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We The People: Self-Publishing Resources

Thank you for your interest in getting more
Radical & Relevant books out into the world!

Get started on your publishing journey with the PDFs below or contact Matthew if you need more customized help.

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The 3R's of Children's Books as a Radical Act:

3Rs of Children's Books as a Radical Act by Maya GonzalezThe 3R's of Children's Books as a Radical Act take the power away from silence and invisibility and focus on bringing VOICE and VISIBILITY to our communities and kids.

The 3 R’s—Reflection, Reclamation and Regeneration—help us envision a full and effective path of action that ultimately supports true power rising from our communities in the form of our OWN VOICE. (Read more about Children's Books as a Radical Act - including statistics on IPOC authors)

Download the 3Rs PDF - 1 page (988 KB)
(Also available to purchase as a 12.25"x17.25" poster)

Who's Involved in Making a Picture Book? - flow chart:

This fun flow chart talks about the different people involved in making a children's book and can be helpful to get an overview of the different roles whether you're going with a traditional publisher or considering self-publishing. This is from the Make Books Now! Indie Publisher Training & Action Program through our School.

Download the Flow Chart PDF - 1 page (1 MB)

Traditional or Alternative? Who's Helping Make My Children's Book? - a self-publishing worksheet:

This worksheet is also from the Make Books Now! Indie Publisher Training & Action Program through our School and is a helpful tool to think about what assistance you might need when self-publishing. Also talks briefly about the different roles in traditional children's books publishing.

Download the PDF Worksheet - 1 page (1 MB)

Typical 32 Page Children's Book - Spread Overview:

Overview-of-Book-Spreads-web-200pxThis PDF is from The Art of It e-book that accompanies The Heart of It: Creating Children's Books that Matter e-course through our School. Discusses the "industry standard" 32 page picture book and why that is as well as optional layouts within that standard and what endpapers are.

Download the Spread Overview PDF - 2 pages (692 KB)

Write Now! Make Books for Kids (of all ages!):

write-now-make-booksA free video series and downloadable 30 page packet that, while geared toward kids, is still a valuable resource for understanding how the story and art for a picture book is created.

View the Series & Field Guide