We've all colored in a coloring book, right? Have you recently? Well, you might find it's still pretty fun (even if you're drinking coffee and wearing a tie when you do it). Well, maybe you don't need to do any coloring, but wouldn't it be fun to make your own idea for a coloring book into a reality... Did you know you can make a coloring book on virtually any topic in under 10 minutes? Here's the little secret I stumbled upon for how to do this.
Microtasking! Microtasking is the splitting up of large jobs (like making a 10-page coloring book, for example) and distributing them to the crowd to work on for a small amount of profit.
Mechanical Turk is one of the largest providers of microtasks, and that's my reccomendation for this project, or if you are a nonprofit, try Sparked.
6 Simple Steps to A Custom Coloring Book:
1. Think of your topic.
The simpler the better. One good example I saw on Mturk was for bugs. But, if you want more detailed drawings, or want a more elaborate theme, find a clear way to communicate what you want.
2. Set up an account on Mturk, and follow the instructions to create a task.
3. Write the description.
Your request could be simple. It could say "Draw a bug using a felt marker using large, clear, and distinct lines. then scan your drawing and send me the scan as a .jpeg."
Otherwise, give more detail to the microtasker so they can know what to draw, scan, and send you. If you only want great art, consider offering more money for the task and creating a qualification test.
4. Set a price.
How much are you willing to spend per page? I have seen offers for this type of task anywhere from 2 cents to 75 cents. If you want some nice artwork, I would consider offering a few dollars a page. A Quarter a page might be the sweet spot.
In the end, for 10 pages, 25 Cents a page, you only spent $2.50 cents, woah... That, plus, you should offer a little more for someone who can draw a nice cover ($1-10), or the cover can be a page you've colored-in.
Your wait should only be a few hours at most (this also depends on how much you offered & how clear your directions were), and you will be able to review the results to review and download.
6. Upload your content to an online publisher.
From here, people can buy physical copies of your coloring book or print the pages from home.
What do you think? Cool right? Sometimes creating content is easier than you think, especially when you can microtask the production.
What's something interesting you think you can make on Mturk? Let us know in the comments.