Children's book publishing

Publish a Beautiful Children’s Book

Fully Guided Solution for High-Quality Independent Publishing

Children’s Book Self-Publishing Package

Part of the Boutique Publishing Packages, Children’s Book Layout is designed for illustrated books with kids in mind: they are short in text and abundant in images.
We love kids who read more than anything, that’s why we keep the package simple, affordable, and personal.


Free, no strings attached.

Complete, Fully Guided Package for Publishing your Illustrated Children’s Book

Everything you need to publish and sell your children’s book, including professional guidance every step of the way.

Children’s Book Package

  • Up to 25 images included
  • Up to 3,000 words
  • Color interior included

Recommended for indie authors who want to publish illustrated children’s books of limited length. Illustrations have to be provided.

Included with Children’s Publishing Package

File Evaluation

We assess your manuscript and look at what it needs before starting the publishing process.

Eye-catching, Custom-designed Cover

One of our professional book cover designers creates a beautiful, unique cover for your book.

Professional Interior Formatting

Custom interior formatting will ensure that your book looks as good on the inside as it does on the outside. The interior fonts, typography, and layout will coordinate with your cover to achieve a smooth, cohesive look and feel for your book.

Images and Graphic Inclusion

We’ll include up to 25 images or illustrations, which you’ll provide, in your book. This includes any combination of photographs, illustrations, charts, graphs and maps, for instance.

Back Cover and Author Bio Text Review

Our editors will review your author bio and book description to ensure your book is interesting and appealing to your ideal readers.

Pre-​Registration with Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is a national catalog of print books and assigns a number that is used by librarians to discover and purchase books.

Registration with Bowker’s Book In Print

Registration optimizes book discovery across a wide range of book discoverability. Bowker provides bibliographic data so your titles are exposed to many facets of the book industry.

ISBN and Barcode

Luminare will provide an ISBN (international standard book number) and a compatible barcode for each product. Having both the barcode and ISBN on the back of your book ensures that your book is ready to be sold.

Set up for Print-On-Demand

Print-on-demand means that Amazon, for instance, will always show books in stock. Customers will also be able to order through other online sites and bookstores, with delivery in a matter of days. Everything will be set up under your name and you’ll keep 100% of the royalties.

100% Royalties to the Author

You’ll retain all the rights and the royalties from your book sales. Luminare Press won’t take a cut of your profit.

Physical Proof Copy

Before your book is published, you’ll receive a printed copy for a final evaluation.

E-book Preparation and Publication

We’ll convert and create E-book files that will be delivered as EPUB format. This allows you to sell an electronic version of your book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and your own site. We will upload your files to Kindle Direct Publishing and link the e-book to the print book too.

​Distribution through Major Retail Outlets

Your book will be available for distribution through major online retailers and bookstores (over 25,000 retail locations).

Preferential Bookstore Distribution

We set up the title with two POD printers in order to optimize royalties for both Amazon and bookstores.

Marketing and Promotion

We’ll provide you with valuable information, tools, and free resources to help you develop your own marketing strategy for your book.

Author Page on Luminare Press

A complimentary personal profile page designed to gather all the info about you as an author and your books. It will add one more tool to your marketing efforts, and increase your visibility with search engines.

Five Copies of the Book Upon Publication

You’ll get five printed copies of your book on us!

Optional Services

Hardcover Version$400
Additional Images$30/each
Picture Book EditingStarts at $200
Call us for more details about picture book editing

What About Marketing and Promotion?

We also offer tools and services to help you market and promote your book.

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

Neil Gaiman

Ready to start your publishing journey?

Join the hundreds of indie authors who published their books with us.

Schedule a free 15-minute consultation call to talk about your book.

Luminare Press made me a believer in hiring professionals to help with aspects like design, formatting, and publishing to get your indie book where it needs to be. I have edited, formatted, and published my own books, but I was never 100 percent confident in marketing those self-published titles. Now, with immense hands-on help from the staff at Luminare Press, I finally have a book that I feel proud of—cover to cover. I will not be self-publishing again without the help of Luminare Press.

Terah Van Dusen —author of Dreams of a Rocking Pony

I thoroughly enjoyed working with Luminare Press. They took the fear and unknown out of the self-publishing process and were there every step of the way to guide me and assist in bringing my project to life. I would highly recommend them to any up and coming authors.

Leon Fornelli —author of Hambone and Squints

Luminare’s service has been all I could have asked for and more. That is why I just published my third book through their process. Patricia Marshall and her professional team are not only responsive (in meeting my deadlines), but they offered much honest and helpful feedback along the way. My books have all turned out better because of their attention to detail. I highly recommend Patricia and her team of experts. They will continue to be my partners as I move on to book #4.

