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I finally did it! I self-published my first adult coloring book Island Time Tropical Escape (affiliate link).
My wife has been bugging me for over a year to join the coloring book publishing craze. At first, I was hesitant. After all, the fad of zendoodles really isn’t my style (not that they aren’t awesome… it’s just not me).
Furthermore, I can not tell you how stoked I would be to never see another computer generated mandala coloring book on the shelf at the supermarket.
Why Publish An Adult Coloring Book?
Despite my reservations, I began to research different coloring books. I noticed a few really talented illustrators that were producing wonderful works of art in coloring books. The wonderful thing about a coloring book as opposed to an oil painting, (or other pieces of non-functional artwork), is that people can physically engage with coloring book art instead of just critiquing or admiring it. There is nothing better than art that serves a purpose.
During my research, I noticed many of the coloring books were similar in style and content. I decided to embrace my different perspective and roll with it. Since this was my first coloring book I repurposed some of my previous designs from other projects to offer colorists a unique experience from other coloring books on the market.
Overall, self-publishing my first coloring book on CreateSpace was a great experience for me. This was my first attempt at using CreateSpace so it was a bit of a learning curve. However, I was still very pleased with it. See all the coloring pages included in this video:
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