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How to Publish a Children's Picture Ebook


♫ It's a BIG World After All...

It's a big, big world ♫. And the world of children's book publishing is getting bigger by the minute. It's a world I entered and you can too - right now! Orange juice isn't just for breakfast anymore, and books aren't just on paper either. So look out Random House, here we come! Even though we will probably always love the tangible book because it does so much to please our senses, and even though you, as a writer, might be bent on publishing your book in this traditional way, you might want to awaken the Star-Trek persona within and consider four possibilities for publishing your story:

  • a physical book
  • an e-book
  • an interactive/animated app
  • an audiobook

Any or all four of these can be done through self-publishing or outside publishing, as I like to call it, and each has it's own positive and negative aspects. There is one choice of the four listed that, theoretically, could have little eyes reading your book next week! Can you guess which one? Yep, it's the e-book. Since this is the fastest track and the way I chose to publish my own little story, "Lucky, the Left-Pawed Puppy," let's start with that. (UPDATE: June 25, 2012: Just heard an interview with Tim Sanders of a network pulling together authors, designers, and markers for ebook publishing.) Be sure to check out Tim Sander's blog.
Word of Caution: The self-publishing industry is presently extremely dynamic and changes with every new device or technological advancement. Since Information can be outdated quickly, it's best to use multiple sources when self-publishing.

And now - on with the show!


Helpful Hints: Kindle Publishing

  • If your book is basically text-based with just a few images, the process of formatting text with images, bullets, etc. is tricky. You can find online instructions, but you could save yourself a great deal of frustration by going to Liber Writer which specializes in Kindle formatting! For only $25, you can work with their software and they'll check the formatting or for $50, they'll handle all the formatting for you. While "Lucky, the Left-Pawed Puppy," was easy for me to publish myself for Kindle because each page was an image, I decided to go with Liber Writer when publishing a version of "Polly and the Measuring Stick," because I had separate images and separate text that needed to be placed in various positions. I found the guidance through emailing at Liber Writer to be excellent!
  • Be sure to copy the NAME of the file you uploaded to Kindle. Example: lucky22812.doc. Why? Kindle doesn't show you the name of the file you recently uploaded, so you're never sure whether you uploaded new changes unless you have a system for knowing the name of each updated file. And, trust me, you will the need to update the file.

Ready-for-Publishing Checklist

1. You know your book's category:

  • Picture book
    - 250 words to 1,000 words
  • Early reader
    - 1,000 and 4,000 words
  • Chapter book
    -10,000 and 15,000 words
  • Middle grade novel/nonfiction
    -25,000 to 40,000 words
  • Book for teens/young adults
    -50,000 to 70,000 words

√ 2. You perhaps have had a professional critique of your book through a service like "Second Draft" at Writer's Digest - (only $39.99 for a picture book critique).

3. You've read the Ten Frequently Asked Questions about Children's Publishing and Types of Publishers featured free online at the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Perhaps you've even become a member for only $85 a year!

4. You have edited and proofread your manuscript and have had every living soul who would indulge you read your story. (Your Aunt Sue on Facebook might even find that the published version has a MISSING WORD!) It happens. I know!


- for KINDLE with Amazon
You could quite possibly put your picture book or manuscript up in the Amazon Store for Kindle TODAY! How?

  • Sign up with Kindle Direct Publishing and click on the "Bookshelf" and then "Add new title." Click on the blue links connected to the blanks for quick access to your questions. Skip down to #5, "Upload Your Book File." Even though you're not ready to upload, this is the fastest way to get to the publishing guidelines and the simplified guide for formatting. Read those instructions again, and at least one or a hundred times more!
  • Reduce any image sizes with your favorite graphics program to 72 dpi. (This makes the files more manageable for Kindle). The marvelous artist who I found to illustrate "Lucky..." assumed, as did I, that I would be publishing a physical book! The images I had received, therefore were: 1800 x 2700 pixels, 300 dpi with the text embedded. (See examples of embedded text and un-embedded text images below). When I decided to publish for Kindle, I had to first reduce those images to 72 dpi with my favorite graphics program, JASC Paintshop Pro.
  • Next, simply start a new Word Document using the INSERT PICTURE feature rather than cut and paste. Go back to Kindle publishing page, upload your document, and check your book in "Preview Document" section. If your book looks great, click "Save and continue" and complete the form. Kindle will convert your .doc or .pdf document to its .azw format. You'll need to wait 24 hours for your upload to be reviewed. If approved, your book is then immediately available in the Amazon store and you can go back to KDP's "Reports" and see if you have any sales!

Positives in Publishing an E-book for Kindle:
+ Rapid Publication: There is nothing like the feeling of knowing that within 24 hours, some child might be enjoying a story that you actually created!
+ Ability to view sales and manage files immediately right at Kindle Direct. When a company like Book Baby creates your e-book for you, you're locked into their reporting system and can't change prices as quickly as you can with at Kindle Direct.

Negatives in Publishing an E-book for Kindle:
- Difficulty in obtaining direct support from KDP. There is no one to call and the forums are not easy to navigate. The FAQ's don't answer all the "Q's" you might have!
- In order to be in Kindle's newest program, KDP Select, you must have your e-book published with them exclusively.

page from "Lucky, the Left-Pawed Puppy"

page from "Lucky, the Left-Pawed Puppy"

Embedded text by an author looks fantastic for a physical book and even on the Kindle, Nook, and iPad screens. However, little four-year-olds are "reading books on smartphones as "read-to-me" narrated books or as "read it myself" stories. It's easy to see from the picture above that if we take off the text, the picture would be perfect for a smartphone. However, where do we put the text now? Clearly, the text is connected with the image on the left from "Lucky, the Left-Pawed Puppy" is too overwhelming to add on the bottom for the smartphone. Therefore, be sure to decide beforehand on all of the formats in which you wish to publish: print book, ebook for smart phones, narrated apps, etc. More importantly, be sure to COMMUNICATE with your artist, letting him or her know all of the various forms you wish the book to take. As a writer, viewing the excellent video below by artist John Morrel will help to get a feeling for the tremendous knowledge and talent-base your artist possesses and decisions that both of you, as a team, need to make.

- for NOOK with Barnes and Noble
Self-publishing with the Nook is also possible and the procedure is similar to Kindle. However, there is an additional step to follow when submitting your files for the Nook. While you can still upload a word document, it is suggested that you convert your file to an .epub instead. There are several software programs such as Calibre that will allow you to convert your .doc or your .pdf to .epub.

- for IPad with Apple
There is an excellent video on creating a book with Book Creator from Apple. However, it appears as if narration is not yet available as of 2015. While the FAQs state that you can sell a book created with Book Creator in the itunes store. if you already created your ebook, it was difficult for me to get into the Apple IBookstore. This is the reason that, after self-publishing my e-book with Amazon for Kindle and Barnes and Noble for the Nook, I ended up going to The developers created a .mobi file that can be download from Apple through itunes.

