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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…

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…

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…