ChatGPT and AI: Creating Magical Bedtime Stories for Kids — Part 1
Part 1: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing, Cover Designing, and Publishing a Children’s Storybook with Artificial Intelligence on Your Side
I recently published a children’s bedtime storybook titled AI, Tell Me a Story which was written with the help of OpenAI’s ChatGPT. I’ve been curiously reading about the various ways in which ChatGPT has been enabling people to achieve wonderful things and I’ve always wanted to give it a try. And what better way to try, than to go into the deep end?
This article aims at taking you on the journey of creating, formatting, and publishing an eBook and a paperback with a special dose of artificial intelligence to give us a helping hand along the way.
A heads up, this is a long read so it has been split into a two-part article! Here’s a quick list of what to expect from this comprehensive guide:
- Generating stories using ChatGPT
- Creating a manuscript
- Designing the book cover
- Formatting the manuscript (in part 2)
- Publishing using Kindle Direct Publishing (in part 2)
- Self-publishing the eBook (in part 2)
- Self-publishing the paperback (in part 2)
1. Generating stories using ChatGPT
Alright, first things first. How did I get ChatGPT to write bedtime stories? The answer lies in the prompts. So, first, head over to https://chat.openai.com/chat and sign up with an email address on the site.
Once logged in, this should give you access to the free version of ChatGPT as long as their systems are not being heavily used, in which your usage would be throttled. If you’re keen, you can always upgrade to pro for a nominal monthly fee. For this book and for this article, I’ll be using the free version.
Now for the prompt, if you simply feed it something along the lines of “write a short children’s bedtime story that is around 1500 words and has a good moral at the end,” it should give you a reasonable output. From…