- for the Desktop Computer and Android
Years before e-readers such as Kindle, Nook, Sony, and the IPad appeared on the scene, writers were creating dynamic, narrated, "page-turning" e-books with Desktop Author software. I personally loved using this software and found it quite intuitive. It was the only way I was able to create narrated stories at the time. As of 2017, however, it seems as if the only way to get the software is through download stores such as You can search around and try this software out. The ebooks created with Desktop Author do require the downloading of "a reader," plus they are compatible only with PCs and the newest MACs. This happens to be the first way that I published "Lucky..." because I was familiar with the software and because we had a website through which I could sell this narrated e-book. Since that time, I created a narrated version of "Lucky..." with Windows PowerPoint and then converted it to a video. While it doesn't have the page turning effect that Desktop Author had, it seems to be a more accessible way to create a NARRATED ebook. A sample of my book can be found below.

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Unless your e-book makes a terrific splash in the digital world, it probably will never be picked up by a print book publisher. If your sole purpose is to get your book published as quickly as possible, the e-book route is the fast track you can take. If, however, you have time on your side and desire a wider distribution, skilled marketing, and more prestige, the process of submitting your manuscript to respected publishers of physical books, as described below, might be for you.

»» Publishing Physical Book with Smaller Publishing House

So you don't have a literary agent? Not to despair. You can submit unsolicited manuscripts to a whole host of smaller publishers of children's books. This list can be found in "the most trusted guide to the world of children's publishing: the 2012 Children's Writer's and Illustator's Market.

Positives: You'll probably see your book in book stores like Barnes and Noble, you'll have distribution and marketing done for you like the larger publishers do, plus you'll have a real live physical book to read to schools, distribute to friends and family, and prove forever that you are, in fact, a writer!
Negatives:You'll need utmost patience to submit to multiple publishers. You'll need to craft query letters, keep track of to whom you sent what, and if you've submitted to a source that doesn't accept simultaneous submissions, you'll have to wait until they respond to you until you send out your next submission. This can take months and months, even years! (Did you notice the "WAIT" on the diagram below?)

Submitting to Publishers

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»» through a Large Publisher


  • unparalleled prestige that comes from having your book published by a company like Random House or Houghton Mifflin
  • mass distribution/marketing
  • notoriety that will propel your writing career


  • large publishing houses do not accept unsolicited manuscripts from individuals!
  • the longest and most difficult process

To publish with a large, well-know publisher, you would need to first acquire a literary agent. There are numerous books on how to acquire an agent or how to be your own agent. Either way, this is a long process. (You might compare it with your desire to star opposite Jennifer Aniston or Jason Segel in their next movie. It can happen - I'm just sayin'... (Did you notice the "WAIT" on the diagram to the right?)

»» Self-Publishing Your Physical Book

You can publish your book yourself. The self-publishing and self-promotion process is excellently described by fellow hub writer, Rochelle Frank, in the article "We Self-Published a Children's Book." While Rochelle Frank and Linda Gast personally funded 2600 copies and created their own inventory, there are companies like Trafford, Lulu, and others that will publish a print-on-demand book for you. Dogear Publishing has various packages from $1099 to $3499, and Book Baby has just announced a custom book printing service. Be sure to explore various companies, their prices, and get copies of the books they've produced. You'll find the latter request almost an impossibility. When looking for a print-on-demand publisher for a tangible version of my illustrated story, "Lucky, the Left-Pawed Puppy" I was shocked at the cost per book. If your book has 24 colored pictures your cost per book will most likely be above $10. Of course, retail stores require a 50% discount, so your book is now up to $20 for your customers. You might not think that is too bad considering your vision of those nice hard-covered books at Barnes and Noble. But wait, $11 will get you a book with merely a flimsy, albeit glossy cover - not even the thickness of the old Golden Books sold in grocery stores. You can do what I plan to do and go to and create a little video and see if you can raise sufficient funds to self-publish your tangible book.

Positives: A tangible book, once again, gives you credibility and an easy way to distribute your book to shops and bookstores.

Negatives: The financial outlay can be prohibitive, marketing and promoting will be largely your own responsibility, and again, there's the waiting involved for this whole process to gel.

Update 07/2014: I DID it! See video at end of this article.


Positively THE Most Exciting

As a former teacher, I see interactive books as the most exciting development for writers. The software for creating such books changes so fast that a website I had suggested when I first wrote this article, seems to have gone by the wayside. "Bill the Fish" below was created by Interactbooks, but you'll be hard pressed to find out what happened to that company,

A 2019 google search provides a guide to software which they rate as among the five best for creating interactive books for children.

Often it helps to use several word combinations in your google search to get to the pages that can help you the most in your quest for interactive books. Words to include in your search: interactive, children's, ebook, app, narrated, animated,
how to, create, software. Mix the words up in various ways until you find what you're looking for.

It's really quite a brave new world out there. Apple has a piece of software called Ibooks Author which the amazingly talented children book illustrator and comic creator, Dani Jones, has reviewed on her learning page within her comprehensive blog. This Apple software, however, can be used only on the newest versions of MAC at the present moment. Ibuildapp also offers a free software program with which to create an app for the iphone and android, and as of this date, this author is blogging about that experience in the belief that much can be learned from others' mistakes! There is an excellent step-by-step process for Blackberry app building published as a blog entry by W.T. Paige which is quite advanced, but provides information that the novice can use as well. But if you prefer not add learning multi-media publishing to your list of a thousand other tasks, and if you have the money, you might just want to hire your own software engineer who has skill in developing apps for multi-media books. You can do this through online searches or just look around for someone skilled in this area at

Crazy Mike's App Review of "Bill the Fish" created with software from

How to Create with Pubbsoft Software


Writers often overlook this relatively easy way to publish! All you need is a good quality microphone like Sennheiser, your computer, an editing program like Audacity, and your voice! If just getting your book listened to is your goal, you can publish your book for free distribution. For the audio for my children's book, I hired my daughter and her fiance,' both of whom happen to be actors in Hollywood, and our son who happens to be a sound engineer! You can see pictures of that process (done at home) at Lucky's website. You might want to think about creating a podcast where you not only feature your book in audio form, but interview other children book authors about their process (ahem) and talk about your own process.

«« Points to Ponder »»

I love the phrase from 'Maybe the sole purpose of my life is to serve as a warning to others.' My journey in publishing "Lucky, the Left-Pawed Puppy" is on-going and in researching this article, I've found emails from, Smashwords, Trafford Publishing, Desktop Author, Bookbaby, interactbooks, ibuildapp, and probably others whose names I've long forgotten. It made me realize that my experiences can serve as "a warning" in the form of a "wish-I-had-known" list, especially for those of you embarking on publishing a children's picture book.

