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Sample Children’s Books


Sample Books for the Make Books Now! Indie Publisher Training & Action Program to show the 8×10 Template as well as how things print at POD printers: IngramSpark & CreateSpace

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These sample books were created specifically for students of School of the Free Mind and our Make Books Now! Indie Publisher Training & Action Program. While valuable on their own, classroom subscription is encouraged to get the full benefit from them.

Sample books show the 8×10 children’s book template that was developed for the Action Program with different art mediums, font styles, professional vs home scanning/photographing, minor image adjustments in Photoshop vs original scan/photo and how it all looks when printed at IngramSpark and CreateSpace.

Art Mediums shown: Pencil&Charcoal, Color Pencil, Markers, Acrylic Markers, Ink Pen, Ink & Brush, Watercolor, Acrylics, Potato Prints, Collage, Mixed Media

These sample books can be particularly helpful when creating the art for your children’s book, laying out your book and using the template, when adjusting images in Photoshop or other image editing software and when choosing fonts.

We have 6 different sample books available so you can compare & contrast the different printers as well as the different color, finish, and format options.

You can view the full book online in the classroom, login to view here.

**Recommend ordering these books prior to Step 6 (Create Illustrations Part 1) as they can assist in understanding the 8×10 book template as well as offer insight into art mediums. The sample books are specifically discussed in the webinar recording during Step 8 (pg. 89 in the workbook) and how they can assist with preparing Print-Ready files. It is also recommended that you order around 7-14 days prior to when you’d like to have the sample books in hand as we often ship directly from the printer.

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