Publishing an adult coloring book has many aspects to it. One of it is finding a great title.
I am finalizing work on my first adult coloring book, which was what I set out to do under my “Adult Coloring Pages” Challenge. The intention was to create page after page of coloring designs until I end up with a published coloring book or a series of books.
By the looks of it, the market is inundated with adult coloring books on mandalas. Now, I’m adding to the growing number! Anyway, who knows where this leads me? I cannot give up before I’ve even started putting my own in the market.
Title Attributes for Your Adult Coloring Book
Now, I’m looking for a lovely name to christen my baby! It should have the following attributes to it:
- Captivates - It needs no more than a glance or two to attract attention;
- Stands out - It’s pretty similar to the first. However, I’d like to emphasize that the book should be a cut above the rest. It must have an ooomph. I may be asking for too much. Mandalas are mandalas by whatever name, right? Still, I’d like to give this one a try and that’s why I’d like to hear what you think. Besides, more heads are better than one.
- Sticks - It should be easy to recall.
- Says what it says it is - It should be true to what is inside the book pages. This adult coloring book on mandalas focus on mandalas. However, it’s more than just mandalas because of its surrounding embellishments.
Naming Your Adult Coloring Book: 5 Simple Steps
Here are steps I’m taking to find a standout name for my mandala coloring book:
- Market scan - Look around for titles of similar books. What are already there? How are they presented? What uniqueness or special features do you see?
- Set criteria - Define what attributes your book title should have. How short or long? What keywords or phrases do you use? How should the words sound like to your ear?
- Brainstorm - Play around with words and phrases based on what you’ve seen and what you want.
- Ask around - Seek out the help of others. What suggestions do they have? How do you seek them out?
- Decide - Soon enough, you’ll have to decide a name for your book. Once done, you may test the waters. You may revise later on if results you expect don’t show up?
Title Options for My Mandala Adult Coloring Book
I have a number of titles in mind:
Candidate # 1: Mandala Sprawl
Candidate # 2: Mandala, Mandala!
Candidate # 3: Brilliant Mandalas
Candidate # 4: Mandala Blast
Candidate # 5: Beyond Mandalas
Candidate # 6: ?
Any thoughts on these?
Did anything catch your fancy or stirred your imagination?
Any suggestions of a better or improved title?
I would love to hear what you say.
As mentioned in my previous post, I’ll give a complimentary PDF copy of the adult coloring book on mandala to anyone who comments down below. As soon as this baby comes out, you’ll have first dibs. 🙂
Glean more designs in my last two posts:
How My Adult Coloring Book Pages Look Like
I have created a number of slick coloring pages for my adult coloring book. These coloring sheets have the following elements in them:
- geometric shapes.
I plan to have at least 30 coloring pages in them.
My Adult Coloring Book Pages: Samples
Here are two samples of what I’ve done:
There’s another one at the bottom of yesterday’s post, Silent Waters and Creating My Adult Coloring Pages.
(Note: The featured image in this blog post looks grayish. However, the final coloring pages in JPG and PDF are clear and awesome.)
I’m almost done except for a great title.
Can you help me with this?
I would appreciate your valuable help and as a token of my gratitude, I would gladly send you a printable PDF if you comment below this post.
Once I’m done packaging my coloring pages into an adult coloring book, I’ll let you know ASAP.
You’d love this, for sure.
I’m still deep into my “Adult Coloring Pages” Challenge. These pages that I’m about to publish is a product of it.
I’ve been busy creating my adult coloring pages. I have revisited my goals and took note of targets to meet.
As such, I’m being silent as a lamb and working behind the curtain. As this saying goes:
My Big Question on Creating Adult Coloring Pages
So far, I’ve discovered great techniques to improve my coloring pages. I’ve been thinking a lot about this big hurdle:
“How do I create really slick lines in my drawings like I see in most adult coloring books?”
I have managed to keep my lines clean by turning them into vectors in SVG format.
I have managed to make them thin by adjusting line weights in Adobe Photoshop. However, my success with this is limited. I still wasn’t satisfied. I wanted to keep them even slicker.
