple.
It' like a click you just Upload the filename on Amazon and then you can setup your key words and your authors page and everything the right there so it's really very easy. Laura: The other beautiful thing is, if you have released other works on Amazon in other sizes, it will connect all your works for you.
That way they can see everything you've done when they go to a place that's beautiful. I' ve asked some of my children's book writers to ask you a few smart things I'd like to know. As Alexandra Amor, who is a novel writer for medium-sized audiences, asked: "It seems to me that the instruments that are targeted at children's illustrated textbooks with large images at the age of three to five years are very little text.
Laura: Well, it could be used for all sorts of things, but if you're writing a middle-class novel that's mostly text and maybe contains some black-and-white illustration. I' d suggest to use the normal K.D.P. software, because it was developed for it. This is the only purpose of a text-heavy book if you wanted to have it in horizontal orientation for some at all.
But, really for fiction, I think the normal Kindle is probably simpler to use and more like it. So, if you want to make a mid-range book that is very, very illustrative but aimed at middle-class people, you can do it with this programme and you don't have the limitations that a publishers could impose on you by saying that we don't know how to buy it because it doesn't match a particular class that we already have.
If you want your book to work well, you can make it last as long as you need it. Joanna: I suppose I really say "must it only be used for children's literature? "Can I do a storybook or something? Joanna: Because this text jumps out, and as you say when they put audio in it, because of course iBooks author, many folks use it for textbooks and everything with inclusion on my mailing List, I have somewhere on my manifest.
However, it seems to me how this software could be used for the same thing as instead of having to encode the wobi to do these things differently. There is a great deal of untapped scope with this software and what is thrilling is that I have a multitude of customers of mine who use it so when they come up with cold things they have found that they can do with it they let me know and then I can tell everyone about it.
It' been only around a few month I think as more will use it, we're going to see it used in very kreative ways as you proposed. Joanna: You have Kindle Strip Creator and I wager it's the same software with a different name. There created screens on your computer like a cartoon book and then you can have it have a control at some point show or have it go through control for control screens.
In horizontal mode, you can have either one page per monitor or two opposite pages per monitor, as if the storybook were open on your laps. I' ve found some funny things to do with pop-ups that offer the children things they can look for in the book, which makes it a little interactivity, which is really something new.
When you are used to writing image book for printing, you have a large big projection canvas with a large number of things in the illustration on each page, and you have to remember that this is a smaller projection with the smaller display and you want to split your scene into smaller pieces so that the operation unfurls a little differently so that you can include all the detail in the illustration you want in the illustration.
These are a few little things to think about while writing and creating the book from the point of view of an writer and graphic artist. I then had a letter from Karen Inglis, a children's book writer who writes storybooks right into the upper classes and I think one more than that.
Can you add new popup text that you mention and it works with the regular E-Ink Kindles or just Kindle Fire? Laura: I think they work with all Kindle equipment. But you want to have these things where group can click on material and then get like more information or how they have now, you can get the glossary bang up.
So, again, it is a kind of a fun thing for children if you want them to click on your text and see something else onscreen. As if you have a comic book, you can have the "Knock who's there" and then click on it and then the next line of the comedy appears.
And Karen also asks: "What would you say are the limits of the software? This is the most important remark I got, and I sent it to Amazon because I think it's enormous. Other restrictions that some would like to have in their textbooks to place links and enable the reader to click through.
And I can understand why they can't do that because it is for kids and they may not want kids to be able to click through the cyber. Thus, one of the largest editions that children's book editors or independent writers have is the costs of doing it and of course this will take the printing costs off if folks don't do the stress.
Well, of course the printing costs are high and printing a full colour children's photo book is very costly, so that's enormous. There' s no need to send your ledgers anywhere. There is no need to buy a bookseller to keep your book in a bookstore. There are a shipping fee attached to the book in US dollar, 15 cent per MW filesize, which depends on the license type you select at Amazon and there are a few different types that you can select if you select the highest license type, which is a 70% license fee per book you sell.
So, with a photo book your data can become quite large, but there are ways to zip the artwork and you can get a so-called JPEG optimization software, and there are a bunch of free for you. They generally zip your JPEGs so you don't loose any of the image qualities, but they are smaller and that makes your book smaller and the shipping costs are reduced so that it is something to use.
