Artists spend most of their time painting in their studios. And when they're done, they put it on display and try to make it visible to as many people as possible. After the masterpieces were created in perseverance, giving people comfort and joy through an exhibition and publication would be the direction painters wanted. It would be great news if painters could get an opportunity to show the most out of their work at the lowest possible cost. Various vanity publishers, which are rapidly increasing due to the development of the Internet, often return artists' efforts in the form of overpayments, disappointing them. The best alternative is for the painter to create his publication. Some vanity publications cost over a thousand dollars a page. And if you can pay, it will be printed as a good quality publication without any verification or assessment. It often feels like money is in priority more than artistry. However, if you are a true artist, you will come back even if you got sidetracked for a while. Artists want to be reasonably valued and recognized, even if it takes a lot of time. Because we know well that a flashy spotlight that we thought was a shortcut can be a shameful glory in the long run, looking at this situation.
Therefore, I am investigating ways to self-publish, even in a simple e-book format.
Below is an e-book pamphlet from the Etsy site. It is cheap with a tax of $25, and it is not a one-time use but can be used several times unlimitedly. What's even better is that you can create your publications through the print-on-demand service of a company called Canva, an online site linked to this e-book. The output produced in this way will be cheaper than the so-called vanity publications. Today, I would like to share the services and results I have found.
The e-book template provided by Canva presents the easiest way for anyone to add pictures, change fonts, fill in content, and create various types of e-books.
If you follow the process provided by the template, the result will come out sooner. Select the menu on the right at the top to decide whether to save the result as a PDF or print it.
As soon as the opportunity arises, we will post research on self-publishing. I hope it helps you to create your own art book.
Myungja Anna Koh