Indie Author

Ten Tips for Laying Out Back Cover Text Like a Pro

by Cathi Stevenson Part of the Build Your Book Series for indie authors / self-publishers You’ll no doubt find plenty of information on what to include on the back cover of your book. Things like synopsis, barcode, publisher imprint, author bio, author photo, credits, and reviews are all customary. But laying these elements out on the back cover of a paperback needs to be done properly. Careful attention has to be paid to the font size and spacing; margins have…

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Why You Should Self-Publish Your Nonfiction Book

Guest post by David Varty Being an indie author or “self-publisher” used to have a bit of a stigma attached to it didn’t it? In some circles, it still might, but there is definitely growing acceptance for books not produced through traditional publishing. There are a number of benefits to self-publishing your nonfiction book, and if you’re using the book to increase your credibility as an expert, there’s little reason to avoid it. In fact, it can be a sound…

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Top 5 Reasons Indie Authors Need Goodreads

by Cathi Stevenson | With more than 65 million members, 2 billion books and 68 million reviews, Goodreads is a major platform indie authors don’t want to overlook. There are ample opportunities to share your book cover image and much more. If you haven’t already signed up with the Goodreads’ Author Program, you need to do that now. Why? Well, here’s 5 great reasons. Goodreads is free You can set up a free profile that includes your photo, bio,…

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Is the Nonfiction Book Cover Important?

Are nonfiction book covers as important to sales as fiction book covers? Yes. And possibly even more so for indie authors. Regardless of the book, a strong cover is going to work as good advertising. The book cover really is the handshake that greets the world. Current data specifically on book covers and sales is hard to come by, but there is plenty of anecdotal evidence that suggests cover design has a great deal of influence on buyers. In the…

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Advice for Hiring a Book Cover Designer

Professional book cover design is essential because readers, retailers and reviewers glance at a book for only a few seconds before they make a choice. But, finding and hiring a cover designer can be tricky. You have to find someone who has the right talent and the right technical skills. Sending improperly formatted book covers to your printer can be time consuming and expensive. How to Find a Book Cover Designer When hiring a cover designer, the first thing you…

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