What is a Preface? (Answers to Your 6 Most Common Questions)
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by Luke Worlock
13h ago
Sometimes, it’s important to refresh your knowledge of the basic parts of a book. It might not be glamorous or exciting, but it’s an essential part of making sure your book contains everything a reader expects. One example of these plain but essential basic elements is the preface of a book. What exactly is it, what should it contain, and what are some other similar book elements that you might confuse for prefaces? This quick guide covers everything you need to know about prefaces to give you the confidence to create a complete book with all the parts in place. Table of Contents What is a p ..read more
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Front Matter: Organizing the Beginning of Your Book
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by The Book Designer
13h ago
Many writers who think about self-publishing are taken aback when they start to put their book together for publication. It’s one thing to work on a manuscript, sometimes for years, getting the ideas right, the words to flow, the overall thematic arc to shine through for attentive readers. But how do you turn that manuscript into a book? After all, there are lots of things in books that you’ll never see in a manuscript. Things like running heads, page numbers, half-title pages, indexes . . . stuff like that. And the part of a book that most confuses new independent authors, in my experience, i ..read more
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Self-Publishing Basics: An Unabridged List of the Parts of a Book
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by Omer Redden
13h ago
The history of book printing goes back to the first Bibles pulled sheet by sheet off Johannes Gutenberg’s presses in Mainz, Germany in the late fifteenth century. The first books were attempts to replicate the handwritten books of the time, which varied widely. Over the centuries publishers have gradually established conventions about the way books are constructed. A Gutenberg Bible Although type design is often likened to architecture, you could also argue that the construction of a book is in some way architectural. The first order of business in creating a blueprint for book construction is ..read more
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Should Authors Use Snapchat? (3 Groups Who Can Benefit)
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by Frances Caballo
5d ago
“Life’s more fun when you live in the moment.” — Snapchat slogan Social media aficionados like to jump on the newest, shiniest objects on the internet and few sites have attracted more buzz than Snapchat. Demand Sage reported just this year that Snapchat has 363 million daily users, up over 100 million since the end of 2020. The highest user base is in India, one of the most populous countries in the world. Major brands that market to young adults and millennials are using this app to promote their wares. Buzzfeed, MTV, and Tastemade offer stories on Snapchat—and so do CNN and The Wall Stree ..read more
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Lexile Level Guide for Authors to Help Your Book Succeed
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by Jackie Pearce
1w ago
If you write any books for children, you need to make sure you’re writing at their reading level. Books that are too advanced can turn away readers whereas ones that are too easy won’t challenge them. As an author, you want to make sure your book succeeds and using the Lexile level can help your book get into the right hands of readers. While it’s not a guaranteed way to make your book fly off the shelves, it certainly can help parents find your book. This lexile level guide for authors will help you understand what it is, why you need to care, how to get a score, and how to use it for your ow ..read more
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Top 8 Cover Design Tips for Self-Publishers [Video & Checklist Included]
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by Omer Redden
2w ago
We’ve all seen them. The train wrecks. The art class projects. The cringe-inducing artwork. It’s the world of do-it-yourself book cover design, where the author didn’t get the “cover design tips” memo. Cover design generators on author-service websites can be a great asset, but they can only do so much magic. And just because you can make a cover for yourself inside Canva doesn’t mean you should. Cover design has honestly suffered at the hands of self-publishers, and often times it is the quickest way to identify a self-published book. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Some self-published bo ..read more
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A Revolutionary New Version of selfpublishing.com…
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by Patrick McNulty
2w ago
For years, we’ve prided ourselves at The Book Designer on proving the most useful resources to help you design great books. From practical design tips through to inspiration from famous covers, we’ve tried to include everything you need to design an attractive and effective book cover. That won’t ever change. However, we recognise that a great book cover is only a part of successful publishing. To succeed, you need a whole multitude of factors including great editing, a strategic marketing plan, and the means to build an author platform to promote yourself and your future work. But what if you ..read more
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Art Book Publishing Tips (+18 Publishers To Reach Out To)
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by Jackie Pearce
2w ago
There are different rules and requirements for art book publishing compared to traditional books. If you’re an artists, you’re going to need to find a publisher that specializes in art books. Art books are generally different due to their overall design and the fact that they rarely have much text inside of them. You’ve most likely seen some sitting at a coffee table for people to flip through. They have beautiful pages, sometimes with text sometimes without. We’ll be going over what makes art books different, what artists need to know when it comes to getting their books published, how to cre ..read more
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Personalized Children’s Books: What, Where and How?
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by Joel Friedlander
1M ago
Over the last few years, personalized children’s books have been flying off the online shelves – and it’s not hard to see why!  With the option to add in their own name, address, hobbies, and even physical characteristics, children (and parents!) everywhere are loving the idea of having a book that symbolizes a little piece of them.  The vast majority of these books are created and sold online with some of the biggest manufacturers being Wonderbly, Characterful, and even Etsy.  But, the question is, how can indie authors offer their own and what are the benefits for doing so?&nb ..read more
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Cozy Mystery Book Covers
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by Joel Friedlander
1M ago
It’s time for cozy mystery book covers! Below is a list of eleven cozy choices, complete with a guide on what works well about each individual cover. Enjoy!  Fall For Murder, Kathleen Suzette A Very English Murder, Lady Eleanor Swift A Spoonful of Murder, J. M. Hall A Bookshop Murder, Flora Steele The Bullet That Missed, Richard Osman The Crime That Binds Laurie Cass The Plot And The Pendulum, Jenn McKinlay A Deadly Inside Scoop, Abby Collette Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, Joanne Fluke Double Twist, Stephanie Rowe Murder At Primrose Cottage, Merryn Allingham #1 – Fall For Murder, Kathle ..read more
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