1106 Design Blog2019-07-19T13:25:22+00:00

How to Plan a Book Launch

When thinking about how to plan a book launch, it’s easy to envision a lovely cocktail reception at the local pub with friends and family members, all of whom are getting free copies. Or perhaps your plan for a book launch is a table at the local indie bookstore, hoping [...]

Best Book Marketing Ideas from 1106 Design Authors

The book launch is over, but the job of marketing your book never ends. If you’re stuck for book promo ideas, this article is for you. We’ve gathered together some of the best book marketing ideas as reported by 1106 Design authors in their Author Stories. If you’d like to [...]

Author Story: Matt Bloom

Matt Bloom’s closing words in our Author Story interview seem to sum up his approach to life: “You never know until you try.” Matt is the author of the children’s illustrated chapter book series Hello, My Name Is Bunny!, which he co-created with his wife, Shelley Simmons-Bloom. Their latest book [...]

Cover Design Mistakes Authors Should Avoid

I’ll just say it upfront: of all the cover design mistakes authors can make, the number one mistake is to design the cover themselves. Mistake #1: Do-it-yourself Covers If you’re looking for cover design tips, you’ve come to the wrong place. I know, affordability is the big issue, and you [...]

Author Story: John Leifer

Book marketing got you down? Author John Leifer has this advice for first-time indie publishers: Publish for your own gratification, not with the thought of how many books you will sell. As the author and publisher of the Commander John Hart trilogy, John found book marketing to be by far [...]

Mistakes to Avoid When Self-Publishing

Let’s talk about mistakes to avoid when self-publishing. This past month, I spoke with two authors who came to me for advice after finding themselves in the same sticky situation. Both had hired individuals to work on their books—someone for cover design, another freelancer for page layout and typesetting, and [...]

Better Writing: 4 Tips for Revising Your Work

Guest post by Wally Bock. First published on April 23, 2019, Wally Bock's Writing Edge website. If you want to create great writing, you must revise. That’s never easy, but here are four tips that will help you revise better and quicker. Get the Big Stuff Right First Revising will [...]

Author Story: Juan Carlos Marcos

In a sense, it’s both an author's dream and a nightmare: the chance to relay an amazing war tale of adventure, survival and resilience, supported by 600 pages of handwritten correspondence from husband to wife, all meticulously filed. At aged 98, the hero of the story was eager to be [...]

Author Story: Kathleen Vallee Stein

Most people today seek to connect on a personal level: authenticity is key. So, when author Kathleen Vallee Stein was told by agents and publishers that she needed to become an expert on hospice and write a how-to book, she knew instinctively that her book needed to be written from [...]

Author Story: Bruce Bernstein

Ask any author—self-published or otherwise—what they consider the most challenging part of the publishing process, and most will rank marketing near the top of the list. Bruce Bernstein, author of the young adult book, You Gotta Have Heart, is no exception. Yet Bruce made some smart moves to get his [...]

Author Story: Melissa Ann

"Behind every face is a powerful story, and nothing is ever quite as it seems.” Wise words from Melissa Ann, author of Hope, Love, and Me: My Journey of Choices and Second Chances. In this book, her new memoir, Melissa shares her story of the second chances she was given [...]

What Author Services Companies Do for You

The author who chooses to self-publish rather than seek a traditional publisher faces a dilemma: who will polish and package the book and get it ready to sell? That’s the job of author services companies. Some authors, often to the detriment of their books, take on these tasks themselves. Others [...]

Easy SEO for Authors: How to Get Found on the Internet

Why would we bother with a blog post on Easy SEO for Authors? Having worked with and advised thousands of authors, I’m certain that Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the last thing on your mind—until now. Selling books IS in your top 10 list of concerns. Getting found on Amazon [...]

Ideas for Author Websites

Are you looking for ideas for author websites? Look no further than our author website samples, which you’ll find at the bottom of this article. In these samples, you’ll find plenty of inspiration. Before you scroll down, let’s take a step back. When you’re seeking ideas for author websites, it’s [...]

3 Reasons Why the Best Place to Self-publish Is You!

When an author makes the positive decision to self-publish, one of the first questions is, “Where is the best place to self-publish my book?” It's confusing, I know; if you're not handing over your manuscript to a traditional publishing company, then who exactly publishes your book? I think it's this [...]