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…

What song goes with your book?

Ok, you can’t tell me that you haven’t thought about this. Every book that I’ve written it’s always had a sound track. Funny as it sounds it’s true. 

The reason I ask this is when you’re getting ready to set up a video trailer it helps to have a certain sound in mind. Maybe it’s a classical song, a rock song or a country classic. But every book has it’s own rhythm or sound.

So if you want to do a video trailer get ready to figure out the sound of your book. That’s one of the services that we offer at Horseshoe Publishing. Give us a message and check out our services.

Have a great evening and good luck with your writing…

 

Released today! “Not This Time” By: V. Steele

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Horseshoe Publishing is proud to announce the release of “Not This Time” By: V. Steele. The cover design and editing was completed by Horseshoe Publishing. It’s being released to Amazon, Smashwords, Allromanceebooks and many others. This is the second book from V. Steele. We’re excited to showcase her work. 

Here’s a little tidbit to wet your palette: 

She looked on the dresser and noticed a gift with her name on it. She smiled thinking it might be a little surprise from Zach. She pulled on the ribbon and then carefully opened the box. She almost fainted when she looked inside. Nestled inside the layers of tissue paper was a crystal angel. A note card was folded under it. She pulled the note out with shaky fingers.

 Before she opened the note she closed her eyes and prayed this was just a coincidence. Her heart told her she was dead wrong. Her suspicions were confirmed when she unfolded the card. Taking a slow, deep breath she read the card. “Here’s an angel for my angel. I’ll never stop loving you, NEVER. Do what’s in your heart, but don’t do this if your heart isn’t ready. Love, Your Cowboy Forever, Luke. P.S. I’ll wait for you at our special place, if you don’t show up I’ll know your heart was in it.”

Her hand covered her mouth as a sob escaped. Why’d he always do this to her? Why was she still so in love with him? Why couldn’t she just forget he ever existed? But the sad thing was she knew exactly why. He held her heart and he knew it. That’s what made this so bad, he knew all he had to do was send this angel and a note and she’d go flying back to him. 

Check it out now.

Polishing it up!

Writing is something that takes a lot of time and sometimes we’re so glad when we get done we don’t take time to polish it up. Would you go out with runs in your hose or rouge on one cheek and not the other?

Well it’s the same thing when you get ready to publish your book. You have to make sure to read it and reread it again. Do spell check more than once? Yep, did it only once on a book and after it was published at one place I found a couple of issues. Did spell check again and found them right away.

Also, make sure you’re spacing and margins are good. Don’t forget about the title page. Use a great font that really pops. If you’ve ever noticed that a lot of times when you start an e book the cover page doesn’t even come up first, it’s the title page. Also make sure to give yourself a little advertisement at the end of the book. List your published books and the upcoming books. Give some contact information and keep the reader wanting more.

If you need help polishing up your masterpiece, just give us a chance at Horseshoe Publishing. We’re all about getting it right the first time. 

Enjoy your weekend and great writing…

Creating a great cover

Writing a book is hard work. You work constantly for months or even years on your masterpiece and then it comes to designing the cover. Most people buy a book based on it’s cover. So to me that’s the most important part after the books finished. 

Here are a couple of things to consider when designing your cover:

1. What’s your book about? This needs to come out on the cover. If your book is about a cowboy then don’t put a business man on the front. Make sure the cover reveals a little of what to expect on the inside.

2. Make it mysterious. You don’t want to give away too much, but just enough to draw in the reader.

3: Color scheme. Use a color scheme that’s eye catching and that coordinates with the pictures you use.

4. As for any cover pictures you use always make sure if you don’t use one you took yourself that you go to a site that’s royalty free. You need to put a little money into the cover picture because this makes it pop. 

5: The font. Make sure to get a good font. Don’t just use one you find on Word, but go to a good font site and pick out a great one. You want the words to just pop off the cover and be able to read it easily. There’s nothing worse than trying to figure out what the name of a book is.

6: Check out other book covers and get an idea of what you can do. Use a good design program so that you can fade, cloud or just plain out give it the wow factor.

7: When you have a good sample, then put it into thumbnail size and see if it’s still good. Don’t forget that some of the e-book sites have only room for a small cover picture.

That’s just a few pointers. If you’re not sure you want to do this, then give us a try. We offer  competitive rates and will work hard to get you the best cover for the buck.

Good luck designing.