6 tips for better book design

6 tips for better book design

I’m a book designer. When I introduce myself as such people often ask if I’m an illustrator. Some book designers are skilled illustrators, but, the focus in my work tends to be more concerned with type and layout. I came to book design via a graphic communication background not an arts or illustrative background, which I think becomes obvious when […]

Progress Reports: What’s happening during your edit? [FOR AUTHORS]

Progress Reports: What’s happening during your edit? [FOR AUTHORS]

It’s 10:00 p.m. Do you know where your manuscript is? It’s like being trapped in a replay loop of the old TV public service announcement reminding parents the kids should be home for the evening, safe and sound—only this time, it’s your manuscript you’re worried about. You sent your baby to the editor a week […]

This Twitter Guide Will Make You See What You’re Doing SO Wrong And How To Make It Right [FOR AUTHORS]

This Twitter Guide Will Make You See What You’re Doing SO Wrong And How To Make It Right [FOR AUTHORS]

IF your goal is to spam your book links up there and hope for the best. Most writers write their book and then realize, oh hey, there are millions of potential readers just waiting to buy my book. I’m gonna tell them all about my book by repeatedly sharing my link with them! They’re all […]

The top 10 most useful ebook writing software

The top 10 most useful ebook writing software

The age of handwriting your ebook and typing it up later is long gone. While I am a lover of beautiful stationery, an ebook writing software can be much more useful. In our selection, we review the best editing, writing and converting toolscurrently at the market. Some of them practically take you from the first idea to the virtual bookshelf, and others […]

Judge a book by its cover … and its typesetting

Judge a book by its cover … and its typesetting

Of course the cover is important – you don’t need me to tell you that, but I think the internal pages of a book are just as important. In this blog I’m going to advise about the internal design of books. There are plenty of designers, far better than me, who can advise on good […]

A publicist’s tips for nurturing contacts

A publicist’s tips for nurturing contacts

Publicists and marketers are working in a digital and trad media world where contacts are easy to find but perhaps harder to reach. Nurturing and maintaining relationships in this environment is as important as ever but some challenges are presented. How do you keep up with simultaneous communication through email, Twitter, Messenger, Instagram, Facebook and […]

How to find your design voice (and keep it)

How to find your design voice (and keep it)

There are many sources offering practical advice to graphic designers but there is more to good design than knowledge and technical skills. Masterful grid and finest type hierarchy can’t bring a book to life on their own. So where does that element of “magic” in design come from? Here are some my observations that I […]

How to get GDPR-ready

How to get GDPR-ready

Whether or not you’re ready, GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is coming. With only 26 weeks left before implementation there is much more that can (and should be) done by publishers and authors, not least mapping what ‘personal’ data you have. This can mean anything from actual names to associated data that can identify an […]