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3 Ways Indies Can Improve Self Publishing

As a writer I see a lot of writers come and go in the spot light. It’s amazing how many books are appearing on Amazon and Smashwords daily. When I started publishing my work last year you could stay on the front page of new releases for at least 24 hours. Now you’re lucky if you stay there for 24 minutes. 

I’ve found out a couple of things about some of this craziness and that’s the indie authors that haven’t done their homework. Here are 3 of the many ways indies can improve self publishing and the stigma that goes with it.

1: Editing. How many times do you edit your book? I know how exciting it can be to get to the words ‘The End’ and want it out there right then, but that’s a mistake. Make sure you read your work several times and one of those needs to be out loud. I recently went in and revised one of my first published books due to the fact that I put it out there way too fast. Editing is a very important part of the publishing process and as a self publisher that’s up to you the writer.

2: Cover Design: This is critical. When I look back at my first covers that I designed, I seriously laugh. They were so boring and uninspiring, but being an accountant I didn’t train on creative design software. That’s when I put me assistant to work as my cover designer. She took one look at my work and said ‘not happening’. She went to work and designed the awesome covers that now grace my books. This is the first thing that a potential reader sees. If it doesn’t inspire them, they will go on to the next book. Make sure it’s relevant with the book and make it vibrant. Check out my covers at stephanie-hurt.com.

3: The Book Blurb: As a self publisher this is solely your responsibility. This is one of the hardest things to do for me. Don’t get too out there. Make sure it’s very expressive and use lots of expressive words, but don’t give a lot away. If you give away the ‘who done it’ then there’s no sense reading the book. Make several different ones and have some other people read it. See what they think. 

This is just a few of my ideas, but you can take it as you may. This is one reason I started this publishing service company. I want to help other authors with their craft. Sometimes a second set of eyes is a big help. If you don’t have to worry about the design of the cover, you can continue to write.

I’ve started a Newsletter to help authors get their name out there. It has a author interview, 3 books showcased, some writing tips and much more. If you’re interested in receiving this newsletter please send me your email address. Also indicate if you’d like to be spotlight author or put your book on one of the issues. 

Have a great Friday…

 

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…

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…

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

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.

 

Helping Authors…

Horseshoe Publishing was established to help authors get their work ready for publishing. Eventually we will get into the publishing of the books, but for now we’re going to focus on helping others get their work published. We’re offering competitive rates compared to our competitors.

I remember when I started publishing my books it was like a learning a foreign language. So many authors have said if I’d start a publishing company they’d get on board. It’s exciting and exhilarating. 

Good luck to all those out there. Come on over and check us out.