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Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Profitable Coloring Books with AI

Author: The Zinny StudioTime: 2024-02-13 19:45:00

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Introduction to Creating Coloring Books with AI

Welcome to this in-depth tutorial on how to create custom coloring books that sell using AI tools and automation. In this post, we'll walk through the end-to-end process, from niche research to content and design creation using AI.

Creating coloring books can be a lucrative business on platforms like Amazon KDP. The best part is you can leverage AI tools to automate most of the heavy lifting in research, ideation, illustrations and layout design. This frees you up to focus on QA and publishing.

Overview of the Coloring Book Creation Process

Here's a quick rundown of the key steps we'll cover:

  1. Niche research on Amazon to identify profitable topics
  2. Using AI tools like ChatGPT and Midjourney to generate book content and illustrations
  3. Creating the coloring book layout and cover design in Canva
  4. Exporting print-ready PDF files and publishing on Amazon KDP

Benefits of Using AI Tools

Leveraging AI can significantly speed up the creation process compared to doing everything manually. Specifically:

  • ChatGPT helps quickly ideate themes, titles, prompts for illustrations etc.
  • Midjourney generates high quality illustrations and graphics.
  • Canva streamlines the layout design process. This lets you go from concept to published book much faster. You can also create multiple books in parallel and test different niches.

Conducting Niche Research for Profitable Coloring Book Ideas

The first step is niche research to identify profitable book ideas to pursue. We'll specifically analyze the Amazon platform using tools like Bookbolt.

Amazon has over 80,000 coloring books already published. So doing proper due diligence helps avoid oversaturated niches.

Analyzing Amazon Bestsellers for Topics

We start by searching for 'coloring books' on Amazon and filtering for bestselling results. This gives insight into topics and themes that are currently popular. Looking at Adult coloring books, we see animals, patterns, flowers, mandalas emerging as bestseller themes. Let's analyze the 'Animals' niche further as an example. Filtering for just Animal coloring books shows high demand with 653 average monthly sales for the top books. Now we need to verify if competition is low enough to be profitable.

Validating Royalties and Profitability

Next we validate the profitability of this niche by looking at 3 metrics - demand, competition and royalties. Demand is measured by average monthly sales per book - over 500 sales indicates good demand. Competition is evaluated via average number of reviews. Lower reviews imply a less competitive niche. Finally, we check royalty rates. Books priced $2.99-$9.99 get 70% royalties on Amazon. Most animal coloring books are priced in this range, earning high commissions.

Leveraging AI to Generate Coloring Book Content

Once we've identified a profitable niche, the next step is creating the actual content and illustrations for our coloring book.

This is where AI tools like ChatGPT and Midjourney come in handy to automate the ideation and graphics creation process.

Ideation of Themes, Titles and Prompts with ChatGPT

We first leverage ChatGPT to help generate ideas for book themes, chapter titles, illustration prompts etc. For example, giving it the prompt - "Give me 20 ideas for scenery and animals for a woodland animals coloring book" - produces relevant results like:

  • Squirrel in a tree, Raccoon climbing a tree, Deer near a lake etc. This gives us a framework to then generate illustrations for each prompt using Midjourney.

Creating Custom Illustrations with Midjourney AI

Next, we use each prompt created above as input to Midjourney to generate corresponding illustrations. So for the 'squirrel in a tree' prompt, Midjourney produces beautiful graphics like:

  • [Insert midjourney image here] We can iterate on the inputs to fine tune illustrations until they perfectly match our vision for each page of the coloring book.

Structuring and Designing the Coloring Book in Canva

The final step is structuring all the illustrations and content into the coloring book layout using a design tool like Canva.

This involves creating the cover page, arranging illustrations, adding text etc. to prepare print-ready PDFs for publishing.

Developing an Appealing Cover Page Design

We first design an eye-catching cover page within the print dimensions for KDP books. This includes choosing a backdrop image or color theme that matches the book niche and adding stylized text for the title and subtitle. We also place some sample interior illustrations at the back to provide a preview for customers.

Structuring the Inner Pages and Content

Next, we build out the inner pages using the 8.5" x 11" format and place illustrations, borders, titles and prompts in a structured layout. Things like page numbers, borders and consistency in placement improve the overall design and readability. Finally, we export the cover and interior as print-ready PDFs for upload to Amazon KDP and other platforms to publish our book.


That sums up our end-to-end process for creating custom coloring books leveraging AI tools and automation.

The key highlights are:

  • Performing niche research to identify profitable book ideas

  • Using ChatGPT and Midjourney to generate ideas and illustrations

  • Structuring the book in Canva for printing and publishing

This approach helps speed up content creation and design compared to manual methods. You can rinse and repeat this for multiple niches to build a passive income channel over time. Hope you found this tutorial useful. Let me know if you have any other questions!


Q: What niche is best for coloring books?
A: The video focuses on adult coloring books, specifically in the animals/woodland creatures niche, which has high demand and low competition on Amazon.

Q: How many pages should a coloring book have?
A: Amazon KDP requires at least 24 pages for a printed book, so you need enough ideas and illustrations to fill that minimum length.

Q: What AI tools are used in the process?
A: The video utilizes ChatGPT for generating ideas, Midjourney for creating illustrations, and Canva for designing the book cover and layout.

Q: How can you ensure maximum profits?
A: Research profitable niches, price between $2.99-$9.99 for the 70% royalty rate, and optimize your book for keywords and discovery on Amazon.

Q: What file type do you need for Amazon KDP?
A: You can download your Canva designs as PDF files to upload to Amazon KDP for both the cover and interior pages.

Q: How do you create bleed in Canva?
A: Expand images to the edge of the printable area templates from KDP to create full bleed effects on book covers.

Q: Should you include a barcode on the cover?
A: Yes, leave space for the Amazon-added barcode, usually on the back cover - don't cover this area with your own design elements.

Q: How many interior pages examples should you include?
A: Showcase about 3-5 example interior pages on the back cover to give customers a preview of the inside artwork.

Q: What's the ideal word count for coloring book titles?
A: Aim for a short, descriptive title under 60 characters - focus on main keywords like the niche topic.

Q: How do you determine pricing for profitability?
A: Check the average price of top sellers in your niche and price competitively within the $2.99-$9.99 range.