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Identity Publish or Outsource? Book & Cover Design information for Writers & Authors This article details the key skills and skill needed to self put out a book on free-to-publish sites counting Cover Design Services And page design. Receiving someone to self publish your book is like– where you pay for services which you can’t do as well yourself. It’s clear from the large number of titles self published on fasttypesetting.com that many writers go down the route of self publishing for themselves. As someone who provides self publishing services for the writers who decide not to do it themselves, I have great approbation for those talented allrounder’s who are not only original writers but also have the skills and self-assurance to take in their stride all the other tasks involved in bringing their work to a printed book outcome. In what follows, I will try and draw round in detail (based on my knowledge of having self published book types ranging from novels, plays, poetry and memoirs to medical text books.

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Being able to use software such as Photoshop to set single or multiple images on various parts of the cover – this often involves resizing or manipulating those images for best effect. Images can be used on the front cover, the spine and the back cover. On the front cover, choosing apt font and font sizes for the title and subtitle (if any) along with the author’s name and fitting them in with the images on the front. Photoshop allow many methods for operate the text for various snappy special effects depending on the type of book. On the backside cover, a suitable ‘blurb’ to summarize the contents of the book and a ‘bio’ to explain the author with covering photograph if wanted Also on the back cover, a barcode and standard book descriptive data such as the price of the book, and the book’s genre For the whole cover, selecting a suitable background effect whether plain color or textured with any of the special effects available in Photoshop. Creation of a single cover document, usually in PDF format, which shows (left-to-right) the back cover, the spine and the front cover as one seamless display. Calculations on overall cover width and height, including the spine, have to be exact for the page size of your book. Work on the inside of the book requires a whole lot of extra creative skills:

A key choice is page size: obviously, A4 is inappropriate for a novel but might be fine for an academic work. With a novel or poetry, common sizes are A5 or 6” x 9” or Pocket Size. The choice of page size is one of the easiest decisions for a self publishing author to make. Use of white breathing space: personally, I like to see a lot of white space in a book. For me, there is nothing more repellent than seeing a page which uses a small font and narrow margins to produce a dense mass of black ink on the paper. So, when designing the main page design, good use of margins (left, right, top and bottom) is essential to producing a page which you want to read.


Use of font: if you’ve got a 150,000 word novel a large font size would be balloon the page count. On font selection (and there are 1000’s of fonts) Times New Roman would clearly be wrong for a Mickey Spillane novel - although it might be fine for an academic work. Other Tasks Further tasks include the sales and marketing of the book, proof-reading, editing, managing the storefront on the freeto-publish website and registering. Add to that, many writers are incredibly creative in writing their novel, poetry etc. but have a ‘blind spot’ where computers are concerned - so even a simple task such as uploading a file can be daunting. Skill Sets Along with ‘technical’ or computer skills and creative writing skills, there are creative skills regarding cover and book design. Some rare writers combine all of these creative skills and successfully self publish works which are outstanding both in terms of the book/cover design and the content. Some other writers, however, are not so fortunate. Conclusion Self publishing is complex and that’s the reason why many writers pay for self publishing services. The option approach, for writers without the required skills, expertise and confidence (but unwilling or unable, for whatever reason, to pay for self publishing services) is to muddle through as best they can on sites such as lulu and successfully self publish their book - but with a finished product, whether cover or book interior or both, which is sadly lacking in quality. And this could be a great shame as the writing may well be outstanding Free Reprint Articles, a future Hemingway or J.K. Rowling spoil their chances through poor presentation. Typesetting and Cover Design Services 1924 Frederick Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 Postal code - 95814 Phone: 916-237-7539 Website URL: http://fasttypesetting.com/

Cameron Lewis has variously been a coal miner, soldier, campus lecturer, computer programmer and business analyst. To find out more about his books self publishing work visit: http://fasttypesetting.com/ (A fuller version of this article is available here) http://www.ibosocial.com/fasttype1/pressrelease.aspx?prid=599983

Identity publish or outsource book & cover design details for writers & authors pr  

This article details the key skills and skill needed to self put out a book on free-to-publish sites counting Cover Design Services And page...

Identity publish or outsource book & cover design details for writers & authors pr  

This article details the key skills and skill needed to self put out a book on free-to-publish sites counting Cover Design Services And page...

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