I Wish I had Known That:

  1. It's important to decide what form your book should take, physical, e-book, interactive.
  2. You don't need artwork, nor should you submit artwork to the publisher of physical books unless you are a professional artist. (However, if you self-publish a children's picture e-book, of course you do need artwork. See #5 in Billie's Recommendations below.)
  3. Most print-on-demand publishers offer a mere glossy cover for your picture book as opposed to a nice hard cover you might have envisioned. You'd need a large cash outlay to go with a regular printing of your book.
  4. Formatting an e-book is difficult if each page is not an image. Having said that, image-only pages for picture books create problems as well, particularly the issue of embedded versus non-embedded text that arises as explained in #5.
  5. If you wish to create a children's book for smartphone publication, embedded text can be a problem. When an image is downsized to fit the tiny screen of a cellphone, text embedded with an image is un-readable. Teknowlege has created some narrated apps of children's stories on Blackberry which provide text on the bottom of the screen. In addition, if you have embedded text, you are dependent on your illustrator to make any changes such as a translation to a different language. Download some children's e-books on your smartphone and this problem will become apparent.
  6. In order to make a story interactive for smartphones, the art work needs to have been done in LAYERS.

Billie's Book Publishing Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. You need a literary agent to submit to most large book publishers like Random House, Houghton Mifflin, etc.
    • yes
    • no
  2. You can see a record of your book sales almost immediately after publishing with Kindle Direct Publishing.
    • yes
    • no
  3. Formatting an Ebook is quite easy.
    • Yes. Just submit a regular document and you're done!
    • No. You have to be careful about using the tabs, image wrapping, etc.
  4. You can expect to sell approximately 25 e-books a week if your book is published for Kindle, or Nook, etc.
    • Yes, easily without much of an effort at all. Just publish you're book and the sales will come.
    • Not without a great deal of promotion, blogging, social networking, etc.(unless it's about vampires!)
  5. I have to give my e-book away free to get a "buzz" going.
    • This is an approach that has worked for authors
    • No, never give a book away for free
  6. I need a Kindle Reader to see what I've published on Kindle.
    • Yes. You need each individual device on which you publish your e-book
    • No. Kindle, Nook, etc. have downloadable readers for you PC or MAC
  7. Android, Blackberry, IPhones all use the same files for publishing
    • Yes, you can create a "smartphone" file and publish on all smartphones.
    • No. Each smartphone reads a different type of file.
  8. Desk Top Author can convert its files to Android
    • Yes, DTA can convert the book you make with its software for an ANDROID phone, but NOT with sound files.
    • No, a file created using Desk Top Author can only be run on a computer.
  9. You need your images in layers if you want to make your book interactive?
    • Yes
    • No
  10. I can get funds to help me publish my book.
    • Yes! Go to and view the projects that are funded!
    • No. In this economy there is very little help for authors.

Answer Key

  1. yes
  2. yes
  3. No. You have to be careful about using the tabs, image wrapping, etc.
  4. Not without a great deal of promotion, blogging, social networking, etc.(unless it's about vampires!)
  5. This is an approach that has worked for authors
  6. No. Kindle, Nook, etc. have downloadable readers for you PC or MAC
  7. No. Each smartphone reads a different type of file.
  8. Yes, DTA can convert the book you make with its software for an ANDROID phone, but NOT with sound files.
  9. Yes
  10. Yes! Go to and view the projects that are funded!

Billie's Top Five Personal Recommendations

1. If you are submitting your manuscript to publishers of physical books, aim for five rejections a month! Unless you get at least that many rejections a month, you're not submitting enough.

2. If you just can't wait to have your children's picture book published, I would publish immediately at Amazon for Kindle. Why?

  • You will experience a great deal of satisfaction immediately
  • You'll be able to see the statistics right away which will give you an idea of how to proceed.
  • You can remove your book at any time from Kindle, and you'll have gained a great deal of experience. However, be sure to read the "Caution" note above.

3. If you have decided to publish an e-book either by yourself or through an e-book publishing company, download the excellent manual on e-book publishing from immediately. It gives an excellent overview of e-book publishing in a well-written format. You can do all of the formatting for each device yourself, but If you choose to go with a company for conversion of your files, I would highly recommend Book Baby. In researching this article, I reviewed my copious list of companies I had contacted for publishing "Lucky..." for the iPad and other devices. I realize there is a reason that I ended up working with Book Baby and that reason is their personal, phone-based and email customer service. But hurry before the company grows too large and the personal email or phone response time slows down.

4. Start the buzz for your self-published book or e-book. How?

  • Blog religiously on your favorite blog site. Offer some wisdom to fellow writers.
  • Write hubs about your process
  • Ask other hub writers to review your book. Search for someone on hubpages who might have an interest in your book. (If it's a children's book, for example, search for hubs on parenting, homeschooling, etc. A review by that type of "target audience" expert, would be helpful.) Authors of other books of your genre are wonderful; however, always think about the audience you intend to reach as readers!
  • Create a Facebook page just for your book (go to bottom of FB screen to start)
  • Figure out how to get customers who have purchased your book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc. to write reviews in those stores.
  • Volunteer to read your book to schools and become a speaker who can explain the process and empower others.

5. If you need an artist for your e-book, don't shy away from craigslist. I was shocked at the large number of responses (17) that I received from professional artists after describing a few basic concepts of my story in the ad. I received little sketches and/or websites that featured wonderful art and precise quotes for 24 images. The most difficult part was finding just the right person among all the responses to make "Lucky, the Left-Pawed Puppy," come alive and I did!

Above all, as a writer or illustrator know that your work is noble for: "The destiny of the world is determined less by the battles that are lost and won, than by the stories it loves and believes in." ~Harold Goddard

*Reference for Ebook Publishing

StoreReaderFile Type You May Submit



.doc or pdf

Barnes and Noble


suggested: .epub


iPad, iPhone

.epub converted with ituneproducer

Children and Digital Books


akhandram on January 16, 2019:

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Billie Kelpin (author) from Newport Beach on December 09, 2017:

Surfbay, Thank you for your comment. I wrote this article several years ago. While much of the information is still pertinent, I would encourage you to check with the Society of Book Writers and Illustrators and other sources on the web. Also, if you can find a writing group in your area, other writers can be of great help. All good wishes.

Surfbay from Principality of Wales on November 17, 2017:

Thank You very much. A must impressive and timely HubPage and fascinating topic.

Perhaps when I have read your output several times I may have a go at it myself.

Good luck and Best wishes

Irenevosburgh from Philadelphia, PA on September 24, 2017:

Thank you for this article. I have 2 children's books that were originally in print but I wanted to make them into an eBook. I've marked this for further reading and studying.

Billie Kelpin (author) from Newport Beach on June 21, 2017:

Thank you so much, Plexiana,

Please note, however, that this was written several years ago. Some of the specifics may have changed. I would say that the most important part of this article is knowing exactly the kind of children's book you're publishing. There is a marvelous writer in our writing group who thought she was publishing a picture book because she could visualize the various scenes that she would like an artist to design, but her book was really a chapter book. Marketing a children's book is a LOT of work. I wish at times, I had been able to find a publisher instead of self-publish. The upside of that is that the book is out there. Most importantly, I learned from friends that publishing your SECOND book sells your first.

Plexiana on June 18, 2017:

Very helpful information! Thank you!

