When you are beginning in KDP it is often hard to decide what type of interior to use for your book. You may already have an interior in mind. For instance, say you want to publish a book for Soccer Moms. You may already know what type of pages you need to fill yours book’s pages; you may want pages for keeping track of your child’s practice times, other pages to game’s times, equipment list, when it’s your turn to bring refreshments, what type of snacks to bring, a list of medical information in case of injury, coach’s information page, pages for team members phone numbers and addresses, photo shoot times, etc. This could begin to be a pretty involved book. But if that is the area of your expertise and what you feel would sell on KDP, then go for it.
If you are just starting however, you may not wish to have such an ambitious project to begin with. You may want to get the ‘hang’ of it before you really start to bring your real plans for involved books to light. That is where using PLR may be helpful to you – just to get you started.
WHAT IS PLR?
First, what is PLR. PLR stands for private label rights and means that that information is sold over and over again for people to use in their books, advertising or other media projects. This information in not unique to one user. It is a product that is made to be re-sold.
Why, you may ask, would I want to use information or templates in my book that have been used again and again and people are already sick of it. This could be anything from blank lined pages to intricate coloring pages or written articles on a specific subject (such as dog grooming for a pet related book).
The idea behind using PLR articles and templates is not to use them ‘as is’. In fact, Amazon frowns on books whose interiors have been repeated many times without any changes made to them – only the cover being changed. But – PLR does have a purpose and can be extremely helpful to a beginner to KDP publishing.
HOW TO USE PLR CORRECTLY:
For beginners in KDP publishing, it is good to find a basic template that can be repeated page after page in your first journal. For example, you could start with a blank lined journal page that is repeated throughout the book that you found on a PLR template site. The idea is not to use the template directly from the PLR site as it is given. You need to change it to make it your own and make it stand out from all the other blank lined journals out there. Of course, the cover design goes a long way in selling your journal, but the inside counts too.
So how do you change up a blank lined journal without a lot of skills or bother to change it. One way is to put a little graphic in the corner somewhere. Say, for instance, your book cover has a flower theme. Put a small black and white flower graphic in one corner to make your journal different from all the other blank lined journals on the market.
Another way to change a simple blank lined journal to make it unique is to add a header to each page – perhaps one that has the title of your journal (My Garden Journal) in a box at the top – and perhaps add a little graphic there too.
You can also add a saying or unique phrase to the top of each page – perhaps and encouraging message such as “Today is the day I make great things happen”. It only takes a moment or two to add a little message to your book pages, but that sets it apart from a simple blank paged journal to something unique and original, something a buyer might be more interested in.
You can also ‘mix and match’ different PLR templates to make your book your own. For example, your book may contain different styles of pages for a blank lined journal. One page may be totally blank lined, while the next page may contain a box for the user to use for a picture with blank lines underneath to tell what the picture is about. The next page may be a ‘dot grid’ page for the user to draw in. Then you could repeat those three pages to the length of the book you desire.
Another way to use PLR materials in your beginning KDP book, is to use the templates alternately with sayings or some simple written text. One page would have the blank lines on it the next page may have a cute poem or saying – something simple like “violets are blue…” or “today is a good day to…”. You may also be able to use PLR written materials or articles to round out your book (always changing, re-writing and modifying it somewhat to suit your needs).
If you wish to use PLR coloring book pages, you don’t have to simply plunk the pages, page after page, into your book. Add a unique border around each picture. Add a caption to them. Say you have a great coloring book page of a fire-eating dragon – your caption may read “Dragon storming the castle”. In a children’s book, an ABC coloring page could have a caption like “A is for Apple – so good to eat.” Or “B is for Boat – fun to sail.”
Simply put, PLR is a beginning stepping stone for your KDP books. It gives you tons of ideas on what you can include in your books pages to make your book stand out from all the rest of the books on the market. Mix and match different PLR pages to make a truly unique and different book – and that will give you an ‘e