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Awesome journey! Where do you create your coloring book aside from Mandela creator pro?
 

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Awesome journey! Where do you create your coloring book aside from Mandela creator pro?

I hire illustrators for more advanced coloring books like the Christmas one.
 

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My scuba diving log books are all live now. Today I created 20 covers for a fishing journal/log book, and I'm uploading them now. They take about 24 hours to go live.

This is the interior I'll use, and an example cover:
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My best selling mandala coloring book hasn't sold today yet, so I'm lowering its price down to $6.99.
 

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Good job!
Do you use any promotion strategies, or just mass upload ?

Have a nice day!
 

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I've uploaded 26 fishing log books yesterday, they are all still under review.

Unfortunately, my mandala didn't sell yet after tweaking the price. I must've messed up its rank.

Today I've ordered 30 drawings of fishes in aquariums that I'll use for a coloring book. I've already started making some covers for it, not sure yet which one I'll use, but this is my favorite so far:
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I've uploaded 26 fishing log books yesterday, they are all still under review.

Unfortunately, my mandala didn't sell yet after tweaking the price. I must've messed up its rank.

Today I've ordered 30 drawings of fishes in aquariums that I'll use for a coloring book. I've already started making some covers for it, not sure yet which one I'll use, but this is my favorite so far:
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Hi, would you please tell me where you bought the images?
 

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I've uploaded 26 fishing log books yesterday, they are all still under review.

Unfortunately, my mandala didn't sell yet after tweaking the price. I must've messed up its rank.

Today I've ordered 30 drawings of fishes in aquariums that I'll use for a coloring book. I've already started making some covers for it, not sure yet which one I'll use, but this is my favorite so far:
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This illustration is pretty sweet. Where did you get it? A freelancer or some website? Do you have exclusive rights on it? Just curious how you build the legal aspect of it.
 

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What do they use the coloring book for; pardon my asking.

How do you create the logbooks: you design first page activity log checks and then repeat it and add cover?

Honestly I don't still get it, forgive my total ignorance.
 

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Had two coloring book sales yesterday, and uploaded another two coloring books.

My fishing log books started going live today, I think it took more than 24 hours.


Hi, would you please tell me where you bought the images?

I can't tell you my exact source, but there's different websites that offer images for commercial use.

This illustration is pretty sweet. Where did you get it? A freelancer or some website? Do you have exclusive rights on it? Just curious how you build the legal aspect of it.

I first try to create covers myself by using artwork I buy with commercial use rights, and combine different elements. If I'm not satisfied with the result, I hire a professional to make a cover for me.

What do they use the coloring book for; pardon my asking.

How do you create the logbooks: you design first page activity log checks and then repeat it and add cover?

Honestly I don't still get it, forgive my total ignorance.

They use the coloring book to color it :confused:

Yes, I create one page (or 2, depends on the book) and then repeat it 100 times to get a 100 pages log book.
 

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Awesome thread bro, gave me an urge to give this a shot :)
 

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Really cool journey!

I'm impressed how active you are, constantly working on tweaks and new ideas. Well done :D
 

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I had uploaded multiple picture books a couple of years back but those were ebooks. I had used kindle creator to create a mobi file. Which free tool can we use to create paperbacks....i am sure the formatting will be different from ebooks.
 

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I had uploaded multiple picture books a couple of years back but those were ebooks. I had used kindle creator to create a mobi file. Which free tool can we use to create paperbacks....i am sure the formatting will be different from ebooks.

I use Adobe InDesign. I never tried ebooks, but I should create some digital planners for iPad, I think they are popular.

Two coloring books sold yesterday, and my bestseller sold again. I still see the old royalties, since the sales appear only when the book is shipped. So when you want to test different pricing, you should keep a price for 1-2 weeks before changing it.

I've created 20 sudoku books using the puzzle software, making the covers now and will submit them later tonight.
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I use Adobe InDesign. I never tried ebooks, but I should create some digital planners for iPad, I think they are popular.

Two coloring books sold yesterday, and my bestseller sold again. I still see the old royalties, since the sales appear only when the book is shipped. So when you want to test different pricing, you should keep a price for 1-2 weeks before changing it.

I've created 20 sudoku books using the puzzle software, making the covers now and will submit them later tonight.
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Wish you all the luck with your journey
So you started last month ?
And without any marketing or promoting the books got sold? And started generating sales ?
 

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Cool journey I will follow this.
Good luck.
 

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Wish you all the luck with your journey
So you started last month ?
And without any marketing or promoting the books got sold? And started generating sales ?

I uploaded about 20 books back in November 2018. One of them was my actual bestseller, the mandala coloring book.
I wish I had uploaded more, since I could've gotten that momentum during Q4 where most of the sales happen.
No, I'm not promoting my books yet. They sell organically on Amazon.

Cool journey I will follow this.
Good luck.

Thanks mate!

I haven't uploaded anything during the weekend, since I usually don't work on weekends (family time). The sales have been pretty good.
I've had a total of 10 sales. My bestseller, the mandala coloring book sold once with the new $2 royalty.
A Christmas coloring book for adults that I've uploaded last week, sold twice during the weekend which is very good news. Getting sales this fast after uploading is a good sign for hitting a good niche. I will keep the price low to get it ranked high for Christmas.

Remember the 10 scuba diving log books I made? One of them sold 7 copies yesterday

Today I've found a new niche with quite high BSR.
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I went on and uploaded 10 scuba diving log books. I've used the same interior shown below, but with different covers.
Will be pricing at $3.99 until I get the first sales, and then increase prices gradually after every sale.
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This is the cover of the copy that sold, but it has no BSR yet:
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I wasn't expecting on this cover to sell, since I've made other covers way more attractive and spend more time on them. This one took me a minute to make, but sometimes the most simple stuff sells :D
 
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