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New Book: More Alive Now by Susan Frailey

Discover new ways of choosing nutrition to unlock your inner power and vitality.

“More Alive Now: Simple Nutrition to Change Your Life” is your introduction to a new mindset, a new way of life. More Alive Now is an approach to healthy, joyful living through use of innovative nutritional tools that make sense, are easy to follow, and will last a lifetime. Designed for anyone who wants to feel better.

Realize the power of pH balance, food combining, probiotic foods, and enzymes to immediately improve your health.

“Susan Frailey is the real deal. Her genuine open heart and joyful spirit was hard fought, not just wishful thinking, and she has a lot to teach us all about living life more fully.”  — Kenny Loggins

Susan Frailey, RN BSN, is a pioneer in the art of nutrition. Susan teaches, lectures, and consults about her transformational approach to health and well-being. For availability and news, visit www.MoreAliveNow.com.

“More Alive Now” by Susan Frailey RN BSN
ISBN 978-0-9845195-0-7

Holocaust Exposed by Nigel Woodley


My phone rang one day and Nigel was on the other end… from New Zealand! What a joy he was to work with, very upbeat but on a mission… his cover needed to be done NOW! The printer was waiting.

“Nigel Woodley has been the pastor of the Flaxmere Christian Fellowship in Hastings, New Zealand since 1982. …….  It took him years to build up the courage to write such a significant book about the Holocaust, ever wanting to be sensitive to those who suffered during those terrible years. But now the time has arrived. The result is a book he feels will educate the Christian, speak to the Jew, and enlighten all people of every culture regarding the darkest period in the history of the human race.” (taken from his website http://www.holocaustexposed.co.nz/)  “God is in the book!” is Nigel’s declaration.

Remember, do something everyday toward your book and promotion.
Karrie Ross Book Designer, Branding and Self-Publishing Consutling

The Budget of Your Life: by Kenny Soward

Budget_med3DIf you are tired of being a slave to your debt, then this book is for you.

“The Budget of Your Life is a book about owing less and spending well.  It is a book about budgeting.  It is a book about freedom.  Living paycheck to paycheck is not easy.  I have been there, and so I know exactly where you are coming from.  I have felt the same frustrations as you, and I have made the same mistakes as you.” —Kenny Soward, Author

Available on Amazon Fall of 2009
ISBN: 978-0-557-0805-8-8

Remember, do something everyday toward your book and promotion.
Karrie Ross Book Designer, Branding and Self-Publishing Consutling

In Darkness Light Dawns by Lisa M.S. Barrow


“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.”  —PROVERBS 31:8

Lisa Barrow fights for others. She has taken an uncomfortable situation and created a platform for Workplace Bullying, bring it out of darkness into light through her coaching and consulting ….  and now her book “In Darkness Light Dawns” shares her stories and solutions for any one who needs help.

“If you are an organizational leader or politician, I ask you to listen with an open mind to my appeals for legislation and policies that protect employees from workplace bullies. You can no longer ignore the problem of workplace bullying, which contributes to the illness and death of many employees.

I wrote this book with urgency, because of my deep concern for people who are hurting. I also wrote with gratitude, because of my deep appreciation for blessings received.” —Lisa M.S. Barrow, Author

ISBN: 978-0-615-31142-5

Remember, do something everyday toward your book and promotion.
Karrie Ross Book Designer, Branding and Self-Publishing Consutling

The Life of Manny by Ray East


Ray East is an author, speaker and executive leadership coach.  He serves individuals and teams by providing coaching, workshops, strategic planning retreats and conferences.

“The greatest leaders in human history all had very different leadership styles, but they all adopted a confident, humble and sometimes subversive way of life. This lifestyle is, without a doubt, the main quality a leader needs to achieve breakthrough results through other human beings. And it can be learned.” —Ray East, Author

ISBN: 978-09823555-4-1

Remember, do something everyday toward your book and promotion.
Karrie Ross Book Designer, Branding and Self-Publishing Consutling

Dissing Xmas by Brenda L. Barnes

DisXmas_CVR_3D_72webBrenda Barnes had a vision she just had to write about… and that vision is “Dissing Xmas” a book of short tips and thoughts for consideration concerning the Holiday season. Her vision took her to an over turned cart of presents…”Dissing Xmas” is short and sweet and many of it’s messages hit home for any time of year, holiday or not.

“Once Americans discover that Xmas really won’t be ruined if a super-hyped item isn’t acquired, wrapped, and delivered on December 25th  or an expensive, overbooked flight isn’t taken on December 24th, then a richer, purer, and less frenzied holiday may emerge.” —Brenda Barnes, Author

ISBN: 978-0-615-32892-8   info@splashempublishing.com

Remember, do something everyday toward your book and promotion.
Karrie Ross Book Designer, Branding and Self-Publishing Consutling

Propology 101 by Greg Palmer

Props_CVR-3D_72webGreg was a pleasure to work with on his book “Propology 101” and his website. He shares his  journey through his own search for a prop-less world.

PROPOLOGY: The science or study of the origin, development, organization and functioning of using props to establish ones status, lifestyle, or character, or desired portrayal of such.

