Copyright 2016. Author Phyl Campbell. All rights reserved.
How It Works
Students create the story and illustrations of their choosing. Sometimes they meet with me first; sometimes they have their story done first. Each student's case is slightly different, and that's OK!
Collaborating, editing, and coaching may take place in person and/or online using document sharing programs like Google Docs. I have used Skype, Google Hangouts, and FB video chat for online conferencing.
Younger students who cannot meet in person may need adult help typing or scanning illustrations/pages to share with me through a variety of acceptable methods. I work with adults, too!
Students determine physical aspects of their books, including cover design and size (5x8 or 6x9 chapter book, 8x8 square picture book, 8x10 tall coloring book).
I work through the technical aspects of getting their book from final drafts to formatted, publishable files. I primarily use Microsoft Word for these steps. Depending on age, skill level, and experience of the students, I might teach the student these technical aspects, or allow the student to concentrate on creativity (and proofreading!) while managing the technical on their behalf.
I submit publishable files to CreateSpace (the printer), and get a digital proof copy in about 24 hours. I share this copy with the student and adult.
When students and their responsible adults are satisfied and give me approval, I allow CreateSpace to release the book to Amazon, where it is available Print on Demand.
I also make it possible for adults to order author copies (to gift, use for marketing, or for resale) at a lower author rate than Amazon's retail price.
Students can then sell their physical books at whatever price point they want. The money they make from these person to person sales (minus taxes determined by student or sale location) is theirs -- I don't make commission off their person to person sales.
With adult permission, I share young author's publications on the Creative Writing and Publishing FB page to encourage the members of that page to share and help the young authors make more sales. I also (with permission) add the student to my Young Authors or Phyl Campbell Press (for adult students) pages.
Books sold via Amazon earn royalties that I submit to the students minus a $.50 mailing fee (if I send royalty funds electronically, no fee). Right now, Amazon pays 30-60 days after sale on a monthly basis. I send payments to authors the week the funds clear in my account. Some people prefer to have their own accounts, and I can help authors decide if that is or isn't in their best interest.
That's the process in a nutshell! Please ask any questions you may have. I will work up a section for FAQs as well as answering you personally.