Release of The Self-Publishing Manual: Create and Publish Your Own Print and e-Book

Self-Publish manual buy from AmazonI am pleased to announce the release of my new book, The Self-Publishing Manual: Create and Publish Your Own Print and e-Book, by J. Bruce Jones

The Self-Publishing Manual takes you through the book publishing process from beginning to end. It answers your questions and shows you how to publish your book. The book is organized into three parts.

Part 1 covers key publishing questions such as where do I publish? How do royalties work? What is an ISBN number? How to create a KDP/Kindle Print Book or a Kindle E-Book and how does copyright work?

Part 2 is an overview of the creating and publishing process. The Self-Publishing Manual breaks it down into 12 clear and easy to understand steps. We start by creating the content, then design and layout, and finally publishing and marketing.

The Self-Publishing Manual includes three checklists, the Self-Publishing Checklist, the Launch and Marketing Checklist, and the Best-seller Checklist.

Part 3 is the bonus section, we learn how to launch our book as an Amazon best-seller. How to create a book using my Top Ten Technique and we wrap up with a publishing resource list. The Self-Publishing Manual contains the latest information on KDP/Kindle publishing.

Part 1. Key Question to Ask Before You Begin

Part 2. Writing, Creating and Publishing Your Book

  1. Writing Your Book
  2. Collect Your Graphics Assets, Images, Pictures, and Charts
  3. Key Elements that Your Book Should Have
  4. Editing Your Book
  5. Pre-Edit Printed Proof
  6. Six Different Options for Publishing Your Book.
  7. Creating a Kindle e-book, Including a Kindle Formatting Guide
  8. Creating a KDP.Amazon/Amazon Print Book
  9. Creating a Quick Print Book
  10. Uploading and Publishing Your Book
  11. Launching and Marketing Your Book
  12. Re-purposing Your Book Content for Additional Products

Part 3. Bonus Content

Making an Amazon Best-Seller • Best-Seller Checklist • Top Ten Technique for Creating a Book • Publishing Resources

Bruce Jones is an international best-selling author. He has created or authored over 40 published books. The Self-Publishing Manual shares Bruce’s secrets from over 30 years of graphic design and book publishing.

The Self-Publishing Manual is available at Amazon in both paperback and Kindle e-book.

Print Paperback Link

Kindle e-Book Link

Beta Release: 7 Steps to Publishing Your Book Course is Live

I am announcing the Beta release of my 7 Steps to Publishing Your Book Course. This course will be releasing over the next number of weeks as I complete the content. The course includes videos, handouts and worksheets. 7 Steps to Publishing Your Book is designed for the new or beginning author that has started or wants to start their book but just doesn’t know what to do next in putting it all together. One of the more common questions I get asked when I am consulting with authors is “Whats Next?” So during the course release I will be surveying members, getting feedback and adjusting so we build the kind of course that gets your books published up on Amazon. I hope you join in and learn how to publish your book.

To signup for the course please click here

The course is broken down into 7 Modules:

7 steps to publishing your book1. Your Best Tips, How to pull together the outline for your book and focusing on your subject.
Modules One video are up: Starting Tips to Get Your Writing Started and Building Your Platform.
2. Writing and Editing, expanding out your subject matter. Includes templates and worksheets. Video are up.
3. Design, Layout and Formatting the Interior of your book based on where you are publishing it, Kindle, paperback/CreateSpace/Amazon, local quick print or pdf. I have the Kindle Formatting the book interior videos and now complete and up. CreateSpace to come
4. Design, Layout and Formatting of the Cover for one of those 4 formats. Includes templates and worksheets. We have a pretty good case study set of videos on building a book cover for a CreateSpace paperback book with the author Ed Morneau. He stopped by and I was able to sit down with him and record the session
5. Publishing Your Book, File prep and getting your book ready for uploading, setting up your publishing accounts
6. Uploading your Book Files, step-by-step for Kindle and CreateSpace
7. Marketing your Book, Video and pdf on basic tips anyone can do to market their book is now up and also a two part video on building your book blog.

Bonus. Re-purposing your content for other products.

Course Update: Doing good, lots of video now in and I have move the course to a new membership site with some better organization

I am offering an entry level price while we are in Beta and that will rise as the modules become completed. Current price is $79.95

Lets Make and Publish Your Book Today, This Month, Right Now!!!!

