What to have prepared for your book cover designer

what you need to prepare for your book designer

What do you need to have ready to send your book cover designer before they start work? Do you know what you need to have prepared before contacting a designer for your eBook? It’s not like traditional publishing anymore, you have to pace yourself so it all comes together in one beautiful sweep. Here is a quick rundown of what your designer will need from you: Your title Your name A synopsis of your story. The general overtones. Any ideas you may have Any examples which support those ideas If you have a deadline that you’re working toward, or not. Should I… Read More

Hiring a book cover designer

Hiring a book designer

How do you find the right designer for your book cover? How to search for a book cover designer: Google Using search terms like “Book cover designer” (without the quotes searches for just those three words located on a page, whereas with the quote marks searches for that specific search term or “book cover designer for self-publishing”, or an obvious variation of these. The more refined your search terms are, the better results you’ll get. Add keywords like your location, your genre, ‘affordable‘, or ‘beautiful‘. Try “book cover design” and get familiar with different websites, designers, archives or galleries. If you… Read More

Different parts of a book that needs to be designed

The different parts of book design

What are all of the parts that need designing in your self-published book? A book is compiled together from many elements. Each one of these elements needs to be in sync with the other, to convey a single message to your reader. This means the paperback should follow the same design and use the same style fonts as the front cover. The interior layout needs to be designed in a way that will continue the styles of the cover design. One idea is using font faces from the cover as chapter headers. Another is blocking the scenes together in a… Read More

The Purpose of Book Design

The purpose of book cover design

What is the purpose of a book cover? The purpose of your book cover is this: To connect with the right audience and genre. There’s no point in trying to sell a book about family and tragedy to someone who enjoys a light, happy romance to read on their holidays. Occasionally authors I work with explain their target audience is ‘everyone’, or ‘readers aged 18-80’. This does not help your readers, or your book sales. If you haven’t read it yet check out the section on genre and why it’s so important to aim for a target market. Your book cover… Read More

How many editors do I need for my self-published book?

How many editors do I need for my self published book

Why hiring more than one editor for your book is recommended. Your structural editor and copy editor should be separate people. Editors are human and they too can make mistakes. Things get easily overlooked especially if they are already familiar with the flow of the story. Having a separate Structural and Copy Editor will make sure that what one won’t pick up hopefully the other one will. In traditional publishing it can take up to 12 months before a writer sees the book in print. This is due to the multiple changing of editing and proof reading hands that it does… Read More

The simple stages of self-editing before sending it off to a professional

simple stages of self editing

How to self-edit your book before you send it off to a professional editor What to do before sending your manuscript to an editor: Put your manuscript in a draw for a few months before you edit it. You are more likely to see the bigger problems with story lines, sub plots and characters because they aren’t living in your head anymore. Join a writing group or make friends with other helpful writers who can offer valuable feedback. This is how you can get beta readers. Take on board the comments that are only valid and constructive to your work.… Read More

When and why you need a book editor

Why and when you need a book editor

The lie self-published authors tell themselves. “I don’t need an editor”. Do you need an editor? Yes. Emphatically yes.   So what reasons do self-publishers use to decide not to hire an editor for their book? Here are the top three excuses I’ve been exposed to over the length of my writing and design career, and reasons why you should hire an editor for your book: Excuse number one: I can’t afford an editor. Then don’t publish your book. Wait until you can. Reach out to an editor and ask if they do payment plans. Perhaps offer a barter of services where… Read More

How to get above your competition in self-publishing

competition in self-publishing

Self-publishing competition Why should you research your self-publishing competition? Researching your competition will help you figure out: Where you stand against your competition If there’s someone else who has already published a book with the same title If there’s a book out there with exactly the same plot line? What the most successful selling books in your genre have in common What the biggest complaints about the books in your genre are- by checking out the reviews Similarities in design and promotion The quality of the work published “Without taking the time to research your book title before publishing,” says… Read More

Defining your niche and genre in self-publishing

Defining your niche and genre

What your niche and genre is and why you need it to sell your book The purpose of a niche in self-publishing A niche is the category and genre you write in, targeting specific topics or themes. A niche is to help readers find your book. A niche tells a reader that your book is specifically written for them. Yes, we want our book to be bought by every man and his dog, but that’s not reality and it definitely isn’t the best way to make money. Writing romance will not interest people who only like religious texts and writing… Read More

Keywords for self-publishing

Keywords in self-publishing

What are keywords in self-publishing? Keywords are used by your readers to search for your book, or books like yours. Keywords are used when you type something into Google, on Amazon they’re referred to as Kindle Keywords. Example keywords could be: Romance, fiction, women, mature, travel. By entering these words into Amazon or Google, the search engine will bring you book results that matches those best. Using the right keywords can make ensure longevity in book sales Dave Chesson from Kindlepreneur gives an amazing run down of how his keywords in Amazon have kept his book at the top of… Read More