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

Nonfiction Book Cover Design: How It Differs from Fiction

Compare the cover of a nonfiction book to the cover of a novel, and you’ll notice some distinct differences. The approach to nonfiction book cover design is also different from designing a cover for a novel. Understanding why it’s different can help you have an informed discussion with book designers. [...]

Where to Get Book Ideas: Unpack the Box

If you’ve ever moved, you know the feeling. Before you can enjoy your new home, you must unpack a lot of boxes. We moved to Hartsville, South Carolina, and we’re unpacking. We’re almost done, and we still haven’t found things we know are here some place. The unpacked boxes are [...]

What an Author Marketing Coach Can Do for You

Lynn McGinnis has always loved books. She’s been an avid reader since she was big enough to pick up a book. So when it came time to think about how to transition her twenty-five years of experience in marketing, public relations and small business development into a new field, the [...]

eBook Help: Your Questions about eBooks Answered

We receive many inquiries from authors, asking for eBook help. How does a print book become an eBook? What’s a “mobi?” Does an eBook need a new ISBN? So, we thought we’d pull together authors' most popular queries and provide the answers here in one blog post. eBook Help: Q [...]

Self-Publish for Free and Four Other Self-Publishing Myths

I’m always glad to learn that authors “shop around.” Researching alternatives, talking to publishing professionals and obtaining competitive quotes help authors make an informed decision and debunk self-publishing myths such as "self-publish for free." Unfortunately, publishing predators abound, ready to take advantage of unsuspecting authors by making promises they can’t [...]

Author Story: Alex S. Avitabile

Three aspects of Alex Avitabile’s journey as a self-published author stand out. The first is his twenty year odyssey, from having the germ of an idea for a story to seeing the book published—a tale that in itself provides inspiration for other would-be authors. (As Alex says, “To those who [...]

Publishing a Business Book

Here’s my inspiration for this latest blog post on publishing a business book: the business cards scattered on my desk, crumbling in the bottom of my purse, and languishing in little piles in my desk drawers. Business cards from people with whom I’ve struck up conversations over the years at [...]

How to Sell eBooks at Walmart

Walmart launched its eBook sales platform on August 22 in partnership with Kobo (more properly known as Rakuten Kobo), going head-to-head with Amazon’s Kindle. While Walmart has sold the Kobo eReader for years, it is now making available Kobo’s library of eBooks for individual sale, along with an option to [...]

What Does It Mean to Self-Publish?

Ten years ago, if one were to ask the question, “What does it mean to self-publish?”, the answer might have been quite different than it would be today. Self-publishing has gained validation and wide acceptance over the last decade. Self-published authors have reached the best seller lists and entrepreneurs and [...]

How to Plan Your Holiday Book Sales

As I write this blog post, Christmas and Hanukkah are just under six months away. And Thanksgiving? It’s on November 28 this year. The unfortunate truth is that if you want to have your book ready for holiday sales—let’s say mid-November latest—you need to have your manuscript ready for the [...]

How I Got My Book Listed Before the Amazon Resellers

Grace Allison, author of Do You Have a Dream and Einstein’s Compass, read the recent article by Amy Collins about the issues authors are experiencing with the Amazon ADD TO CART button and what to do about it. Grace generously offered to share her solution to the issue, one that put [...]

Author Story: Sven Michael Davison

Traveling to seven continents in seven years is no small feat and certainly worthy of a book. Yet it is author Sven Michael Davison’s admission that he considers himself lucky whenever a stranger picks up one of his books and reads it, that caught this writer’s imagination. There is a [...]

When You Self-Publish, How Much Is Your Time Worth?

Bear with me…this really will be a blog post about the best use of your time as an author, entrepreneur, and indie publisher. Print-on-demand companies IngramSpark and Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), along with digital and offset printing companies, have very specific requirements for your book files, both cover and interior [...]