Publish Your Book TodayYes you can write and publish your book right now. It is not that hard, you can do it. Join me on the journey of getting your book done. I have been procrastinating building a course on how to publish your book. Well that has to stop and I have to get this done. I am putting my stake in the ground and am starting. We will do it together.

The course I am working on breaks down into 7 topics:
1. How to pull together the outline for your book, your subject
2. Writing and Editing, expanding out your subject matter
. Includes templates and worksheets.
3. Design, Layout and formatting the insides of your book based on where you are publishing it, Kindle, paperback/CreateSpace/Amazon or quick print
4. Design, layout and formatting of the Cover for one of those 3 formats. Includes templates and worksheets.

5. File prep and getting your book ready for uploading, setting up your publishing accounts
6. Uploading your book files, step-by-step for Kindle and CreatSpace
7. Marketing your book, basic tips anyone can do

Bonus. Re-purposing your content for other products.

The Beta version of the course is now live, 7 Steps to Publishing Your Book This Year

How I Built a $1,000/Month Publishing Business Using Amazon

I had the honor recently of being asked to contribute an article to the Make Market Launch It newsletter. MML is a great product creating program and a outstanding community to be part of. I have been a member pretty much since the beginning. They asked me to write an article recently about some of the publishing milestones I have obtained in 2014, and to share some of my book publishing secrets with the rest of our community. I thought I would also include them here for everyone else. To learn more about MML and see the original article please click here.

2014 was a great year for my publishing efforts. I had my best year yet for book sales, selling just over 3,600 books split over 32 titles, totaling over $11,000 in sales. My goal was to get to $1,000 in book sales per month, and I have now hit that for the last three months.

Blank Sheet Music BookMy best selling book, Blank Sheet Music for Guitar, sold over 1,000 copies. I also have some books that sold just one copy. Most of my sales come from my paperback books sold through CreateSpace/Amazon, using their print-on-demand service. I am completely in the non-fiction area of the market with books in music, geography, children’s, business and coloring, so I do much better with paperbacks then I do with Kindle.

Over the past few years I have learned a lot about publishing books, and I’d like to share a few of the major lessons I learned.

Lesson #1: Don’t Rely on Amazon

My number one bookselling tip is that you need to market your books outside of Amazon. Amazon will help, but it’s up to you to carry the bulk of the effort.

I sell books in five different markets but two of them make up most of my sales: 1) music instruction/writing and 2) geography. For both of these markets I have built websites that heavily highlight the content of the books and then drop ads in around the edges with direct links to Amazon.

Essential Chords for Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele and BanjoFor my music books, I created and featured one of my main books, Essential Chords for Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele and Banjo. I created a web graphic for each page of the book, dropped in good descriptions (including alt tags, which search engines focus on) and ads along the sides, linked to Amazon.

The graphics attracted Google traffic and the ads on the sides generate book sales via Amazon. I also set up a mailing list and a 12-step auto responder series that gives away additional PDF samples of the book alongside a sales section linked to Amazon to drive even more traffic to my Amazon sales pages.

Notice that, although I don’t rely on Amazon to generate sales for me, all my marketing efforts do point there. My websites drive traffic to Amazon. All book videos have calls to action to buy the books on Amazon. All my Pinterest graphics are linked to their matching book on Amazon. I also cross-sell inside of my books. Each book highlights other books in the series. Everything points to Amazon, allowing me to concentrate all of the traffic I get on my sales pages on Amazon.

Lesson #2: Pay Attention to Research and Stats

When I have an idea for a book, I look at similar books and their reviews on Amazon. For my blank sheet music books, I discovered a couple of key things missing in many blank sheet music books—and I made sure these things were included in my books and highlighted in the sales copy.

Doing research can also help you discover a large market—for me, it was coloring books—so you can create books that people are already interested in buying.

Lesson #3: Focus on Volume

On the book publishing side of my business, I am well aware that I work in a world of 1% conversions—just like direct mail. You need traffic and lots of it. That is why I work so hard to make my content so easy to find and why I give so much away. I expect most people to look and not buy. But that doesn’t stop me from always rewarding the website visitor with what they are looking for, along with the option to buy a book.

For me, traffic numbers are super important. That’s where I focus my attention in terms of marketing and statistics and I constantly work on my website content to attract visitors.

Lesson #4: Keep Publishing

You just don’t know what is going to work—even with all the research and stats. You need to keep creating new books and continually publishing because, even when you’ve been doing this a while, you’ll still get surprised. I tend to find that the books you work on the most and the longest tend to sell the least. The books you get out quicker tend to sell more. Maybe when you work on a book for a long time, by the time you get it out you missed the trend? I don’t know.

