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Old 02-03-2012, 07:38 PM
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Default Publishing a children's ebook

Since a couple of my aspirations include becoming a children's author and writing an ebook, why not combine the two?

Have any of you written a children's ebook?
How long is a typical children's ebook - words or pages?
How did you go about creating illustrations - drawn by hand and scanned, computer generated??

My blog is tied to instilling the love of reading in children, so my children's ebook could be placed under my "bookstore" tab.
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Old 02-03-2012, 08:13 PM
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Default Use Amazon Kindle eBook

Tenderone,
I haven't done any children books whatsoever. It sounds like a neat idea to put a childrens book into a ebook format for the kindle on Amazon. I think it sounds like a great idea. You may want to create the pictures and then scan it into the computer.

The people that you need to attract to be impressed with the book description and cover is the parents, relatives, and children. Friends help too. You might want to set the price pretty low in the beginning to get parents to be willing to give it a shot since they don't know who you are.

I think children books are really short. I would say probably fiften to twenty five pages. I'm not quite sure though!

I think you'd have more success using the kindle amazon program to sell your ebook than just using a store link on your website though.

Let us know how it turns out! Good luck! :-)
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Old 02-04-2012, 12:03 AM
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I started a story for children a good while ago, but haven't worked on it in a good while because of other ones I'm doing.

I think you need to consider what age parents would buy a Kindle for a child and gear your stories to that. I'm not sure what age that would be, maybe earliest 2nd or 3rd grade?

There's no reason why you couldn't write stories for the younger set that a parent could read along with the child who was only learning, so that would be another part of the market.

Just my personal thoughts, but I would write more than 15-20 pages for a story, even if only going for the 99 cent market. Maybe you should check what is available in children's books and try to discern how long the popular ones are now. I'd try to do a series and name the next one to come out and give a date/month when it should be ready -- and so on. If the kids loved the story, they will want to look for the next one.
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