Author Archive for: ‘Karrie BCDR’

What's Next? The "Terminator-Style Contact Lens…"

For those of us with a Sci-Fi bent....thinking forward into what is next after the readers...maybe looking at 5-15 years out for the masses. So be sure to save the reader's boxes and all the paperwork so you can sell them on ebay one day as an antique!   http://healthland.time.com/2011/11/22/terminator-style-contact-lens-projects-info-before-your-eyes/

Book Design: Resources for Self Publishing Help

Self-Publishing Resources ISBN Home Page Bowker.com For ISBN Convert 10 diget ISBN to 13 diget. Make your own barcode Indexing Software Authex, CINDEX, MACREX, SKY Index, and wINDEX Click to see more resources for your self publishing...

Media Kits after your Book Design

Sun Sep 10, 2006Once your book design is done be sure to creat a media kit an important part of your marketing. A kit is your resume, it tells and shows what you're about. It should include: a short bio, image of your book cover, contact information, list of questions you can answer, book flyers, business card, poster, bookmark, any news media tie ins, what your product / service is and web link etc. Once your kit is assembled, Media professionals will have all the info necessary to determine...

Finding images to use for your book cover…

Sometimes you find what you are looking for in the most unlikely places. flickr creative commons image search might be that place for you. I'm not suggesting this is better than purchasing a more professional oriented photo from one of the online photo sites. Most of the larger, pay-for-image sites post the best quality resolution, creative ideas and offer greater options for image searches. And you can be sure that the photographer posting the image owns the rights. flickr is for that photo...

BOOK DESIGN: What information goes on a hardcover dust-jacket.

What copy goes on the dustjacket? If you look at books around your house you'll find a mixture of possibilities. The list below is a starting point and allows for mix and matching… and, you don't have to put all of these on your cover. I've seen a book with just one testimonial on the back or a quote in the front flap or no author photo. Hardcover dust-jacket front and back flaps copy. Options are listed use one per position, not all.1.) Front-inside Flap price, category; short...

Self Publishing: A success story for Bunny!

From time-to-time I received emails thanking me and telling me about success stories. Here is one I received recently from Bunny Mitchel in the UK. ---------------- From: "bunny mitchell" Hi Karrie I just wanted to write to thank you, most sincerely for all the emails you have sent me with advice on self publishing. I have found them so helpful and, working on a tight budget, have really appreciated this free advice. The best advice you gave me was to do something every day...

Book Categories

To follow is a basic beginning for choosing the category for your book. The list begins with non-fiction or fiction, then main category, then sub-category. Your final category will look something like this:  Art/Techniques and can have additions to it such as: Art/Techniques/Brush There is also a website that might help Book Industry Study Group http://www.bisg.org/what-we-do-0-136-bisac-subject-headings-list-major-subjects.php Nonfiction Antiques & Collectibles General ,  Americana , ...

Book Promotion: Be sure to get a final jpg image of your book cover for advertising and website display.

Be sure that once your book cover had been designed and ready for the printer, that you receive a jpg image of your finished cover… several in fact. One at 300dpi final book size, if your book is 5.5" x 8.5" then that is the size of this jpg. From this image all other images for use on your website or for advertising can be made. Each specific use will have a specific size and dpi requirement. Most images used on a website are 72dpi and can vary in size. Thumbnails are usually about 1-2...

Are You Worrying? Ask these questions…

Finding the knowledge that helps you cut the worry action... Are you planning to do something that causes you to worry about the negative? Then maybe it's time to do research before you put all your ducks in order. Put your worry action into the positive by making it move... Ask yourself these questions:" see if it's been done before who did it and how can you model what was done what else is there for you to learn to be more sure you can accomplish it can you make a decision based on...

Websites: How to Get and Use an API key for your WordPress site

WordPress is a great way to build your website and web-presence. They offer free software that loads to your server, plugins to extend the use and function of your site and themes that create the image you project. This is an easy and time effective way to get on-line and start your business within 1-3 hours depending on your skill level. Are you using WordPress for your website? Do you get lots of spam? Do you wonder what your stats...

Tips: naming files; home pages; using icons

Here are a few tips about anything book or business…of course there are a lot more… and please write yours in the comments section below. It’s always nice to share your knowledge... and we love to hear it! 1. Naming files: don't use punctuation. No ',' commas or '.' periods or '/' slashes or other such OR spaces. Try to fill in any blanks with a '_' underscore or a '-' hyphen. This will make your files read better is uploaded or imported. 2. Home pages: these do best when organized from...

Do you use Facebook? New Security. Now update to the https://

I saw this on my thread this morning.... and looking at other posts noticed that people were having trouble with their connections so I reposted thinking this might be the trouble... "Facebook has changed and said nothing (again). Take a look at your URL (top box on your screen.) If you see "http" or just "www" instead of "https" you DO NOT have a secure session & can be hacked. Go to Account Settings Click Security on the left top corner click Edit next to Secure Browsing, Check...

What I've been up to…

I realize I've been writing more about promotion and marketing lately... but I'm getting asked these questions all the time. "How do I promote my book. Where can I sell more copies?  Where will people see it?" So I thought I'd pass along to you what information comes my way. And don't forget... my blog has a 'search' feature for those questions you might have about the self publishing book design process and how to get the best bang out of all my services. There are posts about barcodes,...

Mailing Lists for Self Publishers PR and Reviews

Once your book design is done don't forget to market it.... Magazines, newsletters and newspapers with book review columns. Advertising space is expensive. Editorial space is free. Put together your own list of industry publications to send articles and press releases to and find out who to send review copies of your book. Review copies and news releases are your least expensive and most effective form of book promotion. Set up dealerships with associations. Mailing Lists for Book PR and...

Book Cover Design: How Long Does it Take…time?

Time encompasses all parts of our lives. Process depends on time. Time determines what our experience will be. I get asked a lot about time. Especially the time it will take to design the book cover. As you begin the journey of self publishing you enter a new world, one that is exciting and confusing at the same time. You are learning all the new words and meanings...then... it's time for the book cover design and there is more information this time specific to design, technology and process...
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