My advice? Keep creating and publishing.

How to Make Children's Picture Books for KindleBruce just released his first online video course on “How to Make a Children’s Picture Book for Kindle.” Click here to learn more about the course.

About the Author
Bruce Jones
is a Boston-based graphic designer and has been selling products online since 1996. He is the author of over 32 books and many other products. To find out more about Bruce visit his website:

ISBN Numbers, Do we need them, Yes or NO?, what are the and how do they work?

It is kind of mixed, ISBN which stands for International Standard Book Number and is manged by, and are the numbers that are used to track print books and help with distribution. You have to have one if you are going to be distributed to bookstores. They also indicate who the publisher is. They cost $125 each but you can reduce the cost if you buy a bundle of them. Most of the major print on demand companies,,, will supply ISBN numbers for free when you use their services, but you will have their name as the publisher. You can also buy them and use your own and the publisher will be your name. Kindle books don’t use ISBN numbers.

I think the decision comes down to if you are going to be a publisher or an author. If you are going to be selling physical books and distributing them through books stores then you have to have an ISBN number. If you are just going to stay on Amazon then you can use theirs. You can also do both, but distribution requires the number.

A couple of things to remember,
1. there aren’t a lot of book stores anymore and most book stores won’t take print-on-demand books from CreateSpace. If you are going in that business then maybe look at for printing. You will be the distributor
2. Unfortunately most books don’t sell all that much so to taking a $125 hit right off the top might be the total sales of your book. Ouch.

What do I do? I just use the CreateSpace ISBN, it is way easier. I don’t really care who the publisher is, I just want to make books and sell them. You can always change, nothing is locked in, you retain all the rights to your books and content. Take the $125 and put it to marketing, especially on your first couple of books, then see what happens.

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Publishing Tuesday Newsletter, 12/16/2014

Winter has hit in many parts of the country. We have been lucky so far in the Boston area, but I know it is coming. Be sure to read the second article below, it is excellent on being a publisher. Also be sure to check out the 3 part series on launching your book

Having a newsletter is a lot of work, just getting this simple one out is hard, but they can be very powerful for building your presence and promoting your products. Penny Sansevieri gives us some great tips on building one.

On of the best articles I have read on being a publisher, which we all are if we self-publish our books.

12 Tips on how to create a mailing lists to sell more books by Penny Sansevieri. Your mailing list is one of the most important elements of you book platform

12 Ways to Create a Mailing List That Will Sell Books: Tip #33 of 52 Ways to Market Your Book

I have got to be doing this. How to use Slideshare to promote your book. Think of Slideshare as YouTube for PowerPoint presentations.

A 3 part series on launching your book from Launching is always tough and this series gives you some great tips

Part 1, All about your writer platform

Part 2, The nine elements you need for your launch page

Part 3, You just launched your book, now what

My Best Book List of How to Publish and Market Your Books

Alright here it is, my short list of my favorite publishing books. These are the books I turn to for information on publishing. There are other resources also but this is a good list to get your feet wet. Not in any particular order. All of these books can be found at My next list will be on some of the websites I follow to keep up with the latest info on what is going on in the rapidly changing world of publishing. Love to hear your comments and what book your use.

Write. Publish. Repeat. (The No-Luck-Required Guide to Self-Publishing Success), by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant

Write. Publish. Repeat

Write. Publish. Repeat

As the subtitle says, “The No-Luck-Required Guide to Self-Publishing Success.” Write, Publish, Repeat tells the tale of how Platt and Truant write and market their books. These two guys have a writing partnership and this book takes you through the process. This is a how to write book and a how to sell book. These guys take you through the process of your covers, titles, formatting, pricing and publishing on different platforms. The part I really like is how to set your books up as a funnel. Learn how to bring your readers in and then move them through your series of books. Basically make more books, make more money. I highly recommend this book for the funnel process alone. It is one of my favorites.
Write. Publish. Repeat.: The No-Luck-Required, Guide to Self-Publishing Success


61 Ways to Sell More Non-Fiction Kindle Books

61 Ways to Sell More NonFiction Kindle Books

61 Ways to Sell More Non-Fiction Kindle Books, by Steve Scott

One of my favorite people for Kindle and Amazon strategies. This book is filled with ideas for how to use your book for marketing, your efforts and your book. I really like the quick list of 10 ideas right up at the front. This book talks about promotions, building audience, sales techniques and just making your book work for you. Steve’s site is also on my favorite list. I highly recommend subscribing to site and following his blog.
61 Ways to Sell More Nonfiction Kindle Books


