Book Design Matters

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10 ways to ensure book sales when self-publishing

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10 ways to ensure book sales when self-publishing

Ensure Book Sales – “Why isn’t my self-published book selling?” This is a great article by Kristen Eckstein from the Future of Ink, Digital Publishing for Online Entrepreneurs. Her entire article is well worth reading, but here are some highlights that we fully endorse! Yes, Your Book Will be Judged by its Cover! #4 Unprofessional cover design—It’s been proven that a clean, professional, easy-to-read cover sells more books. Initially when self-publishing through vanity publishers started becoming popular in the early 2000s, these books had a bad reputation due to...

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Sorting out page numbering in Word

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Sorting out page numbering in Word

Page Numbering Guidance! Trying to sort out how to do page numbering in MicroSoft Word? It can be a bit of a struggle, but fortunately there are good resources available to help out. The Microsoft website offers support documents, including one on page numbering, with links to more information on the topic. Click here to read the article on page...

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Talking about Covers

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Talking about Covers

Authors and Designers talking about covers The website Talking Covers is devoted to interviews with authors, designers, and artists about their book covers. Book covers come to define a book. The design is the public face of your book to the world, and people really do judge a book by its cover. A great cover can drive books sales, whether in stores or online. “I haven’t looked at it. I want to have a moment of silence first, because I know my novel will never be the same… Seeing your jacket for the first time is the moment when you fully comprehend that what was once a private...

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Why you should never use two spaces after a period.

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Why you should never use two spaces after a period.

  Double Spaces After a Period? One of Slate.com’s most popular articles ever was reprinted today on its two-year anniversary. And it’s still worth reading. From the article: Can I let you in on a secret? Typing two spaces after a period is totally, completely, utterly, and inarguably wrong. …. “Who says two spaces is wrong?” they wanted to know. Typographers, that’s who. The people who study and design the typewritten word decided long ago that we should use one space, not two, between sentences. The author, Manjoo Farhad, expresses himself with...

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The end of the CAPS LOCK key?

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The end of the CAPS LOCK key?

Caps Lock Key To Be Eliminated? Have you ever wanted to disable the caps lock key on a friend’s keyboard? The friend who sends you long emails about the latest outrage, in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS? All caps is widely recognized as shouting in type, and the key that allows us to do it may be in the process of being phased out. Turns out the key is using up some valuable real estate on our keyboards, and Google, as it releases its latest laptop, has omitted the familiar button. We’ve got great alternatives to all caps now, including bold, italics, so perhaps it’s time… READ...

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Self publishing cover design

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  In self publishing cover design, a book cover needs to say it all in one quick, really quick look. The title and image need to be seen as of one mind. Their message needs to be compelling. Your reader needs to feel motivated and moved to buy your book because of these qualities. To create a successful book cover, there are a few things to keep in mind. The title has to be legible. Potential readers can easily determine the title and/or subtitle of your book. The same is true for the spine. The spine is important real estate, and it needs to be used wisely. It should be bold, and it...

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