Category Archive for: ‘Book Tips’

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This maybe be duplicated. I want to be sure you get the message. --------------------------------- Thank you for being interested in my design services all these years, I know I have not posted for awhile, life happens and now I'm back at it so... I have been reorganizing my business and have changed my email provider.  Please sign up to my NEW mailing list service at one of the links...

How to add a website Bookmark icon to your iphone

 How to make a desktop icon bookmark for your website url for use on your iphone so when someone asks about your book you can take them directly to your author website page of choice. 1. login to your phone 2. find the Safari icon and open the program 3. type in your website url 4. at the bottom of the screen you'll see a rectangular icon page with arrow pointing out of the top... 5. tap the icon and when it opens successfully there will be a few options choose the one that works for...

How do I treat the cover for a second edition?

Second Edition book changes or entirely new content? Some things to consider: is it really a second edition or are you just correcting errors? Adding new info and what percentage? second editions usually apply to timely content... like text books, directories etc. content with info that needs to be updated for specific uses yearly  will you need a new ISBN or can you use the same one will the book need some kind of identifier on cover that states it is new info, use year, or...

Publishing a book challenges your brian… Huffington Post

Elaine Ambrose —Author, syndicated blogger, featured humor speaker, publisher, and retreat organizer knows that laughter - with wine - is the best medicine. This was a delight to read this morning... so many articles are not written with a lightness and combines publishing a book, losing weight, and finding love all in one place...! Seems like this author has it down... And here is my shameless self promotion.... I really appreciated when she stated "hire a professional graphic...

Tip: Blogging Happy…not just about the New Year!

Happy New Year! We hear that every year at this time... only 5 more days to go. Do you know what you'll be doing? Will you start that blog to promote your book, it's subject, your focus, your sharing with the world the who you are? Do you have a website... that has a blog? If not, why? This is one of the best tools for beginning your journey in promotion. Next is social media. No, it's not easy or quick or even fun at times. BUT remember you are on a mission to find a place for your voice, a...

Tip: Seasons Greetings! and Now is the time to Start/Finsih That Book!

Yep, it's the Holidays and soon to be new year... what are your plans? How will you spend your time? Will you choose to write a book... could just be a little tip book... or that novel you have in your head in your day dreaming hours. START NOW! Write out that idea, find a folder and start putting your thoughts in it. What do you want to share? Your notes will grow into that something more and eventually you'll see the outline and main purpose. or Finish what you've started, finalize...

Tip: Purpose and intent-writing for why?

I'm not just a book designer, I also write and put books together. The book I wrote was about parenting, it received several awards, that made me happy. I wrote it for another project I was working on at the time, I needed to "become a bigger person" so I took a subject that I knew about and wrote. It took me 9 months... HA! just like a baby... and then I started promoting it. The purpose was to move me along to the "bigger self" and intent was to pass along what I had learned on my want to...

Tip: Raining in California…interesting writing subjects

It never rains in California. Over the past 5-10 years that has become more true than we Californians want to believe. We are in a drought. I'm noticing more and more articles/posts/comments being created that center around how to life with and survive in this condition. In our digital world there doesn't seem to ever be enough information. So this is the writers cue to start writing their take on the subject in the news. Doesn't have to be the drought, but look at what people are talking...

Writer’s Block be gone! Finishing Your Book. I’m not just a Book Designer…

I don't believe in writer's block. (I can hear the gasps of disbelief already.) I make this statement based on my experience writing an award winning parenting book. So my experience is for non-fiction more than fiction. But I would think that much of what I outline could cover both.  I believe that if we follow one simple fist step that writer's block melts away and the words start flowing. But what is that "first step"? Well, a big part of my job as a book consultant and coach is to help...

Figuring Out What Makes a Great Book Title

Book publishing companies hire professional copywriters for figuring out what makes a great book title or "headline" because book publishing is big business; so there is a lot of thought that goes into making their titles as commercially-viable as possible.  Many well-known and highly successful books started out with other titles and grew into the ones that make them famous. Visit the book store, notice how customers pick up a book, scan the front and back cover, and then put it down...

Write a Book, Make a Difference in the World

Make a difference in the World... sounds good doesn't it? When you write a book and even with the basic of promotion or internet exposure it, you, will live on. And the more you contribute the longer it will live, as very seldom will any info be erased from the internet. There are sites that specialize in saving image files of websites and their data. Hopefully the social media sites we all frequent will back up somewhere as well, and then there is google and their never ending need to gather...
Publishing Self Publishing

Traditional Publishing or Self Publishing and Promotion?

Traditional Publishing or Self Publishing... a question I get asked many times in initial conversations. There was a time when becoming an author was "like totally out there" and seen as unreachable for most of us. Then, something happened and

What’s happening in the digital world and how piracy is being looked at…

One of my threads just started talking about the how the music industry is dealing with digital piracy and the effects it's having on the overall revenue... likening this to what will/might happen in other industries as this effect trickles down into books, artwork and such.   Will the self-publishing ebook go the way of the digital music MP3. How the music industry is handling the piracy of digital downloads and is this a possible answer for publishing and digital media over...
Bi Literal Reading

News: The Differences between Reading Digital and Physical Books

I read more pbooks (physical books) than ebooks (digital) and I do lots of research online... mostly I find that the sitting posture for reading online disturbing as I work at a computer all day so it seems like work. I can understand how the article relates online reading to research, the ability to scan as that seems to be the action for work. Mostly fiction books are ebooks which are for letting the mind escape. So I'm guessing e or p will work for that since you can take it anywhere with...

Book Promotion: Where to Promote your Book: Websites, Blogs, Forums

Yes, promotion takes time. Yes, it can be like running a business. And the satisfaction you get from promoting your book is something that will live inside you for a very long time. So don't get lost in the "Where do I go to promote my book?" thinking... here is a list of websites you might want to check out to see if they are a good fit for your book promotion plans. AND, taking advantage of pinterest and google+ and instagram, getting your book cover and information in the public eye...
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