Category Archive for: ‘Book Tips’

Book Reviews – another way to back links and more PR for your Book

In a world run by back-links and opinions of others, sometimes it pays to pay for the exposure, AND there are free reviewer services as well, both when used might/can eventually lead to free PR or requests to be interviewed or expert opinions on the news. The more we make ourselves look good the more we are seen that way. And

Book Design: Promoting Your Book With Articles

How does one promote their book? “Persistence and determination” are the best ways. I suggest you plan to do two or three things on an ongoing basis, you’ll find this will eventually bring you the notoriety you are looking for. Articles are some of the first and best ways for getting noticed. The 5 Tip format is as follow: 1. create an outline - list several important points of relatedness from your book to current news and events 2. create a title that covers...

After a Holiday… What's your next step?

Did you write over the holidays? Did you do any research for a printer or the other items you will need to organize for the book? I recently read somewhere that "writers block" didn't exist before the early 1900's, that writers just wrote, it was a hobby, an escape and fun. I'm thinking that for some of

Mobile Ads Apps and the Future… where it's at and what it means

I have a smart phone. Or that is what it's called. I have apps, both fee and free. The free might not really be free just like free email services that then you have to put up with ads and pop ups, but hey...it's free, right? So how does that impact our future, the way we might do business down the road once the book is published. How can this work for you? What is out there by way of technology? How can you make fit into it or it into you? I found the article by Jim Edwards at

BOOK DESIGN: How to determine the Best Size for Your Book.

“What size do I make my book?” I get asked this question a lot. Usually the book size depends on the type of book you are writing, not just non-fiction or fiction but subject matter and distribution takes play in your decision as well… and there are exceptions to the rule for those rare few authors who want a more unique looking book. Finding the time to research your market and get info from others can help you determine the best way to go. I offer consulting sessions for self publishing...

Book Design Terms Defined

Every skill has it's own language. Here are some common terms you might not be aware of their meaning. 1. Barcode / ISBN: a barcode is made from your ISBN and identifies/connects your book, ebook, audio book to the publisher. It will usually contain the price. 2. Complete Ownership of Book Design: it is important for the author to know that they have the rights to the final creative concept, title design configuration, and all files used in their book.

Testimonials… just when you thought it was safe… ha ha!

I love that we get testimonials from clients don't you? We hear how we are seen and perform and the experience they have with us... warms the heart, or at least it warms mine. Then there are the ones, and don't get me wrong... I love and honor truth from my friends. This is a great take on just that quality of Samuel Clemens, when asked for a brief but quotable review of 'Nuggets and Dust Panned Out in California by Dod Grille,' the most recent book by his friend, Ambrose Bierce. I...

Book Interior: Typefaces and Readability of your Book's Interior

The interior of your book is just as important as the cover.  In fact, it just might be more important. For me, the design of the book's interior is liken to... "getting the book to speak to the reader, while being a soundless physical page." Once your book is purchased you’ll need to hold the readers attention. Certainly good content has a lot to do with it. Good editing and proofing as well. But the real reading is done from the typography that is set… designed, formatted, sized and...

The power of blogs…

The potential of blogs for the book author who is struggling to grow a readership is simply staggering. So far in the news, it’s been more a case of bloggers being catapulted into the role of book author, but the reverse shows equal promise of becoming the next big thing for self publishing authors. Book marketing and publicity is all about access; an interesting, well run, and frequently updated blog can achieve an audience of immense proportions for your material, and for little or no...

Tip: Making your book interior design more interesting

Your interior is not just words. It’s a feeling, a concept, a “listen to me” dialog you would like the reader to first purchase it and then of course to keep reading it. Making it visually interesting for the ‘flip-though’ is really important… and I’m not talking boxed text, which can get to be too much for the flipper to comprehend. Here are three ways I suggest to authors for making their interiors more compelling and interesting. photos: I’m not talking tons but one for...

One thing each day for your book and promotion… one of my authors comments after the printing…

I am constantly being blown away ... by authors and how they fare after the book is printed and they start promoting it. For some this is an easy-as-pie action, and for others harder-than-heck. This is an email I received just recently after I asked one author what they were up to with the book. Amazing what doing one thing a day can bring. "... As far as what is happening: I am working on two book signings right now, they were canceled due to the terrible storm and all the havoc. I am on...

Library Mailings for your Book

There are many different ways to have your book seen, read, talked about. One is having it in a Library. One way to get seen is to be included what is called a "Library Mailing". It is a fee service and listed below  are two pretty well known services to consider, there are others so be sure to run your own search. IBPA Library Mailings - Your promotional flyer is combined with others from IBPA members and mailed to acquisition librarians throughout the U.S. Flyers reach public, school,...

Posting to ibookstore…from your PC

Some idle info for getting your ebooks on / in the ibookstore. Seems like if you have a MAC access is easier than if you have a PC. Here are some alternative options I've heard about if you have a PC. Check out  smashwords, seems they have an arrangement with ibookstore so check out their info. They also have a very comprehensive manual about how to put together your manuscript for conversion to epub. There's a company that lets you log in and use their Macs by the hour. MacinCloud...

Idle thoughts: 10 rules for fiction and non-fiction writers

I know there are more rules about writing than one can shake a stick at... and I'm sure you can suggest a few in the comments box to share with us all... the below are just 10 that seem to hit home to be attentive to. Here are just 10 rules to follow? (Thanking Janet Fitch from a post in the LA Times) 1. Write the sentence, not just the story 2. Pick a better verb 3. Kill the cliché. 4. Variety is the key. 5. Explore sentences using dependent clauses. 6. Use the...

Why it's important to be exact with your release date…

We all admire being on time... especially if "it" the event etc is important to us. AND How much more important is being correct than with the release date of your book? "tell me exactly when I'm going to get it." so I can plan

Book Award Shows Can Be Your Friend

Be sure to get a list of Award Shows and submit your book. Having a sticker to put on your website and book will do wonders for being seen as an expert. The obvious category to submit to is your fiction/non-fiction, and then the specific category of your book subject… but don’t forget about submitting for cover and interior design and formatting, editing, or one of the other “not-your-subject-category” that is offered by the show, take some time and look over what they offer. This is...
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