Posts tagged Write Tip
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. 

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5 Mistakes You're Making With Your Words On Images

Putting interesting quotes, powerful text, and motivating blurbs on gorgeous images is HUGE in social media. As I've detailed in my ebook, posts on any platform WITH an image elicit a much larger response than posts without. Just think about the social media culture of memes and videos. Also think about your own behavior as your scroll quickly through a newsfeed. Images make you stop and take notice, and with the help of free services like Canva, it's easier than ever to put text on images and make it more engaging for your audience.

Unfortunately, however, there are common mistakes floating around that cause your followers to squint and run versus draw them in. So in this post I want to address those mistakes head on and give you ways to FIX IT. Because putting your words on images is too powerful not to get right.

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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.

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