"I want to choose the image(s) my designer will use on my book cover. But there are millions of photos and illustrations on the royalty-free stock photography websites! How do I find the right one?" Finding the right image can be a long, drawn-out, frustrating process. Almost as bad as writing the book! Here are … Continue reading Choosing a Cover Image
"I'd love to include some photos and illustrations in my book. What do I need to know before I contact my graphic artist or start shopping on a stock photo site?" In my hands, I have a 1965 edition of Trixie Belden and the Mystery of the Emeralds. One of the pages has a full-colour … Continue reading Pictures in Your Book
"I just got my book files. They look great except... where did all these scene breaks come from? They weren't in the original file." In a manuscript file, a blank line shows up for two reasons: to indicate a change of time or setting in the action of a story, or it could be a … Continue reading Is It Scene Break Time?
Why pay extra to have a print book formatted and covered when ebooks sell so much better? It all comes down to a story. 😉 Imagine this... You're sitting at a book-signing with about fifty other authors. The room is buzzing with excitement and energy. Hundreds of readers are strolling the room, laughing and chatting … Continue reading Why Do a Print Book?
"The non-fiction price is so much more than the fiction price. Isn't a book just a book?" Yes and no. Don't you hate answers like that? Similarities All professionally-formatted print books have some things in common: praise for the author section title page copyright page acknowledgment dedication content broken into chapters about the author section, … Continue reading Why Does Non-fiction Cost More to Format?
"I'm loading my print book to KDP and IngramSpark. Uh... what does all this stuff mean?" The first time you load your print book files to a printer's website can be daunting; all that publishing jargon. Here's a guide to what the terms mean and the standard choices for self-published works. Trade vs Mass Market … Continue reading Print Book Parameters
"I'm looking at the pdf of my print book and there are these random blank pages in the front and back... why?" In professionally designed print books, certain pages are always placed on the right-hand side of the standard two-page layout: title page, dedication, acknowledgments, the start of the table of contents and the first … Continue reading How to Preview Your Print Book
"My cover designer wants to know my list price for the bar code. Where the heck do I get that price from?" The Cast Before we begin, there's a cast of characters for you to meet. Author/Publisher: that's you. Printer/Distributor: companies like KDP Print, IngramSpark and many others. Retailer: bookstore and libraries. Reader: the end … Continue reading Pricing Your Print Book
How can you tell, at a glance, if the print book in your hands has been expertly formatted? Turn to the first page of the first chapter and look at five things: 1) Page Headers On the first page of each chapter, page headers are correct in their absence. That's right, there aren't any; no author or book … Continue reading Five Giveaways to Amateur Self-Publishing
"I'm a self-publisher. I have a great story with a beautiful cover. The content has been professionally edited and is as close to perfect as it's going to get. Is there another way to make my print book stand out?" Yes, absolutely. From what I've observed, big publishers use standard font sets for most of the … Continue reading What the Font?