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Articles about book and cover design, as well as design as it touches on aspects of author platform.


Quick Link: Should Indie Authors Put Endorsement Quotes or “Puffs” on Self-published Books?

Quick links, bringing you great articles on writing from all over the web. I am one of those people who actually read the endorsement quotes. There are some that are too short to really tell you anything about the book, and I generally ignore those. The quotes with a little substance can tell you a […]

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Quick Links: Top Five Ways to Have an Awful Book Cover

Quick links, bringing you great articles on writing from all over the web. I see a lot of book covers during my day job and I can tell with one look who created their own book cover. It makes a huge difference in getting your potential audience to look at your book. So when I […]

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Quick Links: Breathe! The Copyeditor Has Your Back

Quick links, bringing you great articles on writing from all over the web. One of the most important things you can do as an indie author is hire professionals to help you. According to author and freelance editor, Dario Ciriello one of the best choices is a good copyeditor. Read Dairo’s post at Janice Hardy’s […]

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Quick Link: Checklist for redesigning your book cover – and maximising the marketing opportunities

Quick links, bringing you great articles on writing from all over the web. Fair or not, people will judge your book by it’s cover, and if it has been a while since you looked at your cover perhaps it is time for a refresh. Roz Morris at Nail Your Novel has some great reasons why […]

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Quick Links: How to Prepare for Self-Publishing: Ebook Formatting

Quick links, bringing you great articles on writing from all over the web. This is the next in a series of posts about self-publishing from Digital Publishing News. Catherine Dunn talks about some basic formatting hints and things to look out for. If you have a question or problem with preparing your manuscript for eBook […]

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In The News – 50 Best Covers

In The News – Articles Of Interest For Authors Don’t you always like to peek and see what other people are doing? At the Design Observer Group they have their 2015 cover winners. I have to admit that my favorite is “Between You & Me Confessions of a Comma Queen” because it is clever, has […]

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Author Websites: Part Two – Hosts With The Most!

In Part One of Author Websites – The Domain Name Game! we talked about buying a domain. The next step is deciding what type of host to use that works for your particular situation. Below you find the different options with the pro and cons of each. Social media pages Examples – Facebook, Instagram Pros […]

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Author Websites: Part One – The Domain Name Game!

Now that you have decided to create your own author website, the first step is figuring out what your domain name is going to be. Even if you plan on hiring someone to do most of the heavy lifting for you, it is good to understand the process. According to Wikipedia, a domain name is […]

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What is in a name? Everything if you are an author. Why you need your own author site.

Have you ever googled your own name? You should. It is interesting to see what comes up. If you are an author what shows up when a fan or agent searches for you is pretty important. If you write, you need an author site. Why an author site instead of a book site? With the […]

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Secrets of the Book Designer: Paperbacks

Today’s post by Linda Huang originally appeared on Literary Hub on October 22, 2015. ~ * ~ Secrets of the Book Designer: Paperbacks On Creating the Paperback Edition of Dept. of Speculation THE DAY JOB I’m a cover designer at Vintage & Anchor Books, the paperback imprint at the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. On average, roughly […]

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Create A Compelling Book Title

This post by Rachelle Gardner originally appeared on her site on 9/17/15. I’ve been coaching several of my clients through the process of coming up with a good title for their book, so I thought I’d share my tips with you. Let’s start by acknowledging a few things. The publisher is usually responsible for the […]

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A Glossary Of Typographic Terms

This post by Janie Kliever originally appeared on Canva on 7/20/15. The world of typography often seems like it has its very own language, full of serifs, strokes, and swashes. Sorting out all those terms can be confusing in itself, so we’ve compiled a visual glossary that will guide you through the lingo — whether […]

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On Changing Book Titles And Covers: My Own Experience And How You Can Do It Too

This post by Joanna Penn originally appeared on her The Creative Penn site on 4/28/15. I’ve just been through a massive rebranding process: re-titling and re-covering the first 3 books in my ARKANE series, and updating the back matter for all the other books. A hefty amount of work! Here’s why and how, just in […]

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Kindle’s New Bookerly Font and Other Typography Features

This post by Joel Friedlander originally appeared on his The Book Designer on 6/22/15. Many ebook readers—and not just us typography nerds and designers, either—have complained about the limited font set provided with the major e-readers. Considering the vast sums that have been spent on developing these devices, it’s always seemed odd to me that […]

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How to Make Custom Images for Your Blog Posts Without Hiring a Designer

This post by Neil Patel originally appeared on Quicksprout on 6/8/15. The posts on this blog are typically 2,000 words long. Would you honestly read them if they were nothing but text? Sure, some of you would (and that’s amazing, thank you), but I could never blame anyone for not wanting to read a giant block of […]

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