Billie Kelpin (author) from Newport Beach on January 15, 2017:

grand old lady, Thank you so much for your comment. I read your profile page and it is VERY impressive. This article was written several years ago and I haven't really revisited it. Your comment led me to think that I should confer with some of the friends I have met recently who have published children's books to update any information they would advise. I do think if I had to do it all o ver again, I would shop around for a publisher since self-publishing requires such a great deal of marketing by an author and all an author wants to do is write more books!!! Keep in touch. I have a blog at where some of my other work resides.

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on January 14, 2017:

This is a wonderful article full of so much helpful information for children's book writers. I am so grateful that you generously shared what you have learned from your own, personal experience as a children's book writer. Thank you very much:)

James from The Eastern Bypass on September 15, 2015:

wow! I now have the information i have searching for day and nights.THANKS ALOT.I willl apply the above skills to enhance my writing capacity

Billie Kelpin (author) from Newport Beach on July 16, 2015:

Tillsontitan. Hold the presses! Here's the problem with the ebook: SALES! I have very few. When I published "Lucky..." as a print book AFTER the ebook, I was able to sell a few more. Either way, It's promotion, promotion, promotion. A friend in the OC Writer's group, Diane Rogers, is doing a WONDERFUL job of marketing her book "Stand Tall". She has been reading it to many schools, etc. etc. Take a look at her website. You can do both through bookbaby. You can get great customer service. You'll probably get to talk to Nikola along the way if you use them - very helpful. Reviews are very important. When you get to that point, I'd review it if you like. Just was at a workshop that stressed the importance of many reviews on Amazon. People respect reviews. The quote I heard is not to fear negative reviews. The one negative review translates to the view of 5 positives. It gives your book more credibility. Looking forward to reading about your progress!

Mary Craig from New York on July 07, 2015:

How wonderful to have your published book! I have written a children's book and had it edited. I have been trying to decide about doing an ebook and I think you've just made up my mind for me!

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

Billie Kelpin (author) from Newport Beach on April 10, 2015:

Tiffanyrose, Thank you for your "thank you" :) I'm trying to update as things change. We're working on a new narrated app right now. I haven't found a perfect means for making a children's book narrated app without hiring software engineers. My husband is one, but has other projects going on. In a way, I wish I had spent money on a hard cover right off, and perhaps wish I had submitted it to children's book publishers more aggressively. The promotion of a children's book is difficult, but very do-able from what I hear from other authors.

tiffanyrose2015 on April 09, 2015:

Nice article! Thanks for sharing so much useful information about publishing children's books.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on February 22, 2015:

What an informative hub. I may never write a children's book but I enjoyed your sharing of your experience. I now have an appreciation of what people go through to publish a book.

Billie Kelpin (author) from Newport Beach on October 29, 2014:

Jodah, so glad you found this helpful - made me feel good today! Cheers, Billie

John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on October 29, 2014:

I know I commented here, but it hasn't shown up. Anyway great hub. I too have provided text for children's picture books so found this helpful.

Billie Kelpin (author) from Newport Beach on October 28, 2014:

Askformore, Thanks so much. I had to add some new information which I'll address here. If you publish with Bookbaby be sure to read their helpful guide and blogs, etc. For 2 years, I was too busy to read that information and just last week by reading an OLD email from themI discovered a link to different reviewers. Very helpful!

askformore lm on October 27, 2014:

Thank you so much for all the valuable information in your hub. I will come back and read it again (And close read the comments)

Billie Kelpin (author) from Newport Beach on October 15, 2014:

Thanks so much, Writer Fox. You made my day! We were on a family and friend trip this summer and the books were supposed to come before we left California. I had our mailboxetc company forward them to Minneapolis where we had stopped to visit my mother-in-law, so our dinner was a joyous reunion, albeit in the dining room at the assisted living apartment building where she is living. Thank you again for your nice response. It means a lot from someone with a million views!!!

Writer Fox from the wadi near the little river on October 12, 2014:

What a wonderful source of information! You've provided excellent, detailed advice for people who want to publish their books, especially on Kindle.

I loved the video at the end of you opening the box with your published book. I hope your husband took you out for a great celebration that night.

Enjoyed, voted up and useful.

Amelia Griggs from U.S. on September 18, 2014:

Hi Billie,

This is a wonderful hub, thank you for sharing all this information, and I love how you packed it with helpful links too. I see you mentioned JASC Paintshop Pro. I used to love that program but haven't used it in years. I should look into getting it again. I dabble a little with PhotoShop, but my favorite program for quick photo editing is TechSmith's Snag-It. I use it for screen shots too which I need a lot for my software tutorials.

I also see in your checklist that you recommend some reference material from SCBWI. The good news is that I'm a member since earlier this year.

The review of "Bill the Fish" video book is also helpful and I will definitely be looking in

I joined some writing groups on Linkedin this year and it is really helping me move forward with my writing projects. I even won 2nd price in a short story contest and it will be published in an anthrology book next year...exciting!

I love your hubpage so much, I am recommending it on my Easylearningweb facebook page.

Thanks again and Wish Me Luck in My Writing Ventures!

Monica Tomlinson from Derbyshire on May 10, 2014:

Hi Billie, thanks again that would be a brilliant idea, this blog has really helped me out, and made me realize that there are other options out there :).

Billie Kelpin (author) from Newport Beach on May 09, 2014:

Monica, email me if you'd like. Some things have changed since I've written this article. I am going to go ahead and do a print version. There are lots of things I wish I knew then that I know now. Best of luck. I want to set up a place on my website (which I'm re-doing, for self-published authors of children's books, to have an additional place to advertise for free). I'm working on it.

Monica Tomlinson from Derbyshire on May 08, 2014:

Thank you so much Billie, I feel I can get on with it now :)

Billie Kelpin (author) from Newport Beach on April 17, 2014:

Monica, As I mentioned to the other people who commented, I TOTALLY didn't know I had comments. Thank you sooo much. I just checked in paypal. That was almost 2 years ago now. It looks like I paid 700 pounds for the first round of illustrations. That would be about $1200 American dollars which would be about $50 an illustration, but I'm not positive about this. The second round I had done was to remove the embedded text because I wanted to publish an app for smart phones and the print doesn't resize well if it's embedded. If you go to craigslist, you can just ask each artist for a quote for x number of illustrations. They all will be about in the same ballpark.

Billie Kelpin (author) from Newport Beach on April 17, 2014:

ilikegames, Thank you! I sincerely appreciate the lovely comment. I hadn't noticed ANY of my comments until today and this one was posted 7 weeks ago. So sorry for the delay in response. Again, this is much appreciated and spurs me on.

Monica Tomlinson from Derbyshire on March 25, 2014:

This is brilliant, just what I have been looking for, thank you for sharing this information. How much did the artist charge you for the artwork for your book if you don't mind me asking?

Sarah Forester from Australia on February 24, 2014:

I'd love to publish an ebook and you've given me an insane resource that I could use to meet that goal. I think having a children's book in my portfolio would be great.

