Tag Archives: self-publishing

Can Hugh Howey teach us anything about book cover design?

Today I saw that Hugh Howey had posted an article on book cover design. “That’s cool,” I think. Hugh Howey is one of the most successful self-publishing authors in the world. He started out with pretty unprofessional book covers that embody the design tastes of most indie authors (they focus on scenes and symbolism and details, instead of being simple ... Read More »

Representing Indie Authors at the 2015 London Book Fair

This isn’t my first book conference, but I’m definitely an outsider here. The London Book Fair is the first book fair I’ve been to that’s firmly for publishing professionals. As a concession to the self-publishing authors who have won themselves a piece of the publishing pie, the London Book Fair has provided a whole corner for indie authors to share ... Read More »

7 foolproof design tips to crush your book cover design

I was chatting with friends at the London Book Fair when one of them reminded me of a presentation on book cover design; which I felt duty bound to attend. Frankly, I wasn’t expecting much, since I consider the cover design strategies I recommend for indie authors to be avant garde and not mainstream. But Damien Horner (@Damienhorner) delivered a 5 minute ... Read More »

7 Things Indie Authors are Doing RIGHT (some positive reinforcement to support your confidence)

Recently I posted an article/video called “The #1 Thing Indie Authors are Doing Wrong” – I didn’t expect much traffic but actually people have been sharing it quite a lot. So I watched my own video and I heard a lot of negativity. It’s frustrating, for me, and anybody who works in the publishing industry, to face an ever-increasing torrent ... Read More »

The #1 things most self-publishing authors get wrong (mistakes to avoid).

This month I published over 100 YouTube videos. I’m getting a little more confident, though I tend to ramble. In this one I discuss common self-publishing mistakes you should avoid that I see most indie authors screwing up. Here are some of the things I talk about. Ugly website Ugly book cover Spamming people Overprotective of their content Paying too ... Read More »

Are you happy with your author website? (Comment for a free site review!)

Over the last couple of years my mission has been to improve the quality standard for self-published book covers, and after helping thousands of indie authors, I know I’m making a dent. But authors still face two huge challenges: author marketing, and having a decent author website. Although I talk a lot about book marketing, I’ve said before that I ... Read More »

Why I hate Cover Wars and Book Cover Contests

Cover design contests and “cover wars” are becoming a staple of indie book promotion and marketing. For awhile I’ve been quietly voicing concern but I thought it about time to take a stronger position. Here’s why: 1. The underlying assumption behind book cover contests and cover wars is that the best designed cover will win. This is rarely true. Instead, it’s a popularity ... Read More »

100 Publishing Questions Answered: Another Free Book Devoted to Helping You Succeed

Recently I asked you guys if you had any publishing questions on this post: “Ask me anything about publishing – please!” I answered a lot of questions on that post, but I also decided to put them altogether into an ebook. And it’s free! I’ve sent it to my list already, but if you aren’t on that, just sign up ... Read More »

How BookTrope made me realize the publishing industry are all pirates

Can someone explain Booktrope to me? I don’t get it. It looks like people can volunteer to be part of a creative time to produce the book, then earn a percentage of the sales revenue (and, apparently they only publish quality books that the community has supported, which means a better chance of revenue.) If I design the book cover ... Read More »

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