A Step-By-Step Guide On How To Create Your Own Children’s Book

One of Old Mate Media’s main services is helping parents and other creative writers start, create and publish children’s picture and story books, and to bring them to life online and in bookstores. What we’ve discovered through our own life experiences is that making up stories to fascinate our children is something that comes naturally, so what if you could actually make those stories into real books? In fact, what if you could actually make money from them by selling those stories to other parents to read to their children? And what if doing this wasn’t a huge investment?

You don’t have to be an artist. You don’t have to be a writer. You don’t have to be a web developer or a video producer or a distributor. All you need is an idea, and your journey can begin. For a more detailed breakdown of the steps listed below, check our services in the main menu.

This is Your Journey

For full transparency, we’ve broken the production of children’s book down into each component so that you can understand the process and request a quote specific to your needs. Before we start:

So You Have An Idea for Children’s Book

Children’s stories can be incredibly simplistic, or wonderfully detailed. They can be obviously educational or theatrically fantastical. Some rhyme perfectly, and others jump around erratically. There are no rules. We find a good place to start is just to talk to your child and listen to the way they describe our world. Now you have an idea; begin by jotting it down. Turn that idea into sentences that set up that idea, carry through that idea, and conclude that idea. Break those sentences up into pages. Now you have a story.

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Step 1: Get Started

Contact quote@oldmatemedia.com about your desire to turn your story into a children’s book. We’ll sign a non-disclosure agreement to protect the security of your idea, and will send you an example template on how to prepare your story for the process detailed in the following steps. There will be two aspects to this template – how to show your text and how to brief an artist.

Step 2: Editing

Members of our team have worked as editors for some of the biggest magazines and websites on Earth. This process involves two key elements; the first is about moulding your idea into a natural storyline and ensuring it makes sense from page to page, start to conclusion. This includes trimming any fat from the text to downsize on page count, and subbing for errors. Then second element involves ensuring the communication between you and the artist is accurate, so that the finished art looks as close to your vision as possible

Step 3: Art

This is the longest step in the process as depending on your page number it can take quite a long time to create the art as you can imagine. Old Mate Media has a team of artists on hand that work across a range of styles – we start by establishing the general style you are after, and then going through initial concepts for key characters. Then we begin producing the art.

Step 4: Layout

Once the art and story are created, they need to be laid out for publication. This process involves taking the text and the art and combining them together on a page, linking it all together into a book, establishing meta-data and testing across formats. At the end of this step, you will have a version of the book you can examine and enjoy, but it won’t yet be available for sale.

Step 5: Distribution

Once your children’s book is ready to be published for sale, you will need to upload it to a location online where consumers can reach it. There are an obscene amount of options out there, but obviously the best place to start is on the big hitters like iOS and Amazon. At this point – assuming we have not entered into a profit-share agreement – we can deliver you your book as an ePub and as a PDF, and you can self-publish these as you desire. Alternatively, Old Mate Media has developer accounts set-up, and we can publish the book for you through this portal and transfer revenue across to you as it comes in.

Step 6: Website (Optional)

You do not need a website in order to sell your book. As part of your package, we will post a blog about your book to the Old Mate Media website, and you can link to that and use it as part of any self-promotional activities as a base approach. Alternatively, we can design up a website unique to your book (or book series if you plan on doing more than one) that fans can land on. We can simplify this and look after the whole process for you, but some key questions to ask yourself in regards to this manner, and perhaps be proactive with, include; do you have a domain name? Do you have the website hosted? Will you upload and forget, or do you need it to be maintained? Have you set up social accounts for your book?

Step 7: Trailer (Optional)

Nothing helps advertise a product like a video. We can put together a small video trailer that shows of your book that you can upload to YouTube, share on social media and use to help promote your book’s existence.

Step 8: Theme Tune (Optional)

It’s quite extravagant, but we have made theme tunes for Children’s Books, which allow you to have a memorable jingle that can play when you load up a web page or when you load up a book on some formats, such as iOS.

Step 9: Promo Images (Optional)

As we’ll discuss with you in detail, there is no such thing as luck when it comes to digital sales of anything, in particular your Children’s Book. You will need to self-promote and be active in forums and social feeds, pushing for reviews on websites and uploading to news sites. To do this, you may want an additional array of supporting images – for Twitter and Facebook, or app icons for sharing. Old Mate Media can give you the whole suite of marketing material, generated from the main book images.

Step 10: Translation (Optional)

English is a great starting point for your Children’s Book, but you increase your potential audience dramatically by getting your story translated into other languages. Perhaps Spanish, or French, or Japanese. Old Mate Media designs Children’s Books with translation in mind; which means we keep our text and art as separate entities that are merged together. This allows us to change the text into a new language, without having to create new art. Old Mate Media can get your text translated into additional languages.

Step 11: Brand Strategy (Optional)

Perhaps you want to more than just create a book for your child and sell it on the side. Or even a few books. Perhaps you want to create something bigger. Old Mate Media offers a coaching service to help you create a brand strategy around your book so you can turn into a series. This is about creating a brand that has the potential to expand beyond your Children’s Books and become something of interest to investors or networks. It involves character development, series structure, building and developing a persona as an audience, managing a social following and creating content beyond the book itself.