How many times have you picked up a book and immediately knew it was self-published? You may not be sure how you knew. It might have been the design. Maybe you spotted glaring errors. Or possibly there was just an unprofessional look to it. Don’t let that happen to your book. There is absolutely no reason indie authors and publishers shouldn’t produce books that look as sharp and professional as the books produced by major publishing houses. It just takes effort, attention to detail, and a commitment to avoid the errors self-publishers often make. Let’s look at the most common self-publishing mistakes and how to avoid them.
I designed my first published book cover while still in college and began a freelance career doing so a few years later, in 1993. Through my company, TLC Book Design, I’ve coached hundreds of independent authors through the book creation process, teaching them about the importance of producing a well-edited, professionally designed and produced book. We’ve won hundreds of awards for our work. It was always about creating a beautiful, salable book that wouldn’t be noticed as a self-published book.
Softcover or hardcover, workbook or children’s book – the binding and finishing styles you choose for a book are essential. For many reasons, the same quality and attention to detail must go into the book’s physical design that went into good content development. Read on to discover the top 9 book cover design tips.
Market through live streaming is one of the best ways to sell your book and connect with new readers who don’t know you. It is the closest to meeting someone face to face in a virtual world. A great goal would be to create an experience for your viewer that makes them feel as though they’ve come away with a gold nugget in their hand. Make it count for them, and they will want more.
To save you from all the drawn-out stories and disappointments, allow me to take you by shortcut and fill you in on how I would go about book publishing today.