Adult coloring books (as well as coloring books for children, continues to remain a trend. The stress-reducing benefits have been documented as coloring can be soothing and relaxing.
Via a recent survey of the students and subscribers in our Share Your Brilliance community, I’ve discovered that learning how to create and publish coloring books is a hot topic.
In this article I’ll share tips as well as links to recommended reading, videos and courses, on how to go about create your coloring book pages and how to prepare your manuscript and how to publish to Amazon.
Enjoy! Feel free to post questions and ideas and please post a link to your published coloring books, in the comments section below – so we can gain inspiration from one another.
Fitting the Jigsaw Puzzle Pieces Together
When it comes to publishing a book – there are many pieces of the puzzle to put in place. My strongest piece of advise is for to focus on one piece at a time, as everything will fall into place.
The most important steps to take, as you get started are to:
Decide on the topic / theme of your coloring book. By doing this you will attract coloring book buyers who are interested in the topic area. This will also open up many marketing opportunities as you can market your coloring book, not only to coloring book enthusiasts, but to people who are interested in the topic of your coloring book.
For example, if you publish a coloring book about butterflies, you can then market it to butterfly farm gift shops, school classrooms, nature study locations and more.
Once you’ve decided on the topic/theme of your coloring book, you can begin to create your pages. You can do this digitally on the computer or iPad or by hand. If you create your drawings by hand, you’ll need to scan them into the computer as high-resolution images.
To help you with your page layout, decide on the dimensions of your book. For example, some common sizes for coloring books are 8.5×11 – 8×10 – 8.5×8.5 – or 5×8. Perhaps spend some time at the book store so you view various options and choose the one that resonates with you most. Click here for a complete list of book dimensions that can be published via Amazon KDP.
To Learn More About Creating Coloring Books – Refer to the Resources Below
Resources: List of Books and Supplies on Amazon
Book: How to Self Publish an Adult Coloring Book on CreateSpace: An Intermediate Author’s Guide
Article: How to Make a Coloring Book – From Ideation to Print!
Book: Creating a Coloring Book for Adults: Learn the Secrets to Getting Your Coloring Book Published
VIDEO TUTORIALS ON YOUTUBE
How to Create a Coloring Book From Scratch Using Free Tools with Rachel Harrison-Sund
How to Create Coloring Book Pages on Your iPad Using the Procreate App with Rachel Harrison-Sund
How To Make $ With Your Art: Amazon / KDP Coloring Books
Recommended Coloring Book Creation Courses and Classes
Course on Udemy: Easy Coloring Book Design
CLASSES ON SKILLSHARE
(My Favorite Skillshare Art Teacher) Design an Adult Coloring Book Page on Your iPad in Procreate
How to Digitize a Hand Drawn Design or Coloring Book Page to Publish and Sell Online
Easy Coloring Book Design: How to Create Your Own Hand Drawn Coloring Pages
How to Self-Publish a Coloring Book
Please scroll down to the comments section to share ideas, post questions and post the link to your coloring book!
D’vorah Lansky, M.Ed., is the best-selling author of close to two-dozen books on Online Marketing and Course Creation. D’vorah has been working with authors since 2007 and specializes in helping authors to publish a signature workbook style book, based on their expertise.
You can view her courses on these topics at: Shareyourbrilliance.teachable.com and you can view her books on Amazon at: BooksByDvorah.com
Emily Bennette says
My nephew is coming to visit me next week. I want to get somethings that he can play with. I like your suggestion about finding themed coloring books that have high-resolution images. He loves pirates and outer space. So, it seems like I should look for books that are themed like that.
Matthew Smith says
Do you have any recommendations on companies or distributors that authros can go through to self-publish their coloring book?
D'vorah Lansky says
Hi Matthew – these days, publishing directly to Amazon via KDP Select is considered the way to go. The process is simple, the support is great, the quality is excellent, the payment and tracking systems are efficient and timely – and they outrank most other companies in each of these areas. Matthew I looked for you in our learning center and discussion forums but couldn’t find you. Are you in any of our author or course creation programs here? We have a great community of supportive authors and content creators.