Prisma: An Inadvertent Cover-Creating App?

A friend of mine has told me that covers should look good, because people unfortunately do judge books by their covers. With that in mind, I try to create the best covers I can, using what resources I have and looking to friends when I can’t do something with a cover. And recently, I came across…

Bankrupt: What do you do when your Publisher no Longer Exists?

You have two options – find another publisher or self-publish them. This is what I was faced with recently on two of my six books/anthologies. I decided to self-publish Seasons of the Soul and Lockets and Lanterns, because they were published years ago (Seasons of the Soul in 2006 and Lockets and Lanterns in 2012). I believe self-publishing is the right path to go…

Author Resources: Cover Artists, Book Formatters, Editors/Proofreaders, and Book Promoters

Below is a list of  professional cover artists, editors, proofreaders, and book promoters.  I’m going to divide it up according to category to better help you find what you’re looking for. Cover Artists and/or Other Graphic Designs Anya Kelley Designs – ebook, paperback, and website banners, business cards Blue Valley Author Services – ebook, paperback, Facebook/website banners,…

3D Cover Generators

What is a 3D cover? Basically, it’s where an artist renders your ebook cover to create the illusion that it is 3D. For example: 3D covers aren’t accepted by most ebook retailers (though Amazon says they don’t accept them, I’ve seen some that slip through, especially on box sets) so why would an author want…

Writing a Series

A lot of authors write series. Some make all their money writing long series rather than stand-alone novels. A few are even paid by their publishing companies to keep writing series even after the story has gotten old and there are no new ideas or places for the characters to go (*cough* *cough* James Patterson…

Writing a Blurb for Your Book Cover

“Blurb” is such a funny word to say, but it’s a word that writers everywhere should know, because the blurb can have so much influence on who and how many people buy or download your books. According to Wikipedia (not the best source I know, but it’s quick and convenient, so what are you going…

Using The Audiobook Service ACX

I think I speak for many of us when I say we’d like to have our books in audiobook form. Besides being a possible way to connect to new readers who don’t necessarily like to sit down with a paperback or e-book and another possible source of revenue, audiobooks have a prestige to them. It’s…

Tips on Making Covers or Working With a Cover Artist: Part 2

I’m going to cover the viewpoint of the author, and Stephannie Beman will cover the viewpoint of the cover artist. Today, we’re going to talk about what to look for when choosing the “look” for your cover. 1.  Less Is More (Or Keep It Simple Silly) Ruth’s Thoughts: There is a tendency to want to…

How To Write An Epilogue

In my last post, I wrote about writing prologues. I thought I’d follow that up by writing about epilogues. I would like to begin this article by stating that prologues and epilogues, while at opposite ends of the book, each require different needs to be fulfilled in order to be written effectively. Let’s explore that,…

How To Write A Prologue

Not too long ago, someone commented here asking for an article on writing prologues. I was saddened to reply that we did not have any articles on the subject (I checked), but I promised we’d have one soon. I’m making good on that promise now. Many authors start their novels with prologues, which they use…

Tips on Making Covers or Working With Cover Artists: Part 1

Covers are the visual your reader sees when they see your book on a book site.  In addition to being an author, Stephannie Beman is also a cover designer.  As for me, I’m just an author.  So she’ll take the viewpoint of the cover artist while I take the viewpoint of the author. Here is…

Creating An Acknowledgements Section

Plenty of books these days come with acknowledgements sections near the back, where the author lists everyone from research assistants (should you happen to have any) to agents (should you have one) to God (should you have one to worship). Not all novelists have them, but I find they are useful things to have. Not…