For days on end, I searched for answers to this boggling question. Answers online were scarce, even nil. I had to sew the tiny pieces.
Finally, I found it - my way of creating clean and slick lines for my coloring pages!
Have a look at what I came up with using my newfound knowledge:
Today - day 16th of my “Adult Coloring Pages” Challenge - I’d like to spot other uses for coloring pages. There is so much more to coloring sheets that you may not have thought of.
Adult Coloring Pages: Sales and Marketing Uses
# 1 - Sell published physical book
This is the standard use for adult coloring book pages. You compile them using Microsoft Word, Microsoft Publisher, Adobe Indesign, and the like and then send them to a print-on-demand platforms like Create Space and Ingramspark.
# 2 - Sell at your own store or shop
Why not put up your digital store or shop? You could sell a wide variety of adult coloring books. You do this on a long-term continuing basis. You have control over your shop and products. You decide at which price to sell, when to hold sale event, how much commission to give to your affiliates, and more. You brand your shop, promote it and expect people to come to you regularly to fulfill their their needs. You serve them a variety of coloring books, you’re open 24/7, and they get instant download when and where they want it.
# 3 - Sell digital downloadable ebook at other online shops
You save your adult coloring book in PDF format and sell them at online stores. There are many like Fiverr, Gumroad, Sellfy, Tradebit, Dealguardian, and more.
# 4 - Drip content to your membership site
You set up your own coloring book membership site and use the adult coloring book pages that you created as content to drip feed your members.
# 5 - Manage a coloring group or club
You may organize your group of coloring artists, enthusiasts and hobbyists and use the coloring sheets for your peers or club members to color.
# 6 - Build your subscriber list
You may give away adult coloring books or pages for free. This is a way to attract people to your site and get them into your subscriber list or database. For marketers, entrepreneurs, authors and just about anyone doing business in the internet, having access to subscribers via their email is important. It’s the best way to keep in close contact with target audience and customers. On a personal note, you may also give your coloring pages to members of your family and circle of friends.
# 7 - Earn affiliate commissions
You sprinkle affiliate links in your adult coloring ebooks. If people use your link to buy any offers, you get commissions by way of products, services or money.
Adult Coloring Pages: Artistic Uses
There are lots of uses for your adult coloring sheets. Most that I could think of are artistic uses such as:
- Greeting cards
This list never ends and is limited only by your imagination. Can you add to it?
Read about my “Adult Coloring Pages” Challenge here. Why don’t you join me?
How to Make a Coloring Book: Areas to Learn
I am on the 15th day of my “Adult Coloring Pages” Challenge and halfway through the usual 30-day challenge projects you often hear. Everything I do are geared towards learning how to make a coloring book.
Apart from drawing, inking and vectorizing, I search everywhere for relevant courses or tutorials that I need to learn and focus on. I think the most important ones are:
- how to create professional-looking adult coloring pages
- how to self-publish adult coloring books
- how to market adult coloring books.
I am mostly at the stage of learning how to make a coloring book but intermittently switch to the other two. My learning curse is not that steep but takes so much of my time. Nevertheless, I keep going as I want to hit the nail on the head, learn the trade from the masters, and sink my teeth into it. Seriously.
How to Make a Coloring Book: A Great Go-to Learning University
Let me share with you some of the short courses that I finished. If you’re keen, you’ll notice that all of them share the same patterns and features:
- videos are short, quick and easy to digest
- relevant, downloadable resources
- practice assignment to hone your skills and get guidance
- a project gallery to showcase your work-in-progress and completed work
- access to an active and supportive community of like-minded people
- professional answers to your questions, concerns and requests.
Plus, it doesn’t cost you an arm and leg to enroll in them.
Haven’t got a clue yet?
It’s popular among artists, crafters, art enthusiasts, hobbyists, entrepreneurs, and teachers (though not much with internet marketers).
Skillshare is a “learning community of creators and makers. Anyone can join.” Learners may be teachers and teachers may be learners.
“Skillshare is to unlock the world’s creativity. We believe that everyone is creative, and that giving people tools to harness their creative power has the potential to change lives for the better. We’re dismantling the traditional barriers to learning so that anyone, anywhere in the world, can learn whatever they set their minds to.”
