I'm so excited to let you know that my T-30 Thermal binding machine has arrived. Check out the YouTube video below and check it out. :-)
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I can't believe I did this but I launched an Indiegogo campaign!
While my Kindle ebooks have sold really well, I have found printed copies of my books are very expensive especially with the graphics and colors and I felt there must be another way to offer reasonably priced books for people to buy without breaking the bank. After a lot of research, I found you can buy "automatic perfect binding" machines that can bind and produce up to 200 books an hour. Not only could I publish my own books but I could help other new authors who need an affordable publishing option so they can get their books out in the world too.
Please check out my video below and visit my Indiegogo campaign for more information.
And guess what? My birthday is Friday and to celebrate, all my books will be available on Kindle for FREE! The offer is open from Friday, September 14th, through Sunday, September 16th.
Use the Kindle link above and get your FREE book downloads beginning this Friday.
I forgot to mention I did receive my test print of the more affordable "trade book" format from Blurb. It looks great! The pages are not as glossy as the "photo book" format but the colors are still very vivid and I actually think the size of the book is better for smaller kid hands.
The only issue is when I first created the illustrations, I made them for a different size and now the illustrations do not fit on the page as well as I would like. I'll have to reformat them a bit and then create the books. Hopefully, I can finish that before the year is done.
I bought a Speedball screen printing kit and goofed around trying to screen print Burt the Bunny on tote bags and t shirts. As you can see, I did quite a few test runs on drawing paper and finally was able to do a couple of t shirts and some tote bags. They didn't turn out too bad considering this was my first time trying to screen print. YouTube videos are the best help ever. ha ha
I had to order more ink which should be here tomorrow since I need the practice!
I'm creating a fine-tuned image of Burt the Bunny so I can screen print a few t shirts! I've always wanted to try screen printing and thought wouldn't Burt be darling on a t shirt or a tote bag?
I've had quite a few people write me asking me for a "real" book to read to their kids rather than the Kindle eBook and while I do have "print-on-demand" books available via Blurb, they are admittedly, not very affordable. I did a bit of research into how I could make them more affordable and found that Blurb offers a "trade book" which is less expensive than the "photo book" format so as an experiment, I formatted Burt's Undersea Adventure into a trade book which sells for $8.99. A much better price than the $26 (yikes!) for the photo book. I'm not sure why I didn't notice this before. Could be I had no idea what I was doing at the time? ha ha
But.....I do not have the $8.99 version available for sale yet. I ordered a copy to proof first so I can make sure the quality is excellent before I sell to my readers! I should receive the book within a a week or so and I'll let you know what I think and when it will be available. Also, if the trade book format works then I will format the other two books and upload them for purchase too.
Fingers crossed this all works out! :-) Screenshot below of the new format.
Rebecca St Croix is a children's author & illustrator. She lives in sunny California writing about a little boy who goes on adventures in his rocket ship with pals, Boris the Bear and Burt the Bunny.