Make Your Own Puzzle Book

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At BrightSprout, it’s easy to make dozens of different kinds of puzzles in a short amount of time. If you are a puzzle lover, you may have already learned how to create your own crossword or word search. Perhaps you have even given these puzzles to friends or family.  If this resonates with you, it sounds like it’s time to make your own puzzle book!

Why Make Your Own Puzzle Book?

You might make your own puzzle book for many reasons. You’ll probably feel drawn to one of these three reasons.

You can earn money.
Have you ever thought about publishing your own book for personal or financial reasons? Many people have, but most people have not thought to publish a puzzle book. It’s a low-cost nonfiction book with an audience.

They make great gifts.
Not everyone wants or needs to financially profit from a puzzle book. You can also give them away as presents! When you make your own puzzle book instead of buying one, you can personalize the puzzles for the receiver. Similar to how people will give calendars or books with unique photos, you can give a book with unique puzzles.

It’s a fun activity.
Sometimes there’s a reason to say, “It’s about the process, not the product.” This is a time where you can say it’s about both! The process of making a puzzle book is just as enjoyable, if not more so, than giving away or selling the book. It’s a great hobby for yourself.

Types of Puzzles to Include

When it comes to puzzle books, there are a variety of different puzzles you can include your book. Remember to keep in mind your target audience when creating your puzzles, taking into account age, experience, and ability.

Word Searches

Word searches are a fun type of puzzle, suitable for most age groups and abilities. On our site, My Word Search, you can create an unlimited amount of word searches, personalizing each one depending on the theme of your puzzle book. You only need to come up with an appropriate word list, and then customize your puzzle. Our site offers a variety of different sizes, shapes, and  fonts to choose from. Best of all, word searches are quite easy and quick to make, so you can create a lot in a short amount of time!

Crosswords

While certainly not as easy to create as a word search, crosswords are a challenging yet fun puzzle to include in your puzzle book. Whether you want to create a more professional style puzzle similar to what you would see in the New York Times crossword, or you want to stick with something a bit simpler, you will find both options on our site, My Crossword Maker. Making a crossword isn’t easy, but there are a lot of resources out there to help you create your crosswords.

Word Scramble

Word scrambles are another fun type of puzzle to include in your puzzle book. Whether you are a teacher creating a book for your students or a parent creating one for your child, these are especially great for children who are learning how to spell. To create your own word scramble, you can use our freemium service on our site, My Worksheet Maker.

Making a Great Puzzle Book

Now that you have decided which puzzles to include in your book, it’s time to get into the nuts and bolts of making your own puzzle book. It takes a few simple steps, and you’ve probably already done the first two before.

Step 1: Create your puzzles.

When you make your puzzles you’ll want to keep the size, shapes, fonts, and themes consistent throughout the book. Also, when making your puzzles, think ahead a little bit to the size of the book and your target audience.

Step 2: Download them as PDFs.

As you finish each puzzle, download the PDF and the answer sheet, as well. This will prepare you for the next step.

Step 3: Lay out the rest of your book.

Once you have your puzzles and your answer sheets, you’ll need to make just a few more pages. You’ll want to make a cover, which you can design yourself in a site like Canva. If you plan to sell the book, you’ll need a copyright page, too. If you plan on using any of our BrightSprout sites, the good news is that you own the copyright to your puzzles and they belong to you 100%!

Step 4: Merge your PDFs.

Using a program like Adobe, or a browser-based PDF merger, merge your puzzles, answers, and extra pages in order into one PDF.

Step 5: Upload to your preferred platform.

Many people who self-publish print books use Amazon’s CreateSpace, but there are many places out there you can turn your PDF into a print book.

Step 6: Share!

Whether you plan on selling or giving your word search book away, don’t forget to share it after all your hard work. We’ll talk about this more in the next section.

Some final creation tips.

There’s no right or wrong way to make puzzles for your puzzle book. However, these tips will help you to make the best book you can.

First, solve a lot of puzzles yourself. Take note of what you like, what you don’t like, and why. Incorporate these elements into your puzzles.

Then, have trusted friends solve your puzzles. Ask them specific questions to get the best feedback you can. For example, instead of simply asking, “Did you like it?” ask, “Was the word list too long, too short, or just right?”

Finally, if you plan to sell your book, check out best-selling puzzle books. Take note of the following elements:

  • Size
  • Number of puzzles
  • Layout
  • Themes (if any)
  • Price

Where to Sell Your Puzzle Book

For those of you who wish to sell your puzzle book, there are several places you can promote it. Here are a few to get you started.

  • Your website
  • Amazon
  • Etsy
  • Teachers Pay Teachers
  • Independent bookstores
  • Social media

No matter where you choose to share your book, make sure potential customers can find it. Describe the puzzles in detail (without giving away answers, of course!). Then, make sure the description features words or phrases you would use to find the book. If you’re not sure, ask your trusted friends who already solved the puzzles.

Congratulations on making your own puzzle book!

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