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Tips for Book Cover Designs

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Eye catching book covers -not only draw the attention of buyers in book stores, to come by and flick through their pages; but often, prompts them to buy these as well! “Studies have shown that bookstore browsers take ten to twenty seconds on average to decide whether to purchase or reshelve a book. That’s not a lot of time to grab a reader’s attention with sparkling wit and singing prose,” declares the website divinecaroline.com.

 Our first impression of anything is based on how it looks, and the same applies to ‘book covers’ as well! The important thing to note here, is – that where marketing books is concerned-a book cover design, acts like an ‘advertisement.’ People frequenting bookstores; look at book covers with the assumption -that they have been designed to convey the soul of the story! Not keeping this in mind, when creating a book cover design- would mean losing out on a fantastic opportunity to reach out and sell, to target markets!  To be able to do so, however, a book cover design needs to be just right. Given below, are some time-tested tips that help make a book cover design saleable!

Book Cover Design Tips

Do Your Homework on Book Cover Design Elements in Genres Similar to Yours

“If you’re having trouble coming up with an idea for your cover, it may be a good idea to do some research. Go to a bookstore and examine books of the same genre. This can give you some ideas or suggestions” for your own book cover design, advises Author House.

Use Your Book Cover Design to Convey ‘What Your Book is About’

‘Being clear on what you want to convey through your book cover design is vital,’ believes, ‘thebookdesigner.com.’ “Your book is about something, and the cover ought to reflect that one idea clearly. One element that takes control, that commands the overwhelming majority of attention, of space, of emphasis on the cover…At a glance your prospect ought to know; the genre of your book, the general subject matter or focus, and some idea of the tone or “ambiance” of the book,” it suggests.

You Book Cover Design Must Evoke Curiosity

Independent author -Jan Bear, believes that, a good book cover design is one- that arouses the curiosity in book buyers and readers!  “A good book cover sets up a problem so powerful that your brain won’t let go of it until it knows the solution. That hint of a story will get a reader to open the book and find out if the author really answers the question posed on the cover,” she states on marketyourbookblog.com. In her opinion, in order to succeed, your book cover design- must focus on ‘connecting with your audience; capturing the mood of the story; conveying the type of story; and, assuring the buyer that your book is the work of a professional.’

Pay Attention to the ‘Front and Back Covers’ and the ‘Spine’ of Your Book

When going in for a book cover design, pay attention to the ‘front cover,’ ‘back cover’ and ‘the spine,’ of your book-suggests ‘divinecaroline.com.’ “Fonts are another consideration; a well-designed book cover will use several,” it notes, adding: “The front cover gets your attention, but the back cover sells a book.”

The website, goes on to highlight a lesser known fact- “Something many readers don’t realize is that bookstore real estate is purchased, just like in the supermarket. Books don’t randomly end up with the front cover facing out or on an endcap at the beginning of an aisle. Placement on a table at the front of the store during holidays can cost a publisher in the tens of thousands of dollars. If a publisher is not willing to eat into the marketing budget for placement, a book may languish spine by spine with the rest of the books on the shelves. This makes spine design almost as important as the rest of the cover’s.”

Be Aware of the Technicalities Involved in Book Cover Design

“There are a few technical guidelines to keep in mind” when it comes to your book cover design, cautions ‘Author House.’ “The first is to be aware of copyright issues when submitting images for your cover. It is also important that your images be high resolution. Resolution refers to the crispness or quality of focus in your images. Cover images must have a resolution of no less than 300 PPI or DPI. In addition, they must be a size suitable for their intended use,” it finishes.

This article was written by Meredith Lewis, who trains writers on marketing their books creatively and also conducts book cover design workshops.

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Ghost Novel: Day 1 | How to Incorporate Writing into Your Day

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Dean Wesley Smith – The writing of Dean Wesley Smith

Penelope‘s insight:

 

Life meets art. We writers are always asking the question, “How can I write a novel when I have so little time?” Well, Dean Wesley Smith can do it and you can, too!

He made one post per day detailing his ghost writing process. He slept with the cat, did laundry, ate, watched TV and still managed to write over 7,000 words per day! 

 If he can do it, we can, too. Learn how to incorporate writing into your life by reading about Dean’s book writing journey.

 ***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing Rightly”***

 Link to the original article and Day 1: http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/?p=8935

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Ebook anxieties increase as Publishing Revolution Rolls On

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“Amazon’s bid for rights to sell secondhand ebooks adds another layer of complexity to a world where the certainties of print culture are dissolving.”

