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Book Cover Design Ideas for Authors About Writing Books!

I get many calls from authors...all writing their ideas, their passion, their life, their experiences. And what the book cover design idea could be for their book. This is one of the most powerful parts of being an author and writing. The act of sharing your stories with the rest of us. The ability to decide on what your book cover design idea will be that best gets your ideas about your target subject out to the rest of the world. If you find you are having writers block you might try...

Book Design: Offering Your Readers Extended Value with Your Book Cover

When designing your book cover be sure you are adding come-back power in your subject. There are 3 Questions to ask when considering what constitutes an artful book cover design? Question one: who is your audience. Question two: creating eye appeal. Question Three: extended value.  Now that we know who the audience is, what the imagery will be we can concentrate on the promise of m What means more to your audience/niche? Does your subject have "come-back-power?" An added value to your...

BOOK DESIGN: 3 Questions to Consider For Creating Artful Book Cover Designs

Book cover design is an art! The art of catching attention, enticing the viewer to pick up your book, buy it and ultimately read it! Taking the time and learning about this art can add to the impact your book will have whether you plan to go the self publishing route or are picked up by a major publisher. All of this equates out into perceived value and the know, like and trust factor your cover creates for its market banding. Good book cover design helps sell books! This is why...

BOOK DESIGN: What copy goes on the Copyright page?

The copyright page is the page that follows and prints on the back of your main title page and is where you display the legal part of your self published book. Be sure to check several books in your category and see what they are using on their copyright page and determine what is best for yours. And be sure to run it by a legal representative, what I list below are suggested beginning points. Here is a sample of the basics of what your copyright page will contain: Book Title Book...

Book Cover Design: ISBN and Barcodes-What & When to Use…

As a self publisher there are many things you'll need to set up to be a publisher. The first is a thirteen digit number known as the International Standard Book Number (ISBN). The ISBN represents the worldwide identification system that was started in the 1960s and pubilcations are tagged with this number identifying the connection between publisher, title, author and edition. ISBNs can be purchased as one or in blocks of numbers, 10, 100 etc. There is a special font that is created to make...

Book Production: making changes to the pdf you sent to the printer.

If you have Acrobat Professional you can make small changes to the pdfs you send to the printer. You will need to be sure to keep a list of the changes you make so when you go into your source files again you can be sure the file is up to date with the pdf. Both PC and MAC friendly. Acrobat Professional allows you to make one character changes like adding an 's' or comma within a line. It will also allow you to add at the end of a paragraph where there is room and if it goes to another line...

Book to app? Yes it can be done…

Dissing Xmas is now an app AND featured in the app store as a video! How wonderful is that! My client Brenda Barnes took a look to forward thinking and created an iphone app of her book "Dissing Xmas" on how to save money at Christmas... or really, any time of the year. It keeps you on "track" with where your spending is going. Visit the Apple App store for the video here. http://dailyappshow.com/xmas-track ...

Books: What to do with old books? Here's a thought…

Ever wonder what happens to those big-olde reference books? Well this photo shows one way, with the reminder of why they are there, written on their end so no one decides to remove one..."These books are here for an essential structural purpose. They are not for sale." Hopefully shoppers can see that they are holding up the shelf above! Great idea and visually engaging. Interesting way to send a message. Remember, do something every day toward your book and promotion. Karrie Ross,  Book...

Book Design and Spines…

The spine is the smallest part of your book marketing. Depending on the number of pages you write will determine the size of your spine. Some suggestions for your spine: 1. Make it a different color than your front cover 2. Use a photo at the top 3. Make it easy to read 4. Place a publisher logo at the base 5. If you have a wide enough spine, have the information show in the normal read position not turned vertically Spine measurements are determined by the number of pages and the paper...

Book Awards: IBPA Membership and Benjamin Franklin Awards®

If you are an author who has written a book within the last year, then award shows are something to really consider.  And IBPA is one to look into submitting to. This organization really offers suggestions for the self and small publisher through their library  and other specific mailings through the year. Which helps put your book out into the places for it to be seen. I was pleasently surprised when with my membership I started receiving notices to teleseminar events the organization puts...

Book Design & Writing: How to Take Research and Make it into a Book…

Now that you have the outline, table of contents or back cover copy. Start taking notes, cut statements from magizines etc. and put them into which ever organization system you choose to create. Take advantage of moments of stillness, waiting rooms, restaurants when you are alone, business trips etc to address the subject matter. Strike up conversations with people and do a Q&A. Ask questions that pertain to your chapter headlines, keep writing down all the questions that come to mind...

Book Design & Writing: How to Organize Your Materials…

Sounds simple enough...maybe. When I started writing my books I gathered all the 'stuff' I'd been collecting for years and put it in stacks. That didn't work. So I wrote up an outline and separated the stacks into each of the chapters and created subheads. This worked for a few books, then I got stuck...so someone suggested I dictate because they felt it was easier for me to talk it and once it was transcribed I was able to take it and create the chapters and such. Another way is to put...

Book Design: Can writing the back cover help write the book?

For all of you who are struggling with either writing a book or the back cover copy... the answer is yes, I believe if you write the back cover copy first it can help with your book outline as well as the book outline helping with the back cover copy... they help eachother. Think about it... the back cover consists of a headline that is targeting your niche. Next it contains a paragraph stating the sell points in the book followed by bullets of the most important learnings and finally a...

Book Design: 5 Things to Know About Picking Your Book Subject…

First to be a writer ask yourself...What are your taltents? What do you want to do or what interests you? Do you enjoy writing or are you looking for a ghost writer to help you along? What motivates you? How will you use this book you will be writing and why? Once you've figured out your motives move on to this next step. Here are 5 things to consider when writing a non-fiction book. 1. Do you have a subject you are just edging to write about and share your experiences? 2. Do you have the...

Book Design: Book Publishing and the Holiday Season…

Fellow authors, the printing business traditionally closes down during the Holidays as do most businesses. So be sure to contact your printer(s) to see what their holiday schedule is and if it will slow down the production of your book or CD/DVDs. A good rule of thumb is to plan for this time of year for both design, printing and shipping 'stops' in production. Have a great Holiday Season and Remember to do something every day toward your book and promotion. Karrie Ross Your Book cover...

Book Fulfillment & Storage: Warehousing Space

Storage and Fulfillment for Your Books I receive many different emails concerning services and suppliers for self publishing authors and companies. I don't usually respond but this one is about a subject that has come up for several of my clients in the past so I figured it would be good information for all. I also know that in some areas, local charities, Salvation Army, and Goodwill, etc. also offer different services for product assembly and fulfillment...so check locally as well. Please...
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