How to self-publish a children’s paperback with Word is described in this post. A template to edit to create your own book, step-by-step directions, and a video will help you easily produce a simple 8.5″ X 8.5″ paperback. This post is for would-be authors who would like a more simple method to get started.

The video explains much of the process, and there is also a free step-by-step directions instant download. The Word Doc sample file may be downloaded and changed by you to create your own children’s book to upload to KDP Amazon. This is for a book with “no bleed” which means the color does not extend to the edge of the pages. There is a white border around the images and text on each page. I did not add formatting such as page numbers for this project and kept it simple, for my writing friends who do not have professional software such as Adobe Creative Suite. Word 2007 or later may be used to complete a manuscript.

This is the method I used to create my children’s paperback, Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story, which you can see in the next video by Castleview Academy.

I have been learning about self-publishing. I helped a friend and also my husband to do their own self-publishing. As I learned about preparing chapter books as eBooks and also as paperbacks, I then tried working with children’s books. As a result, I developed some very simple templates as I found the ones online to be confusing. I have added all my videos, PDFs, and Word documents to my course on UDEMY, and this is the sign up page.  The course may be taken on this site, and the sign up is at this link.

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There are handouts in my course, and other step-by-step PDFs to help with the aspects of self-publishing.

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In the course, there are additional templates for publishing children’s paperbacks with full bleed (color to the edge of the paper). I used the PowerPoint template to publish The Frogs Buy a New House: An Economics Story for Children, which is sold on Amazon

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If you are interested in learning more, the full course has everything needed to self-publish chapter and children’s eBooks and paperbacks.

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Using only Microsoft Word, fonts cannot be embedded, so the best fonts are traditional ones such as Times New Roman.  Word-manuscript-note-for-KDP-Amazon-about-fonts

I hope you will like this template, video, and directions.

You might also like to know how to not compress images in Word, although the information is covered above.

Thank you for reading, Carolyn

You might also like to read my post about all of the resources included in my self-publishing class.


How to Self-Publish a Children’s Paperback with Word

 At this post, a template to edit to create your own book, free, step-by-step directions, and a video will help you easily produce a simple 8.5″ X 8.5″ paperback. This post is for would-be authors who would like a more simple method to get started.

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These are just some of the books I self-published or helped others self-publish using the templates included in the self-publishing course.


Self-publishing? Are you interested in writing and selling books yourself? If you like learning and writing, you might like the course I made with everything I learned helping other people self-publish.


Review by Castle View —  Carolyn Wilhelm recorded every step she went through while she was self-publishing her books and has created a course for others who want to know what’s involved, step by step for Self-Publishing from the Very, Very Beginning.

Each of these main sections has several subsections that go into easy-to-understand detail. Carolyn shows you what to do right on the screen so you have the option to split-screen your own screen and follow along as you watch the lessons.


Watch the video and to see Tristan and Kalli read one of Carolyn’s self-published books aloud, Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day.

Self-Publishing and Self-Marketing Resources

Self-Publishing and Self-Marketing Resources

Self-Publishing and Self-Marketing Resources — would you like to write a book and publish it yourself? If so, then read this post with links to free resources and the Wise Owl Factory course.


Gary Roen is a nationally syndicated book critic and offers free book reviews if you follow all his directions which are at this link.