Penelope‘s insight:

 

Secondhand ebooks? Could a patent owned by Amazon ruin authors’ livelihoods? Is this dangerous for publishers? A very interesting article in the ever-changing world of publishing.

This much is known: the patent is for an “electronic marketplace for used digital objects”, where “when the user no longer desires to retain the right to access the now-used digital content, the user may move the used digital content to another user’s personalized data store when permissible and the used digital content is deleted from the originating user’s personalized data store.”

 This news bears watching–for the future of all indie digital publishers.

 ***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing for Kindle”***

 Link to the full article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/apr/24/ebook-publishing-amazon

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How to (Really) Make $1,000,000 Selling E-Books – Real-World Case Studies

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Who will be the JK Rowling of self-publishing? Better still: who will be the legions who make an extra $1,000-$1,000,000 per year?

Penelope‘s insight:

 

Do indie authors have even the remotest of chances to become the next $1,000,000 success story? The answer is YES! This guest post on the blog of Tim Ferriss of the “4 Hour Body” and “4 Hour Work Week” has a wealth of information on selling ebooks in this new age of publishing.

Here’s a preview of what you will learn:

 o Why did best-selling Author Barry Eisler turn down a $500,000 offer from his publisher in favor of publishing his own books?

 o Why is Amazon now selling more ebooks than printed books?

 o How can you figure out what niche to choose in to publish your book?

 o How do you go about creating your ebook?

 o What about formatting and designing a cover?

 o What to do about marketing and promotion of your ebook?

 o What is the best price point for your ebook?

If you’ve given up writing an ebook for fear of the competition, read this article and start your planning today. The soon you get started, the sooner you could also have a successful book topping the Amazon charts. 

 ***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing for Kindle”***

Link to the original article: http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2013/04/04/how-to-make-1000000-selling-e-books-tactics-and-case-studies/

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5 Things Beginners Need to Know About E-Book Publishing | Jane Friedman

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Penelope‘s insight:

 

Let’s head back to the basics for new students to the ebook publishing market. There are a few tips that will at least bring you up to speed with the self-publishing lingo that you may hear tossed about. These 5 things have remained fairly constant and will give you a head start on your own “Writing for Kindle” or other platforms.

1) Ebook publishing and DISTRIBUTION SERVICES (Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, Barnes & Noble Nook, Smashwords, etc.) are NONEXCLUSIVE and do not take any rights to your work. You can take it up and down, revise/update and change your price at any time)

2) There are SINGLE/MULTIPLE distribution services, which can be used in tandem (Smashwords, Bookbaby, FastPencil will distribute to multiple e-reading devices. Amazon’s KDP (Kindle) is a single-device publishing service.

3) Successful ebooks require excellent COVER DESIGN (Prices for novels typically run from .99 to 2.99)

4) Amazon royalties favor PRICING between $2.99-$9.99 (70% royalty at the 2.99-9.99, and 30% above 9.99)

5) Calibre is a free EBOOK CONVERSION SOFTWARE widely used to output ebook files from many types of sources. I personally like software called KBG (Kindle Book Generator) that will create a PDF of your book and all files necessary to publish to all platforms) Resource #3 on http://PhilosBooks.com/Resources

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing for Kindle”***

 

Link to the original article:http://janefriedman.com/2011/08/09/5-things-beginners-need-to-know-about-e-book-publishing/

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Digital Publishing and Indie Authors | What to expect in 2013?

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“Publishing in the digital age has taken on a brave new face. It’s precocious, it’s brazen, it’s sassy and it’s independent.”

Penelope‘s insight:

 

2013 is a brand new year for authors! What should they expect? 

o Ebooks are cheaper to produce

o Social Media allows authors to create a following

o Promotions (allows authors to bring their books to target markets)

o Indie Authors can earn more (60-70% vs. the 30%)

 For the entire article and more great news for authors, visit the original article.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing for Kindle”***

 Link to the original article: http://marketingforromancewriters.com/digital-publishing-2013/

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Why Women in Their 30s are Winning at Writing Successful eBooks | Womens Digital Online Magazine | VIVMag

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Why Women in Their 30s are Winning at Writing Successful eBooks

 

Penelope‘s insight:

  

This post is mainly directed at women (but men are allowed to read, too!). The meteoric rise of E.L. James and the “50 Shades of Mega Dollars” has caused everyone to sit up and take notice.