Kenton R. Hill —author of Buzzy and the Little Critters, Bird Buddies, and Rescued Rascals

I am SO very happy with how The Gumball Lottery is coming together! I absolutely love the work your team has done so far. Melissa has been so helpful with the design process, and I adore what she’s done. She is just lovely to work with!

Sally Dollar —author of The Gumball Lottery

How it works

Publishing a children’s book with Luminare Press will save you time and money. We work closely with our authors to create professional children’s picture books and to make sure you understand the publishing process and avoid costly mistakes.

In the last twelve years, we perfected a bulletproof system that allows us to publish books that stand out in the crowd. We know how to pay attention to details that make or break a book—an effective and appealing cover, a font that’s easy to read, a page that’s professionally formatted, the appearance of the front and back matter.
Our Publishing Boutique is a turn-key service. We do the work so you can focus on writing and selling.

  1. Consultation call – Free 15-minute call
    It’s a complimentary call you can book right now. We use this call to talk about your project, evaluate what you may need, and see if Luminare would be a good publishing partner for you. It’s not a sales call and you’ll gain a lot of knowledge.
  2. Editing – Optional service
    Editing is not included in our Boutique and Children’s Book packages as we designed these packages for clients with a pre-edited manuscript, or for those who aim at a limited distribution and don’t need professional editing. However, you can always add it to your package.
  3. Manuscript preparation
    We begin preparing your text for editing and layout as soon as you send us your final copy of the manuscript.
  4. Book preparation
    This includes all the book design such as interior formatting, assets review, metadata set-up, back cover text, author bio and photo, and more.
  5. Cover design
    We create a beautiful, custom-designed book cover for your print and digital formats.
  6. ISBN, copyright, and Library of Congress
    We register your book with Bowker’s Books In Print and the Library of Congress. You retain all rights and 100% of royalties and will be able to order your books directly from printing and distribution accounts. Basic account setup and ordering assistance are included in the packages.
  7. Final review and proof copy
    Before your book is published, you’ll receive a physical copy for a final evaluation.
  8. eBook creation
    File conversion and eBook preparation. Files will be delivered as EPUB format, which allows you to sell on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and your own site.
  9. Marketing – book marketing seminar
    A complimentary online seminar to help you understand the foundations of every good book marketing plan. You’ll learn how to build an engaged audience, spread your message, and sell more books.
  10. Distribution
    Your book will be available for distribution through major online retailers and bookstores. Print-on-demand means that Amazon, for instance, will always show books in stock. Customers will also be able to order through bookstores, with delivery in a matter of days.

Ready to start?

Who you will work with

Patricia Marshall – Owner of Luminare Press

Writer, editor, and publisher with a passion for helping authors produce the best books possible. She is a member of the Northwest Independent Editors Guild, Willamette Writers, and the Eugene Chamber of Commerce.

Claire Flint Last – Lead Designer

Accomplished graphic designer, illustrator, and fine art painter with more than twenty years of experience. She has executed design and illustration work for many high-profile clients.

Kim Harper Kennedy – Project and Operations Manager

She has a master’s degree in arts/non-profit management and museum studies from the University of Oregon. She spent fourteen years as a content and project manager for a local exhibit and architectural display company writing, developing, and managing hundreds of exhibits and displays for major institutions across the United States.

Sallie Vandagrift – Managing Editor

Sallie is an editor, writer, and teacher. Before joining the team at Luminare Press, she served on the editorial staff at Wipf & Stock Publishers and was the assistant editor and publicist at Slant Books. Sallie is the former program coordinator for Writers in the Schools through Wordcrafters in Eugene. She has a BA in English from the University of Oregon, where she studied fiction in the Kidd Creative Writing Program.

Meet the rest of the team

FAQ about the Boutique Packages for Children’s Book

Is this for me?

This package is designed for authors who need to self-publish their Children’s or Picture book in a professional and simple way.

If you’re still working on the book, or you need an illustrator, you may want to come back later. While we’ll happily give you some advice, we won’t create or provide the images or the illustrations for your book.

Are illustrations included in the package?

No, illustrations need to be provided by you. If you are looking for an illustrator, please consider the following resources before booking a call:

I’m still in the process of writing. Should I schedule a call?

We advice to schedule a call when the manuscript is at least ready for editing, you have all the imagery done, and you are ready to start the publishing process. If you are not quite there yet, we suggest starting with downloading our free eBook about self-publishing.

More questions?

Check our FAQ page

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