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Benjamin Long Jr

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Writing a children's book - Kindle/paperback questions
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So I have a children's book I've been wanting to write for a while almost finished and have 2 main questions:

1. Does anyone actually buy Kindle kids books? While I read almost exclusively on my Kindle, all the children's books we have are hardcover or paperback. Now grant it those were all bought before our family even had a Kindle, so that might not be the best example. However, while I can't believe that people would buy these titles exclusively on Kindle nowadays, I was thinking that people might buy duplicates of their favorite titles on Kindle as an additional option so that they have all those books conveniently available, like when they travel or are just away from those books.

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2. If print really is the only way to go with children's books, are self publishing/print-on-demand options better than the query and pray options? I mean if you were going to publish (or try to publish) a children's book in today's world, how would you go about doing it?

Thanks in advance for your time and advice!

Donna St Felix

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Posted: Aug 30, 2017 10:04 PM   in response to: Benjamin Long Jr in response to: Benjamin Long Jr
 
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Benjamin Long Jr wrote:
So I have a children's book I've been wanting to write for a while almost finished and have 2 main questions:

1. Does anyone actually buy Kindle kids books? While I read almost exclusively on my Kindle, all the children's books we have are hardcover or paperback. Now grant it those were all bought before our family even had a Kindle, so that might not be the best example. However, while I can't believe that people would buy these titles exclusively on Kindle nowadays, I was thinking that people might buy duplicates of their favorite titles on Kindle as an additional option so that they have all those books conveniently available, like when they travel or are just away from those books.


Parents want a book that they and their child can hold in their hand.

2. If print really is the only way to go with children's books, are self publishing/print-on-demand options better than the query and pray options? I mean if you were going to publish (or try to publish) a children's book in today's world, how would you go about doing it?

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Notjohn

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Re: Writing a children's book - Kindle/paperback questions
Posted: Aug 31, 2017 2:44 AM   in response to: Benjamin Long Jr in response to: Benjamin Long Jr
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. If print really is the only way to go with children's books, are self publishing/print-on-demand options better than the query and pray options? I mean if you were going to publish (or try to publish) a children's book in today's world, how would you go about doing it?

I think a writer will always do better with a reputable publisher. (There are exceptions, but so few that it's like playing PowerBall.) But I saw the figures on typical children's book sales, and I was astonished at how low they are. So that's rather like buying a lottery ticket, too.

I agree that CreateSpace is the place for self-publishers to go.

Good luck! -- NJ

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Hope

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Re: Writing a children's book - Kindle/paperback questions
Posted: Nov 10, 2017 3:04 PM   in response to: Benjamin Long Jr in response to: Benjamin Long Jr
 
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All I write is children's books. (Write and Illustrate) I used another print on demand company for my first books. I just decided to go with CreateSpace with my new one and am very happy with everything!!! From the quality to just everything. Very pleased.
I just did the conversion to Kindle today. I do believe that a printed book for children's books is the best. But the times they are a changing and everyone has kindles these days.
With that being said I have a few questions. First there was a section that stated something about if you sold a printed copy of your book, would you be willing to offer the kindle for a discount? Or even free? I chose to do the free option, but wanted others input. I figure if they are purchasing it in print, why not. No royalties for free, but maybe they would be more likely to purchase it in print. I also am not sure if it turned out all that great, but really had no idea how to upload my files for the kindle. It is different with picture books. Anyway, any advise is great thanks!
Don Henwood

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Re: Writing a children's book - Kindle/paperback questions
Posted: Nov 10, 2017 3:29 PM   in response to: Hope in response to: Hope
 
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I've written a few stories for children. The first has been a learning experience, but I heard back from a woman in India who read the book to her niece and the little girl loved them. That alone made it worthwhile. My second book, dealing with Otters you can follow the thread about Otter being slang in gay community. Who knew.

Even if you don't sell a bunch of books, do it anyway. Because!
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Benjamin Long Jr wrote:
So I have a children's book I've been wanting to write for a while almost finished and have 2 main questions:

While I read almost exclusively on my Kindle, all the children's books we have are hardcover or paperback.

What's that tell you?
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