What once was an industry dominated by mega publishing houses and powerhouse male thrillers, now has seemed to split wide open and beckoned women to come on in. According to the author, there are 3 reasons why:

1) We have the TECHNOLOGY – Anybody can write an e-book, but marketing it is altogether different, and a highly specific skill.

2) We have the MOTIVATION – Women are looking for ways to supplement their family’s income in this stretched society. When we want to learn how to do something, we put our all into figuring it out.

3) We have the GUTS – You had better have good content, or your efforts are dead in the water. With all the competition out there at Amazon, and the other digital marketplaces, you need to stand out! Women have instinct, and it serves us well in this arena.

I do agree with the author that the “50 Shades” are racy, but I do not agree that they are magnetic. I could hardly finish the first book, and the anemic content definitely did not lead me to want to read the second. This proves the point that magnetic marketing can carry even the worst book to the heights of greatness.

 

*****This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing for Kindle”*****

 Link to the original article: http://vivmag.com/why-women-in-their-30s-are-winning-at-writing-successful-ebooks

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Apparently, Size Really Does Matter

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For Indie Sci-Fi and Fantasy authors, writing multi-book series is clearly a tremendous advantage.  Read On »

Penelope‘s insight:

 

When writing a book for the digital marketplace, think “SERIES”. For the young adult (YA) genre, first Harry Potter burst onto the scene, followed by the Twilight books, the Hunger Games trilogy, and more.

Writing a series has become a crucial marketing tool for indie authors in garnering new readers that will hungrily stay tuned for more of your work.

The key is to offer your first book in the series for .99 or even better–for FREE permanently. This book should be set to release a few months ahead of the entire series. It will do your promotion work for you.

The disadvantage? Series books must have bigger concepts and lots of surprises. The advantage? Marketing a series is easier, and you will have a built-in audience for future books. This could transform your writing career from a hobby into a very profitable business.

 

*****This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing for Kindle”*****

 Link to the original article: http://indiereader.com/2013/02/apparently-size-really-does-matter

 

 

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Clive West, Author Interview Jan. 4, 2013!

 

Author Profile: Clive West

Clive West was born in the West Country of England in the early 60’s. He was educated at a traditional English public school before going on to university to study civil engineering. Over the years, he has worked as a civil engineer, tutor of maths and science, schools quiz-master, employment agency boss, and writer.

His work includes a collection of short stories with twists called Hobson’s Choice (also available in print), a full-length novel called ‘The Road’ about the consequences of corruption on ordinary people and an accessible job hunting interview guide (based on his years of experience as the boss of an employment agency).

He has also written a book about lymphedema. This is a disfiguring, life-threatening and incurable disease he now suffers from and which his experience shows that most fellow patients have (like him) been abandoned by their respective health services.

Clive now lives in a rebuilt farmhouse in the Umbrian region of Italy along with Damaris, his writer wife of 22 years and their three rescue dogs. Apart from his fictional work, Clive also writes commercial non-fiction on a variety of topics but especially relating to business and employment. He and Damaris run an indie publishers called Any Subject Books Ltd – www.anysubject.com

You can also follow Any Subject Books on Facebook – www.facebook.com/anysubject

Clive is now disabled but, aside from his writing, he also enjoys playing the keyboard, listening to music and reading.

Contact details: books@anysubject.com

Facebook site: www.facebook.com/anysubjectbooks

Genre: Crime

Every crime has its victim.

  • The Giddings family – enjoying their rural idyll until events start to spiral out of their control turning paradise into hell.
  • Henry – trapped in a loveless marriage who sees a chance to climb on board the gravy train for a one-way ticket out of misery but doesn’t want to know about the consequences of his actions.
  • Sandra – frustrated by a system where the rich get richer and the poor pay to get a ringside seat.
  • John – a shrewd developer who knows all the tricks and is the guy flicking the switch when the smelly stuff hits the fan.
  • The parasites and hangers on, too numerous to mention, who abuse their positions of trust to feather their own nests but who are outraged when those lower down the pecking order try to do the same.

Excerpt

The noise from the diggers, mixers and other machinery was driving Caroline to distraction. It would start when she was waking the children for school and persist the whole day until just after she returned home with Athelstan. It provided a constant background track of banging, roaring, scraping and shouting that only marginally quietened for a brief period at lunchtime.

It wasn’t as if she could find some way of escaping from it. Work at the hairdressers had been slack with many of the regulars choosing to save money and perm their own hair because of the downturn in the economy. As a result, Sandy had told Caroline that she would only be needed on an ad hoc basis and that she would fully understand if Caroline found another job.

