When professional book people flip through your book they notice rookie mistakes like you notice typos on a billboard. Too many self-publishers use interior book design services from low-cost sites like Fiverr, trusting that they know what they’re doing. They often don’t, and your book is likely to be riddled with rookie mistakes that can easily […]
Are you ready to upload your book for sale to the online retailers? Got all your front and back matter, images, fonts, and ISBNs? Use this checklist to make sure you’ve done everything you can to create a quality book that competes with books produced in the traditional publishing houses. But first, here’s a quick […]
I received an email this morning from Joel Friedlander of Book Design Templates and they’re having a sale on their 2WAY templates which format your book automagically for both print and ebook. With these Microsoft Word templates you can format your book once, then publish it in both print and ebook editions in just minutes. It’s […]
My new book formatting guide is available now on IngramSpark. You can download it for free, and find out how to get your book into PDF for print and ebook formats EPUB and Kindle. Go to the IngramSpark website and you’ll see it in the header banners. Sign up to get IngramSpark news, then click […]
Since my first year-end report in 2010 (see also 2013, 2014), the world of self-publishing has stabilized significantly with vendors steadily improving their features and partnering with others to offer more robust services. The publishing industry has been in great upheaval since the mid-90s, sending published and unpublished authors into a panic when faced with unknown options […]
Author Brand Applies to Everything You Do For writers, author brand is predominantly about your “voice,” but the experience you deliver to readers can be applied to your photo, book cover, website, and more. Part of promoting your book and career as a self-published author is creating a public persona, including identifying images, graphics, words, […]
If you have a lot of content on your WordPress blog and you want to create a book from it, this is the tool I most often recommend to organize your work. You just download your blog posts to your desktop, then upload them to your free PressBooks account, rearrange, edit, add front and back […]
Before you go and start trying to design your book cover or your website yourself it helps to get some learning behind you… probably you’ll end up hiring a pro. Let me rephrase that. Hopefully you will be hiring a pro. Because your branding and design are your biggest sales tools. It’s how you hook […]
Canva announced their ready-to-edit ebook cover designs this month. Take a look and you’ll find a bunch of templates pre-filled with images, fonts, and graphics. You can switch out the image with your own (or stock photo or royalty-free image), and change the font color and sizes.
[Update 9/18/2014: One of my self-pub boot camp authors tried this product and said it is still very basic but she could see where it was trying to go. So don’t expect much yet, but look forward to more features unfolding.] Today, Amazon announced Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Kids to help indie authors publish and […]
A glance inside a construction worker’s toolbox will reveal an assortment of screwdrivers, wrenches, and hammers in varying configurations to suit a particular job. Yet professional writers continue to use Word, Word and more Word. That’s like a construction worker showing up to work with just an adjustable wrench. There are more effective options available, […]
If you are self-publishing a text-heavy book, you no longer have to worry about hiring a book designer. Just use one of these beautiful, professional-looking Microsoft Word templates for as little as $57. Wait a minute, Carla. Do you mean to say that instead of paying upwards of a thousand bucks for professional book design […]
I’ve created audio version of some sections of my books and articles that I think are of particular interest. I hope these audio files help you learn on the go!
Tony MacAllister of MacAllisterDesign talked with the San Diego Self-Publishing Meetup Group last night about branding and marketing for authors. It’s an important topic and task that most authors skip. Tony specializes in brand building, from small to large, new brands or dressing up an old one. With more than 20 years in the industry, […]
Blurb has long been known for its focus on high-quality, full-color, print-on-demand books, and it also has arguably the easiest-to-use DIY tools for building color books. These two features have long attracted authors despite the prohibitively high cost of color POD. But before the release of new features and services in April, I could only […]
I have usually recommended that color book authors create proofs with Blurb and print elsewhere because of the high cost of color POD. But today Blurb has added traditional offset printing and fulfillment services that make them a contender in the DIY color book marketplace. Not to mention their BookWright book creation tool that builds […]