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The Indie Author's Guide to: Building a Great Book Paperback – July 8, 2012
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From the Author
I saw so many authors struggling to format their books for both the digital and print platforms. There was no way I could stand by each one and hold their hand through the process. I figured, with my graphic design know-how, I could help those struggling authors if I wrote a book that walked them through the setup process and let them in on a few design secrets along the way.
Thus, The Indie Author's Guide to: Building a Great Book was born. It details how you can format your book for every digital platform with ease, and even goes into how to set up your interior and cover files for CreateSpace's printing platform without the hassle of getting major errors when you submit.
I decided to detail the functions in commonly used programs so no one would feel the need to rush out and buy new software. Your book can look great without you spending a ton of money.
This is meant to be a pocket guide. It has no fluffy stuff. It's very simple for even the newest of users to figure out. I've put myself on the pages of a book in the hopes that I can sit and look over your shoulder, offering advice, in one way or another.
From the Inside Flap
What you'll find in this book:
Section One - Branding Yourself
Choosing an Identity
Creating a Logo (or having one created for you)
Color Scheme Dos and Don'ts
Consistency is Queen - Because Kings are controlled by Queens!
Section Two - Formatting Your Manuscript
Dos and Don'ts when Writing Your Book
Quick Tips for Better Legibility
Building Your Save System
Different Formats for Different Platforms
Section Three - Building a Digital Cover
Size IS Important!
Font Choices - Why does it Matter?
Section Four - Final Checks
Uploading and Proofing
Section Five - Business Considerations
Choosing your distributor(s)
Places to Sell and Market Your Book
Section Six - If Your Book is a Print Version
Your Book's Guts
Orphans and Widows
Pesky Page Numbers
Explaining Bleed and Safety
Conversion to CMYK for print
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By Jo Michaels
Review Written by Jackie Paulson © 2012
The author Jo created this book to be a guide to all of your needs with publishing your own books or Ebooks. She is a Graphic Designer and with her years of experience wishes to share her expertise. She has addressed in her book the complaints many people have concerning their self-publishing needs and how to solve them.
Her book starts out by letting us all know that weather you are an Indie author or otherwise that "branding" yourself as an author is #1 for this industry of publishing books.
She has a section dedicated to how to brand yourself with books, blogs, and everything digital. I know that I want to publish my own books so this is information I can use! Finally someone who can easily explain to me what to do and how to do it the right way!
Choosing your Identity for your online branding is easier than you may imagine. It is the font, color scheme, layout and logo of your brand. She explains that business cards are wonderful and yet even book marks to share and spread your brand. In the long run you want others to say, "I know that author." For example, we all know coca-cola by their red can and logo. We all know Stephen King and his books. These are the types of ways others identify with for popularity. Jo tells us all how to make your own identity with your own logo's. This may be easy for her as a designer but to someone like myself she has a step by step process to make things easier. I love that!
Then she touches on formatting for online easy publishing and gives helpful advice, links, examples, tips, dos and don'ts. If you want to get going today to publish a book or ebook you have on your word documents, Jo will teach you step by step how to get it published today with createspace and other online programs.
If you purchase this please comment below as I really enjoyed reading and learning from Jo Michaels and I know you will too!
The book is barely 50 pages and packed with a ton of information! There is no wasted words or info in this book. All the suggestions are relevant , well explained and easy to follow. Although I've been picked up by a small press I'm going to keep this wonderful book on my shelf just in case.
I recommend this book to anyone who is an indie author or becoming an indie author. The $6.99 this book costs is really inexpensive for all of the helpful information you get. This book needs to be read by all indie authors who want to be successful.
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