Thinking About Design

Good design can mean the difference between someone purchasing your product/book and passing on it. There's a lot of emphasis on UX/UI design now, and the concepts can be applied to anything you sell. Design and Words "9 simple but powerful UX writing tips for designers" on Medium: Make clear lists, scannable content, and links …

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Guest Post: 5 Money-Saving DIY Design Tricks for Self-Publishers

You decided to put your thoughts to paper and have a manuscript that you deem worthy of publication. However, you do not want to pay a company to use expensive and proprietary software to make your book stand out among the rest of the books on a book store shelf or on Amazon. Here are …

Guest Post: Unleash the Power of Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is a powerful, flexible tool that allows you to create great art and graphics. Read on for how to learn more about taking advantage of all of Adobe Photoshop's features. By Brenda Barron Photoshop gives you the tools to accomplish some amazing image editing techniques without having specialist knowledge, so think what you …

FotoJet, an Online Collage Maker, Graphic Designer, and Photo Editor

Visuals are an important aspect of building platforms. Think about it. What is more likely to catch your eye on Twitter or Facebook? A few words and maybe a link, or a strong image that conveys a message? There's a reason for the idiom, "a picture is worth a thousand words." With that in mind, …

Photos, Stickers, Animation, and More : A Collection of Visuals for Authors

When it comes to marketing, visuals are all important--both online and off. Photos Photos are great for blogs as well as for books. Make sure you have the rights to use those photos. That's where stock images come in handy. "4 Incredible Free Sources for Photos to Use in Your Book or Blog" on The …

Indie Authors: What’s in a Book Cover?

It's well known that a good book cover is a key component of selling a book (aside from having a great story, of course). But with so many books out there for readers to choose from (especially now that indie authors as well as traditional publishers are now making high quality book covers of similar …

Ebook Formatting Options for Indie Authors

For indie authors, one great way to save money when it comes to publishing your books is to learn how to make your own ebooks. Personally, when it comes to creating ebooks, I recommend using Sigil, and I teach an online course on Udemy on how to use Sigil and other free tools to create …

A Look at Interactive Ebooks

Interactive, multimedia ebooks are starting to gain some traction. In addition to embedding audio and video, some ebook creators are experimenting with game elements, using GPS, and adding activities. A year ago, Digital Book World discussed why enhanced ebooks were not taking off yet. According to Peter Costanzo, "The main problem is that the market …

Indie Authors: Digital Comics

Novels, children picture books, and even cookbooks are often discussed in the digital publishing realm, but another type of book is gaining more prominence: comic books. Comics are generally fixed format, because they are so image heavy and where the text is place matters (or else it doesn't make sense). So, to make an EPUB …

Indie Authors: High Quality Book Covers

When it comes to selling books, having an eye-catching cover is high on the list of getting more readers and buyers. But there's a lot to consider. Should you make the cover yourself? Hire a designer? Use stock photos?  To help with this process, BadRedHeadMedia recommends planning everything in advance, including researching your options and …