First, you should have your book processed in a professional manner. Rent an editors and this is very important, even if it is a very brief book. Recruit someone who is familiar with children's literature to review the script and make sure it is in good condition. In addition, if you have the cash, you want the best illustration that you can afford because illustration is so important in these books. However, it is not always easy to find the best one.
When you write non-fiction and want to use photography to illuminate the book, there are a number of locations where you can use photography in your work. This is the first thing they will see and your album and your song in a story book are very important.
But, really, if you are imaginative and clever, there are ways you can get a really great children's photo book published for very little cash and that is a big plus over the printing world. Then, many group get them their repute out location, origin them an gathering with their e-book and point they go basketball player and do the product, but they already person a consumer list they can point connection and say my product is out now and they'll statesman to kind selling immediately.
Until recently I spoke a great deal and someone will raise his hands and say: "Hey, I'm writing an illustration of a children's book" and I would say: "I'm really sorry that you have the most costly work and it is very difficult to make a living with children's photo book.
" In essence, what you say is, of course, the artwork we all have to do, the arrangement we all have to do, hopefully the arrangement is less costly because there are so few words than a full-length novel, but you have the costs of illustrating within the book, which is more costly, but this should be derived from the equality with the publication of a novel for example.
Printed image guides are usually 32 pages long. But, let's say, you have made a very straightforward tale for two and three-year-old kids that only needs 15 pages. So you can make a 15-page book so you have a great deal of liberty. You' ll have the same opportunities to publish your book on Amazon as any other title.
Speaking of advertising, because here too children's writers are fighting because they think: "Oh, I have to promote this four-year-old," which is of course very hard. Laura: Even if you write a storybook, you will really sell to the parent, the grandparent, maybe some teacher, so you try to contact the adult with a food intended for the family.
I' d suggest that these are additions to your book. So, if your book is amusing, you want your website to be enjoyable. They want it to have a sense of humour, a sense of humour to it, you want to have acitivities on there that can be downloaded by your children so that their children can do this supplement to your history.
So if your book is informative, you will have extra information on your site that maybe, say you have a book about mobbing, children getting tyrannized, you also want information for adults and educators to have on how to speak to their children about this subject, other textbooks that they can literate, this sort Of Thing.
In essence, let your customers get to know you and like you as a person and your book is just an enhancement of that. One other great thing that many textbook writers do is create a Pinterest page with pictures from their book, other things related to their book and make sure the cover of your book and a link to your sale page is to everything that is on Pinterest.
A book bllog trip is very useful. If you are just Google book Blog Touring, there are businesses that will establish these for you. Aiming and they parent-ing blogs and book reviews blogs and you do on-line interviews also with these information and make sure that you can either construct a free copy of your e-book or a placard with pictures from your book or some funny stuff that the blogsger can give away to someone visiting their site in some order of give away on this blog to.
There are two really important points when you market on Amazon. It is important that you do this on your authors page, and once you have published a book, you must begin working on your second book immediately. What we found is that what we found is that folks buy an author's book, go to their author's page to see what else they wrote, and then, if you have a second book, they will often click through and buy it immediately.
Your first book drives your second book, which drives your third book, which is really important. And the other are your key words that you use when you describe your book. We' ve got a good girlfriend who wrote several e-books and released them for Kindle, and she says Amazon is a great place to find open-pocket items.
If one of the parents goes to Amazon looking for a book, he's not looking for it. If you go to Amazon, it's like: "I need a book. I' d like to find the book I' m going to buy. "So your key words are very important and you want these key words to mirror not only the contents of your book - your dog, your robot, whatever the history - but also the topics.
When it comes to friendships or brother/ sister rivalries, or when it comes to getting started at primary and secondary schools, these are the kind of key words you want to include in your quest, the descriptions of your textbooks, so that those who are looking for textbooks on these general subjects can find yours.
Jeannah: ...at Amazon. That' interesting because, obviously right now in the novel room folks are kind of groaning about the end of golden rushes, aren't kid books really remote yet since right now is a good and good season to put kid books on Kindle because there aren't very many?
This is a new border for the children's book arcade, especially for the younger children's book. They have been in e-book size for quite a while, but the photo albums are just beginning, so it's a great occasion at the moment.
Textbooks too, the cute thing about textbooks is they are prone to be ageless. You' re writing your book now; in five years' time it will still be just as important for the next five-year-old who will read it so that it has a long life that many other miss.
