Author Archive for: ‘Karrie BCDR’

Have you ever felt foolish? Especially when it comes to writers block.

Remember April Fools Day. Yes, I hear you... eh!  I can remember being young and being taken in by the tease. I was such a gullible young person especially when it sounded so plausible to my ears. So over the years I developed a way of listening to stories in a different way, and it makes my job as a book designer a lot of fun. I'm pretty sure I can say that at one time or another we've all felt a little foolish. But in this post I'm talking about double checking your content. The what and...
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Publishing Tip: How To Make Research Work For Your Book

Research. Can one ever do enough? In the self publishing world there are so many variables to consider and because of this, we actively research everything. Like you researching this topic on this self publishing tips blog. In today's world of electronic discovery your options can be endless. That being said, be sure to look at several places to see how content matches and where it doesn't match. Take notes and then do more research. Everyone has a different view and direction they pursue....
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Web-Presence 101: your mailing list

"It" is suggested that if you have a book, product, service or business, you need a website, and if you have a website you need a blog and if you have a blog, you need a mailing list. So to have a mailing list ... now what? So, do you feel lost in a distant land yet? I know I did years ago when I first started learning bout how to create a web-presence and to make it dynamic, one that interacts on the smallest level with my audience. Let me give you some beginning info about mailing...
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10 Publishing Tips that Assist – it’s the little things…

Here you are, thinking...what, how am I going to finish, design, publish and promote my book? Some of you who are more familiar with my posts know I end with the statement of "Remember, do something every day toward....." There is such power in this statement, please remember it. Here are 10 things/actions/thoughts for you to consider: One of the things I found most daunting about writing a book was all the rewrites....UNTIL I realized how great the book turned out because of...
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Book Design: Opinions. What’s yours?

Everyone has a opinion about your book design, especially the cover, really, just ask them. Opinions about how things "should" be...but, consider that for every person their opinion reflects an experience that reflects the where their viewpoint is based on. Their life experiences and motivations. We don't all have the same experiences but we all have similar neuro pathways that will fire up, say, when we see a specific color or listen to music. We respond. That is what a successful book...
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Time to publish my book, as well as market, promote, review, award shows and and and…

It is time again, to get back to the business at hand, which of course is to publish my book. You remember what that is right? The action that you take when you have a thought that just has to be shared, in words only you can relate. The words that keep you up at night and fill you with a great passion and fulfillment. The one and only action you want to do always and forever...without writers block to hold you back .... Well, that sounds good in theory but after you've written your book...
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Book Promotion: Getting your articles to magazines on target and on time…

It's not like we as business owners don't have enough to do with actually producing a book, product or service, but often we are the only one doing the work. Here are a few ideas to get you started on your years plan for PR. 1. Articles are almost a must in today's world of instant information. Write an article that is on target with what you are selling and you will get hits. 2. Make the keywords the best type of natural search sentence structure you can and catch more of your target...
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Creativity is Art which includes writing…

Creativity is art. Resistance if futile? And if you watch Star Trek you will know that is what the Borg say. AND this was first written out. Yes, a writer wrote it for an actor to read and it was creative and became art in the making. Something risky. Something that hit us to the bone of being human. Write I say, Write. and keep writing until the book is done. Change the world and invite us to join you. We're all in this together. Sometime today, go out side and look at the sun or the...
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Promotion: Upholding the Promise of your Book

I've seen it happen over and over. Not only in the book world but in business in general. You know those networking meetings or conferences you go to where everyone mingles and talks about what they do or how they came to be at the event. Well, ever notice when the attention goes away when talking to someone who all-of-a-sudden realizes you are not "part of their planned audience?" Some thoughts to keep in mind if you are going to invest your time and money into a book/product/service: 1. The...
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Book: “Olinguito Speaks Up!” by Cecilia Velástegui

Working with authors is an exciting experience. I get to walk-in-their shoes for just a short period of time and experience the passion they have for their work. The book "Olinguito Speaks Up!" was just such a book. The author Cecilia Velástegui was just that. Her excellent choice of imagery for the interior and story to tell created a book that is meant to be on library shelves for years to come. "Olinguito is a shy and furry animal that sucks his thumb all day long and hides in the...

Book: “By U.S. Bonds” a memoir of Gary U.S. Bonds – Branding

"By U. S. Bonds" was a fun book for me, I grew up with Gary's big hit "A Quarter to Three" as a major dance tune... and to know his career continues just made me happy to be a part of it all. Gary's website http://www.garyusbonds.com/ gives you a complete update of what they are doing to promote the book. “A worthwhile rock ‘n’ roll memoir, and an inspiring story about following one’s bliss.” ~Kirkus Reviews Rock and roll legend Gary U.S. Bonds tells the story of his more than five...
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Book: J. A. Maloney two Mystery Novels over the past year…

IT YOU LIKE GOLF and OWN A HOME... here are two Brad Stephens Murder Mysteries you will want to read. Check out these are two great murder mysteries... finished over the past year by Joel Maloney author website at http://jamaloney.com/books.html ======== Breakfast Ball Brad Stephens was enjoying the relative success of thirty years in the high stress world of mortgage loan origination when the great recession left him stripped of assets, short of business, and teetering on the brink...
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Having a Professional Book Design for your Cover and Interior

The Importance of having a Professional Book Design for  your Cover and Interior Congratulations!  You finally finished writing your very first book and are ready to make a fortune by offering it to the public.  You have spent countless hours with research, typing, proofreading, editing, and re-editing to create the most informative and engaging publication imaginable.  All you have to do is slap a cover on it and post an advertisement on Amazon, and the money will start rolling in. ...
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There is No “Easy Button” for a Great Book Cover Design

Entrepreneurs are forward-thinking, visionary people who are always looking ahead at the “big picture” and thinking “outside the box”.  This can be our biggest strength as well as one of our most problematic weaknesses.  Because we are always looking for the most time efficient way to solve sometimes very complex business problems, we can easily overlook those critical times during our business day when our rush to find a quick and easy solution can negatively affect our marketing...

Hollywood Book Festival – 9th Annual Awards

Passing this along to authors interested.... =================== 2014 HOLLYWOOD BOOK FESTIVAL - CALL FOR ENTRIES HOLLYWOOD, CA _ The 2014 Hollywood Book Festival has issued a call for entries to its nihth annual awards celebrating books that deserve greater recognition from the film, television, game and multimedia communities. The 2014 Hollywood Book Festival will consider published, self-published and independent publisher non-fiction, fiction, children's books, young adult, how-to,...
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Speaking about Branding at Made in the Valley Networking

  I had a very nice time Tuesday night speaking about branding to a local networking group. I was the third speaker and a good place to be as I was able to bring it all together in to the importance of the Visual presentation and follow through for your branding direction no matter if you are branding a company, product, or book. It was a lively evening with Libby Gill starting off the evening with asking each person in the group what their branding needs were and giving...
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