Help on selling kid's books

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  1. Shinykins

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    I would like to know what is the best way to sell activity books, fun and educational books? I am open to suggestions - online and through other channels.

    I am illustrating and desiging the books myself. Do I need to apply for ISBN numbers?
     
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    Welcome to our Business Forum Shinykins. What country are you based in?

    Have you considered selling your books directly to schools and crèches?
     
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    Don't overlook Createspace and Kindle. Very easy and you have the weight of Amazon's own marketing behind it.
     
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    You can use e-junkie, storybird or payloadz to sell your ebooks. E-junkie is much better at sales and for managing everything.
     
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    Hi there Shinykins,

    Im currently doing a degree in English specialising in creative writing and my professors say its very important to try and firstly get published in magazines. ie. submit small samples of your work to magazine editors and see if you can get published this way first. It is a good idea to read the magazines first though to see if you think your work will fit in well with the other work. If you have been published by a few magazines then publishers are way more likely to take you seriously because they can see that a) you aren't just winging it and b) that your work has been considered professional enough for publication before.

    Hope this helps, :)
     
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    Thank you very much for your advice nstinctiv. I see where your professor is coming from now. I am currently living in Hong Kong, where buying magazines is very popular so there will be a lot to choose from.

    Hi Fergal, I am currently living in Hong Kong right now. I think that what you suggest but selling directly to schools is a good idea. I have worked in educational publishing before and the type of material I am trying to create is aimed at ex-pats who are keen on their kids picking up Mandarin and English from an early age. But what is the best way to approach them? Should I send them a copy of one of the books and then send it to the school head? And try to make an appointment to see them?
     
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    I'd suggest putting a list together of about ten contacts at ten schools. Then phone them and give a brief outline of what you are doing. Don't try to sell to them at this stage, instead ask if they would be prepared to help you with a little research. Have a chat with them over the phone or in a face to face meeting. Ask about how they normally source books, tell them a little about your book and ask if it is something their school would be interested in stocking. This will give you invaluable research and a great feel as to the best way to approach your potential customers.

    Do you think that kind of approach could work for you?
     
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    yes i too even suggest you to go for E-junkie ... It worked for me
     

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