DartFrog Kids is our curated hybrid program for children’s authors that includes full advertising, marketing & promotion of the published book. Evaluation of every manuscript is free and if invited to publish through DarFrog Kids, there is no obligation to accept.
A full proofread of the manuscript is always performed before the formatting process begins. If we like your story but it needs more than a proofread, we will let you know.
We manage the interior design & formatting process (for hardcover, paperback & ebook) as well as the cover design process (for hardcover, paperback & ebook). In the case of picture books, the epub is designed as a fixed layout epub to ensure the illustrations convert properly to the screen. For hardcovers we also design a dust jacket.
We connect every DartFrog Kids book to influencers in our own network who read your book and share their honest opinion with their audience. We guarantee at least 10 influencers will review your book.
DartFrog will also organize a live virtual book tour (with Instagram book influencers) to run the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the book’s launch week.
We provide enhanced Amazon optimization for every DartFrog Kids book, which includes selection of keywords and categories that will give it the best chance to successfully engage Amazon’s algorithms and achieve ranking status.
We design A+ content for the Publisher section of your Amazon product page to give it a fully custom and polished feel.
We write and distribute a press release for all DartFrog Kids titles and provide you with a distribution report of the outlets that picked the release up. And we pitch you to podcasts & radio shows that we think would be interested in having you on as a guest.
Every DartFrog Kids title is advertised in Ingram’s K12 catalog, which provides exposure to 22,500 school and youth librarians.
DartFrog’s social media coordinator will work directly with each DartFrog Kids author to create engaging content for posting (pre and post launch) through our social media channels.
We create an electronic press kit (EPK) custom to the look and feel of your book for you to use in your own outreach.
Plus, as a Platinum member of Written Word Media, DartFrog will utilize their deep Facebook audience data to run a 10 day Facebook ad campaign for your book (must have at least 20 reviews with an average score of 4 stars or higher before the Facebook campaign can begin) and we will also feature your book in an email to 72,000 children’s book enthusiasts.
DartFrog will submit each of our books to the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY), the Foreword Indies Book of the Year Awards, the Rubery Book Award, and the Eric Hoffer Book Award.
We also commission a professional review from Midwest Book Review and BookLife for every DartFrog Kids title. And we submit the book to The Children’s Book Review and the School Library Journal for their consideration. Reviews are submitted once the interior formatting is finished, in the hopes that we can add excerpts from positive reviews to the cover before releasing the book. Additionally, we create a review campaign through Book Sirens to generate reviews from readers.
DartFrog will place your book in 3 independent bookstores. The book will be displayed face front in a genre appropriate section of the store at eye level, with a handwritten shelf reader card attached. The store also typically includes the book in an email newsletter to its customer base. We will provide a photo of the book on display in the store, which you can then share on your social media.
Every DartFrog Kids author has a dedicated project manager with whom they can correspond through Basecamp (the platform we use for all team communications), or through our dedicated video call channel if a face to face meeting is required. The project manager oversees the team working on your book, is your direct point of contact, and also manages the administrative tasks that are important to the publishing process (the assigning of ISBNS, Library of Congress registration, uploading files, etc).
We utilize Print on Demand technology for most of our projects, which also includes the capability for a dust jacket. Print on Demand technology ensures unlimited scalability and availability, but is also now totally equal in quality and cost to an offset printed book.
In some cirmcumstances, we may recommend an offset printing process and distribution through our third party distribution partner if the print requirements for the book exceed the capabilities of POD. In such cases, printing, shipping and warehousing are additional costs.
As a DartFrog Kids author, you earn a 100% royalty from all sales of the book. We list your book on Amazon and Ingram which (through their partnerships with Barnes & Noble, Gardners, Target, etc) ensures your book will be available everywhere books are sold.
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DartFrog created a social media campaign called This Book Rocks, which connects a book to an original musical composition in a highly engaging social media video post. Every DartFrog Plus book can promoted through this campaign, which routinely produces 100,000+ fully organic (not paid) views in 24 hours.
DartFrog’s Amazon ad specialist can manage an Amazon ad campaign for your book to generate traffic and increase the potential for sales.
DartFrog has a team of illustrators who can produce virtually any style of illustration. When a project comes to us that needs an illustrator, we determine which style and illustrator will be the best fit for the book. Sample illustrations are available here.
All DartFrog Kids titles are eligible for the design and construction of an author website.