Like most things, the trick is to work smarter not harder.
Step One: Learn the basics.
So while most people go through a lengthy learning curve trying to make sense of the rather horrid help files that Amazon provide, the smart ones throw down a few bucks and get a step-by-step, easy to follow course and software that will do a lot of the heavy lifting for them.
One super low-cost course I recommend you check out is Coloring Books Empire, which has been around for a few years now and recently got fully updated for 2020, so you know you have the very latest, up to the minute training and tools.
Step Two: Get content.
Obviously, if you are a great artist you can churn out your own coloring pages in no time flat. But if you’re like me and have the drawing ability of a labrador, then you will need to source images that you can legally use.
There are a number of ways you can do this…
- Use the software from Coloring Books Empire.
- Purchase content with resale/reprint rights and package it into your own books (there are some sources at the end of this article to get you started)
- Hire an artist on Fiverr, Upwork or People Per hour.
The important thing to understand is that you never have to do a single drawing yourself.
Step Three: Remember that people DO judge books by their covers!
Don’t cut corners when it comes to cover design. If you’re not good at it, don’t just use a cover making tool, because as easy as they make it, if you don’t have an eye for that kind of thing, you’re going to end up making something that looks unprofessional and doesn’t SELL you book.
Again, outsource this part if you have to. I have got some AMAZING covers created for $5-$20 on gig sites and when you consider the cover is largely how people decide if they want to look at your book or not, this is a worthwhile investment.
Step Four: Rinse and repeat.
The biggest mistake I see people making when they come into this, is they make ONE book and upload it and when it doesn’t become an overnight success they quit.
That is just dumb,
You need to play the numbers a little, you need to have more titles so your books come up in related searches and in that “people who looked at this also looked at…” section.
The nice things is, once you know how… You can create these in super fast time.