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How to create and self publish a print book with a lot of images and pictures
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Book concept / idea / storyline

Who is your book for? What is your book about? Where is your book set? Why are you creating it? If you have the desire to create your own book, you should start asking yourself these basic questions.

Not to get all mushy on you, but I truly believe everyone has a story worth telling.
Books can move us, inform us, entertain us. What are the important books in your life? Human beings have been communicating with pictures and words for tens of thousands of years, and books are as diverse as we are.

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Great books come from the heart and soul.
If you could make one book, what would it look like? What would it say to the world? If you want my advice, I say aim high and dream big. Your passion and energy are best spent on creating a book you want to read. It will take time, so at the very least make sure your book interests you. :) If you are stuck, try thinking about your favorite books. Why are you drawn to them?

Every author has their own unique way of making notes, sketches and scribbles for this part of the creation process. It's time to start thinking like an author and figure out how to pull together the details of your new book.


Scribbles and notes from Beside Myself, Words & Art by Brett Engle

Some examples of scribbles from creating my book.

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