Billie Kelpin (author) from Newport Beach on October 23, 2013:

Heather, So happy this was helpful. How wonderful your son has come up with chapter book! I also might suggest You can make an app! They have a book template there. I tried it with "Lucky..." but I have narration, so that becomes a problem as well as text that's embedded. I did my androil app, "The Perfect Husband App" with the book format. You can see the template here It's a free download, so if you have an android, you can see how that functions. When you're finished, if you'd like to email me, perhaps we could feature the book on our website.

Heathercowdell from Orange County, CA on October 22, 2013:

This has been a wealth of information to get started. My son, who is 8, decided he wanted to "write" a chapter book. After taking all his ideas and putting it into story-form we are now moving forward with edits and more edits and now the possibility of turning this into a series. Thank you so much for all the information and pointing me in several directions to help my son pursue his goal.

Billie Kelpin (author) from Newport Beach on October 04, 2013:

Very sweet! Thank you, thank you, thank you. This information does keep changing, so I'll try to update when I learn new information. Cheers, Billie

Maree Michael Martin from Northwest Washington on an Island on October 03, 2013:

Oh yes, also bookmarking this. I love finding great hubs like this that answers my questions all in one lick. Fantastic.

Billie Kelpin (author) from Newport Beach on September 23, 2013:

Debra, How nice of you! Here's the encouraging part about ebooks. We were at Panera's eating outside yesterday when a girl about 7 was climbing on the outdoor sculpture. Her mom told her to get off and she was very very slow in doing so. Her mom added, "Ok, then. You just lost your Kindle." I felt like going over and saying, "But when you get it back, download "Lucky, the Left Pawed Puppy." Answers to your ques. 1) yes. I paid for each illustration. I picked Julie Parker's work before I knew the cost and fortunately, she had one of the most reasonable fees. (I'd have to go back and check that, but it was within my small budget). 2) When we get the print version completed (I'm going to try to go thru for funds within the month) Julie will receive 10% from what I remember. For the ebook there are no royalties required by Julie. (However, I've been so distracted by other projects, that I'm not promoting "Lucky..." thus almost no sales. ) I think each illustrator is different in fees and contracts for self-publishing. I'm not sure what happens with big publishing companies, but they have their OWN IN-HOUSE ILLUSTRATORS and it's actually a detriment to send them art work with your story. If you have the patience for submitting query letters, you'd probably be better to go that route. They have a comprehensive list of children's publishers in the 2014 Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market ( new one is published each year). An old copy would still give you loads of publishers and information. 2). I think the self-publishing with packages is pretty much equivalent across publishers. I LOVE bookbaby because of the personalized service I received and prompt answers to my emails and even phone calls. That was 2 years ago, so things could have changed. 3) I don't remember mentioning the Bangkok job, but I must have! I'm an only child and at 23, it would have killed my mother :) My whole life would have been different! 4). Thank you for the confidence. Because the field is changing so quickly now, I hesitate because I'm not confident I know enough or that my information is perfectly accurate, but you're right, ebooks are the way to go, and you can always update information in a flash anyway. Besides, having multiple ebooks under your name, increases your credentials, exposure, and respectability. I strongly believe in all of us helping each other and I have a "Trusted Friends and Family" section on my website that is being totally updated, so be sure to contact me when with your books and I'll provide free links, etc. My problem (excuse me - "challenge") with all of this is that I have 92 gazillion projects going on at once (well, maybe 5) and I don't exactly know where to focus (tee hee)

Debra Royle Bassett on September 21, 2013:

I find it sad that times have changed so much that our children are reading on devices - even phones - rather then physical books in their hands. A book- its pages, its smell and texture, with hidden treasure inside to hold is a passion that fortunately my grandchildren understand. But they are not the norm. And as you have said so well, as writers we can benefit greatly from the new norm. Billie I thank you sincerely for this information. As I have pondered too the many options out there for my children's books, I have been seriously considering publishing ebook versions. As a former preschool teacher, I am thrilled that kids today are in fact reading! So, personal preference aside, yay for Ebooks! And yay for you! Thank you! I'm particularly excited that as it becomes easier to self-publish our work, the publishing world will have to change to stay in step. I expect that will to be an interesting shift to watch. We all long for validation. The powers that be in the industry have held that clout over our heads for so long. Yet, the stigma of being self-published is real. Has this posed a problem for you? More Questions: 1) You paid your illustrator for the pictures, yes? (Craigslist! So clever you are!) Do you also then share royalties/or profits? Or just a one time purchase price? Is this always how it's done? If I were published through say Random my dreams...would the illustrator share 50/50 everything or get a flat purchase fee? 2) Self-publishing of physical books with packages is expensive. Are there also fees to do so with the above mentioned Ebook options? How do they compare? 3) Why on earth didn't you take the Bangkok job girl! What were you thinking! Call them up. Repent. Go! Ha! 4) Consider updating and compiling all this in ebook! :)

Thank you Billie. Hope your book - all your work -sells well!

Billie Kelpin (author) from Newport Beach on September 17, 2013:

S.D. I'm all for the networking. I'd love to learn about your book. I hope the information is still accurate. The field has changed rapidly. I'm trying to get my ebook into an app, but it's still hard for me to find software that incorporates the audio that I have and want to continue using. I do like Book Baby because their support is so great and they have great guidelines online. Keep us posted.

S.D. Stephenson from Brooklyn New York on September 17, 2013:

This article is very informative and helpful. I appreciate the time you put into your work and share with us. These are the steps I was looking for to get a children's book I wrote many years ago published. Thanks again.

Twilight Lawns from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. on September 12, 2013:

Hello Billie, and thank you for the quick reply. I have sent you an e-mail.

I copied and pasted and now have the address far beyond the reach of even the longest HubPolice Person's arm.

Billie Kelpin (author) from Newport Beach on September 12, 2013:

Ian, you are amazing! (PS, I HATE, HATE, HATE the word "hubbers" also and hubpages doesn't exactly do it for me either). I generally call my hubs "articles" when I tell my friends. "I have an article on hubpages," after which time they want to know where, and the url always escapes me. I'm therefore setting up my website to have the titles link there and I'm going to just hand people my business card, tell them to go to languagerocks (when it's finished) and find it there. UGH! You can email me at . I totally am not a children's author even though I've written a children's book. (You'll understand what I mean by that, I'm sure). But there has got to be a way to get all your things out there again. I'm fascinated by the 24-page illustrated books. You could have Julie Parker illustrate the book for the Serbian boy if you don't have the time.

I have the policy of selling my friends items free of charge on my website. If it relates to our school-based audience, it simply draws more interest to our website. I am still working on the re-do of my merchant account at Hope the hub police don't call this overly-promotional. So copy this information down quickly.



Twilight Lawns from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. on September 12, 2013:

Dear Billie, What a charming and encouraging reply to my comment.

Thank you for the comment about my "writing being so entertaining". That is how I am and converse... I mean talk. That is one of the things that attracted to me in your profile. You seem to have the same sense of humour as I.

