As an indie author, it’s your prerogative to do things your way, including choosing the cover design for your self-published book. While trade-published authors often dislike the covers picked by their publishers, that doesn’t mean their publishers have got it wrong. Though it may seem that all book covers in a particular genre start to […]
Self-publishing Author Advice about how to best design, lay out and format a book, including cover and interior design
Indie Author Fringe: Jane Dixon-Smith, is always being asked about what makes the perfect cover. Here she talks about what works and what doesn’t.
Indie Author Fringe: Damon Freeman of Damonza provides valuable insight into cover design lessons he has learned over many years.
The manifesto for indies, securing foreign rights in a trad world, Kindle Scout pitch their tent in the UK, and much more in the round up from ALLi partners and friends – including ALLi Director Orna Ross (who’s popping up in the self-publishing news everywhere this week…) The rights stuff at Frankfurt… What are the options for […]
Sarah Juckes of ALLi partner member CompletelyNovel offers some answers for those in search of the best software to design their own print book, including CompletelyNovel’s own ratings on various criteria. As well as the price (UK rate, as she’s UK based), she’s given a rating for how easy each tool is to master, plus a rating […]
Changing your book’s cover is a hot topic at the moment, with many authors reporting that revamping the look of their book can dramatically change their book’s sales. It takes courage, however, particularly when you’ve grown attached to the original design – the well-known authors’ maxim “murder your darlings”, suggesting the wrench involved in ditching […]
Book promotion expert Ben Cameron always says “writing the blurb is the hardest 100 words you’ll ever write”, and many authors are also stumped when it comes to writing the front and back matter – another task that usually falls just when you’re feeling least like writing another word, after completing your book’s final edit. […]
Australian book designer Scarlett Rugers makes a compelling case for investing in more targetted book covers to boost sales of your self-published books. You’re lacking in sales, you’re not reaching new readers, and you’re running out of promotional steam. What’s one thing that could make all the difference in boosting sales and getting you onto […]
Seek out the designer whose work appeals to you personally. At the bookstore Researching in a bookstore is my favorite way to learn about other designers. Make a trip to the local book store. Review recently published books. Look at different kinds of titles in different sections. Which covers are most striking to you? The cover should sing […]
Hear London-based children’s author, Karen Inglis, talk through top tips and home truths about self-publishing children’s picture books – including why print and selling face-to-face matters, costing your project, finding illustrators and making the most of your artwork to plan, promote and run school events and to support local bookshops. This Article is from […]