Kindle Publishing Package: How to Discover Best-Selling eBook Ideas + How to Write a Nonfiction eBook in 21 Days + 61 Ways to Sell More Nonfiction Kindle Books by Steve Scott

This Kindle pack includes three of Steve Scott’s books including 61 Ways to Sell More. I haven’t read the other two, How to Discover Best-Selling eBook Ideas and How to Write a Nonfiction eBook in 21 Days but if they are anything like his other book or website they should be excellent.

Kindle Publishing Package: How to Discover Best-Selling eBook Ideas + How to Write a Nonfiction eBook in 21 Days + 61 Ways to Sell More Nonfiction Kindle Books

Your First 1000 Copies

Your First 1000 Copies

Your First 1000 Copies: The Step-by-Step Guide to Marketing Your Book by Tim Grahl

Tim Grahl is a book marketer and has worked with some of the best writers in the business turning their books into best sellers. This is a book about how he does it. Tim takes you through a process of developing open communication with your audience, engaging them with your content, introducing yourself to your readers, pulling in sales and tracking the results. He calls this the connection system. This is a how to book.

Your First 1000 Copies: The Step-by-Step Guide to Marketing Your Book


Making a Best Seller

Making a Best Seller

Author Quick Guide to Making Your Book a Best Seller by Kristen Eckstein

Kristen is a book coach. She has a ton of advice spread over many short information packed books. This is one of my favorites of her books. It is filled with tons of hands on tips about setting your book up for being a best seller. She talks about finding your niche and categories, setting your book up for organic sales in Amazon, finding people to promote your book and building continuous sales. One of my favorite parts of this book is how to set up your book launch. This is a key part of selling your book. I like all of her books but this one is a great addition to your library.

Author’s Quick Guide to Making Your Book a Best Seller


Don't Make Me Think

Don’t Make Me Think

Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, Steve Krug

This isn’t a writing or publishing book, it is a book on web usability. But in reality it is a book on how to think. I recommend this book all the time for anyone working on their website. But it also applies for designing your book covers and your marketing material. It is a short read that really makes you think about what you are designing or putting out to the world. Repeat this title when you are working on your title.

Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (3rd Edition) (Voices That Matter)


How to Market a Book

How to Market a Book

How to Market a Book by Joanna Penn

I have been reading Joanna Penn’s book How to Market a Book, learning what to do as I market my Animals Love to Play books, it is excellent, really excellent. For tips and techniques for marketing your book start with this one. Joanna Penn is a very accomplished writer and shares what she knows and learns with her audience. This book is filled with great advice. This book covers marketing principles, understanding your market, cover design and editing. She then moves on to understanding your platform, list building, speaking, networking, podcasting, book trailers and much more. The last part of this book is about how to launch your book. The entire launch process is so critical these days for getting your book out the door, Penn takes you through the process.

This book has been recently updated and is also include in the The Indie Author Power Pack: How To Write, Publish, & Market Your Book.

How To Market A Book

How to Format Your Books for Kindle, PC and Mac

How to Format Your Books for Kindle, PC and Mac

Building Your Book for Kindle for Mac by Amazon
Building your Book for Kindle by Amazon

The big question is “How do I format my book for Kindle?” It can be hard or straight forward. These are the guides from Amazon that tell you how to do it. The key is keep your book simple, just follow what the tell you to do. One for PC and one for Mac MS Word. The main difference is how you build your Table of Contents. On the PC it is automatic on the Mac you have to build it. Not hard, just follow the instructions. Same for uploading to Kindle, just follow the instructions. At the moment the Mac version is under review, you can use the PC one except for the TOC stuff.

Building Your Book for Kindle

Building Your Book for Kindle for Mac

From Word to Kindle

From Word to Kindle

From Word to Kindle by Aaron Shepard

From Word to Kindle: Self Publishing Your Kindle Book with Microsoft Word, or Tips on Designing and Formatting Your Text So Your Ebook Doesn’t Look Horrible by Aaron Shepard is also pretty good for learning how to format your Word document for Kindle publishing. Shepard covers some of the things that the Amazon books don’t. Like lists, tables, more info on styling and spacing. He takes you through the entire process from formatting to submitting your book and previewing. This is worth having in your Kindle formatting library.

