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

Why You Should Ask for an Editorial Evaluation

Two questions that authors rarely stop and ask themselves before self-publishing a book are: Is there a market for my book? Is my book ready for market? Authors who are publishing a book as a hobby—perhaps a memoir meant only for family members—may not find these questions to be pertinent. [...]

8 Ways to Make Your Book Lay Flat

Guest post by Sandy Gould, Direct Sales Manager, Color House Graphics Each book design has a different purpose, and some books are more effective if they can lay flat on a surface when opened. For example, cook books, music books, instruction manuals and other similar books need to lay flat [...]

How long will it take to self-publish my book?

The length of time it takes to self-publish, from finished manuscript to finished book, depends largely on three factors: The state of your manuscript How quickly you can make decisions The process you choose to self-publish your book. At 1106 Design, books are usually finished within 90 days if the [...]

How Self-publishing Companies Blur the Issue of the ISBN

A rumor is floating around out there on the Web, one that says the need for the International Standard Book Number, or ISBN, is fading somewhat. In fact the opposite is true; with millions of books being published every year globally, the need to track those books by assigning them [...]

3 Things Authors Need to Own

Authors who self-publish their books are notorious for letting someone else maintain possession of these three things: Their ISBN Their book files Their domain registration and web hosting. OK, maybe that’s four things. In any case, I am constantly helping authors retrieve ownership of one or the other, or between [...]

Author Story: Dennis Meredith

Have you noticed that online ads change to reflect whatever search you last performed in Google? Perhaps you searched for a cruise or a new fridge, or a certain health condition. All of a sudden you are inundated with ads for cruise deals, kitchen appliances and pain relievers! These ads [...]

How to Decide on a Cover Design (and Feel Good About It Too!)

I admit it: We’ve put a lot of stress on authors about their book covers. Over the years we’ve preached endlessly about the importance of book covers. Yes, books are judged by their covers, YOU are judged by your cover, your cover must be professional and measure up to best [...]

Author Story: Meredith Angwin

Writing a book is a great way for entrepreneurs, celebrities, speakers and others to increase their profiles. At least, that’s the way it’s supposed to work. But does it? For pro-nuclear advocate Meredith Angwin, that’s exactly how it worked. Meredith’s new book is called Campaigning for Clean Air: Strategies for [...]

3 Ways to Sell Books from Your Author Website

Often we are asked by authors, “What will a website do for me? I already have a Facebook page….” Having a Facebook page is really quite essential these days, even if it seems the daily slog to get people to “like” your page can be too much. Basically, you need [...]

How much assistance should you give your book designer?

A graphic has been making the rounds on social media (again). You might have seen it. It’s a pricelist of fees, presumably for a graphic designer. The prices start at $100 for “I design everything” and increase to $200 for “I design, you watch.” The prices rise progressively as the [...]

The Real Cost of Book Cover Design

It’s one thing to get a book cover designed, but it’s quite another to turn it into an actual book cover. Getting a front cover designed by a freelance designer or graphic artist, whether that’s someone sourced on the Internet or someone local, is a popular option among indie authors. [...]

Author Story: Gary L Stuart

We managed to catch up with author and lawyer Gary Stuart as he publishes the third book in his popular western “Angus” series, The Last Stage to Bosque Redondo. Gary is a busy man. In addition to having published eleven books, Gary teaches creative writing to law students at Arizona [...]

Are you sabotaging your book?

As a leader, entrepreneur, or specialist in your field, you know that publishing a book is key to your future success. Authors are held in high esteem by just about everyone; knowing that you were able to write a book and publish it is very impressive! Writing a book is [...]

Author Story: Daniel Martinez

Daniel Martinez is a retired therapist who has heard many painful stories from his clients, in addition to going through tough times himself. These stories are the inspiration for his books, and they serve as the basis from which he extracts ideas on the human experience in painful relationships. Forgive [...]

Can I Use Microsoft Word for Book Layout?

Can Word be used for book layout? Well, of course. Hah! Anyone who follows this blog would not expect that answer from me, but the truth is: who’s stopping you? Go for it. But you’ll need to understand the trade-offs. On the upside, you will save money, at least initially. [...]

Author Story: Shary Williamson

At first glance, Shary Williamson’s author story seems simple and even a tad predictable, unfolding as one would expect. Retired school teacher writes children’s book based on the magical elfin world that she and her husband created in their backyard for their five young grandchildren to enjoy. She finds a [...]

Want to Publish a Beautiful Children’s Book? Here’s How.

Illustrated children’s books have two integral ingredients: A good story told well and fabulous illustrations. Compromising on either of these ingredients can jeopardize the book's success. But in truth, the first thing a potential buyer will notice—be it a child pulling books off the shelves at Barnes & Noble or [...]