In reality, there were few other positions that Caroline was either suited to or inclined to take up. She just couldn’t see herself working in a supermarket – as an ex farm girl, she would feel like it was a form of imprisonment. Not that sitting at home was especially enjoyable any more because of the hubbub.

She had tried shutting all the windows but the noise had somehow penetrated along with the omnipresent dust which got in no matter how hard she endeavoured to keep it at bay. She tried watching the television but its largely mindless daytime babble was somehow eclipsed by the activities taking place on the adjacent land. She felt irresistibly drawn to watching the desecration of her beloved countryside and the television was a poor distraction.

Even when there was little or no noise, which wasn’t often, she still felt confined to her house. On one occasion she had tried tending the little vegetable garden that she was so proud of but had then been confronted by a burly workman clad in dirty jeans and a torn shirt taking a pee against the fence that bounded her garden with the site. It wasn’t the act in itself, goodness knows she had been taken short enough times, nor was it the sight of a man’s penis (and he wasn’t deliberately exposing himself to her), it was the fact that he had smiled and carried on as if he hadn’t a care in the world. This simple act seemed to limit her space still further. Up till then, the back garden had been hers. Historically, anyone within her range of view would be subject to her code of behaviour. Now the garden had been lost and even her presence there seemed only to be tolerated. As long as she accepted what went on immediately outside of her frontier, she would be permitted to access the territory her side of the border, but it could only be on those terms.

While in the back garden, she also felt the leers of the workmen on her and would catch odd snippets of conversation when they came within earshot. One of them she was sure was commenting on her behind when she had bent over to pick up some toy that one of the children had abandoned in the garden. She could have sworn she heard another one commenting on the underwear she had pinned up on the washing line and she knew for certain that one of them had laughingly warned her that one of his mates wasn’t called the ‘knicker pincher’ for nothing.

She resolved henceforth to dry her smalls inside the house – she certainly couldn’t leave the house with washing out in case the labourer who had spoken was right. For weeks afterwards, when she couldn’t find something in her bedroom chest of drawers, she would immediately become convinced that the missing bra or pair of panties had been stolen. Invariably the offending garment would be discovered folded inside another or mistakenly placed inside the dirty linen basket, but it rattled her nevertheless.

It wasn’t that the workmen were particularly close by. Most of the time they were just dots in the distant background and not near enough to have either faces or identities. Logical thinking didn’t stop her from feeling that there would be at least one of them peering over the garden fence to see what she was up to. She always made a point of pulling the curtains in both the bedroom and the bathroom if she went in there.

There was a loop in the housing estate road that came to within about forty metres of their fenceline where it ended in two intersecting circles which she assumed would be turning heads. It didn’t seem too bad – forty metres was quite a long way off, she told herself. At that distance, she needn’t be too disturbed by cars starting up in the morning. It could be a lot worse, she supposed.

Stuart had by this time moved on with his thoughts and didn’t seem particularly bothered or affected by the changes to their environment. Caroline considered that he was lucky, although he admitted that it vexed him that he could no longer take the children for a walk in the woods armed with his I-SPYbooks. The truth was that by the time he got home from work, the gangs were packing up and, besides, the children were now getting older and making friends that took them away from the house. Apart from what the estate agent had told Stuart about the loss in value of their property, he seemed both unaffected and unbothered by the work going on.

In any case, there was less and less of a reason to go for a walk where the fields used to be. Lucian was getting on and he didn’t need as much exercise nowadays and it was also true that the children were no longer particularly interested in playing there. Perhaps they had all been lucky enough to be permitted the enjoyment of the countryside at a time when they were able to appreciate it the most. For the rest of her family its absence no longer seemed relevant. Caroline deeply lamented losing the principal thing, other than her family, of course, that made her life worthwhile.

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Self-Publishing Authors can Connect with Readers INSIDE their E-Books.

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I thought I had heard it all until I read this post. I had to read it twice to make sure I was reading correctly. Yes, authors can now interact with their readers INSIDE their ebooks as the reader is reading. The new connection platform is called a WeJIT.

 

You won’t disturb your reader–they can ignore WeJIT if they like. The readers can link up with their social media platforms like FB and Twittter. Readers can engage with the author on book discussions and post the discussions on their FB, twitter, etc. and get their friends involved! Their friends can then become a part of the discussion and could, in turn, become interested in your book.

 

Why put WeJITs in your book?

Increase readership Increase awareness Sell more books

The future is here now! Can you see the possibilities? This is very exciting news to me.

 

This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on Ebook Promotion and Marketing at www.scoop.it/philosbooks
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