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How to Publish a Coloring Book

January 26, 2021 (Last Updated June 22, 2022)

Marcy G.

People looking for a stay-at-home activity have rediscovered coloring books. Coloring provides stress relief and a creative outlet, perfect for all ages. 

If you’re artistically talented, you may enjoy self-publishing a coloring book. You can create custom drawings, scenes and designs people will love to color.

If you’re wondering how to self-publish a coloring book, 48 Hour Books has helpful tips. We also have the resources you need to create and sell your book: design assistance, formatting templates, and print on demand for as few as 10 books.

Publishing a Coloring Book for Kids

Kids love to color! Self-publishing your own kids coloring book is a great way to inspire a love of art. Here are some tips to get you started:

·      Pick a theme for your book and then create designs that play off the theme.  

·      Make sure your images contain large enough spaces so you don’t frustrate a younger audience.

·      Consider adding text below the images to help teach young readers.

Publishing a Coloring Book for Adults

If you’re wondering how to publish a coloring book for adults, 48 Hour Books can help.

Here are some tips:

·      The design options for adult coloring books are endless – patterns, intricate designs, garden scenes, animals, fantasy, and sci-fi.

·      Make your designs difficult enough to offer a challenge, but not too difficult. They should be mentally challenging but relaxing.

·      Coloring books for adults come in a range of sizes. In addition to your most common sizes (8.5” x 11”), there are small, pocket-sized books (easily portable) or larger sizes (for displaying finished coloring pages in a frame).

How to Create and Publish a Coloring Book

Here are some of the most common questions related to publishing a coloring book:

What size are coloring books?

The most popular size is 8.5” x 11”.  For some designs, a landscape layout might work better (11” x 8.5”). The size you choose is a personal decision, and with self-publishing, you have that creative freedom.

How should I create my art files?

When creating a coloring book, you can choose to sketch your art files by hand or use an electronic sketching pad. When it’s time to print, you’ll need electronic files, so if you draw your images by hand, scan your drawings. Your images should be at least 300 dpi (dots per inch) to print in high-resolution.  

How do I prepare coloring book files for print?

To print your coloring book with 48 Hour Books, you’ll need a print-ready PDF file of both your inside pages and the cover. If you need help formatting your interior pages, 48 Hour Books offers book formatting templates.

How do I design a coloring book cover?

Your cover design will be one of your best marketing tools. At 48 Hour Books, we offer cover design assistance, including a size calculator to determine cover measurements and our Create-a-Cover design service.

Which paper works best for coloring books?

Coloring books must be printed on uncoated paper so the color will adhere to it. 48 Hour Books offers uncoated (offset) paper stock, and we recommend using a 70# or 80# paper weight. This thicker paper prevents colors from showing through on the opposite side and provides the extra durability needed for coloring.

By ordering our Ultimate Guide to a 48 Hour Book, you can see our paper options up close before making your selection.

What are the best coloring book binding options?

Typically, spiral coil works best for coloring book binding. 48 Hour Books uses durable plastic coil in a wide range of color options. We can find the right color to match your design. 48 Hour Books also prints paperback and saddle stitch (stapled binding) books. If you choose one of these binding methods, consider perforating your pages to make them easier to tear out. We can provide pricing for perforated pages.

How fast can you print my coloring book?

48 Hour Books can print coil-bound or saddle-stitched books in five business days. We print perfect bound coloring books in just two business days. You will need to add shipping time to your production schedule. If you need your books printed faster than that, we have rush and super rush options available to speed up production.

How many books can I print at a time?

With 48 Hour Books high-quality print on demand services, you can print as few as 10 coloring books at a time, or as many as you want! We make reordering easy, so you can simply place your order online, or talk to any of our helpful team members.

How much does it cost to publish a coloring book?

If you want to self-publish a coloring book, 48 Hour Books offers a quick and easy price calculator. By inputting a few details, you can get an idea of what it will cost to print. Once you have your printed books, marketing costs depend on how you plan to sell. Read our marketing tips here.

If these tips on how to publish a coloring book have your creative juices flowing, why not partner with 48 Hour Books to print your coloring book today!


 

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Comments

[email protected] November 10, 2022

I turn my photos of my dog into coloring pages. Would love to turn into coloring books . I need to know how to do this?

48 Hr Books November 14, 2022

Hello! Please call us at 800-231-0521 to learn how to set up our files. We will connect your with one of our designers to help answer your questions!

Karen windsor May 09, 2022

I have made four coloring books and I am working on number five. I would like to have them published. Can you help?

48 Hr Books May 09, 2022

Hello! We are not a publishing company, but we can print your coloring books. Once your files are ready to print your coloring book, you can place an order at 48HrBooks.com. If you plan to sell your books in stores or online, you will also need an ISBN & Barcode, which you can request on our online order form! We do not handle marketing or distribution, so this would be set up on your end. If you have questions about our printing services, please call us at 800-231-0521 today.

Carlie Hammond April 28, 2022

Do you work with trade printers on pricing? American Wholesale Print Shop 5756 Appalachian Hwy Blue Ridge GA 30513 706 632 6122

48 Hr Books April 29, 2022

Hi Carlie! We offer a 15% discount for trade printers. When you place your order, let us know in the "comments" section and we will apply this discount to your order. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 800-231-0521!

Peter Amari April 27, 2022

I have a design for a coloring book which has artwork and a hand written story. The lettering needs to be worked on, uniform lettering, I would like to have the paper size a little larger than 8.5" x 11": 12" x 9". Single page printed, black ink. Cover in color. There are only 8 pages which includes the colored cover.

48 Hr Books April 27, 2022

Hi Peter! We would be able to print this for you. Since there are special options involved, feel free to call us to get a quote: 800-231-0521

Carolyn Mack March 12, 2022

If the #’s to be put into an electronic file are photos of drawings, Is this compatible with you printing process?

48 Hr Books March 14, 2022

Hi Carolyn! Yes, we can print photos in your book. The quality of the images of your drawings you see will be the same quality they will print, so keep this in mind. If you have questions on how to set up your files, please give us a call and we will connect you with a prepress technician: 800-231-0521


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