Tag Archives: self

How to Lay Out a Picture Book with InDesign

2 Jun

laptop computer loading printing coffee

I’ve lost count of how many people have told me they want to make their picture book someday. That’s why I created a whole Writing & Publishing tips section on this site (under The Archive, upper right). Let’s make that someday now.

One of the sticky points I ran into was digitally laying out my book. Once I had the final copy incorporated into the final art, there was definitely a “What now?” moment. Assuming you’re not a graphic artist, it’s intimidating! But it doesn’t have to be. In this post, I’m going to walk you through how to lay out a picture book with InDesign, step by step.

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Self Publishing Logistics

23 Mar

Please note that the following info is particular to print books. I’ll get to ebooks in a future post, I promise.

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So, you’ve weighed the pros and cons of traditional publishing versus doing it yourself, and you’ve decided to self publish.

Now what?

Decide which kind of self publishing you want to do.

That’s right. There’s more than one kind.
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Directions

10 Feb
Compass Poem Directions

“Compass Study” © Calsidyrose, Flickr Creative Commons

Sometimes in life, you just need to stop and ask the universe for directions.

That’s what I did, going into my recent trip to Hawaii with my husband and daughter. After years devoted to (and struggling with) two kids’ books near and dear to my heart, I left it up to vacation to provide some meditation and fresh insight.

In exchange I received these three “responses”:
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Return on Investment

18 Apr

1982CalculatorWhy is it so hard to invest in ourselves?

Is it parental guilt? A relic notion of “modesty”? The preservation instinct of the self employed?

Why, even in situations when the return on investment is quite obvious, does this feel so uncomfortable?

For instance, this weekend there’s a kids’ book conference, and I dilly dallied over whether or not to go. I even reached out to my writers’ circle on Facebook, seeking an impartial thumbs up or down. Their reply:

I bet you’d get a lot out of that … What is your hesitation?

What was my hesitation? The answer came down to three things.

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