Love "real" books too, but I also like my Kindle and read on it every day when I am in the car on Streatham Common, a local park where I go during the day.

I do not know your illustrator, but when I was a teacher, I "published" several books on the school photo copier to encourage my children to read, and illustrated all of them. Simple little twenty-four page books with one picture to a page with text. I loved doing it, but when I left the original sketches disappeared. I wrote a particular book to encourage a Serbian boy with no English, but never got around to illustrating it, and I am so sorry about that, because it's one of the best things I have written.

You asked me to e-mail you if I wanted to, but for the life of me I can’t remember how to get in touch with other Hubbers (Hate that word!) although I did once.

Talking about illustration, I did illustrate a story I also wrote for that class... and also for a very rich friend’s birthday (What do you give the woman who has everything?), and I know it’s ABSOLUTELY FORBIDDEN to promote one’s own hubs in the comment section, but the title of the hub is ‘Dulcie’s Dilemma’ and I wonder if you would like to have a look at it - before the Hub Police drag me off screaming to the Hub Dungeons.

I’ve rambled on long enough.



Billie Kelpin (author) from Newport Beach on September 11, 2013:

Dear Twilight Lawns, Please, please, please don't feel the task is too daunting. CD Book Baby would help. You could get people to do it for you! I read your profile. Your experiences are unique; your writing is so entertaining! It would be a shame not to put it in all forms. A friend told me she saw some children reading recently and they were all using their Kindle devices. I myself love a book in my hand, but there are certain very real advantages to ebooks. Last night, I read chapters of a book in bed ON MY PHONE which had a Kindle download version. My husband could sleep soundly without a light disturbing him and I didn't need glasses because I adjusted the print. Email me if you change your mind. BTW, Did you notice that the illustrator I was able to get was the talented Julie Parker from the UK. Perhaps you've seen her work. I never met her in person! We did everything through the computer. If I ever am able to publish my book in tangible form, I might be able to sell more and actually go overseas for the first time in my life and met her!

Twilight Lawns from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. on September 11, 2013:

A fascinating and well constructed hub. You may be surprised to learn that I may have been wavering about trying to publish the one and only decent length book for children (and deranged adults) whereas now I see that the task is too daunting and that there aren't enough months in my life to do so.

So thank you for making me see sense and bringing me to put on the brakes.

With all the best will in the world, I could not attempt all you suggest.

Billie Kelpin (author) from Newport Beach on September 11, 2013:

If I can do it, Michael, anyone can do it. Seriously. I'm not a person who has a high success rate in things I do or a high tolerance detail work, but I was able to do this. Selling an ebook is a whole other story. For that, I don't have much fortitude in promoting. Thinks have gotten much easier, I believe, since I wrote this article. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. I'm going to publish a non-children's book soon and we all can learn together. Cheers, Billie

Michael on September 10, 2013:

wow, there is so much work to do. Thank you so much for your help!

Billie Kelpin (author) from Newport Beach on August 20, 2013:

Simondixie, Your comment showed up on this page, so if I answered before, please excuse the redundancy. Great knowing you!!! Cheers.

Billie Kelpin (author) from Newport Beach on August 20, 2013:

Kbdare, Thank you so much. I'm WAY behind in my comments to the comments. It always makes me feel good to know that maybe something I've writing might be a bit useful. Best wishes, Billie

Billie Kelpin (author) from Newport Beach on August 20, 2013:

Paul, I just now got to these messages. My "comment" announcement on my account page didn't seem to be working. Anyway, thank you soooo much for pinning and tweeting and facebooking. That's very kind. PS, I almost took a job in Bangkok when I was 24! (It was as a teacher of the deaf to some official who had a deaf son). I think I should have. Cheers!

Billie Kelpin (author) from Newport Beach on August 20, 2013:

Tastiger04, so sorry I just got to this. My "comment" notice wasn't quite functioning. I need to ask you about publishing the physical book. I will after I catch up on all these missed comments! Thanks for stopping by.

Billie Kelpin (author) from Newport Beach on August 20, 2013:

Zara Thompson, thanks for your comment. Sorry it took me so long to respond. I just noticed it :(

Nancy McLendon Scott from Georgia on July 29, 2013:

Sooooo helpful! And I appreciate so much all the wonderful tips. Thank you for giving so much of yourself in this hub. I do appreciate your help.

Kbdare from Western US. on July 29, 2013:

Loved this Hub! Especially, the app creation videos! It is amazing all the ways to get children's stories into the reader's hands. Thanks for sharing!

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on July 28, 2013:


This is an awesome hub on publishing childrens' ebooks. I have learned so much and I am bookmarking this hub for future use. Voted up as interesting, useful, and awesome. Also sharing with followers and on Facebook. Also Pinning and Tweeting.

tastiger04 on July 23, 2013:

Great advice, I've been trying to figure out how to do this for a while now! I have one published children's book (a physical book), but we never figured out how to expand on it. This is a great hub, thanks! Voted up and useful :)

Zara Thompson on July 22, 2013:

Thanks for posting

Billie Kelpin (author) from Newport Beach on July 15, 2013:

Thanks, Susan. Actually I really write short stories and essays, but "Lucky's" story just came to me one day on a walk. It jelled in about a day or two, so I knew I had to write it. However, I never DID intend to write a children's story, but there it is. Thanks for you visit and your comments!

Susan Sisk from Georgia, USA on June 15, 2013:

Very informative hub. A children's book is a great way to get started with writing books.

Poon Poi Ming from Malaysia on May 27, 2013:

Thanks Billie, for your detailed explanation... you're so far ahead of me, even though I've been 11 years full time on the internet, albeit doing the same stuff over and over again. I'll need to be more adventurous.

Billie Kelpin (author) from Newport Beach on May 27, 2013:

Walter, you might also think about publishing an app for your writings. I used and used put the quotes I wanted with their book template. It's called "The Perfect Husband App": (what to say to your spouse today) - things everyone in a relationship likes to hear like "We'll tackle this together." "Don't worry, Hon, I'll get that done TODAY!" "Let's Eat Out". Your Arabic Quotes with pictures could work in that same framework. I put it in the googleplay store for 99 cents, but I think I should have listed as free with ads. You won't sell all that much, but it's really great to get your stuff out there that way. I needed my husband's help in submitting it because it got a little technical, but other than that I did it all myself. I linked to my twitter acct., etc. etc. Think "future" when publishing your book. I really like bookbaby because they have a wonderful manual and customer service emails you back within a day with thorough answers to your questions. Best wishes, Billie

Poon Poi Ming from Malaysia on May 26, 2013:

Billie Kelpin, this hub on self-publishing is exactly what I was looking for. I always wonder how to go about doing Kindle Publishing. Your detailed explanation and links are most helpful. I've never thought that other methods are also available, other than a physical book. Thank you for sharing.