From Word to Kindle: Self Publishing Your Kindle Book with Microsoft Word, or Tips on Designing and Formatting Your Text So Your Ebook Doesn’t Look Horrible (Like Everyone Else’s)

Publish and Profit

Publish and Profit

Publish and Profit by Mike Koenigs

Publish And Profit: A 5-Step System For Attracting Paying Coaching And Consulting Clients, Traffic And Leads, Product Sales, And Speaking Engagements by Mike Koenigs is another #1 Amazon book for him. This book highlights Mike’s ideas about how you can use what you know to create a book and then use that book to help you develop clients and business. Basically your book becomes your calling card. I pay a lot of attention to what Mike says and I also pay attention to how he says it. This book like Steve Scott’s book and other use the power that Kindle gives you to connect your book to the larger world. Kindle books can have live http links in them. Your book is one long brochure. Mike really uses this technique by putting links at the ends of every chapter that connect into his marketing funnel. As with many of these writers pay attention to the words and also pay attention and mimic what they do, very powerful. All of Mike’s books are filled with very practical tips that you can use right away.

Publish And Profit: A 5-Step System For Attracting Paying Coaching And Consulting Clients, Traffic And Leads, Product Sales, And Speaking Engagements 2014 Indie E-book Survey

Mark Coker of Smashwords has released his 2014 survey of the indie ebook market. He always revels some great info on where the market is going and things we need to pay attention to. is one of the major distributors of indie e-books

Some key points from the 2014 survey
• The e-book sales power curve is extremely steep
• Readers prefer longer e-books
• Pricing, always a big questions, sweet spots seem to be hanging around $2.99-$3.99 with $3.99 a pretty good spot for fiction
• Free still works for now. Take a look at Amazon Select for this, also your own site
• Preorders yield sales advantage, also building anticipation for your book
• Series yield sales advantage, Amazon has recently realigned itself around this
• Best-performing series have longer books
• Free series starters pack a punch
• Non-fiction earns more a higher prices.

You can read a nice summation at, below is a copy of the presentation.

Introduction on How to Self-Publish Your Book

The description for my upcoming book seminar

Participants will learn about the ins and outs of how to self-publish their book. This seminar will take you through the basics of self-publishing today, the tools you will need, and the websites that you can publish your book on. This session will cover e-books and print books.

This seminar will identify where to publish, the tools needed to design and make your book, and how to prepare your book for uploading to a publishing site.

The workshop will also cover a basic understanding of the Amazon sales page and the information you can gather from it.

Also covered will be an introduction on how to market your book and how you can re-purpose your book’s content for additional opportunities. Included will be a resource guide along with the workshop notes.

How to Make a Picture Book and Sell it On Amazon, Part 1

I am in the process of putting together an actual and on-line course on How to Self-Publish a Picture Book. I have written a basic outline around how to self-publish a picture book on CreateSpace and Kindle and thought lets pull all this together right here in the blog and write the full version. One of the points I teach about marketing your book is to start the marketing at the same time you start the writing. One of the easiest ways to get started is to write your book right into your blog. Let it take shape here, attract some readers, have them sign up for your mailing list and build some followers.

1. The Type of Book You Are Making
One of the first decision you will need to make is what kind of book are you releasing. Is it a text only fiction book, a picture book, a non-fiction how-to-book, a children’s book, a paperback, an e-book, or both the list is pretty big. Depending on what you decide, it will determine where you will publish and the process you will go through to make your book. With all of the options available today you can very often pick several different ways to publish the same material. For my own books I often start with the print version and then move to e-book and then maybe a pdf. Some books start as e-books first others start as print.

2. Deciding on the Publishing Platform
At the top of everyone’s publishing list is Pretty much the largest distributor of books on the planet. Amazon has two options for self-publishing. You can go with a print-on-demand paperback produced through their division or an e-book that is read on the Kindle e-book reader. Some books work great on both platforms and some a little better on one. Kindle works great on books that are pretty much mostly text. But more and more picture books are going that way also.

