2410, 2017

Believing These 9 Myths About Book Cover Design Keep You From Selling

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This guest post is from book cover designer Joshua Jadon.

Have you thought about what might be holding you back as an author? Well, there are actually several things that it could be. The one that you might not even be thinking about is the book cover design. Who hasn’t heard that judging a book based on its cover is wrong? But who actually listens to it? You’re probably guilty of this too, and your readers may be, as well.

But what should you be doing to improve your book cover design? These tips will help you figure out how to get it right the first time.

Myth #1: Your name should be front and center

If you’re famous, like J.K. Rowling or Stephen King, then […]

1409, 2016

Your Self-Publishing FAQs Answered

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Self-Publishing FAQs

Questions. When it comes to self-publishing, we’ve got a lot of them. Although I’m just scratching the surface, here are the answers to self-publishing FAQs to make writing and publishing your book easier and faster. Please ask your own questions in the comments if I don’t answer them here.

What’s the difference between traditional publishing, vanity publishing, and self-publishing?

When a book is traditionally published, the author usually gets paid an advance and royalties. The publishing house pays for editing, design, publication, and distribution. That’s the good news. The bad news is that publishing houses are trying to make money and therefore are VERY particular about who and what they will publish. It is difficult to find an agent who then hopes to place your book with a publisher. […]

1503, 2016

My Journey from Writer to Author

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I’m thrilled to have author, speaker and entrepreneur Donna Duffy as our guest blogger today. Donna recently published Embracing Autumn: A Motivational Field Guide for Midlife Women Entrepreneurs. This is her take on the experience.

Process, Presence and Positioning—My Journey from Writer to Author — Embracing Autumn

Writing a book has been on my heart and on my bucket list for years.  To have checked that off in 2015 brought a deep sense of pride and accomplishment.  The endeavor brought with it insight and lessons about self and what I value and hold dear. As a result, though my book has not flown off the shelves or gained me a spot on a national talk show, it has added to my contribution to the business world and […]

209, 2015

Top Ten Reasons Self-Publishing Might Be Right for You

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You might be wondering if self-publishing is a good option for you. You’ve heard talk, watched people you know and maybe even read a little about it. Whether you are a polished writer who set your sights on the traditional publishing market or are new to writing, here are the top ten reasons self-publishing might be right for you.

1. You are frustrated with the time it takes to research agents and publishers in the traditional publishing industry. In order to get published by a traditional big publishing house, you must gain representation from an agent. They are the gatekeepers to the big houses and often receive hundreds or thousands of queries each year to read and sift through. If you are lucky enough to find representation, it is still no […]

2708, 2015

Never Stop Learning: Back to School for You, Too!

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We tend to think that going back to school is just for kids. You learn lots of stuff, go to college to “be” something and then get a job with all of the knowledge you acquired. But, now that you are… ahem… older, learning takes on a whole new meaning. You can dip your toe in the water by reading an article or dive in and go back to college or get a master’s degree.

People learn for all different reasons: to save money by learning a skill they now pay someone to do like car repair or plumbing, to obtain skills necessary to cope with something like money management or assertiveness training, to feed their passion, to obtain skills necessary to get a job or advance their career or just […]

707, 2015

Taking the Plunge Into Self-Publishing

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I want to welcome author, speaker and editor John Micklos, Jr. for our interview today. Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to be with us.

Q: What led you into self-publishing?

A: After having more than 20 books published through traditional, commercial publishing houses, I decided to take the self-publishing route with my newest project, a picture book titled The Sound in the Basement, about a young boy who tries to overcome his fear of going into the basement alone. I had three key reasons.

  • Trouble finding a traditional outlet. Like many authors, I generated what I felt was a great manuscript that just couldn’t find a home with mainstream publishers. I have been tinkering with this manuscript for over a decade, and at various stages I submitted it to […]
2406, 2015

Before You Self-Publish, Read This

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Self-publishing brought publishing to the people. Print on demand and ebook publishing have democratized writing and thought like nothing else since the printing press. Before you embark on a self-publishing journey of your own, know the good, the bad and the ugly of the self-publishing industry.

The Good

Self-publishing gives you the greatest amount of control over your book. You can decide the content, price, distribution and marketing for the book. You decide what your book cover looks like. You earn the highest royalties. Do you want it in available as an ebook? Done. An audiobook. Sure. If you want it published on your birthday or tomorrow or two years from now, you have control to set the timing of your publication date.

You decide what you want to write. You […]

1606, 2015

How to Make Sure Your Self-Published Book Doesn’t Stink

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how to self-publish a bookThe truth…writing a book isn’t hard. Writing a good book is harder.

Can you spot a self-published book? Does the cover give it away or is it the grammatical mistakes or something else? Here are some critical things to consider to make sure your self-published book doesn’t look, well, self-published.

Develop your hook.

A hook is more than a catchy description. It is what differentiates your book from all other books on the market. Take time to research and read previously published books and find a unique angle that makes your book stand out. Write something that no one has ever written or from a different perspective. Find the gap in the knowledge or told by an unexpected […]

1106, 2015

How Much Does it Cost to Self-Publish a Book?

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how much does self-publishing costWith more and more people curious about writing a book, services have popped up to fill the need. While you can do it all yourself for free with a little research and some technical know-how, many people need to seek out professional services to make it a reality. The amount of money you spend may be determined by your knowledge (or lack of knowledge) of a particular area and by the goals for your book. The higher your expectations for the outcome of your book, the more it makes sense to use professional services to create a professional product. I recently heard of someone being charged $30,000 to publish a book. If that’s what you are offered, […]

1104, 2015

Anatomy of a Book Cover

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How to design a book coverThe cover is the last stop in crafting your book. Edit the final draft of your manuscript before starting on the cover. The dimensions of the cover are determined by the number of pages, the paper color (white or cream), and trim size of your book. Prematurely designing the cover may result in a redesign once the final draft is complete.

Find examples

The best thing to do before designing your cover is to go to the library or on a site like Amazon and look at 10-50 books in your genre. Get an idea of the front, back, and spine of the book – the layout, pictures, fonts, and other elements included on each. Take note of […]