Simple Guide: How to Publish a Coloring Book on Amazon

So, when it comes to thinking about publishing a coloring book on Amazon, start with the concept of two types of books, we'll call what most think of when thinking of a book a "regular book" and then a book full of images that would be colored, "a coloring book"

Now let's compare the process of publishing each one:

First we will focus on the publishing process of a regular book and then compare that to a coloring book.

The steps for publishing each type of book are similar, but there are some differences to keep in mind.

For example, when publishing a coloring book, you'll need to make sure your illustrations and designs are print-ready and formatted properly for a physical book.

With a regular book, you'll focus more on the writing and editing, and make sure the text is formatted correctly, for both the physical book and an e-book version.

Real quick, let's look at some examples of successful self-published coloring books.

Example of Two Popular Self-Published Coloring Books:

Both of these books are best-sellers in the coloring book category on Amazon, and self-published by Jade Summer, probably the biggest and most well-known self-published coloring book brand on Amazon KDP.

As you can see, coloring books can be successful when self-published on Amazon.

No matter if you are publishing a "regular book" or a coloring book, the key is to make sure you have a well-designed and high-quality product that appeals to your target audience.

Do You Know the Difference Between a Self-publisher and a Traditional Publisher?

A traditional publisher is a company that provides a range of services, such as editing, design, marketing and distribution, to help authors publish their books.

They usually finance the publishing process and the author is paid royalties based on the sales of the book. A self-publisher, on the other hand, assumes full control and responsibility for the publishing process and covers all costs, including editing, design, and marketing.

They retain full control over the content and distribution of their book and receive a larger share of the profits.

How Do You Identify a Self-Published Book on Amazon KDP?

On Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), you can identify a self-published book by looking for the words "Independently published" or "Self-published" on the book's product page.

Additionally, the author's name will typically be listed as the publisher, rather than a traditional publishing company.

You can also check the "About the Author" section to see if the author mentions self-publishing or being an independent publisher.

It's worth noting that not all self-published books will have these labels or mentions, so it's not a foolproof method of identifying self-published books.

However, in general, if a book is not published by a well-known traditional publishing company, it's safe to assume it's self-published.

Step by Step Guide on How to Publish a Coloring Book on Amazon as a Self-Publisher:

  1. Create Your Coloring Book: Draw or illustrate your coloring pages and put them together in a book format.
  2. Choose a Format: In this step you would normally decide whether you want to publish a physical book or an electronic book (e-book), or both. But a coloring book is going to be a physical book. (Not to say that with technology that is available you couldn't publish a e-book to color on certain electronic devices, keep you mind open to this future possibility.)
  3. Convert Your Book to the Right Format: To publish your physical book, you'll need to convert your pages into a print-ready format.
  4. Set Up an Account with Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing: This is where you'll publish your book and make it available for sale on
  5. Upload Your Book: Follow the instructions on Amazon's website to upload your book and provide all the necessary information, such as the title, description, and cover image.
  6. Choose Your Price: Decide how much you want to sell your coloring book for and set the price on Amazon.
  7. Publish Your Book: Once everything is set up, hit the publish button and your coloring book will be available for sale on Amazon!

As stated at the beginning of this blog post, when it comes to self-publishing a book on Amazon, there are what we called two main types: a coloring book and a regular book.

You've now seen the process of self-publishing for both types of books and how they similar, but there are some key differences between the two.

And we already covered that, when self-publishing a coloring book, you'll need to spend most of your time on creating high-quality illustrations and designs that are print-ready or can be converted into a PDF file for an e-book. 

Whereas with a regular book, the focus is more on writing and editing, making sure the text is well written and formatted correctly.

Another difference between self-publishing a coloring book and a regular book is the target audience.

Coloring books are usually marketed towards adults and children who enjoy coloring as a leisure activity, while regular books can be aimed at a wider audience, depending on the genre and subject matter.

When it comes to publishing your book on Amazon, the process is the same for both types of books.

You'll need to set up an account with Kindle Direct Publishing, upload your book, provide all the necessary information, and choose a price.

However, the preparation and formatting will be different for each type of book.

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At the end of the day, while the process of self-publishing a coloring book and a regular book on Amazon is similar, there are important differences to keep in mind when it comes to creating and formatting your book.

Happy Publishing!