Monthly Archives: July 2013

Calling All Authors!

Good Wednesday Morning. Well it’s back to raining here in Georgia. But this post is not about the weather. This post is about a newsletter that I’ve started.

It’s going to be called “Fresh From The Book” and is sponsored by my publishing service company Horseshoe Publishing. The newsletter will consist of a author interview. With the interview the author can showcase one book and a synopsis. Then we will be showcasing 3 books from different authors. They can be in any genre. Also in the newsletter I will be choosing different writing oriented subjects to weigh in on. May throw in some polls on subjects that you my followers and friends can weigh in on.

I’m hoping to start this in August, but I need your help. I need authors to interview and authors for the book showcase. If you’re interested in participating and/or receiving the email through email, please message me with your email address. Some of you I have the email address, but I want to make sure. 

I think it will be an exciting way to spread the word about other authors and also to have a voice in this crazy world of writing. I’m really excited about this project. At the moment the newsletter will be once a month, but if I get a good response I will up it to either every other week or even every week.

But the choice is yours. It’s free advertisement at it’s best. Come on over and join us for some fun.

Let’s start a trend…

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V. Steele has new book out.

ImageWell, our newest author using our publishing services is V. Steele. She’s just published a new erotic romance, “After Hours”. Go on over to Amazon, Smashwords, or allromanceebooks.com and check it out.

Here’s a little information:

Tori knew when she took the job with hot millionaire Rick Camden that life would be exciting. She just didn’t know quite how exciting. Rick had never met a woman that mesmerized him as she did and he wanted her. When they were alone the sparks flew and passion took over. It was no longer just lust, but something more. The heat they produced was explosive. But he was her boss and she’d give him anything he wanted.  Could they keep their hot, lust for one another out of the office and only in the After Hours?

 

What font do you use?

ImageWhat font do you use? It’s funny as an Accountant I never thought much about the fonts that I used. As usually the first one from default worked well, but with publishing and writing it’s a whole new ballgame.

I noticed that some are fancy and some are almost robotic. When designing a cover it’s very important to use a font that’s appealing to the eye and catches attention. But if you’re creating an e-book, make sure it’s readable in a thumbnail. Hadn’t thought about that until I read it one day while reading a Writer’s magazine. I started watching my fonts then.

There are so many font programs out there other than the generic ones available on Microsoft Office. I use dafont.com many times. This site has a variety of fonts in any category from whimsical to serious to western. It’s crazy how many are available. If you use a really unique font on your book title, people will be saying where did they get that font. 

Make sure it’s readable. I found a really cool font the other day and when we put it on the cover we were designing, well let’s just say me and my partner started laughing. We had no idea what it said and we knew, but still couldn’t read it. That’s not a good thing. 

So, what font do you use? Where do you get your greatest fonts? Have you tried any crazy fonts lately?

Have a great Friday…

Cover Art

How do you find your cover art? Well, it’s an important question. You can’t use just any photo on your covers. Make sure they are royalty free. 

Also, if you’re book is a historical romance you don’t need to put a modern couple on the cover. You’d mislead the reader and believe me you don’t want a mad reviewer on your hands. Make sure your cover goes with the book content. 

Also, you want to use a good picture. Don’t use a cheesy photo that looks photo cropped in. The cover is the first thing a potential reader sees when deciding to buy your book. If it draws them in then they’ll probably buy your book. I’ve bought several books based on the covers alone.

Our company uses several different photo sites including Bigstockphoto.com and Istockphoto.com. What website do you use? Has it been a beneficial site for you?

If you’re struggling with your cover design, give us a try. Our design department can design a great cover based on your ideas or we’ll give you a couple of choices based on your book. 

Hope you have a great evening…

Ever feel up against the wall

Have you ever felt up against a wall? Like nowhere you turn it’s going to help the situation. Sometimes that wall is just too hard to break down. Well, that’s the way some self publishers feel when they start to finish their work. 

You do fine with the writing, but then you get to the cover and editing. Wow! What now? I remember the first covers I designed when I started out. Horrible is all I can say… Sure didn’t gather many fans with those rudimentary covers.

You’ve got to make sure your cover draws the reader in and to keep them as loyal fans always make sure you manuscript is cleared of any grammatical and spelling errors. There’s nothing worse than reading a book and having to figure out what the author is trying to say through the badly spelled words and grammatical errors. 

Then you have the form that the publisher wants. Is yours correct? Have you taken out the tabs and is your spacing just right? What a headache.

Come on over and check out our publishing services. We help you to start your next work while we get the latest one polished up and ready to go. Maybe you want a video trailer to go with that published book. 

Keep us in mind… As a published author I know how hard it is to juggle everything. Let us help you…Image

Why name it Horseshoe?

Well, several people have asked me why we named it Horseshoe Publishing. It’s very simple, I love horses. Also horseshoes are supposed to be good luck. When you start a new business you need lots of luck so why not name it Horseshoe and put two horseshoes facing up which is good luck too.

Hope you come by and check out our site. Writing has become an important part of my life and it’s important to me to help other authors. When I started publishing books it was hard to figure it out. I needed help and was lucky to have people that stepped up. Our fees are minimal and we’ve researched out competition to make sure we don’t over price.

Hope everyone has a wonderful and safe 4th of July…