Now that you know, let’s dive into the most exciting part - courses to related to adult coloring books!
How to Make a Coloring Book: Awesome Bite-Sized Courses
Ria Sharon teaches this bite-sized course on how to make coloring book page. She’ll show you exactly how she creates her coloring pages, including the following details:
- what supplies to use
- where to draw your inspiration from
- how to come up with your sketch
- how to ink your sketch
- how to enhance or polish your work
It’s only 22 minutes long, and if you speed up the videos, you’ll be amazed at how much you learn in a short time. Then, you could replay them to refresh your memory or follow along.
See for yourself how learning Ria’s course is a breeze!
In this premium 14-minute course, Jenn Coyle teaches you how to make your coloring book page.
You learn how to do the following:
- draw your coloring book page
- digitize and vectorize your work
- print it out and color with watercolor.
Rejoice at how short the videos are!
Jenn delivers it in a succinct style that makes learning fun and easy.
Check out Jenn’s course.
On Amazon’s best sellers in Coloring Books for Grown-ups, adult coloring books on swear words compete for the top spots.
This is also true for the Crafts, Hobbies and Home category.
This adult coloring book sub-niche may not appeal to you, but if it does, you may want to have a look at Aerie North’s premium class on creating a swear words coloring book.
Don’t miss Aerie’s course!
Aerie North also has this course about creating a botanical coloring book. You spend only 12 minutes of your time and voila! You learn how to make a coloring book on flowers and gardens.
This link should take you to Aerie’s course.
Course # 5 - You Can Self-Publish a Coloring Book
What do you do after you have created your adult coloring pages? You may package them as a downloadable digital book to share to friends or sell. More than that, go self-publish them.
Katie Cannon shows you the shortest path to do that as she teaches you the following in her course “You Can Self-Publish a Coloring Book”:
- supplies that you need
- setting up your coloring pages and text in Microsoft Publisher
- setting up your inside and front cover
- uploading your document to Create Space for publication.
Check out Katie’s class now.
The Key to Make a Coloring Book: Action!
If there are more bits of information or skills that I want to learn, I scour them from other courses in Skillshare.
I can’t get enough of Skillshare. It’s the only learning platform that has taught me the specific skills that I wanted to learn, in a way that suits my needs and lifestyle.
Go check out Skillshare! You won’t regret.
Soon, you’ll see your own adult coloring books lining the shelves of bookstores and all from learning how to make your own coloring book!
Adult Coloring Pages Challenge: Oh, the Traffic in My Mind!
Today is the twelfth day of my “Adult Coloring Pages” Challenge. I’ve never been super excited in all my life that I’m losing sleep. My mind is busy with thoughts of:
- what to create next
- finding time to make all of them
- the techniques professional artists use to come up with clean art
- how my coloring pages would look once colored
- how my finished product would come out
- what steps to take towards publishing at CreateSpace
- and so much more!
However, I’ve found an antidote for this traffic in my brain, which is both good and bad. That antidote is going back to my drawing board and creating my page. Just one coloring page. Nothing else. Then, I’m in the zone. And that’s what’s important.
Adult Coloring Book Pages Challenge: What Have I Got?
In twelve days since starting my journey with adult coloring book pages, I’ve created beyond what i expected. What do you think of these hand-drawn outputs:
- 8 inked women pages with one cleaned up
- 5 inked mandalas
- 2 inked floral pages with one cleaned up
- 1 inked cat drawing
- at least 4 rough sketches?
Not shabby for an aspiring coloring book artist.
What’s best is, I show no signs of slowing down despite setbacks in my vision. In fact, I’m getting so much better. I feel so much better.
My big to-do now is the clean-up part. Even if I accumulate a room full of inked drawings, it has no value for me aside for self-gratification. I have to get them to a high-resolution, printable and commercial quality that people coloring them would be happy about. If I can’t do that, I shall have failed tremendously per standards that I’ve set for myself. I can’t fall short of seeing through a published adult coloring book. Yes, people have different yardsticks of success. That’s just mine.
