Category Archive for: ‘Book Tips’

About Writing… 10 points from PD James

I am always fascinated by the fiction writers ability to keep the story in their heads... I enjoyed the tips from PD James... and hope you do to. I especially liked #6 as it also could pertain to an artists life. "6. Enjoy your own company: It is undoubtedly a lonely career, but I suspect that people who find it terribly lonely are not writers. I think if you are a writer you realise how valuable the time is when you are absolutely alone with your characters in complete peace. I think it is...

Getting Insurance for your business…Other related subject: Small Business Insurance

This may seem off subject for my blog but I have the toughest time with things like insurance and lawyers and corporation procedures... so when I was told I needed to have general liability insurance I literally freaked! To put it mildly. The lawyer who told me, referred me to an insurance man who said I didn't make enough for him to bother with me! REALLY! Then the search began for a company who could write me a policy... and I called all over locally, the internet, friends gave me names......

Don't forget to send a thank you note!

This tip courtesy of Rick Fishman newsletter A "Rick Tip" Don't forget to send a thank you note! I know it sounds crazy- but most people don't send a thank you note after they do a media interview... Big mistake! Always send a note the the host and the producer. In the note... 1- Thank them for having you on ( or for the interview) 2- Remember a specific item from the interview and talk about that 3- Give them your cell # and offer to be on anytime at the last minute 4- Tell how much fun...

How to write the subtitle for your book…

When determining your subtitle…think benefits that the reader will get, think what you promise them. Think bullet points (but don’t use them in the subtitle), think logically and think what “they” want to solve or know about. Re-read your intro, foreword and first chapter, pull out the phrases you already use and rework them into your subtitle. Write it out in several different sequencing of words and keep it to around or under 10 words for best comprehension. Fill pages with your...

Books designed with CDs – some things to consider

Should you put a CD in your book or not? or do you create a book designed with all the stuff in it that might go in the CD? good questions. If your book is not sealed, shrink wrapped, the CD could be easily taken and then your book is not sellable and the book store will return it to you...not good. And...

How to Create a Web Presence – Quick and Cheap! For Online and Offline Businesses

Are you an author, life coach, therapist, or small company looking to have a website and offer your services and products? If your answer is yes... my information will be of value to you! Offline business has its network meetings, trade shows, advertising, direct mail programs, catalogs, telemarketing, workshops and more... Online business has its social networking

Book Writing: Telling Stories

From time-to-time I receive emails from people who hear about me.. here is one I received today. Thank you David! From: David Dantes Subject: Telling stories I read your entry in Poynter's newsletter about telling stories and I CAN NOT agree more. I'm about to start selling my first book on becoming a better lawyer, probably as an ebook. It's 73,000 words. And I found that THE BEST WAY to write it was: "Here's a principle you need to learn to become better at this. "And here's the story of...

Book Design: Does my eBook Need to be Protected?

Do you have a Kindle? I've been told that the fate of the printed book might be in danger! I'm not sure I believe that, but, as a self publisher we need to be on top of the newest trends... and one of those trends is making our books available in eBook form to be read on the computer or other devices. Then the question arises, do I protect it with a password? And is that password buyer specific or book specific? Should I be concerned about thieft and multiple reproductions? My answer is only...

Photos scans for the interior of your book

I've written about this before... but it's such an important subject here it is again... I can't encourage you enough to contact a knowledgeable professional if you are planning on having one or hundreds of photo/illustration images on the inside of you book. There are so many "if's" involved and the wrong road could cost not only money but quality in the end product. Be sure that your images are scanned

Will Illustrations Done in Pencil Reproduce Well for Printing?

You need to be very careful when you scan pencil. That being said, it's used a lot. If your image is an outline, the line needs to be as solid as possible and in a 2B or softer pencil. If your illustration is a full out image shaded etc, when it's scanned you need to be sure that you don't loose any of the mid-tones or make the darker areas more solid than you wanted. Pencil has a 'shine' quality when scanned that you might have trouble with. Your illustrator should know how to draw to get...

BEA – Book Expo America 2008 in Los Angeles

Just spent the day at the Book Expo America show (BEA). It's big, covers two halls at the Los Angeles Convention Center. I'm glad I went. I ran into lots of interesting people and learned a lot about using this type of show to promote books. I spoke with several publishers and distributors about a book I've written, learned that many distributors also publish. The ones I spoke to, do expect the author to do their own public relations in the way of getting noticed etc. They also don't ask for a...

Book Promotions: Why use a 3D image to represent your book…and especially your ebook…

We are motivated by our senses. With book design sight is most pronounced. We have the cover image and title... our eyes read before and at the same time our mind clicks in to comprehend the connection. The 3D book image brings your book alive and into a space of reality. There are several different styles for the 3D cover. The spiral binding image:  usually used for a F**R-E=E ebook or just an booklet that you are offering. The spiral represents visually that the customer may need to bind...

Book Cover Design: BEA and How to Use it to Help you Research Interest for Your Book

I attended BEA with two intentions. First from the view of a Book Cover & Interior Designer and the second from the view of a new Author. I noticed myself falling back into the comfort of the first since this is known to me and the way I make a living. I found many interesting services for authors from printers to doll makers for children's books. I also came away with good information regarding what publishers are looking for to better inform my book design clients who use my services. I...

Book Design: Beginning Tips for How to Write Your Book…

You have an idea for a book. Now What? Let's explore what it takes to write a book. Keep in mind that there are many different ways to begin writing a book and there have been many books writen on the subject. So if my article hits home in even a little way... research what's out there for more information and start today... following your dream! Here are a few beginning tips to writing your book: 1. What are your strengths? Take your best strength and begin there and figure out how to get...

The Author-Entreprenuer

The current print on demand self publishing industry was built on vast numbers of hopeful people betting on the common dream of becoming a best-selling author; and some of the self publishing companies that fueled this notion skyrocketed from nowhere to being counted among the largest publishers on the planet. Ok, some of these authors were more grounded in reality, but there's little doubt a great many were fantasizing about grabbing the brass ring. A year ago, just about any self publishing...

Book Cover Design: Do You Know How To Find Out What's On Your Audience's Mind?

You've got the topic you really want to write about but not sure if its relevant or if there is even interest in what excites you. Go to the book store, see what other books have been written on it. Are any seeing the unique part you see? Now got to the newspaper and magazine stand. What's there that you can gather input from. Be sure you cover all bases where your topic is being talked about and take notes, buy the publication and subscribe to the emails.
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