How to make a colouring book for KDP

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Posted on September 8, 2021 by Yvonne Simpson

In the last few years, internet shopping continues to grow more and more, especially since the pandemic. One very strong market is Amazon, and you can easily earn a passive income by creating and uploading books. This is a great way to earn money as you will not need inventory lying around you and all of the work is done by Amazon. This is great as it means you will not have to find lots of money to start this venture and once you set up your KDP account, the rest is relatively easy.

Pre-made insert pages

One expense that I would not spare and which will make your life so much easier is a subscription to Creative Fabrica. There are thousands of images and fonts to choose from, and many designers have already made the KDP insert pages for you.

Make sure to check the commercial license

On Creative Fabrica you always have a commercial license with your designs. Some products on Creative Fabrica come with a specific Full POD license, and this license can be included with your subscription download, or can be purchased when the product is purchased as a single sale. Make sure to check first which license applies for the product you are looking to use for your KDP designs, and read Creative Fabrica’s Commercial License.

Getting Started

It really is that simple to get started, but I would like to show you how you can create your own colouring pages. I will use Canva to do this and you can easily create a free account. On the home page click create a design and insert the measurements of 8.5 x 11″.  

I usually make my colouring pages this size especially when creating a child’s book as this will be easier to handle and after doing a little bit of market research, I realised this is the most popular size. You can of course do other sizes and these can be found on the KDP website of which I will include a link at the bottom of this article. A very important factor when making a book is the margin size and again this will be found on the same website. As it is coming up to Halloween I thought it would be great to make a colouring book on this theme. I find using digital stamps a good way to create colouring pages easily. I found these designs made by Keepinitkawaiidesign. This designer has quite a few designs on the Halloween theme so the images can easily be swapped around. Notice the licence also allows for full print on demand use also which is great for KDP. Go ahead and download these to your device. 

Going back into Canva you need to make your margins. Do this by going to elements on the left-hand side of the screen and typing in square. This will bring up your options and it’s the free one you want. Select it and drag the sides to the size you want your margins to be using the KDP guide. 

As you will notice I have put in my margins and made them pink not for any particular reason apart from I like it that way. Make sure all four sides of the page have a margin on them. Once you have one page set up press the duplicate button and this will save you lots of time. I usually duplicate about thirty pages. Now you are ready to upload the images you got from Creative Fabrica. On the left-hand side, you will see the option to upload. I am using device because the images are on my computer. Locate the files and select them where they will upload into Canva. 

You will now have images imported, so you can select the image by clicking it and it will be placed on the page. You can drag it to your desired size by using the corners. A couple of points to be made here, as you will notice I have started on page 3 and the reason for that is because you have to imagine the pages as an actual book. The first page will be your introduction page and I will come back to that, and then the second page I would leave blank. The reason I leave a blank page between each one is so that this will relieve customer complaints about the ink leaking onto the next images. 

It is up to you how you want the colouring book to turn out so it really is a case of playing around with the images. I would consider downloading a few sets and mixing them up. You will also need to be careful not to touch the margins as your image will be cut off when uploading to KDP. You can of course do pages with images that go to the edge but these would be different measurements. You may need to do a little research if this is what you want to achieve. 

Now going back to the first page a nice touch to add is a welcome page. Using the text option on the left-hand side select a font to use. I clicked the “boo!” option. 

I added a little text to this page with an image from the set I downloaded. You can play around with the text and the size of the text. Your options will be on the menu bar at the top of the page. I created the grey box by choosing the square element from before, dragging it to size and changing its colour. This is a nice way to introduce your book. 

If you notice you at the bottom of the page you will see a box with a number in. By clicking this you can see all of the pages you have created in a different view. As you will see the book is coming together nicely. You will also notice I have used a few sets from the same designer and mixed them up. By doing this you will make your work unique and this will gain you great feedback. To leave this view just click the same box with the numbers. When making a colouring I would recommend a minimum of fifteen pages of images. Obviously the more colouring pages you create the better it will be. You could also make other pages but make these as crosswords or word searches. You would need to download this file as a PDF not forgetting to download all of the pages! I hope this tutorial has helped you and given you some inspiration to go and make your own.

Good luck and have fun!  Please comment and let me know what you have created. 

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