Have You Seen the Cover Design Awards?

Cover art is very important for a first impression of your book. Although, we aren’t necessarily supposed to judge a book by its cover, I tend to sway towards the designs before I pick up a book. I never knew about awards for cover design but the Book Designer does.

e-Book Cover Design Awards, February 2015

by JOEL FRIEDLANDER

Welcome to the e-Book Cover Design Awards. This edition is for submissions during February, 2015.

This month we received:

98 covers in the Fiction category
27 covers in the Nonfiction category

Comments, Award Winners, and Gold Stars

I’ve added comments (JF: ) to many of the entries, but not all. Remember that the aim of these posts is educational, and by submitting you are inviting comments, commendations, and constructive criticism.

Thanks to everyone who participated. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did. Please leave a comment to let me know which are your favorites or, if you disagree, let me know why.

Although there is only winner in each category, other covers that were considered for the award or which stood out in some exemplary way, are indicated with a gold star:

Award winners and Gold-Starred covers also win the right to display our badges on their websites, so don’t forget to get your badge to get a little more attention for the work you’ve put into your book.

Also please note that we are now linking winning covers to their sales page onAmazon or Smashwords. READ MORE HERE!

By Kristi Bernard Posted in Writers

Work Out Your Writing Word by Word

Sometimes writing takes plotting and planning with worksheets. Paranormal author Jami Gold has plenty of worksheets to help writers get to the nitty gritty of their writing. Be sure to stop by and check out Beach Reads With Bite website.

Screen print worksheet

Screen print worksheet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Worksheets for Writers

Story Planning Worksheets

The writing community is fortunate to have many great resources. Based on things I learned from phenomenal teachers like Larry Brooks, Michael Hauge, and Martha Alderson, I developed these worksheets* to help all writers, from plotters to pantsers (those who write by the seat of their pants).

Let me know at my Contact page if there are other worksheets you’d like me to create. Sign up for my newsletter to receive my blog posts and hear about all additions I make to this page.

Story Arc Beat Sheets

By Kristi Bernard Posted in Writers

Crowd Funding Tips You Can Really Use

I am considering using a crowdfunding platform but I’m not sure how. Robin Rivera is offering tons of tips for writers regarding some of the popular crowd funding platforms and whether or not it’s right for you. http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/166913138

6 Tips for Author Crowdfunding

CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Lulupinney As we head into Week three of 2015, I’ve seen many writers talking about their yearly goals and most have included a publishing benchmark on the list. Some are looking to become the next big Indie success story and chasing that publishing dream may require more money than these writers initially expected. Believe it or not, there is a cost to self-publishing. In a tight marketplace, it often takes a successful looking product to be a successful product. That means new authors may need to cover the costs of editing, buying an ISBN number, acquiring cover images, hiring someone to design and layout the cover. And lastly, one really should have the EPUB professionally formatted, an expense too many new writers try to
skip with mixed results. And that is not addressing the costs associated with print books, especially those with lots of color images. Even if the author manages the production expenses, they will still need money for marketing to sell at books. So where will all that money come from? Well, many authors are turning to Kickstarter, Pubslush, IndieGoGo or one of the other crowdfunding facilitators to pay for it all. If you don’t know what crowdfunding is you can learn more here. In short it’s a way for anyone to raise capital through organized social media campaigns. READ MORE HERE!

Plan and Structure Your Writing

If you want or need some tips on how you can put your best book forward, with regards to writing fiction, then it will benefit you to stop by Bookbuzzr for some information you can use.

The Definitive Guide to Writing and Publishing Your Fiction Book

By Kristi Bernard Posted in Writers

Get It Into An EPub Format

If you are having trouble getting your word document into an epub format don’t fret. Janet Friedman offers simple tips to get you there.

English: A Picture of a eBook Español: Foto de...

English: A Picture of a eBook Español: Foto de eBook Беларуская: Фотаздымак электроннай кнігі Русский: Фотография электронной книги (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How to Quickly Create an EPUB File From Word (And Then Edit It)

Here’s the situation: Your book is sitting in a word processing system (such as Word), and you’d like to get that material translated into EPUB format without using the automated meatgrinder process of Amazon or Smashwords. Let’s assume you’re not a coder or programmer, but can figure out some some simple HTML. These are the options I’ve found that don’t involve purchasing software or going through coursework to learn code. Caveat: These methods will really only be helpful if your book is predominantly text, with few images.

For Mac Users: The TextEdit to Sigil Method

Sigil is a free, open-source editor for EPUB (ebook) files. It’s intuitive even for a beginner, especially if you know a little HTML from blogging. To use Sigil, you can’t start with a Word file—but it can handle basic text or HTML files. So what we need to do is appropriately prepare our Word files to import into Sigil while retaining our basic formatting. This process requires using Mac’s TextEdit software, which is installed for free on every Mac.

  1. Open TextEdit preferences.
  2. Adjust the HTML Saving Options as shown below. Select “XHTML 1.0 Strict”, “No CSS”, and “Unicode (UTF-8)” and check “Preserve White Space.”
  3. Open your Word document in TextEdit, then save it as an HTML file.

READ MORE HERE!