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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Kids Kindle Magnets Review

Kids Kindle Magnets is a new guide to publishing illustrated Kindle e-books for children by Amy Harrop and Deborah Drum.

It's currently on offer as an instant download from JVZoo at an introductory price of just $9.99.

Although I've never really thought about writing children's books before - or perhaps for that very reason - I was intrigued enough to shell out for a copy.

Kids Kindle Magnets comes in the form of a well-produced, 37-page PDF, which includes plenty of illustrations and screengrabs, and lots of useful, practical content as well.

Really, though, that's just one part of what you receive, since the manual has links to online spreadsheets, videos, articles, and so on, which expand considerably on the information provided.

The authors start by discussing how the latest generation of e-readers such as the Kindle Fire have created this new opportunity for children's writers. While the original Kindles and their rivals only offered black-and-white and were best suited to adult fiction, the arrival of this new generation of devices has made publishing full-colour children's e-books feasible for the first time.

And it's not just a theoretical possibility either. I've copied below a chart from the Association of American Publishers (AAP) comparing children's book sales in various formats in January 2011 and 2012.

As you will see, sales of children's e-books were valued at 22.6 million dollars in January 2012. That's a substantial sum, though still less than hardback and paperback sales. But compared with January 2011, it's an increase of 475.1%.

That's a stunning rise, and suggests that very soon sales of children's e-books will overtake paperback sales (as has already happened with adult books).

So the market is undeniably there, and in the remainder of Kids Kindle Magnets Amy and Deborah describe how self-publishing authors can profit from it, even if they don't possess any artistic skills.

The guide discusses a number of different options for creating illustrations for your books, including low-cost outsourcing. It goes into some detail on the need to optimize images, since Amazon charges publishers a fee for delivery costs of larger files, which can eat into your profit margins.

The actual e-book creation process is described in depth, with various options (all free) set out. Step-by-step instructions are given, with screengrab illustrations showing what you need to do at each stage. I thought this section would be useful for all types of Kindle e-book, not just those aimed at children.

One thing I really like about Kids Kindle Magnets is that the authors use their own e-books as examples when discussing different aspects of the publishing process. For example, we discover how Deborah got one of her children's e-books listed in the "Olympics" category but why it was turned down for "Keeping Active". All very interesting!

As you would expect, the guide sets out various ways you can promote your e-book, including the KDP Select program. There are some interesting and unusual promotional ideas which I hadn't seen before and will certainly be trying out myself.

Perhaps ironically, the one thing you won't find much about in Kids Kindle Magnets is the actual writing of your book. For that, I recommend How to Write a Children's Book in 14 Days by Mel McIntyre from my publishers, The WCCL Network, which I reviewed on this blog a while ago.

To be fair, though, Kids Kindle Magnets is really most concerned with picture books for very young children, and the amount of actual writing in such books is usually small. The authors do discuss the categories of children's picture book and what are the most popular, but really the emphasis is more on the practicalities of creating, publishing and marketing your book, rather than its literary qualities!

Overall, though, I thought Kids Kindle Magnets was an inspiring and informative guide, and it has certainly made me think seriously about having a go at creating Kindle e-books for this fast-growing market. For just $9.99, and with a 30-day money-back guarantee, you can't really go very far wrong.

Disclosure: Some links in this review include my affiliate code, so if you click through and make a purchase, a proportion of the fee will go to me. This hasn't influenced my review, but you should of course complete your own due diligence and read the sales page (and this review) carefully to determine whether this product will be relevant to your needs.

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Anonymous Michele said...

I was just wondering if this was for real and found your review. Thanks! I think I may give it a go.

1:29 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

No problem, Michele. As I said in the review, at the current price of $9.99 and with a 30-day money-back guarantee, you can't really go too far wrong.

9:02 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

Just seen an impressive follow-up review of Kids Kindle Magnets by "JamieSEO" on the Warrior Forum.

Jamie also bought the OTO (One Time Offer) - which I didn't - and wrote:

"After having tested out the methods in both "Kids Kindle Magnets" "Artwork Extravaganza" along with catching the webinar replay, I have decided to revise my initial review.

In my original review I concluded with "I highly recommend this WSO to anyone wanting to get into the children's Kindle book market."

But now...

I began using some of the methods in both books, along with the tips from the Webinar across my other niches and websites, in addition to children's books.

The results have been AMAZING!

I now recommend this as THE WSO for 2012 for anyone writing any kind of ebook.

Using just a few of the tips in these books I made my money back within a week, and now that I have implemented the other methods, including those in the webinar, I have seen traffic to my websites, landing pages and books increase.

My only addition is an excellent source of comic style images you can easily create and purchase from Pixton | World's Best Way to Make & Share Comics

Overall, the best money I have spent in 2012!"

You can see Jamie's full review by clicking through any of the links in my blog post. The review is comment no.56 on page 2.

11:20 AM  

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