I've been a fan of adult colouring books for years now, and have used them as a precursor to writing since before they were trendy 🙂 So I'm excited to announce that I've now published An English Country House and Garden adult colouring book, and accompanying notebook, with my Dad, Arthur J Penn, who is a fine artist and print maker. A real Creative Penn collaboration!
This interview with Meg Cowley gave me everything I needed to know to publish these very different kinds of books, so I'm thrilled to be sharing it with you today.
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Meg Cowley is an author and illustrator. She writes the fantasy series, Books of Caledan, and also writes and illustrates the children's book series, Diary of a Secret Witch. She also produces Adult Colouring Books, which we're talking about today.
- The difference between sales in fiction and sales in coloring books.
- Tips about what makes the best kind illustration for an adult coloring book.
- Information about the important rights illustrators need to retain in order to publish their coloring books.
- The Wacom Intuos 4 digital tablet Meg uses to create her illustrations, and specific details about the images she uses.
- Using keywords for best ranking in Amazon and the cross-genre appeal of coloring books.
- The paper choices available and what works best for coloring books.
- Creating other products from illustrations.
- Marketing and advertising coloring books, and the pros and cons of selling in person at craft fairs.
You can find Meg at www.MegCowley.com and on twitter @meg_cowley