When you’re so close to your book, sometimes you need to “murder your darlings” in the cover design process, as well as in the writing of it. Check this handy list to make sure you’re not guilty of any of eight common pet hates in the covers of your books.
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Most indie authors will at some point commission third-party services to help them make their books the best they can be. Few self-publishers possess all the skills to produce a book to professional standards, from first draft to final publication. But effective outsourcing is a skill in itself, and it can be daunting if you’ve […]
Have you got the best covers for your books? Writing coach Jenny Alexander’s case study of boosting sales with a new cover may inspire you to think again.
I type this on what a seat of the pants thriller would romantically call the red-eye shift. To you and me that’s the late and slightly licentious coach back from London to Oxford. Which is where I’ll be spending my nights this week, because for 10 days at the end of every August London hosts […]
Endorsement quotes on book covers: do you use them? Should you? How do you get them? ALLi authors discuss…
An informative and inspiring case study of how one indie author, Jessica Bell, devised a new author brand to cover her diverse collection of fiction and poetry.
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 […]
From France, Jean Gill offers important advice about the right and legal way to source images for your books, websites and social media, drawing on her knowledge as both a professional photographer and an author, able to see the issue from both sides of the lens. As writers, we want images for our book covers, […]
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 […]
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 […]