How to create a brilliant nonfiction book cover: tutorial

You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover? Oh, yes, you should, because potential readers will. Especially when your book is going to be sold online.

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Janis, The Body and Me book covers: with my sincere thanks to Simon & Schuster for the loan of this brilliant image.

A book’s cover has two jobs to do apart from the obvious one of sharing its title, tagline and author’s name: one, to indicate the book’s ‘genre,’ and two, to show that the book has been professionally designed and produced. Here’s a swift tutorial – both for self-publishing authors and their (hitherto uninitiated) graphic designers…

Is yours going to be a self-published business or self-help book?

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Happy Fête Nationale à la France!

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Greetings to all our French friends and family on your national day. Hope you’re able to celebrate as much as possible in this weird, wicked year of 2020.

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Happy Bastille Day!

In case you need to, er, refresh your memory of why and what the French celebrate on July 14th, here’s a quick reminder from Wikipedia: [Read more…]

The secrets of a brilliant nonfiction book proposal

Writing a nonfiction book? Want to have a go at getting it published by a traditional publisher like HarperCollins or Simon & Schuster?

Nowadays many traditional publishers accept online submissions for nonfiction, especially for business and self-help titles. With publishers still being a little on the pernickety side you must absolutely following their submission guidelines to the letter.

article on book publishingThe bad news is, each one will have a slightly different set of questions. The good news is, they normally are very like each other.

Here are the main elements of proposal forms that you’re likely to encounter, and how to ring the right bells…

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Stay safe on Independence Day 2020, USA

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With our good wishes for a safe, peaceful and harmonious 
Independence Day 2020

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Stay safe on Independence Day, USA

Suze and all at HTWB

Thanksgiving greetings

 

Happy Canada Day 2020

Wishing Canadians everywhere

a safe, healthy and happy

Canada Day

Happy Canada Day from Suzan St Maur…in this troubling and often tragic year.

Suze and all from HTWB

 

 

How to make your self-published book look like it’s been traditionally published

How often have you looked at a self-published book and seen straightaway that it’s a DIY job? It’s not just poor content that gives it away; in fact many truly good books are ruined by goofs which mainly are simple and cheap to correct.

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Can you tell if a book has been traditionally or self-published?

Here are 11 key points to watch out for:

Is the cover attractive and designed so when its image is shrunk down to a small size as it would be on Amazon or other sites, you can still see the key points? Make sure your book’s cover is properly designed: it’s well worth paying for a professional cover designer to do it. [Read more…]

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