graphic design

Front and Center: The Importance of a Well Designed Cover

About a year ago I talked about the importance of decent book cover design and I think it’s time to revisit the subject.  There is a wide range of styles and approaches to book cover design and being a graphic designer myself, I find some are more successful than others. Don’t kid yourself into thinking […]

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Brand X

Anyone who has written a series of books might be familiar with the term “Branding.” Certainly you are aware of the Hunger Games trilogy. If you take a look at all three covers of that trilogy you will notice a distinct similarity between them. Let’s suppose that you liked the first book and wanted to […]

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By the Seat of My Pants

There are (at least) two types of writers.  There are those who plan everything out ahead of time and there are those who just dive in and start writing.  Neither is wrong, they are just different approaches.  I am one of those who goes at it by the seat of their pants, lovingly refered to as […]

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Getting Ahead: DIY Book Design, Part 4

I know I said this was going to be a three-part series, but it felt like I left you a little in the lurch on Sunday, so welcome to part four. Think of this post as being like a free hidden track on a new CD. I would like to properly wrap things up with […]

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I Hate Widows and Orphans: DIY Book Design, Part 3

Before I dive right in please take a few minutes to read over part 1 and part 2 of my DIY Book Design posts if you haven’t done so yet. One of the final things that I think about when laying out my book is avoiding all those pesky orphans and widows.  I’m not talking […]

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More My Type: DIY Book Design, Part 2

If you missed my previous post (Just My Type: DIY Book Design Part 1) you should probably read it first to better understand today’s post where I am touching on margins, type size and leading. Let’s start with margins. The margins might seem inconsequential, but for a good looking book the part of the page […]

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Just My Type: DIY Book Design, Part 1

I’ve stuck my foot in the self-publishing door by making two books available as eBooks. I decided to go the Kindle and Nook route and after a bit of trial and error, I was able to cleanly format and upload MOBI files at Amazon.com and ePUB files at B&N.com.  I have even received my first […]

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