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10 Publishing Tips that Assist – it’s the little things…

Here you are, thinking...what, how am I going to finish, design, publish and promote my book? Some of you who are more familiar with my posts know I end with the statement of "Remember, do something every day toward....." There is such power in this statement, please remember it. Here are 10 things/actions/thoughts for you to consider: One of the things I found most daunting about writing a book was all the rewrites....UNTIL I realized how great the book turned out because of...

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

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 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...

The How To Of Knowing Your Audience For Your Book Cover Design

When designing your book cover the first part of the puzzle is to know your audience. This is the first in a series of three articles based on creating an artful cover, motivating title, and return value-added information to increase the promotion for your books’ sales. Learning who the books' audience is and what's their focus is the first part of the information we put into the recipe of designing the cover. I look at each book cover as a puzzle and it's up to me, through questioning, to...

How Do I Find A Great Title For My Book?

Finding a great title for your book can be one of the most challenging yet satisfying processes you will go through. The title is the purpose of your book and very important that it presents your book's subject in the best way possible. It needs to grab your audiences attention, make them question and think and act by picking up the book and start reading and eventually purchase. I begin asking questions of the author, making them go deep into their subconscious to dig up the answers to their...

Book Design: The 2008 Olympics and What It Has in Common with Writing…

It seems like the Olympic trials 2008 was just yesterday, yet it was weeks away. It comes every 4 years and we all gather around watching top athletes do their thing... their passion and excellence showing in every breath they take. They've worked hard for this, studied, researched and practiced over and over the skills necessary to succeed...and place for their category. Most likely this has been a lifetime goal, to be a participant in the Olympics, to belong to that special group. As an...

Book Design: 7 Questions to Ask For What to Do About the Sales and Promoting of Your Book…

What is it about the prospect of having to sell and promote our new book design that makes us think we don't know anything? We wake up to the process of sales every day. It begins with us asking what we're going to wear and progresses into who we talk to at work. The process of creating rapport, stating benefits and follow though with each action we take... which is really all aobut the sales or promotion of us! Think about it? So, lets take a few minutes to see what that might mean to our...

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 Cover Design: How Long Does it Take…time?

Time encompasses all parts of our lives. Process depends on time. Time determines what our experience will be. I get asked a lot about time. Especially the time it will take to design the book cover. As you begin the journey of self publishing you enter a new world, one that is exciting and confusing at the same time. You are learning all the new words and meanings...then... it's time for the book cover design and there is more information this time specific to design, technology and process...

Book Titles – Where do they come from?

I get asked a lot about book titles, the "How do I develop one and know if it's a good one?" question. I've found when I'm asked to help with the title, I go through a series of questions with the author, digging deep into the why, how, what motivated them to write the book in the first place... then we dialogue and I usually am the 'devils advocate' coming up with as many arguments, ahem, questions, as possible so we flush out what the underlying concept is. the process I use can be different...

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 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 Cover Design: Twitter… interesting for the person on the go…

Whoever "created" twitter certainly had their finger on the pulse of the world marketers and business people. Only allowing 140 character posts at a time really gets you to consolidate your message. I'm finding it a lot of fun... and it's a good way for you to get the word out for your own book, product, service or company. It does take time but there are programs that will assist you in it's management and if you connect it to your blog and facebook accounts you can have it auto-tweet when...
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