One of my annual New Year’s Resolutions for 2019 (and 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, etc) was to finish and publish a book. I’ve had several in the works for ages, but I never seem to find the time nor the determination nor the patience to finish one. Aha! With the constant prodding from my better half and his newly-acquired self-publishing skills, 2019 is the year I actually kept this resolution. Read all about it here!Read More
Last week we got the printed version of our new book off to the publisher – in this case Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). This week, we’ll finish the job by creating the epub version of the book, which will also be published as a Kindle book on Amazon.
There are several steps to the process…Read More
For me, the cover is the biggest part of the book buying decision process. If I pick up a paperback and there’s a picture of a half clad woman next to a bare chested Chippendale-built guy on the cover, I make the snap judgment that the book is a romance novel. Likewise, it’s usually easy to tell, just by looking at the graphics and title, whether the book is a murder mystery, a suspense novel or a non-fiction book. If I still think the book might be something of interest after a scan of the front cover, I’ll read the synopsis and the author’s bio on the back, and then make the decision as to whether or not to buy it.
Thus, in my mind, the cover of the book is extremely important, so let’s make it good. The process used to require a good graphics program and a lot of time. Now, however, there are some great tools to speed the process up.Read More