Billie Kelpin (author) from Newport Beach on May 25, 2013:

Thanks SO much, Nancy. You made my day! I'm wondering if they played the game at Lucky's website. I could use reviews. I have to check on how you're coming along with your projects, but I'm in the middle of re-designed my WHOLE website! I'll get to it:) Warm Regards.

Nancy McLendon Scott from Georgia on May 25, 2013:

Most helpful information yet! Thank grandchildren are continuing to enjoy your book!

Billie Kelpin (author) from Newport Beach on May 25, 2013:

Thanks, Michelle. Me too!

Michelle Liew from Singapore on May 24, 2013:

Have bookmarked this for reference and am sharing, especially for authors about to go in the publishing direction! Thanks Billie, and glad to connect with you and make a new friend!

Amy Goldstein from Chesterfield on April 19, 2013:

This was very informative. I didn't realize how difficult it is to get your book published

Billie Kelpin (author) from Newport Beach on April 15, 2013:

EGT, thanks sooo much! My score went up 2 points - that's probably why. Thanks so much. I don't sell many ebook copies - Actually, there's a free PC narrated version, if you click "Free Today" at I really could use responses from a kid's perspective and reviews. The reviews help

Billie Kelpin (author) from Newport Beach on April 15, 2013:

Mminc, Sorry, I just read this! I haven't really made back in the least, the money I've spent for the illustrations, BUT I feel wonderful to have the ebook out there. If it is possible for you to get a publisher, that would be GREAT! I just didn't have the patience to do that. I really want to self-publish a PRINT copy of my book. On my website, I notice that people click on the link that says "tangible book" where I have a waiting list. No one puts their name on the list, BUT it indicates to me that people want the tangible book. If I had the funds, I'd self-publish a print book immediately. I think it would cost me about $3000 for 24 full color pages. At that, it's only a soft cover. BUT, check with bookbaby. They seem to have gone the print route. Please don't hesitate to email me with any more questions at You can check Lucky's website at: also. (Hope I can give that here under the rules of hubpages. Cheers, Billie

ExpectGreatThings from Illinois on April 14, 2013:

I read this hub a month or so ago and thought (wrongly) that I had pinned it. Since I've spent the past 20 minutes trying to find it again, I thought I'd leave a comment so you'll know how worthwhile I think your information is! Thank you. Pinned it this time! And I hope that your book is doing well :) - Ginger

mminc13 on April 05, 2013:

Wow, this site was very informative. I am trying to get my picture book published and so far no luck. It seems like promoting your e-book is a lot of work! Is it feasible to make any money off of an e-book?

I don't know if this would help anybody but I have a list of publishers and a tracking download form that I created. I use it myself and it may help others???

Maggie Griess from Ontario, Canada on April 02, 2013:

I love That is so darn cute. "Out of the mouth of babes" comes some real original thought! :)

Billie Kelpin (author) from Newport Beach on April 02, 2013:

Thanks so much, Scribenet, (Your name reminds me of what a little 4 year old called my daughter when she was two after coloring with her with her curly hair one day. "Good-bye, little Scribble head," he said. I'm glad to have that sweet memory today!

Billie Kelpin (author) from Newport Beach on April 02, 2013:

Beyond, I didn't understand what you meant regarding wi-fi issues. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your comment :)

Maggie Griess from Ontario, Canada on April 01, 2013:

What a wealth of information you have provided here. Definitely bookmarking for future reference! Thank you so much!

Beyond-Politics from The Known Universe ( on April 01, 2013:

Very Informative (wi-fi issues)

John Paolo Magdaluyo from Philippine on March 26, 2013:

very useful Billie. be back here again when I'm free for the whole day. really like it.

Billie Kelpin (author) from Newport Beach on March 20, 2013:

I have about 42 different names I use...I don't know who I actually am anymore!

Nancy McLendon Scott from Georgia on March 19, 2013:

Thank you! That is great---I hope I can get around to getting one of my "works in progress" published soon. I'm publishing one soon that I plan to use a pen name for! (Makes you wonder, doesn't it)?!!

Billie Kelpin (author) from Newport Beach on March 19, 2013:

I'll copy the Amazon review! (I got a "fabulous" "fantastic" and "bravo" when I connected the review link to my facebook friends (Fun!) Thanks so much, again, Nancy. Let's stay in touch :) I'm going to connect your writing, brainstorming hubs to my languagerocks website's "Tutoring" section when I get around to that task #403 :). I'll let you know. Did you take a look at link from Lucky's site to kids' games outside that site? There's a link there to exercises I created with hotpotatoes for both high school and elementary kids if your teaching buddies are tutoring on the side or still teaching - take care, Cheers, Billie

Nancy McLendon Scott from Georgia on March 18, 2013:

I know exactly what you mean----would it be okay to just copy the amazon one? If you'd like, you could make some minor changes so it's not exactly the same----whatever you think.

I haven't gotten mine off the ground yet---hope to before long. I have several stories in the works----that's part of the reason I am lagging behind---too many things going at once.

I enjoyed reading "Lucky" and doing the review was a pleasure! Keep writing these wonderful hubs---they inspire me!

Billie Kelpin (author) from Newport Beach on March 18, 2013:

Nancy, Thank you so very much. I've been so swamped with trying to update our educational software that has trouble running on Windows (ugh) that I didn't see your WONDERFUL review on Amazon. I immediately copied the link to the comments and posted to my friends on Facebook. (I'm sorry, I couldn't help myself; it made me so happy:) I thinking my message board on Lucky's site could serve for reviews, but if you'd be willing to send me what you had in mind or I could copy your Amazon comment, I'll make a special review page, until I can figure out how to make one easily accessible on my website. You're quite lovely to have done this for our little "Lucky..." Please remind me if I was going to review your book...? It's the "busy thing" that's not getting me, not the age. (That's my story and I'm sticking to it!)

Nancy McLendon Scott from Georgia on March 18, 2013:

Soooooo helpful! If you remember we "talked" a few weeks/months ago. I purchased your book on Amazon (Lucky, the Left.....) and that allowed me to give you a five-star rating on amazon. I also connected my review to my facebook account.

However, I could never find the place on your website for me to post a review....sorry I seem to be "clutzy" with that aspect----and I looked and looked. When you have time, I would love to do a review on your website also. My grandchildren loved the book and I noted that also (I bought the e-book version).

Do let me know when you have a minute. You should be able to see my review---I think I posted it as simondixie. If not simondixie, then my name---nancy mclendon.

Enjoying your hubs so much---they're all upbeat!

Billie Kelpin (author) from Newport Beach on March 11, 2013:

Chris, thanks so much. I found that this experience will be useful for me when I publish a regular book as well; It's much easier when you don't have to deal with illustrations and the problem of adding text to images. I created an app too with ibuildapp and that's something you might like as well. Cheers, Billie

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on March 11, 2013:

Absolutely excellently written and equally excellent information as far as I am concerned. Thank you for this tremendous help. I hope to be using it in the future, although not on a children's book.

Valorie Esquilona from Philippines on March 01, 2013:

thank you Billie! I hope I could publish mine in the near future. Have a wonderful day every day!

