Self-publish Your Children's Picture Book the Smart Way.

Create and Publish Your Children's Book With Traditional-Publisher Quality for Readers and Educators Around the World!

It's time for you to share your story with the world. You've spent precious time and energy, and have made every effort to make your story the best it can be. Congratulations, this is a huge milestone.

Now for the next step ...

It's time to turn your manuscript into a quality children's picture book that stands side-by-side with the big trade publishers. You'll have a beautiful, credible book to offer readers, teachers, educators, retailers and librarians.

“Anthony and the team guided me through the process of building an author platform for myself, built a website, liaised with printers and publishers, organised resources for my launches and supported me every step of the way.”

–Robin Adolphs

“Book Cover Cafe offered professional and supportive production services as well as how to set up my own indie publishing imprint, guiding me all the way.”

–Karen Tyrrell

There's no question that first impressions count when people are considering buying your book. One of the reasons why some self-publishers don't get the acceptance from retailers, bookstores, librarians and avid readers they desire is because they don't understand the importance of creating a credible, professional book.

We'll help you do just that. Craft a quality picture book and self-publish the smart way so you can avoid the nasty downsides of using vanity publishers and looking like an amateur.

Here are a few of the colourful picture books we've recently helped bring to life!

Everything You Need to Turn Your Word.doc into a Globally Published Book

As your personal publishing team, we're ready to help you create, publish and release your book-baby to make a powerful first and lasting impression. Which means you'll sell books!

The care and attention we provide has been recognised by our industry, resulting in awards for our genuine advice and quality services. We're passionate about helping people just like yourself with our combined experience of over 25 years in publishing, with staff having worked at Penguin and Scholastic.

Bestseller Cover Design

Make your first impression count with an eye-popping cover design!

Get a stand-out cover design including front, back and spine, along with an optimised eBook cover and website promo images. You will be able to choose from multiple front-cover concepts, and make some revisions. It's all included.

Print Layout/Typesetting

Avoid looking like an amateur indie author with messy, uneven and unprofessional interior design. We'll create a unique layout that will have readers immersed in your book with a custom-designed interior ready for printing. Librarians and retailers will take you seriously. We give you the finished files so all you have to do is upload.

This includes text design, placing all illustrations, front and back pages, and creating a print-ready PDF.

EBook Conversion

Say NO to messy and broken eBook files!

We'll provide you with an eBook that looks like the print-book design in every way technically possible. It will look awesome to anyone who buys your book.

This includes both EPUB and Kindle files ready to upload, clickable links, and custom coding for quality presentation.

Files are fully tested and e-check validated for retailer compatibility.

Keep 100% Profits and Sell Anywhere

Self-publish the smart way and enjoy maintaining control and flexibility. Sell your book to readers around the world without being restricted by vanity publishers and other third parties. No licensing fees, no withholding rights. You own 100% of the copyright.

Printing and Distribution

It's your choice whether you print one book, or a hundred books. Enjoy a cheaper cost per book when ordering print runs for yourself to sell to schools, workshops and events. Take advantage of wider distribution to retailers and libraries at the click of a button. Change your pricing and choose your book size. The power is in your hands.

All this is covered with step-by-step training videos inside The LAB course modules.

Amazon eBook Set-up

Publish your eBook on Amazon, the world's number one eBook retailer. Take advantage of Amazon's in-build promotion features. Set and update your own pricing any time. Choose your categories for better book rankings which gives your book more visibility. Publish your eBook the smart way with complete control and flexibility.

All this is covered with step-by-step training videos inside The LAB course modules.

Editing

Editing children's picture books requires a specialist editor who understands rhythm and rhyme using various word and sentence structures. Our editors have previously worked at the world's largest children's publishers. Make sure you've had professional, objective eyes look over your manuscript before you publish to avoid negative reviews. Our editors will work with you to make your Pulitzer shine!

Editing is a two-pass process where your editor will cover structure, rhythm, rhyme, point of view and characterisation. This also includes email support for answering questions.

Editing is separate. For the best book possible, it's recommend to have had your manuscript assessed and edited first before purchasing these production packages. For the assessment and editing service click here >>

Marketing & Sales Toolbox

Get access to a collection of marketing and sales tools to help you promote and sell your books. Tools and templates to help you build your author email list, help you blog, ignite online sales and make the business of selling books direct to retailers, organisations and at expos easier.

Included in every package!

"Book Cover Cafe delivers a service that was beyond my expectations. They are quick, courteous, and they nailed my cover concept with a brilliant and innovative design. I definitely recommend them to publishers and self-publishers alike."

—S.W. Belcher

“I did a give-away and over 500 people placed in on their to-be-read shelves on Goodreads. This was great! This is due to your talent and care with my book. I will highly recommend you to others. Thank you again for your care with this book.”

