How the interior pages of your book look are just as important as the cover design and editing. You need text that is comfortable and easy for your readers to read.
The little details that make up an easy-on-the-eye interior are so subtle you may not even notice them.
So here are some tips on how to get the details right.
Copyright. Wow, it sounds boring doesn’t it?
You’re probably asking yourself: Do I really need to know about this?
Well, if you’re about to publish your creative work, then there are few things you should know. But don’t worry, it’s not complicated, and not even that boring.
You may be aware that creative works have a copyright attached to them, which protects the original work from being copied or redistributed.
But does this apply to books? And if so, how can you protect YOUR creative work, and do you actually need to?
Once your book is for sale on Amazon, your author page is a fantastic tool to help you promote your book.
Firstly, you’ll have an advantage, as lots of authors don’t know how to make the most from their author page, or just skip this step entirely, as they’re focused on getting their book out there for sale.
It really pays to spend some time making sure the information Amazon lets you add (for free) is complete.
Imagine if someone asked to you to summarise your whole life so far in one page of text.
How would you go about it?
Which events would you describe, and which would you leave out? Which loved ones, family and friends would you include, and how would you talk about them?
It seems like a difficult task, doesn’t it?
Many authors feel like this when trying to write the blurb for their back covers. How on earth can I sum up my whole book in just a few paragraphs? Then there’s the added pressure of knowing readers will make a judgement on the whole book, based on just this brief bit of text.
It’s a tall order, but if you follow these tips you’ll be able to write a blurb that shows off all the features of your story, and will have your readers dying to get to the rest of the book.
Like many authors, you may be worrying that using social media sites to promote your books will look too much like cheap advertising. You don’t want to seem pushy and salesy. You’re uncomfortable trying to sell your books, as you don’t see yourself as salesperson – you’re a writer after all!
But if you’re serious about writing as a career, you also need to be serious about how you’re going to pay the bills. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about. Think of all the brands that market to you on a daily basis – Starbucks, Coca Cola, Kelloggs. They’re not worried about trying to sell you their products in case it puts you off and you think they’re too pushy.
There are many simple ways you can promote your book to make it easy for your fans to find. And Twitter is one of them.
Here are three ways you can use Twitter to help spread the word about your book, without being too pushy.
One of the stumbling blocks for the self-published author is the question of ISBN numbers.
Lots of authors come to us struggling to get their heads around what’s required:
- What’s an ISBN?
- Do I need one?
- How do I get one?
- Where from?
So we’ve put together a list of the most frequently asked questions about ISBNs, and some answers to help you.
Are you stuck for what to include on your author website? Don’t worry, it doesn’t need to be complicated. But it does need to be easy to read, and convey your message in a simple way to your fans.
Include the content listed here, and you can be sure you’ll have an author website that will keep your fans happy, be easy to maintain and update, and will help improve your book sales.
Author Q&A with Andy Bailey
Andy Bailey challenged us to create a cover design for the first book in his ‘Martin Dash’ trilogy.
It’s a tale of twists and turns; a hybrid novel, part thriller, part mystery, and part romance. Throw in some satire, and you have quite a mix for creating a book cover that Andy wished to have starkness as well.
Andy’s cover evolved, and along the way we had the pleasure of working with a fantastic writer who likes to challenge convention.
Andy was kind enough to answer a few questions so we could delve into what makes him tick. He told us how he’s come to feel he was born to write, that at the tender age of 52 he’s not sure there’s much left to learn about himself, and much more…
We know how hard authors, especially self-published ones, work to fit in their writing; around the day job, night job, the school run, and hobbies.
We speak to authors every day and many of them ask us if there’s anything they can do to make life a bit easier, and utilise every second of their precious time.
So we thought it would be helpful to list some resources, products and software that can help you to shortcut some of the hard work involved with writing your book.
I’m baking a cake tonight.
Last night I made a list of the ingredients I’ll need, checked I had the right baking tins and got my piping bags ready.
I wouldn’t start cracking the eggs in the bowl tonight without having done the preparation. If I did, I’d end up with a cake that’s flat, dry, and disappointing.
Self-publishing is a bit like this.
There are a few things you need to have in order before you start. Get your ducks in a row before you take the plunge into self-publishing, and you’ll find the whole process much easier to navigate.
Keep reading to find out 5 essential things you should have thought about before self-publishing your book.