Category Archive for: ‘Book Tips’

Wayback, the website that archives old information.

I ran across this website a few years ago, thought it was fun, then forgot about it until I was doing research on a designer... and there it was, the information I wanted in Wayback's archives. So I figured I would pass the information along to you. ----- ----- The text on their home page gives you a bit of insight as to how to use the : "Archive-It is designed to fit the needs of many types of organizations and individuals. The over 200 partners include: state archives, university...

One Stop Shopping… really? The delimma of the Book Designer in changing times.

Dilemma? Well maybe more of "am I ready to or do I even have to ... do it all?" question. Technology is keeping us book designers on our toes as it does with many other professions. I've seen solo designer businesses now create the look of a "company" that offers the variety of services that are perceived as necessary to keep current in our ever changing publishing world. I get asked why I don't do it all like larger POD Publishing companies... which is interesting since I'm not a printer or...

Reviews…how they help move your book sales

Amazon and most other book sales sites depend on the reveiws buyers give to the books that are listed...so...list some...there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn't post a review of your own book! Extend your opinion to possible readers...don't let your book just sit there waiting for a review...take the initiative and put the first one up yourself. The websites algorithm examines the number of reveiew and rank of the reviews when determining exposure levels... and we all know what that...

Book Design: The Benefit to Filling a Lightbox…

There are lots of photo sites out there... both royalty free and pay for use. When taking on your own graphic design project, whether it be a self publishing book, brochure, or website, unless we take the photots ourselves, we need images to give our project that extra push. How to use a photo site for best benefit. 1. What is the project, does it need a hi-res image? 2. Will that image be used across all your projects? 3. Be sure to read the licensing agreement you might want to get the...

Want book sales? Get yourself a 'Platform'

Is there a realistic formula to generating substantial book sales without a gazillion dollar marketing campaign or a rave reveiw from Oprah? There is, and it amounts to building a "platform" – industry lingo for a regular column, blog, newsletter, or seminar that allow an author to pitch to a ready-made audience. An increasing number of nonfiction authors who have found success these days have parlayed their platform into book sales; T. Harv Eker, Jeffrey Gitomer, Rick Warren, and Joel Osteen...

Places to get Publicity for your eBook….

Ebook Awards Bring Publicity to Your Ebook http://www.expertclick.com/NewsReleaseWire/Ebook_Authors_Alert_Ebook_Awards_Bring_Publicity_to_Your_Ebook,201136707.aspx Dan Poynter's Global eBook Awards Open to entries until June 30. eBooks in the English language from any country. http://awardsforebooks.com/ EPIC's eBook Awards(TM) Open to entries from June 1 to July 15. Entries must be published in English and released for sale between June 1 of the previous year through May 31 the...

Book Schedule: Are You Allowing Enough Time? How to Figure Out Your Timeline…

Time. There it is. Everything needs time, it doesn’t just happen over night. Start with your preferred date of release and work backwards through what needs to be done. Your list will look something like this: Release Date: the day your book is for sale Shipping: allow at least 2 weeks depending on quantity and form of delivery Printing: offset generally takes longer than POD so be sure to ask your printer how long to allow. Hardcover books take longer than paperback so ask that too. POD...

Using Social Media to cross-promote You…

I just ran across this post about "13 ways to cross-promote on social media sites"   Joan Stewart has what she calls "digital bread crumbs" for friends and fans to follow... this is in the social media we choose to use. One of the important things to remember in any social media experience is... the experience you share and receive. Be sure to follow some basic rules: be informative share your message engage with others, bring them into your thinking...go to theirs set boundaries...

Book Design: Should You Become a Self Published Author?

Becoming a self published author can be very rewarding. It's not difficult, especially if you look at what it takes to write a book! Which, with the proper motivation and research, isn't that difficult either. However,it does take a certain amount of commitment to get going. So here are a few tips I've learned to help you on your way. First a little history of self publishing, according to information from "Dan Poynter's Self Publishing Manual," Mark Twain, Zane Grey, James Joyce and several...

Book Design & Marketing: Seth Godin and how to get their attention…?

There is a reason this man sells so many books in his field... This is all about niches and why...it's about how do you see your product, book, or service... it's about learning to get into the listening of your specific audience... what are you going to do now? Remember, do something every day toward your book and promotion Karrie Ross Your Book Cover Designer Use this link to go back to the website http://www.bookcoverdesigner.com

Which is correct….Forward or Foreword?

I see this all the time...and which is correct? Let's refer to the dictionary. Forward: ahead of time; early; moving toward a point in front; progressive Foreword: an introductory remarks, preface or prefatory note SO The answer IS..........FOREWORD! don't forget it and be sure your book uses the correct spelling.

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...
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