—Laureen Peltier

 

  
 
Cover design concepts
Cover revisions
Cover design, spine/back*
Royalty-free images included
Keep 100% rights & profit
Print format/typeset
Placing of your illustrations*
Print format/typeset revisions
Print-ready files to upload
Free barcode*
Marketing & sales toolbox*
Optimised eBook cover
eBook conversion, Kindle+EPUB
Online promotional images
Additional design features*
Access to our printer & illustrator black book
Full membership to The LAB video training

BASIC

$845
Print + toolkit
Cover design concepts : Up to 3
Cover revisions : Up to 3
Cover design, spine/back*
Royalty-free images included
Keep 100% rights & profit
Print format/typeset
Placing of your illustrations*
Print format/typeset revisions : Up to 2
Print-ready files to upload
Free barcode*
Marketing & sales toolbox*
 
 
 
 
 
 

PRO

$1095
Print + eBook + toolkit
Cover design concepts : Up to 3
Cover revisions : Up to 4
Cover design, spine/back*
Royalty-free images included
Keep 100% rights & profit
Print format/typeset
Placing of your illustrations*
Print format/typeset revisions : Up to 2
Print-ready files to upload
Free barcode*
Marketing & sales toolbox*
Optimised eBook cover
eBook conversion, Kindle+EPUB
Online promotional images
 
 
 

BESTSELLER

$1395
Print + eBook + set-up + toolkit
Cover design concepts : Up to 4
Cover revisions : Up to 5
Cover design, spine/back*
Royalty-free images included
Keep 100% rights & profit
Print format/typeset
Placing of your illustrations*
Print format/typeset revisions : Up to 2
Print-ready files to upload
Free barcode*
Marketing & sales toolbox*
Optimised eBook cover
eBook conversion, Kindle+EPUB
Online promotional images
Additional design features*
Access to our printer & illustrator black book
Full membership to The LAB video training

Packages include books up to 2000 words. All prices in AUD. Excludes GST for Australian customers only.

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How the Process Works

Step 1

Once you've decided on which package you’d like, click the green button and you'll be prompted to complete the project form. The form will ask you to complete the following:

  • Select which book size you would like, either 7"x 10" or 8"x 10" or 8.5"x 8.5" or 8.5"x 11". These are the most popular trade-book sizes for maximum compatibility across the publishing industry.
  • Enter your book description, which may be used on your back cover and/or for reference purposes.
  • List any cover ideas you may have. If you don't have any, don't worry because our designers will come up with something magical. For marketing reasons it's often better if our designers are not limited.
  • Upload your final manuscript file, which should include your extra pages such as 'About the Author' and 'Acknowledgements'. Only upload once these extra pages are included and you've followed our manuscript preparation checklist.
  • Enter your book information such as title, subtitle (optional), author name, website URL and any other text for the cover.

Step 2

Once you have submitted your order form, you'll receive a confirmation email from us within 24 hours. An invoice for your chosen package will then follow via email.

Step 3

Once your payment has been received for your selected package, your project will begin as scheduled and you'll receive a welcome email that includes a link to your Marketing & Sales Toolkit. Please allow sufficient time for project completion as you'll be required to review and approve project concepts. Design, formatting, conversion and review time takes approximately 5 to 7 weeks.

“I could not have asked for a better self-publishing experience than the one I had with Book Cover Café. I can honestly say I knew I was in excellent hands and definitely look forward to working with Book Cover Café again in the future!”

—Diana Anderson-Tyler

“You and your team have done an outstanding job. This entire process has been seamless, timely and highly professional. Please pass on a well done to all involved. Thank you!”

—Michael Scheffel

FAQs

Q. What type of payment do you accept?

A. Payments are accepted via PayPal, credit card or bank transfer (EFT). Payments for packages are required to book in your project. A PayPal invoice will be sent via email with the details.

Q. Why is editing not included in the packages?

A. Editing is not included because some people have already had their writing edited or proofread and just want the rest of the publishing tasks as they move forward. This way we simply have it as an optional add-on for those that want editing.

Q. How many changes can I make to the typesetting/print layout?

A. Up to two rounds of revision are available, which include layout/style adjustments. This does not include significant editorial or content changes as these should have been addressed in a proper edit.

Q. Do you offer rush fees?

A. No. We don't offer rush fees or time frames. The book-publishing process is a layered one that needs everyone's considered attention.

Q. How long does a book cover design take?

A. It takes from 5 to 7 business days to receive your first cover-design drafts for review. You'll need to allow time for review and revisions.

Q. What files do you accept?

A. We accept Microsoft Word files including .docx, .doc and .rtf. Make sure your manuscript is free of comments and track changes. Paragraph text should be consistent with chapter or section headings using Microsoft Word's default heading styles. Please refer to our manuscript preparation checklist.

Q. How long will typesetting take?

A. This depends on the size and complexity of your book. Generally most books take between 7 to 10 business days for typesetting to be completed. You will need to factor in review time for yourself as well and it's important not to rush the process.

Q. What does the publishing POD set-up involve?

A. This is where you'll get access to private training videos and support for publishing your book via print on demand and Amazon Kindle, removing guesswork and mistakes you may make on your own.

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