Billie Kelpin (author) from Newport Beach on March 01, 2013:

Valorie, this field is constantly changing - even week by week. I'll try to update since we're trying to make "Lucky, the Left Pawed Puppy" into a narrated app. I really also have to read the Book Baby information on how to get reviews. Since I published through them, they are my "go to" people. Best Wishes. Let us hear about your book.

Valorie Esquilona from Philippines on February 28, 2013:

thanks for sharing! voted up and useful. this hub answerd my questions on how to publish a book.

Billie Kelpin (author) from Newport Beach on February 15, 2013:

ktrapp. Thank you so much for the kind words. I find that the ebook publishing part is extremely fluid and changing daily. I just noticed that the interactbuilder software that is mentioned has been updated and the software from Desktop Publishers as well seems more amenable to multi-media publishing recently. I'm trying to get "Lucky, the Left-Pawed Puppy" as an app and was trying A few months ago, the audio didn't seem to work for that software, but that website also looks updated. I'm trying to make a video to present on so I can get some funds to get "Lucky..." in print form, but I'm having a hard time being satisfied with the video. And one last thing, I've noticed that Bookbaby has lots and lots of ideas for reviews and promotion.

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on February 14, 2013:

This is such a thorough resource for anyone interested in self-publishing a book. I've read bits and pieces of how to's like this before, but honestly, this is the best I've seen since you get down into the nitty gritty of a lot of the types of things that stump people. I really like the "I Wish I had Known That" list. Voted up and useful.

Billie Kelpin (author) from Newport Beach on February 01, 2013:

Jacquelyn, Thanks for your comment. I am noticing that the information changes quickly. This field is very dynamic, but hopefully it will be helpful enough and the references will lead to other ones. I'll try to update as often as I can.

Jacquelyn Moore on January 31, 2013:


Thank you so much for the excellent article. It is the best I've read and I will use it as a reference tool for publishing. God Bless you for sharing your wisdom!

Billie Pagliolo from Laguna Hills, California on July 15, 2012:

Thank you so much for your comment, JakeFrost

Jake Frost from London, United Kingdom on July 15, 2012:

So much information here! This is an excellent article with lots of good advice, you have obviously spent A LOT of time with this and the time truly did pay up. This is great information for all the upcoming authors out there, I'll be sure to recommend this to those that I know with these sorts of issues. Thanks for writing! Liked, and marked Useful.

donaki78 on May 02, 2012:

Hi, Thanks for the response. I will definitely be checking into Mr. Rounds information. I'm not sure if it is appropriate, but I am more than willing to provide the digital version of the book to anyone who would be willingto read/review it. The general information about the children's book is available at and this is the review from a young reviewer:

Reviewed by: Jacqueline Tao, 14

Star Teen Book Reviewer of Be the Star You Are! Charity

The book Spectacular Journey tells the sweet tale of Boogie, a little pink rabbit, Kide, a brown bear, and Nahdoh, a white bear, who are the best of friends. They make their home in a forest on top of a high mountain, where they are surrounded by other animals and delight. Their most desirable location to relax together is the large oak tree. According to established customs, Boogie and Kide always listen to the stories of Nahdoh, who travels around the world. This, however, is their only information about the outside world. They had stayed inside their enclosed animal society their whole lives and yearn to experience the rest of the world. Their desire propels them to join Nahdoh on his travels. Throughout their whole journey, they meet a wide variety of new creatures, such as fairies and grizzly bears, and experience everything from a thunderstorm to swamp adventures to riding on a hot air balloon. In addition to seeing more of the world, they make many realizations and discoveries about different aspects of life. By the time they have returned to their former home, they feel as if it is so small and so different than before, yet they still love their home just as much.

I think that this book is very delightful and full of the excitement of an adventure story, yet also reveals the growth and realizations of the main characters as they make discoveries about life. The book would mainly be targeted towards kids ages 7-10. The prose is very suitable for their reading level, and the story would also appeal to them. The plot includes some fictitious characters and lots of rich descriptions. I think the life lessons that the animals learn on their journey could definitely apply to our personal lives as well. The characters are strongly made, each with their own distinct personality yet all demonstrating good morals and having a strong, lasting bond between each other. Also included are decorative illustrations that add to the descriptions. Overall, I think this book is very well-rounded and is a heartwarming read.

Billie Pagliolo from Laguna Hills, California on May 01, 2012:

Dear Donaki78, I just took a course here in CA from Mike Rounds. I bought his cd "Book Marketing for the Clueless" and I think he has youtube presentations as well. There is so much information that I'm just trying to digest it all now. I'm redoing my website for "Lucky..." and I was thinking about carrying other children's books by people on hubpages. Also, blogging is important and the social network. Do you know how to get a page on Facebook. Look on the bottom "create a page". I'll check your hubs and see if I can see your book. Then, if it's appropriate, I can put up a link to it on Lucky's site. (We have to help each other out).

donaki78 on May 01, 2012:

I already have a published children's book (Spectacular Journey, Ithaca Press) but I have no idea how to market it. Any suggestions?

Billie Pagliolo from Laguna Hills, California on April 19, 2012:

FaithDream, Lovely compliment. Thank you! I think it's ok to mention our blogs in these comments. I posted that in the article so there should be updates there. As I mentioned, the industry is so fluid things keep changing by the second. I'm exploring the promotion aspect and think it involves all of us working together to be come a force in this exciting arena :)

FaithDream from (Midwest) USA on April 19, 2012:

Thanks for all the insight. I'm so glad I found this article. I'm in the process now of publishing a children's book. I'm reading everything I can to understand the process and know how to format, etc.

Your hub is both insightful and well researched. Thank you for sharing this knowledge.

I will check your recommendations as I continue on my ebook journey. Thanks Billie!

Billie Pagliolo from Laguna Hills, California on April 19, 2012:

McKenzie, let's keep in touch. The market is very fluid and information keeps changing. I just went to an ebook publishing seminar last night which was helpful, and I'm still tyring to figure out the promotion thing:) Email me at if you'd like. I think if we all promote each other in each other social networks, etc., it might be very dynamic! Thank you for your comments!

Susan Ream from Michigan on April 18, 2012:

Where have you been bille? ((wink)) I'm so glad to find your hub it is chock full of what I need to know about publishing a children's book. I have begun a children's series here on the hubs but I don't feel hubpages is the place for good exposure. I am bookmarking your hub .. I so appreciate the groundwork you have already covered.



Billie Pagliolo from Laguna Hills, California on March 29, 2012:

BJ, I'd encourage you to just get started. Email with any questions. Thanks for your comment!

BJ Thingwold on March 29, 2012:

Sure is a wonderful Page. I am new to this. Have a Kindle and love it. Plenty of kids to write for. I see I have plenty to learn, must study this page first. I am working on an adventure story. More later.

Billie Pagliolo from Laguna Hills, California on March 27, 2012:

Simone, I recognize that cute icon of yours from the threads. Your comments made my day! Thank you.

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