Let's get crafty and learn publishing elements through DIY book making!
Our Book Craft events are a great way to engage people of all ages in learning the steps leading up to self-publishing a book.
Here is a list of the supplies we've found useful for this project. Although, dont' forget about other optional additions like puff paint, stickers, or eco-friendly glitter. Have other fun or unconventional materials you've used? Please share them with us! #HelloBeesties:
Download the Printable List
Plain printer paper
Cardboard/cardstock in various colors - cut to the two size options
Hole punch (1 hole for 6 x 9 or 3 hole for 8.5 x 11)
- Colorful string or yarn
Stapler *if using staples instead of string
Scissors (safety scissors are great for younger crafters)
Craft glue (stick or Elmers)
Markers, crayons, or colored pencils
Letter Stencils (optional for the cover title)
Fun scrapbook paper
Metal ruler and mat, cutting board or trimmer
Step 1. Develop Your Story
Let's get started on the writing process! You'll begin by starting to write a new story or polishing your existing one. If. you need some guidance, complete the Story Elements Worksheet (link below) to help you develop your plot, characters, setting, and conflict.
What is the name of your story?
Who are your readers? Think things like age range, particular interests, or technical skill sets.
How many pages is your book?
Who are the people, animals, or creatures in your story?
What is the story about?
How does the story end?
What do you want to accomplish by sharing this story?
Step 2. Editing/Publisher Review
Ask a friend, neighbor, or teacher to read your story and offer any edits or feedback on your writing. If a peer review isn't available to you, set your work aside and revisit it after a few days. You may catch new elements to revise, expand, or remove with a fresh set of eyes.
Once you've completed your story (or Story Elements Worksheet), share it with us on Instagram @hellobeesties. Your herd at WPC is happy to offer some suggestions to help you on your writing adventure!
Step 3. Contract Review
Now it’s time to collaborate with your Publisher. Carefully read over the terms of the contract, such as the royalty rate, payment schedule, and any other relevant details. Make certain you fully understand the contractual agreement you are signing.
If you're working with kids, ask them to negotiate a book deal with you. You can use our mock contract for practice.
Download it here.
Step 4. Choose your book size and binding type
Now it's time to start deciding what your book will look like. You'll want to choose the best size for your book based on your content and audience. For instance, workbooks and manuals are usually a full sheet of paper size, while fiction and journals tend to be 6x9.
In the demo video, we demonstrate some craft binding techniques and guide you in choosing the right technique based on your book's length and purpose.
Step 5. Format the interior
Some standard book elements include the following pages:
- Title page
- Copyright page (download template)
- Table of Contents
- Dedication or acknowledgement
- Chapters or sections
- The last page is often about the author
Step 6. Cover design
Now the fun, and very important, part! It’s time to design an eye-catching cover, relevant to your story, that includes all the necessary information including the title, author's name, back cover details, ISBN, and publishing imprint.
For Book Craft we recommend using something a bit more sturdy than regular paper, such as cardstock or scrapbook paper. Carboard could be used for hardcover books.
Step 7. Market, Promote, and Distribute Your Book
Once you complete your finishing touches, your book is ready to market and promote! If you're building books with your kids this is a great opportunity to teach them about making a sales pitch. Contract negotiations and sales experience will come in handy, regardless of the career path. See if they can sell you on why this is your next favorite book.
*Don't forget to record it and also share it with us @hellobeesties on Instagram because we're sure it's adorable!
We hope you had fun creating!
We'd love for you to share pictures or videos of your finished Book Craft projects with us on Instagram @hellobeesties
Our Beestie Herd loves a good story and knows we all have one inside of us. Why not take a leap and share yours with the world?
Please let us know if we can guide you through any steps of the hybrid publishing process.
Until we leap again...