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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 how I learned it.”

I’ve found that by merely repeating the title of that section to someone that’s heard the story, the story — and the principle — come back to mind rather quickly.

Thank you for your entry.
Let’s hope A LOT of writers take you to heart.
David Dantes

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Tell us what your experience has been…
Remember, keep doing something everyday toward your book and promotion.
Karrie Ross
Book Cover Designer

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 from my personal experience, please always be sure to research your answers on your own as well. When I make eBooks for my book design clients, I make sure they are locked in every way except for being able to print, but I don’t usually install a password for them to be accessed.
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BOOK DESIGN: Everyone needs a Photo… Right? Headshots and other Photo Tips

Know, like and trust. This is what we build with our books, services and website. Visuals play a big part in creating this trust. And we all know we need a photo. Just how important that photo quality is depends on how you will be using it.

If you plan to use it for web use, the resolution doesn’t have to be very high, 72dpi will work fine. But anytime you plan to use a photo for print work you need to be sure the resolution is as high as you can get for best quality reproduction. Professional photographers will make your files high resolution. You’ll also need to think about the style you want them to be. Be sure to cover all looks, suit, jacket, dress, sweater, scarf, tie, accessories or not. Do a variety for best use of time and try not to do all the photos as planned poses.

If you want to take your own photos, I suggest you consider the following:

When taking shots with your own camera be sure it is at least 7 or more mega pixels and is set at the highest resolution it will go, or ask around at your local Continue reading

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 the best results from today’s technology, be sure you let them know how their final product will be used. They might also offer the service of scanning them for you. Or you might find a professional imaging house to scan for you.

Each medium has a unique production process for them. It’s a good idea to have an open conversation with the illustrator and printer before work is done to get the best results for your final product. If you have any other questions about your book, please feel free to contact me.

That’s it. Keep doing something everyday towards your book …
Take a look at my website and contact me if you have any questions.

Karrie Ross
Your Book Designer
https://www.bookcoverdesigner.com

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 total exclusive agreement either.

This show happens each year, next year 2009 it will be in New York. I know I’ll be there the whole three days…will you?

Remember, keep doing something everyday for your book and promotion.
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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 attended on the last day of the show in the hopes of being a more welcomed conversation to the booth vendors, which turned out to be a good decision and I got some free books at the end!

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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 rest done through other vendor services.

2. Pick the type of book you’ll write:

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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.

BOOK DESIGN: Photo Research: How to do it effectively and Why this is Important.

Most of my clients come to me with an image already picked out. This can be good and not so good. The good part is that they have given some thought to the look they want for their cover. The not so good part is that the image may be too literal, misses the mark or is of poor quality, to name a few.

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Book Design and Writing: How to Research Your Subject Matter…

I know this sounds hard but think about it.
— Ask yourself why you are interested in this subject and where have you found your information to get you feeling this way. Magazines, TV, internet, social groups, book, newspapers, seminars.

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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 determine the correct fit for the pieces. Once you know the who, what, and where of your audience, you are able to write a title and subtitle that will fit their focus.

1. Who is your audience? This will be determined by the subject of your book. What you are looking for is, age, location, affiliations if any. Is there anything that is unique about them as a group?

2. Do you know what your audience likes? It helps if you have something in common with them, after all, you did write the book. Get into their shoes, what are the benefits to them from buying your book?

3. Where does their attention go? What are they looking to gain? What is
their pain or joy? What are their motivators? Are their related subjects that can be created from the book? Can you create “come-back power” in extended material?

Once you have this information the process of brainstorming will be your best move. Begin with writing your answers to each of the questions. Looking on line, in niche magazines etc are all good places to begin your research.

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Book Design & Writing: Using Stories in your writing…

When you are in the process of collecting resources and data, don’t forget to write about yours or others experiences, stories leave a profound impression on your readers minds. Your stories will influence them more because they are able to relate to them. Some ways to Continue reading

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

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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 Continue reading

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 Continue reading

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 authors with topics of discussion on; book size, promotion, branding and marketing and answer the important questions you might have.

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Here are some of the most common sizes and use:

Trade paperbacks: 5.5″ x 8.5″ to 6″ x 9″… and be sure to ask me about more option info once begin your project Continue reading

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

I lost the URl I got this from….

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 remember in the beginning of my career when I asked for a testimonial from a client and they asked me to write it and they would edit. I was surprised for sure… Continue reading