Audiences you hear here first, we predict a booming children's book market, so get on with it. So, you have a great course, the Kindle Kids Mastery, which will help writers size up all their things. Please tell us about the course and how to find it.
Laura: Sure. Well, we recently changed the course to Picture e-book Mastery, but it's the same course. It is for those who want to use this K.D.P. Kids Book Creator software, especially if they are not technically like me. First, we'll give you some really good tips on things you need to think about with your book before interpreting it in Kindle, in terms of contents, ages and how to tell the tale.
We' ve got different ways, from searching for the really first-class illustrator to using PR in your book. My display is visible and you can see everything I do and I walk very slow, because for someone like me who isn't technically we have to walk very Slow.
I' ll show you how to interpret the book either in PDF format or page by page. I' ll also show you some of my most interesting discoveries, how I spoke about how to use these pop-ups in a truly imaginative way, how you can display some of your artwork on the monitor as an entire page in horizontal format, and how you can then merge other pages into one book.
We' re interviewing four experts on Amazon and they're giving their advice on how to commercialize them. Since Amazon is creating new items of software or when I find out how to do new things, I will make an upgrade of the course so that you always have the latest information on how to use this software.
It' s so very thrilling and we have been hearing from many of those who have used it and now their ledgers are up there and they are sellin' them and they are very pleased with it. So where can they find it and there's a promotional key we have today, isn't there?
Or you can go to our website, which is writeforkids.org and you will see a link to our image e-book Mastery Course. One other thing I failed to mention is with the mailing section, we have an intro on top of this course with two marketers on how to get resumes on Amazon, which is another really important part of your marketer recruit.
They' give you some really great information about how to get ratings, legit ratings not only all your buddies always up because Amazon can kind of find out that. This will help your book move up in the sale rankings, so be sure to look that out as well.
You also have the children's book insider bulletin, which I thought you might also want to tell us what other sources you have because you do a great deal, right? Joanna: Wow and probably folks should work backwards. Laura: They've slightly altered, but what's interesting is that the writing part hasn't really undergone that much change.
So, apart from following the trial or the patterns of how other things have worked, we will see more individuals placing their children's literature on Kindle. We' ll see more children who read digitally. So what else do you see for next year, a few years in this room for children's literature in particular?
Laura: I think we'll begin to see a book in many different sizes. So, we'll have the printed book, the e-book and an application that all have to do with the same storyline, but everyone has a slightly different perspective. So, the application could have really fun activity that the children can do related to the book, or they will be able to rig the end of the book in different ways.
I' m seeing many more illustrative works for older people, and as you said, the software of the children's book author could be used in many ways. We are even seeing more and more young adults' textbooks with illustrations based on this size for young adults.
And the other really nice thing is with older children. You' ll see e-books that have a link to a song within the book that the person may hear in the book. They' have a link to a blogsite that is made by the nature of the book and where they blogs about things that are going on in history.
Then, via tweets, you let them communicate back and forth about the things going on in the book, and all your editors can see it and they can join in the talk, they can save it, they can put in their two cent. It' s very open to children to really take part in the book in different ways, which is very interesting.
Makes the book an adventure. So, I think it allows you to be as imaginative as possible, which is really thrilling. Of course, children's literature can remain the same and the text is much less expensive to translate. So, probably that' s how folks will begin to translate.
What is interesting on Amazon, I had a customer who lived in the UK and made a children's photo book and released two different editions, an English and an American one because she wanted the spelling to be right for each of them. This is something to think about, especially for the young child, when they start to start reading on their own you want the words to be written as they see them written.
However, it is very simple to do this when you publish on Kindle itself. Uploading two different editions of your book is very simple. I' m so happy because I always felt so miserable, I felt so miserable for this group of writers who just, it's so costly to run the 32 pages or full colour flowering children's novels, so that's great.
So, just tell them, was there anything else you wanted to tell them, anything we just didn't get, any special? Laura: I think just one last thing I always have to say is that folks always ask me well doesn't mean that many really poor novels are released because it's so simple to publish things.
This means that many poor works are released, but every single further democratic move in the publisher processes is only one result. That doesn't mean your book should be evil. When you do that, it will be discussed, it will be bought and it will go to the top.
Oral propaganda is the number one selling tool for on-line literature. It' s good with book review, with those they recommend to their family. Okay, so give us your website again so they can find you.