I have slowly moved into enhancing my coloring pages and to serve as an example, I’m working on my coloring sheet of a woman cancer survivor. What I have here is not done yet. It’s a work-in-progress but if you compare it with my first snapshot, you’ll see a big difference. Spot a major change in her if you could.
How to Clean Up Your Coloring Pages: The Basics
First, let’s define what we mean by cleaning up your coloring page. It just means you prep your image so that you end up with a finished product that’s of high quality.
Here is what a high-quality coloring page looks:
- free of blemishes like dots, shadows, dark spots and any unnecessary imperfections
- has clear, consistent, smooth, and even lines
- clean overall texture
- smooth flow of elements
- no image overlaps, distractions, and unwanted blank spaces (unless with mandalas)
- captures what you want in your coloring page (which is subjective).
Second, what tools do you use when you do your clean up? As most artists do, I use Photoshop and Illustrator by Adobe, which are paid web apps. I love them both. They are the best in the industry and despite other software companies trying to equal or outshine them, they pale dramatically.
However, you would be okay using free alternative softwares such as Paint.net, GIMP and Inkspace. I have tried the first two in the distant past. At that time, I had no use of them and didn’t take them seriously. I use Inkspace often. It has features that make the conversion of images into vectors much easier than Illustrator.
How to Clean Up Your Coloring Pages: Some Simple Steps to Guide You
I’m camera shy so, sorry, no video to show you how I do my clean-up at Photoshop.
Here are simple steps I take to clean coloring pages:
- Clean the glass top of your scanner. You don’t want dirt showing up in your coloring page or all of them!
- Scan your image based on the following settings:
- Color format: black and white
- File type: jpg or tiff. I save mine at Tiff, which, unlike standard JPEG files, uses a lossless compression (or none) and may be edited and re-saved without losing image quality.
- Resolution: Between 600-1200. I scan mine at 1200 as that’s the highest I could get.
- Brightness: 100. You don’t have to adjust to the maximum but I do to to minimize shades or unwanted blemishes. Test how it goes. If it doesn’t reduce image quality, go for it.
- Crop before scanning. This is optional but may be done so you don’t have to when editing at Photoshop or Illustrator. Be careful about cutting off important parts at the edges.
- Open a new page in your Adobe Photoshop. I open mine in 8.5″ X 11″ (letter size) at 300 dpi print resolution. You may have a different book size dimension but for high-resolution print quality, the recommended is 300 dpi.
- Open your scanned image into the new document.
- Clean your computer screen so you don’t confuse dust or dirt with your coloring page’s imperfections. This could cause you time and strain and you don’t want that.
- Minimize imperfections by brightening your image. At the menu bar on top, go Image>Adjustments>Brighten/Contrast. Adjust or play around with the brightness slider until you achieve the clean look that you want.
- Check lines or strokes and do one or all: connect, erase, smoothen, darken or rework lines when needed.
- Erase remaining blemishes, irregularities, mistakes, or just about anything that you don’t like in your coloring page. Use the eraser tool for this.
- Draw in other elements or images that you want or may have missed in your coloring page. Use your pencil or brush tool for this.
- To correct tone and color, use the levels image adjustment. At the menu bar on the top of Photoshop’s panel, go to Images>Adjustments>Level. You’ll see a histogram with a slider and three little icons - a black icon at the left, a gray icon in the middle, and a white icon at the right. At the left of the adjustment box are three eyedroppers lined up horizontally. The left is to achieve black, the middle for gray, and the white to make white even whiter. It takes time to learn this stuff but for added info, please refer to this tutorial. Play around with it and take note of your results. That’s also an excellent way to understand and master the levels adjustment tool.
- Print out a copy of your done page. If you’re satisfied with it, consider it done. It’s pretty easy to get caught in your clean-up job. For all you know, a day passes and you’ve only managed to work on one. Define a standard, stick to it and and move on to the next.
There’s another step that I’m closely studying. I haven’t mastered it yet but I will very soon because I need to.
That’s all for today. I hope you learned something from this post and are now inspired and empowered to try to make your hand-drawn adult coloring page. Work on it one page at a time and soon you’re on your way to finishing one adult coloring book!
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