How to self-publish a children’s paperback with Word is described in this post. A template to edit to create your own book, step-by-step directions, and a video will help you easily produce a simple 8.5″ X 8.5″ paperback. This post is for would-be authors who would like a more simple method to get started.
The video explains much of the process, and there is also a free step-by-step directions instant download. The Word Doc sample file may be downloaded and changed by you to create your own children’s book to upload to KDP Amazon. This is for a book with “no bleed” which means the color does not extend to the edge of the pages. There is a white border around the images and text on each page. I did not add formatting such as page numbers for this project and kept it simple, for my writing friends who do not have professional software such as Adobe Creative Suite. Word 2007 or later may be used to complete a manuscript.
This is the method I used to create my children’s paperback,Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story, which you can see in the next video by Castleview Academy.
I have been learning about self-publishing. I helped a friend and also my husband to do their own self-publishing. As I learned about preparing chapter books as eBooks and also as paperbacks, I then tried working with children’s books. As a result, I developed some very simple templates as I found the ones online to be confusing. I have added all my videos, PDFs, and Word documents to my course on this site, and this is the signup page.
There are handouts in my course, and other step-by-step PDFs to help with the aspects of self-publishing.
In the course, there are additional templates for publishing children’s paperbacks with full bleed (color to the edge of the paper). I used the PowerPoint template to publish The Frogs Buy a New House: An Economics Story for Children, which is sold on Amazon.
If you are interested in learning more, the full course has everything needed to self-publish chapter and children’s eBooks and paperbacks.
Using only Microsoft Word, fonts cannot be embedded, so the best fonts are traditional ones such as Times New Roman.
I hope you will like this templates, video, and directions.
You might also like to know how to not compress images in Word, although the information is covered above.
Carolyn Wilhelm is the author of The Wise Owl Factory site and blog. She has an MS in Gifted Education, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction K-12, and has completed the KHT Montessori 12 month program. She makes mostly free resources for teachers and parents. Her children's books are available on Amazon. She was a public school teacher for 28 years, three of those in a desegregation school, five in schools with the Minneapolis Choice is Yours program as a Wayzata teacher. She has been trained in numerous areas such as CGI Math, the National Urban Alliance, reading strategies, writing workshop, and others listed on her about page.