Lets define some terms:
Print-on-Demand: POD is a technology where the book isn’t printed until an order has been placed. Books are printed one at a time as orders come in.This has become a very efficient way of printing because you don’t need to have any inventory sitting on shelves. Print-on-Demand has also moved way beyond just books, it also includes mugs, t-shirts, posters, almost any kind of specialty item. Websites like and produce all kind of products. For paperback books one of the largest POD printers is which is a division of We will be using for our picture book.  The Print-on-Demand technology has exploded publishing and allowed small publishers and indie authors to print and sell books. Other popular POD printers are and

E-book: E-books are full length books in digital form. The book can contain text, images or both. They can be read on e-book readers, computers, tablets, and smartphones. The most popular reader is the Kindle by The Kindle comes as a physical device and as a reading app on pretty much any electronic device. There are two basic e-book formats, Mobi which works on just the Amazon Kindle and Kindle readers and ePub format which works on all the other devices such as Kobo, Nook, iPad and many others.

Most main stream books these day are released both ways, e-book and print and sometimes audio. A lot of indie authors and publishers release just on Kindle because it is pretty easy and inexpensive to do. Print takes a bit more effort but in reality is pretty straight forward. There are many ways to get your books published on Amazon and all the other platforms. You can do it yourself or hire people or services to do it for you. Generally most people recommend setting up your own book accounts on Amazon for both print and e-book and for all of the other platforms using a service like or Many of the print-on-demand services also have their own stores and are building relationships with Amazon and others to give you full distribution.

Lets Go Through the Thought Process
You want as big a distribution as you can get, world-wide would be great. Paperback black/white or color book, standard sizes, text or images, you go with E-Book, world-wide distribution, mostly text such as a fiction or romance book, Kindle/ Kindle will pretty much do anything. The books will play on any electronic device, and can be bought all over the world. More and more picture, children’s, rnon-fiction, really any kind of book now works this way. Where I have seen issues is when the book has extensive formatting, lots of charts and graphs, then things get a little strange. But Kindle is pretty flexible. One of the great things about CreateSpace is that the per book printing price is very competitive, in fact if you are printing extras for use at a conference or event the prices are excellent.

You want to kick your book up a notch. Give it a hardcover or maybe a cover wrap, you are going horizontal, or spiral binding. How about some really nice photos or maybe you want that thicker paper. Then you want to look at print-on-demand printers like or Both of these companies do a great job and are now offering direct ties to for selling. can produce some really high quality books.

One of the cool things from is their BookWright software. To produce a designed, printed book you generally need some kind of page layout software like InDesign to build your book. But one of the trends is the development of book design and publishing software like BookWright. You don’t need anything, just your text and your images and you can build your book right on-line. This trend is also happening on the e-book side with on-line applications like Kobo Writing Life, Nook can do this also. I think this is the future, build your books on-line. there are also many other picture book sites that allow you to make the boo without any software.

For this project I am going to build a picture book that we will sell on Kindle and CreateSpace. To be a little different I am going to build it in PowerPoint. What did he say, yes PowerPoint. PowerPoint is a pretty amazing software that almost everyone has and can create a pretty nice book. I would normally use Adobe InDesign for my book layout software but I want to have as many people as possible be able to follow me.

3. Basic parameters of the picture book we will make
• 7″ x 10″, approx. 24 pages
• Layout and production, Microsoft PowerPoint
• Publishing and Kindle. Ideally I would like to make a horizontal book because this is going to be a picture book, but because doesn’t really have this orientation we will go vertical. The Kindle works either way, and 7″ x 10″ fits pretty nicely with the Kindle 1:6 screen ratio.
• Pictures, 300dpi, color, jpg

To figure out the book size we look on the site and at the printing options for a color book. CreateSpace offers a wide range of sizes, I usually pick the Industry Standard sizes so I can take advantage of the widest distribution.
Visit here for book specs

General parts of a book
Title page
Front Matter
Copyright and legal disclaimers
List of illustrations and tables
Table of contents
Author bio, Contact info

For my picture book we will have a little simpler layout
Title page
Copyright and legal matters
Author Bio

Sample Images for my Torrie Pines Beach Picture Book

Sample Images for my Torrie Pines Beach Picture Book

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The text below here is still a work in process

Assembling your content
Pictures, drawings, illustrations
From a stock site, look at the rights issues, publishing, e-book, print-on-demand book, pdf book
Using images from you own camera, iPhoto,

Text for the book,
Title page text
Pick a topic

Images and Artwork
Collecting Images
Cleaning up images for the book, standard size and resolution
Any color adjustments
Match the picture size with the book page dimensions and layout

Picture book, kids
How to Book on a topic, pictures and images

Amazon book page
Understanding the basic sales page and the parts
How to research your book topic
Importance of book reviews

10 Ten technique for writing