Tell me if this sounds familiar: "In the great green room there was a telephone, and a red balloon, and a picture of a cow jumping over the moon." It's the opening lines from the famous "Goodnight Moon" storybook, of course.
One of my favorite things to do with my son Ian when he was little was to read bedtime stories. "Goodnight Moon," "The Tales of Peter Rabbit," "Winnie-the-Pooh" and Dr. Seuss stories are some I'm sure you've read to your own little ones before.
Good news for those of you who have always wanted to write your own kid's book: Amazon is making it even easier. That's right, your very own adventure book, chapter book or picture book could be the next bestseller with the help of Amazon.
Amazon has announced that it is rolling out a new program under the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) program specifically for authors who want to publish their own children's book. It's called KDP Kids and it's a support program for authors to write, publish and promote their books.
But Amazon's not stopping there. In addition to KDP Kids, Amazon is releasing a new tool for the budding writer's tool belt to jumpstart that children's book, called Kindle Kids' Book Creator.
The Kindle Kids' Book Creator software is available for both Mac and PC, and helps authors convert their finished manuscript into a polished format that's perfect for Kindles.
This means that you don't have to work with complicated conversion software to take your Microsoft Word manuscript and make it readable in Kindle, Nook and other e-reader formats.
The Kids' Book Creator also takes advantage of the new text pop-ups and image support software for Kindles, so you can be sure that your illustrations will be enjoyed in full color and high definition.
This great new tool will also take the final version of your script and images and upload it all to the Amazon KDP. Here you can choose the audience category, age, and grade range filters to list your book with Amazon.
KDP Kids authors also have the option to enroll in KDP Select to earn royalties through the Kindle Owners' Lending Library and Kindle Unlimited. If you choose to use the KDP Select option, you can also use other marketing tools to get your book out there with the help of Free Book Promotions and Kindle Countdown Deals.