Recently, I had been trying to self-publish my coloring book (journal). I had been working on the illustrations for the past 2.5 months. Today, I found Joanna Penn’s How to Produce and Self-Publish an Adult Coloring Book with Meg Cowley podcast. I am super excited, because it seems like colouring books are still going strong. So I still have a chance!
Podcast Highlights: How to Produce and Self-Publish an Adult Coloring Book with Meg Cowley
In this podcast by Joanna Penn, she interviewed Meg Cowley who’d self-published a few coloring books. I will highlight some of the key points I got from the interview.
1 – Be as productive as you can and put out your work as quickly as possible.
2 – Illustrations in adult coloring books are different from children’s coloring books. Work mainly in black and white, and don’t give preconceptions about what your audience should do or how they should colour.
3 – Pick a theme for your book.
4 – Include a variety of complexity, some can be more complex, some less.
5 – Be careful about copyrights, i.e. what kind of rights you are giving away when working with external party
6 – Meg Cowley uses a Wacom Intuos 4 (need to look more into this thing! I don’t like drawing with my mouse)
7 – add colour to your cover to catch people’s eyes
8 – research similar products to decide on the format and the pricing of your book
9 – when illustrating, think about how your colourist is going to colour the pages
10 – have welcome page to build relationship with the audience, and make them feel that you care about their enjoyment of the product
11 – use keywords to get you noticed on amazon
12 – no ebook version, but possible pdf copy, so they can print
13 – one advantage of self-publishing is the speed you can put your books out onto the market
14 – can also produce different products in addition to books to diversify income – e.g diary, notebook
Wow! What a podcast! It is jam packed with information, and it definitely gave me a big encouraging push! I always like to hear what other people are doing, and how they are going about doing this. It is always so inspiring to see how other people are making it, which makes me want to become better. If you are also interested in creating your own coloring books, listen to the podcast or read the transcript! I love you Joanna Penn! Thank you Meg Cowley!