The 20 Best Book Covers in the Fantasy Genre
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by Elena Rapovets
15h ago
It’s hard to overstate the importance of a great book cover. The best book covers grab readers’ attention and spark their curiosity about the story inside. For fantasy books, the cover sets the stage for a journey filled with wonders and adventures. A few key elements contribute to an effective fantasy book cover. First, it should resonate with the content of your story, whether it features scenes, maps, or magical elements and artifacts. Second, the cover must capture your book’s mood, setting the right emotional tone. And, of course, if you want your book to sell, it needs to meet genre expe ..read more
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The Top Fantasy Fonts for Book Covers: Free and Paid
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by Elena Rapovets
4d ago
What catches a potential reader’s eye when they scan through rows of fantasy books? The short answer is that it’s the book cover design. Often, it’s the font on the cover that makes a crucial first impression. Great fantasy fonts do more than just grab attention; they convey the mood and themes of the story within. The right typography can hint at the type of adventures your book offers. Is it an epic tale, an exploration of dark themes, or a romantic story with magic? In this article, we’ll explore popular typography trends for book covers and suggest paid and free fantasy fonts for each subg ..read more
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Navigating Book Design: DIY Challenges and Professional Solutions
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by Elena Rapovets
5d ago
As writers, we often focus so much on perfecting our sentences that we overlook other steps that bring books to life. One of these essential steps is book design. It doesn’t just make your book look great; it also ensures it resonates emotionally with readers. So, what exactly does book design entail? It includes everything from the cover to the layout of your pages. As a self-publishing author, you have the freedom to make all design decisions on your own, but this freedom comes with its own set of dilemmas. Should you take on the design yourself, or is it better to hire a professional? How d ..read more
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Free Fantasy Map Maker with Instructions
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by The Book Designer
1w ago
Your free fantasy map maker Transform your magical ideas into a physical map with our free fantasy map maker. Whether you’re looking for a sprawling medieval wartime scape or an urban steampunk dystopia, our fantasy world map maker can help you turn your ideas into reality.  Why use a fantasy map maker?  Many people can benefit from using a fantasy map maker. Whether you’re a fantasy author, a dungeon master, or simply an enthusiast of maps, this free maker can give you endless ideas and striking visuals to tie into your project. You don’t need to worry about your drawing skills or p ..read more
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How to Format an Ebook in Google Docs: A Comprehensive Guide
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by Althea Storm
3w ago
How your book looks on the inside can enhance or dimish a reader’s experience, so whether you pay for a professional formatted or do the work yourself, you want to make sure you get it right. If hiring a professional is not in your book design budget, Google docs is a free alternative that can help you save money. Learn how to format an eBook in Google Docs: Pros of Using Google Docs to Format an Ebook Cons of Using Google Docs to Format Your Ebook Formatting Your Ebook with Google Docs 1. Inserting a cover page  2. Creating a title page 3. Adding a table of contents  4. Structurin ..read more
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Typesetting a Book: A Beginner’s Guide to Perfecting Your Pages with Ease
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by Elena Rapovets
1M ago
Skill Level: Beginner Typesetting refers to arranging and formatting text for printing or digital display. The main goal is to make the text readable and visually appealing, ensuring a smooth flow that enhances readers’ experience. Do authors need to know much about typesetting a book? If you’re working with a traditional publisher, they’ll handle this part of the process for you. However, for self-publishing authors, understanding the basics of typesetting is crucial. This knowledge will help you effectively typeset your book or communicate your needs to a professional typesetter. In this art ..read more
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The Back Matter of a Book: 17 Sections You Can Include
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by Shannon Clark
1M ago
The back matter of a book, matters. Did you see what I did there? Every part of a book’s design has a purpose, and the back of the book has a specific one. It is a beautifully formatted catch-all for the extras you want people to know about the book they just read, you as the author, or others who played a role in the book’s creation (directly or indirectly). The back matter of a book is also an easy way to capture your reader’s attention about other products and services you offer while they still have your book in their hands. Once your book is put back on the shelf, you are no longer t ..read more
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The 8-Step Dan Harmon Story Circle: Story Structure Guide
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by Elena Rapovets
1M ago
For thousands of years, stories have followed a simple pattern called “the hero’s journey.” The term was coined quite recently by an American professor, Joseph Campbell in 1949. Campbell noticed that many stories from different cultures follow the same pattern: a hero leaves home, faces problems, solves them, and comes back changed, often with new knowledge or insights.  Dan Harmon, the creator of TV shows like Community and Rick and Morty, simplified Campbell’s idea for TV. He broke down the journey into eight easy steps that would fit well in a short TV show episode.  ..read more
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What Is Wattpad? Strategies to Excel on the Popular Storytelling Network
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by Elena Rapovets
1M ago
Do you ever wonder how great it would be to have a group of beta readers provide almost instant feedback? Or maybe you’re looking to connect with other writers and share experiences.  If you value online interaction and are seeking a writing community, Wattpad could be the perfect spot for you. Plus, the stories you publish there might even catch the eye of traditional publishers. What is Wattpad? It’s an online platform where writers and readers publish, discover, and discuss stories across various genres, from Young Adult fiction and fanfiction to thrillers and sci-fi. In this article ..read more
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About the Author: Essential Strategies for Writing A Captivating Bio
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by Elena Rapovets
1M ago
What is an “About the Author” section, and do you need one? If you’re an author, you most certainly do!  “About the Author” is a brief text that introduces you to readers, much like an elevator pitch but in writing. This is your chance to explain who you are as a writer—and perhaps as a person—and why your work is worth reading. The “About the Author” section appears in several key places: the back cover of your book, on your author’s website, on your social media profiles, and online marketplaces like Amazon and Goodreads. While each location requires a tailored version of your ..read more
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