Best free online graphics editors for making your own book cover designs

Best free online graphics editors for making your own book cover designs

So here’s an interesting problem: self-publishing is exploding globally. People want to publish quickly and cheaply. Formatting can be automated to some extent. But getting a high quality book cover is still really hard. There are some free or paid online tools to help you do it better. I put out my DIY Book Covers The 3 secrets to...

Createspace’s Cover Generator is Totally Broken

Createspace’s Cover Generator is Totally Broken

According to Createspace’s submission requirements, To calculate the spine width of your book, White paper: multiply page count by 0.002252 Cream paper: multiply page count by 0.0025 So, for the 230 page cream book I’m working on, my calculator says the spine width should be 0.575″. That’s also what Createspace is...

Why you should end all your books with a big spider (lessons from Stephen King and the movie “Enemy”).

Why you should end all your books with a big spider (lessons from Stephen King and the movie “Enemy”).

Last night I went to a live art party (the painting didn’t go so well, but I’m not finished.) The 3 sketchy Pina Coladas I drank left me a bit hungover, so this morning (after lying on the cold floor for a few hours) I searched for movies I could download. I found the 2013 The 3 secrets to book marketing, and a haunted castle...