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 send my manuscript to my book designer? Your designer might read the manuscript, but this doesn’t have to be finished (at least, not in my case). I like reading the book I’m designing for, but I’m in it for themes and concepts. I’m not going to review it but we do need the basic ideas to help visualise. Each designer is different, be sure to ask them.   What sort of ideas can I send my book designer? Pinterest gives you …

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 see some that you love follow through to the website of the graphic designer to get in touch with them. Word of mouth Facebook and Twitter are amazing resources as search engines. Get in touch with your writing community, ask other self-published authors if they had good experiences with their designers or if there’s someone they can suggest. Try using this example: “I’m looking for a book cover designer. Can anyone recommend a good one?” This is a good resource …

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 way that flows as the genre expects like thriller, horror, or science-fiction.  Here is the break down for the different parts of a book that will need to be designed: Front cover/eBook design You can’t have a book without a front cover. This cover will go onto your eBook, will be used in promotion such as Facebook, Twitter, Bookbub, and more; will be viewed on the Amazon website and any other publishing platform you might use like Kobo, Smashwords, or …

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 is intended to wave at your perfect reader and say with no uncertain terms, “I am the right book for you.” The secondary purpose of your book cover is: To sell your book and get readers to read the blurb. You have spent hours, days, months, possibly years writing your book. You’ve put your heart and soul into it, and you want to share that same experience with your readers. Your book cover is not the place for this. I …

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 to ensure the end product reaches that professional standard.   Look at editors in your genre for structural editing Seek out editors that work in your genre. An editor with experience in whimsical romance will be familiar with an entirely different sense of pacing and plot compared to a horror thriller. Books drum to their own beat, and genre sets the tempo. Hire the right drummer for your book.   Different stages of edits your book needs: Structural editing: Tackling the …

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. They understand the process so they will be able to share their experiences and knowledge. Read books about writing. Learn about structure, grammar, characterization. Read your favourite writers and try to pick out the tricks they have used to create the desired affects. The more you learn the more you see the loose ends in your own work. Print your manuscript, two pages to a single page so that it looks like a paperback layout. All the errors hidden on …

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 you can offer them (no not ‘I’ll tell all my friends about you) a real trade of service and time. What can you give them in exchange for their help? Writing groups are abundant on the internet, and communities thrive with support and encouragement by authors who have been where you are. Enter into, or create, a group where you can exchange ideas and edits of each other’s work. Become Beta readers for each other. If you can’t afford an editor, …

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 Derek Haines from Just Publishing Advice, “it is very easy to fall into the trap of having a title that is already in use by another, or more than one author. Finding a unique title involves taking the time to do your research before making a decision that will be difficult or impossible to change after publishing.” Once you know your competition you now have the advantage of knowing why you stand out. Why would they pick your book over anyone else’s? …

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 horror/thrillers won’t be attractive for anyone who prefers a cosy feel-good holiday book. Targeting everyone is an easy and fast way to fail making money. Imagine you’re holding an umbrella in amongst a group of people, and it’s absolutely pouring down with rain. Trying to sell to everyone is like trying to keep the umbrella over every single person in that group, when some people like the rain, some people aren’t interested in being beneath the umbrella. Being in a niche …

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 searches, and how tweaking keywords on an existing book that isn’t doing great can show a direct increase once those changes are made. His data is solid, and his step-by-step guide for keywords is highly recommended for any author looking to increase the sales and visibility of their self-published book. So how do you go about making your book easy to discover on Amazon? Brainstorm a list of keywords based on your book and your competitor’s books Narrow it down …