Publishing 'Plug the Monster Rapper'

Updated: Aug 16, 2020

For anyone interested in how to go about self-publishing a book, this is an outline of what I have done so far to publish 'Plug The Monster Rapper'.

As soon as the illustrations were complete, I decided to go ahead and self-publish 'Plug the Monster Rapper'. I wanted to finish it and have a physical copy to read to Daisy (5) and give to Molly (12) and Ruby (10) before they get any older (even though they already know the story by heart after all this time!) I also have three nieces and six nephews who still love a good bedtime story, so I didn't want to wait any longer.

Again, after a lot of research, this is what I did to get 'Plug the Monster Rapper' to print.

  1. In the Procreate App on the iPad, I saved all my images at at high resolution (300 dpi) and sent them to my computer.

  2. I used Adobe Pro (initially the free trial) to bring the images and text together into PDF pages - I found this a little tricky and it took me longer than I wanted, but in the end it worked well.

  3. I bought my own ISBN number (£89.00) from Nielsen UK ISBN Store which gives me control over my book so that I can have it printed anywhere.

  4. Buying my own ISBN also gave me the opportunity to create my own publishing imprint, so the Wee Bird Books publishing company was born and I designed a logo for it.

  5. Then I opened a free account at Kindle Direct Publishing and began the process of uploading the PDF version of my book. This took me about a week, working at it for a few hours each evening and one late night just to finish it off.

  6. Once KDP had reviewed my submission, 'Plug the Monster Rapper' was available to buy on Amazon! (this took about 48 hours)

I have recently found and purchased on Amazon a fantastic book by Karen Inglis 'How to Self-publish and Market a Children's Book: The key steps to self-publishing in print and as an eBook and how to get your story into young readers' hands Kindle Edition. It is full of useful information and explains the whole self-publishing process in detail.

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