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  Publishing Your Children's Book

Our goal is to simplify the self publishing process and help you successfully self publish your book. The information on this page is designed to help guide you step-by-step through the publishing process, but if you should have any questions, please don't hesitate to call us toll free at 1-866-944-2999 (ext 1).


Some of what we offer:


Landscape Printing Printing in the Landscape (wide) Format

Your Own Custom Website to Effectively Sell Your Book Online
Professional Quality Cover Design
Professional Page Layout
No Contracts to Sign
You Retain Full Rights To Your Book
A Barcode / ISBN Number
A Printed Proof
Marketing Advice Unique To Your Book
Profits are 100% Yours (no royalty agreements)
Quick / Easy Reprints
Promotional Posters





Professional Page Layout

We offer professional page layout at no additional charge. Simply submit your text and illustrations separately, and our page layout professionals will create an outstanding page layout for your book. Typically, our page layout team will provide a sample of the first 8 or 9 pages of your layout showing recommended font styles and sizes, page orientation (portrait or landscape), as well as text and image positioning. If you have already decided on these items, our page layout team will incorporate your preferences into the page design for you.


If you prefer to create your own page layout, please click here for some helpful page layout tips.



Editing Your Manuscript


We would strongly advise having your manuscript edited before submitting it. This is to avoid delays in printing due to last minute corrections. With cost in mind, many authors use the services of a friend or family member who is qualified to edit their book. This has worked well for may authors. Another popular option is to hire a student from a local college or university to provide an editing service. This option usually produces professional results at economical price. A third option is to hire a professional editor.

Note: As the author, we recommend you should not do the final edit. If there are mistakes, you will likely not catch your own mistakes, no matter how many times you read through your manuscript.



Planning Your Book


It is best to decide on what you would like your book to look like before beginning the illustrations. Some points to consider are:


  1. Page count - The number of pages contained in your book will impact the production cost of your book. We highly recommend a page count of between 20 - 28 pages. This will help to keep your production costs down. This will also limit the number of illustrations you will require.

  2. Page format - You will need to decide whether text should be placed on a page opposite the illustration or combined with illustrations on the pages. Having the text on its own page opposite the illustration page is a very popular page formatting choice as this style of format will result in the fewest illustrations (saving on illustration costs). If you decide to combine text with illustrations, text may be placed in various positions on the page depending on your preference. The location of the text may be different on each page of your book. This is quite common. If your illustrator provides a full page illustration which does not obviously allow space for the text to be placed, it will be necessary to lighten a section of the illustration to allow the text to be placed over the illustration. In some cases, it may be best to darken a section of an illustration the place white text instead. This would be provided at no additional charge as part of our free page layout offer.

  3. Page size - One of the most common page sizes for children's books is the 8.5" x 8.5" format. This is mainly due to the preference of many illustrators to create the illustrations in the square format. As a rule, the square format is commonly used when text is placed opposite the illustration pages, and not combined on the page with the illustrations. If text is to be placed on the same page as the illustration, or if the illustrations are to be produced in the portrait format, the larger page size of 8.5" x 11" is a good choice. This page size normally will allow adequate space to place both the text and illustrations without any problem. As well, there are many custom page sizes available such as the 8" x 10", or 7" x 9". There are no additional charges for selecting a custom page size under the standard 8.5" x 11" format.

  4. Landscape or portait - In some cases, it may be better to produce your book in the landscape format. The term "Landscape" is used to describe a page which is wider than it is tall. Since the first number of the page size shows the width of the page, a landscape book would be shown as 11" x 8.5" rather than the more common "portrait" style of 8.5" x 11". Another common landscape page size is the 10" x 8" format.

  5. Illustration size - Full bleed (or full page) is the term used to describe an illustration printed to the edges of the page. While printing your book with full bleed pages does not increase your printing cost, an illustrator may charge more for large full-page illustrations.



We suggest creating a physical paper mock-up of your book to determine the number of illustrations you will require. You will also be able to see whether text pages should be opposite illustration pages, or if the text and illustrations should be combined. The mock-up will also help you provide the illustator with detailed instructions of what each illustration should contain.

Finding and Working With an Illustrator


When searching for an illustrator, you should ask to see a portfolio of their previous work. It is important not to settle for a style of illustration that does not completely suit the characters or theme of your book. Once you have selected an illustrator for your book, you should write a simple agreement to prevent the terms from changing midway through the process. The following is an example of what should be included in your agreement:



1) The price of the illustrations


2) The timeframe in which the illustrations should be completed


3) While most authors are expecting to purchase the illustrations outright, many illustrators will insist on an arrangement where you will only have the rights to use the illustrations in your book and possibly for use on mugs, t-shirts , or other promotional items. You will have to decide which type of arrangement you are most comfortable with.


Upon request, we will forward a short list of qualified independant illustrators who have been highly recommended to us. To obtain this list, please call our toll free number at 1-866-944-2999 (ext. 1), or send your request by email to





Sending Your Illustrations - If you prefer not to send your original illustrations by mail or courier (UPS, FedEx), we would recommend scanning your illustrations and sending them to us as jpeg or tiff files. Our FTP site is a simple way to transfer your files to us online, no matter what the size.

Scanning Tips - There are many brands of scanners available on the market. Even the most inexpensive scanner will be able to produce the high quality images needed for printing. Properly setting your resolution will determine whether your images will be blurry, or high quality. Print resolution is measured in dots per inch (DPI). The more dots used to make up the image, the higher the quality of the image.


For best results, illustrations should be scanned at high resolution (300 DPI) in either the TIFF or JPEG file format. Jpeg is the most popular format as it results in a smaller file. If you are planning to increase the size of your illustration for printing in your book, it would be advisable to scan your illustrations at 600 DPI. Some scanners automatically default to 72 DPI between uses so be careful the resolution settings before each scan. Illustrations scanned at 72 DPI would not be considered acceptable for printing.


Note: Higher resolution is not necessarily better. A resolution over 600 DPI will increase your file size (sometimes dramatically) and may cause your computer to run more slowly. 


For those who are creating or coloring their illustrations using their computer, we've rated some of the most popular software for this purpose.


Adobe Photoshop

Most common software, has a large user base and strong community for tutorials and assistance.

4 out of 5
Adobe Illustrator

Very robust illustraton software, considered industry standard for professional illustration.

5 out of 5

This software is bundled with every copy of Microsoft Windows, but due to its limitations, it is not a popular choice.

2 out of 5
Corel Draw

A good alternative program, not the most popular software but has good support and functionality.

3 out of 5





Binding Style


The most common binding style for a Childre's Book is the quality softcover (also known as perfect bound or paperback) format. Generally, books containing 20 pages or more are produced in the quality softcover format while books containing fewer than 20 pages are produced in the saddle stitch binding format. The hardcover binding format is also available, but is not as common because of the higher production cost.







The cost of producing your book is dependant on three main variables. The number of pages, the page size of your book, and the number of copies required. Please click here to request a quotation online, or call us toll free at 1-866-944-2999 (ext. 1) for an immediate quotation.












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