How to publish an adult coloring book (and why you should)

A few weeks ago I got obsessed with adult coloring books, after realizing that about half of the top bestsellers on Amazon fall into this category, and that even the boring ones are doing pretty well (top 1000 or so, any are in the top 100).

In contrast, my fiction is closer to 10,000, which means I’m selling about 10 copies a day. But fiction is hard work and takes a long time – adult coloring books should be much faster and easier to make, and potential will sell much better. If I can get into the top 100, that’s about a thousand sales a day. At $2 profit, that’s $60K a month.

Holy shit, right?

So this month I’m going to focus on making some of my own. I’ve hired some artists to help, and will also be pulling copyright free images from out of print books. That will let me produce much faster, most just using photoshop to make collages of artwork.

If you think these are fun ideas, please share the covers on Pinterest or social media. I plan to have these and others up on Amazon within a month.

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I also made a video talking about adult coloring books, formatting and production, and my publishing plans.


2018 Update: Unfortunately, I never actually finished most of these projects, though I did do a few – the adult coloring book phase has also died down quite a bit. I do have some articles on publishing short stories; I also plan to add some book formatting templates and tutorials for coloring books and children’s books in the DIY book design bundle.

Also – the trick to long term book sales is building an audience and learning how to position your books; no matter what kind of book you’re writing, my guide to publishing will help!


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About Derek Murphy

Derek Murphy is a book editor turned book designer with a Ph.D. in Literature. He's been featured on CNN and spoken at dozens of writing conferences around the world. These days he mostly writes young adult fantasy and science fiction, while helping authors write and publish bestselling books. FREE GUIDE: Sell your work without selling out.