Interview with author and book coach, Amy Collette

Interview with author and book coach, Amy Collette

One of the most valuable things a first-time self-published author can invest in is a great book coach, especially if they feel lost in the process and have no clue where to start. A book coach is one of those people you wish for as you dive into self publishing, and aren't sure if they actually exist.

I'm hear to tell you that they DO exist, and that Amy Collette of Unleash Your Inner Author is one of my absolute favorites.

Book Cover Case Study: The Busy Mom's Guide to Creativity

Book Cover Case Study: The Busy Mom's Guide to Creativity

Oftentimes, authors and readers have no idea the thought process and research that goes into a book cover design. So today I thought I'd share one of my favorite book cover designs and how me and my author landed on the design that we did.

5 Reasons Why You Should Self Publish

5 Reasons Why You Should Self Publish

You know your book has potential. You know that your "why" driving your story is enough to draw an engaged, excited audience. But you've sent your manuscript to several publishers, and have barely even made it past their automated response system. Or, a publisher finally saw your potential, and proposed to you a publishing plan that requires you to invest tens of thousands of dollars just get your book on a shelf. It's overwhelming and discouraging.

That's why self-publishing is so appealing. You have a way to get your book in front of many readers with minor investment costs and on your own terms. 

How to Make a Book Mockup

How to Make a Book Mockup

Being able to make a believable, interesting mockup of your book is critical when promoting it. It's easy to make it look fake, or perhaps cheesy—and that breaks a good, effective design. In last week's blog post, I showed you how to design a book cover in both Photoshop and Apple Pages. Today I want to show you how to use that book cover design to quickly and easily make your own professional looking book cover mockup using free Photoshop templates.

First of all, what exactly is a mockup? A mockup is a model of a design used for teaching, demonstration, or testing (thanks, Wikipedia!). I usually create mockups to show clients my designs on final pieces. Why? Because you often can't get a good feel for the final design until you see it being used in a practical way. 

Turning your flat book cover design into a "real" book brings life to it. It makes it more tangible in your readers' minds, and adds credibility. But, you have to be careful, because really fake looking mockups or poor designed mockups can have the adverse effect. So I'm going to walk you through some of the best, free resources as well as how to edit them to make your mockup look REAL.

How to Design a Book Cover in Photoshop and Apple Pages

How to Design a Book Cover in Photoshop and Apple Pages

The design of a book cover takes a LOT of thought. Why? Because it matters. It's the face of the writing inside of it—so it better be SPOT ON. After you read through the previous blog post I did on book cover design and figure out the direction you need to take for your book, you're probably wondering how to actually design it!

So today I'm going to walk you through TWO simple tutorials in Photoshop and Apple Pages, teaching you how to put together a book cover design yourself. 

I recommend Photoshop and/or InDesign, but Apple Pages is a really great, inexpensive alternative. Both tutorials are included in this blog post, so just scroll until you find the one you need!

Why Book Cover Design Matters

Why Book Cover Design Matters

Often times, SO MUCH goes into the writing of a novel, that authors overlook the importance of a well-designed cover that represents their hard work. Your book cover is an extension of who you are as an author—it's a piece of your brand. 

Your book cover is the FACE of your story. It's what your readers see, what gives them an impression, and what instantly tells them whether or not they might be interested in it. Book covers matter, and I want to help you navigate the design of it.