Wired Magazine and Virginia Quarterly Review brought out issues for the Apple iPad, each using the technology and iPad fonts in completely different ways. One is slick, ad-heavy and full of multi-media gizmos, the other offers a quiet, rich reading experience.
Archives for June 2010
Cover Design Tips for Self-Publishers include avoiding white backgrounds, reducing your cover to see if it’s readable, and other practical suggestions, such as avoiding script typefaces, how to find photos to use on your book cover, and a list of resources for self-publishers creating their own book covers.
Chris Finlan self-published a novel to benefit a charity for Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Now his book is being made into a movie. He has gone from unpublished author to owner of a publishing house to a writer with a film in production in less than a year.
Apple’s iPad is a versatile computer accessory for consuming content. We try to find productivity apps that self-publishers can use, including Pages, Evernote, Dropbox, Atomic Web Browser and Goodreader, each of which fills a specific need.
This Week in the Self-Publishing Blogs, May 30 – June 5, 2010, with posts by Henry Baum, Chris Brogan, Victoria Mixon, Penny Sansevieri and Victoria Strauss, with topics ranging from the use of social media to best practices on Twitter, and copyright scams to avoid.
Making lists is a way to use the organizational power of the mind in the realm of creative writing. By making lists of possible lists, we are freed from the confines of the trivial, and can use our imagination within an organized framework with surprising results.
Being a self-publisher doesn’t mean doing every task yourself. It means you’re in business, and business ought to guide your decisions. Instead of getting stuck in the idea you have to do everything yourself, hire professionals to help you get to market and earn back your investment.
The cover and interior design of a self-help book by a life coach is shown in sample cover and interior design to follow the design process. Mark Susnow worked for almost a year to bring Dancing on the River into production, and the result shows the work that went into it.
When self-publishers plan their book, their publication and their marketing, they rarely get stuck. But when they do, here are some suggestions to get unstuck, and get back on track, whether you’re still working on your manuscript or already in print.
Digital books, new ways of looking at text, and the toppling of old structures in the book business are pushing us toward the future. A look back at the past can remind us of what our ancestors thought important about the design of books.