How to make a book cover (design your own with these free templates!)

There are lots of reasons NOT to make your own book cover: If you don’t know graphic design, your first attempt won’t be pretty If you don’t know cover design, you won’t make a cover that sells If you make it, you’ll like it too much to change later   With that in mind, I…

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How to format and publish a children’s book

Coming soon!

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Cheap book editing software and services

There’s an advertisement I saw recently about an editing and proofreading software – a young girl gets a new job as a social media manager and is nervous. But she uses the software to catch all her mistakes and typos, and wins the day by being awesome and customer support. As someone with a PhD in…

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Book marketing strategies for self publishing authors

95% of book marketing happens BEFORE you publish: if you have a well designed book with a killer blurb and hook, it should convert the right readers – then you just have to send traffic. Many authors get overwhelmed by the exact steps to take – when should you build an email list, how do…

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How to format your book (with free templates)

Formatting a book CAN be a huge pain… it took me three months of avoidance before I finally bought a program and learned how to design my own ebooks. And even though I can do it pretty well now, it’s still one of my least favorite things to do (I usually outsource it). If you’re…

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How to write and publish a book yourself (self-publishing cheatsheet)

Self-publishing allows you more control over your book, but also gives you more responsibility: First you need to design the book professionally and upload the files to Createspace and Kindle (my preferences). Second you need to put your book in front of the right readers. That can seem exhausting, so many people prefer to sign…

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Free book formatting templates for every genre!

I’ve been hesitant to offer something like this, because – as you’ll know if you watched my videos or read the guides – you should start with a basic, simple template and simply change the chapter and title headings to match the font on your book cover. Which means, really, that you could start with…

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Using Pinterest, Youtube and Slideshare to cast a wide marketing net

These could easily be three separate topics but I’m lumping them together because they form one branch of my marketing efforts… repurposing your content. Let’s say you wrote a great blog post and you want more traffic. Turn your blog post into a Powerpoint (I hate Powerpoint actually, I use Google Slides). Then make a…

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Insider secrets to professional book formatting in MS Word

I made this video while helping a friend improve his print formatting; it was already formatted but I added some professional touches, removed all tabs, and talk about how to use styles and paragraph spacing to keep things consistent – which makes it so much easier to make changes later without needing to go through…

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How to format, publish and market a book of poetry

This post is about formatting books of poetry for print and ebook. You can start with the templates from DIYbookformats or just open a new document; but I strongly encourage you to watch the 3rd video and learn how you can make your poetry book go viral with amazing typography and full page images. Getting…

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