“My goal is to pose to you some very simple questions, and provide you with some information and tools that will help you answer them. Why do you make the choices you make? Are the Props in your life really defining you? Are you living for yourself? Or, are you doing what you think you should be doing? Most importantly; what is it that you really want to do? And what is holding you back from doing that? Enjoy the journey!” —Greg Palmer, Author

ISBN-13: 978-1-61623-518-5  http://www.propology101.com

Remember, do something everyday toward your book and promotion.
Karrie Ross Book Designer, Branding and Self-Publishing Consutling

Advice You Never Asked For… by Elaine E. Bedel, CFP (financial)

Advice_med3DThis book covers the basics of personal finance—investments, 401(k)s, IRAs, stocks and bonds and estate planning—as well as answering questions targeted to specific times and events in your life and different lifestyles. You’ll find advice regarding:
• How to develop your financial game plan
• Teaching good financial habits to your kids
• Surviving the loss of a job
• What women need to know about finances
• Protecting yourself through spousal death, divorce and remarriage
• Guidelines for retirees

Each chapter consists of easy to understand individual articles on a specific topic. A user-friendly reference tool, the answers are at your fingertips whenever you need them.  “Advice You Never Asked For… But wished you had!”  Elaine E. Bedel, CFP
ISBN 978-0-9819537-0-0

Remember, do something everyday toward your book and promotion.
Karrie Ross Book Designer, Branding and Self-Publishing Consutling

Gollywopper II: Fish stories by Myron Bruce

GW2_med3DThe second book in the series, fishing is one of the oldest tales to tell…and this book has it’s share of some great heart felt and inspiring stories…that are ture. Although, few minor details of fiction have been inserted for connection’s sake or due to lack of memory.

“There are still some of the same gollywhoppers in my lakes waiting to challenge you. Some of their children seem to be even more crafty or devious then their parents. They invite you to come and match wits with them.” Author Myron Bruce
ISBN 13: 978-0-9821575-3-4

Remember, do something everyday toward your book and promotion.
Karrie Ross Book Designer, Branding and Self-Publishing Consutling

Authentic Sensual Living: A book by Charlyn Belluzzo

ASL_med3DThis is your guide to experiencing life fully through all of your senses. Mastering your ability to “feel” results in enjoying a rich and sensual life.
•  The quality of your life is measured in moments of living, not years of life.
•  You can experience each moment of your life through all your senses, often on multiple levels at the very same time.

“The quality of your life is measured moment to moment. Experience its richness now, for in the next moment, it may all be gone. Waves of change crash in on us continually during the course of our lives. Some waves we welcome as positive change and some are less pleasant, bringing hardship or sorrow. The richness of life is a swinging pendulum; both bitter and sweet situations add spice and balance to our human existence.” —Charlyn Belluzzo, author, Amorosa Bella, “Authentic Sensual Living” ISBN 13: 978-0-578-03204-7

Remember, do something everyday toward your book and promotion.
Karrie Ross Book Designer, Branding and Self-Publishing Consutling

Book Awards: IBPA Membership and Benjamin Franklin Awards®

lnavpmalogoIf 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 on that are full of infomation  new authors can use. And after I had submitted my book to their awards show the Benjamin Franklin Awards competition, later in the year I received in the mail the three evaluations of my book from the show judges for my category, which I found very helpful. Yes, it’s after I’ve written the book, but the evaluations gave me some good pointers if I were looking to do a second printing.

I also started receiving requests for my book from newspaper and magazine reviewers. Yes! this is something we are all looking for when we write a book and these were due to the IBPA agressive mailings etc.

The Annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards® competition for excellence in publishing includes fifty plus categories,recognizing excellence in both editorial and design, and is regarded as one of the highest national honors in independent book publishing. You can find more information at http://ibpabenjaminfranklinawards.com

There are many other award shows out there, this is one of the more prominant and deffinately one that is to be considered.

Remember to do something every day toward your book and promotion

Karrie Ross
Your Book Cover Designer and Promotion


What has your experience been with IBPA, Benjamin Franklin Awards or other awards shows?

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 about your subject.

Always be ‘working’ on your book and every note, clipping, recording etc. will end up in your research piles or envelop waiting for the next step.

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 together a notebook with pocket dividers for each chapter and start filling them up with data that pertains to the chapter. Then you can write any chapter out of sequence and fill in the joining prapgarph after you get them written.

And another way is to create a board with your outline, chapters etc. bullet points and go from one to the next dictating again and this you can hand off to a ghost writer to create continuity.

I’m sure there are more ways, these are just a few I’ve come up with and tried bits and pieces that have worked for me.

Remember, do something every day toward your book and promotion
Karrie Ross
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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 paragraph to sum it all up and then there are a few testimonials, make them up at first, which give you more information to talk about because it’s another’s opinion. Finally your bio.

If you take all this and begin your outline or table of contents, or  the backcover headline… you are off to a bright beginning.


Another way to write your back cover copy is to take the outline you already wrote and edit and consolidate the points into appropriate sell copy. Either way these are strong in getting you going.

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 expert knowledge to write on this subject.
3. Is this a broad subject or does it pertain to a niche audience
4. Do you know how to reach this niche? Is it easy?
5. Do you know how many people are in this niche and it’s close interest groups?

Once you can answer these questions, you’ll know if this is a subject that will bring you want you are looking for… oh, yes another question…What are you looking for from this book?

Remember, do something every day toward your book and promotion
Karrie Ross
Your Book Designer
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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
Remember to do something every day toward your book and promotion.
Karrie Ross
Your Book cover Designer
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