Feb 28, 2015
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the seed
Covers  |  

5 Genre Novels Whose Authors Did the Cover Design Thing Very Right.

You can tell a book by its cover

Crossing Over  |  

We’re Not in Kansas Anymore

Two authors talk about the differences between writing for tv vs publishing a book

Crossing Over  |  

Changing Direction Mid-Stream

What happens when your own life stretches over the boundaries that others have drawn for you?

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The Brilliance of a Book Cover  |  

Crowdsourcing Cover Design?

The entire publishing industry is in a state of ongoing change and every passing week brings a new trend and a new set of rules.

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Crossing Over  |  

How to Take Your Self Seriously as an Indie Author

As a self-published author, I got 99 problems. But a boss ain’t one of them.

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Crossing Over  |  


So why, after all of that, would I decide to indie publish a new series? Because the publisher, in the way that publishing sometimes goes, decided not to do any more books after Book 9 came out last fall.

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Crossing Over  |  

On Becoming Multimedia Emperors

If it had been the Sixties, we would have begun a commune. If it had been the nineties we would have started a dot-com. Because it’s the 2010s (the first two decades of a century are super annoying for nickname branding purposes), we obviously decided to start a multimedia empire.

the burning
Feature  |  

Yes, We Really Do Judge Books by Their Covers

According to Mark Coker, Smashwords’ founder, there’s a clear connection between great covers and great sales. “In addition to promising what a book will deliver, the [cover] image also promises (or fails to promise) that the author is a professional, and that the book will honor the reader’s time.”

Cover Me  |  

Presenting April’s “Ebook Cover Design Awards”

Gone are the days when indie books were immediately recognizable via their crappy covers.

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Cover Me  |  

Why it’s best if I let my wife handle my book jacket designs

It’s difficult to say when my book jacket hobby became a sickness, but it was likely about the time I started writing books simply for the sake of creating covers for them. That’s when I knew I needed help. Again, my wife to the rescue. A professional graphic designer as well as artist, she has wrested from me the tools of my day-glow debauchery.

Crossing Over  |  

Patti Davis: “If you weren’t you I could sell this in a minute”

There is now a boundary line in my career, separating being conventionally published and self-published. And I’m very much at peace on this side of that boundary line.

The Fishers of Paradise
Cover Me  |  

Presenting March’s “Ebook Cover Design Awards”

Gone are the days when indie books were immediately recognizable via their crappy covers.