Having created thousands of book covers for authors from all genres, backgrounds and corners of the world, you gain a great understanding of what you should ask when starting on a new cover, what details you’ll need, what you won’t and the specifics that would make creating a book cover design impossible without.
There are basic details that most authors will naturally pass on to a designer and others that maybe they’ll forget about, so, here is our list of seven of the most important things you should consider when letting your book cover design know about your book.
One – Remember, no one else knows your book like you.
When working on a book or creative project, it is natural to become fully immersed within it, spending weeks, months and in some cases years, it is very easy to know the details so intimately that over time you take for granted those smaller (and more basic) elements.
These more basic elements can get overlooked because you have developed the book further and are now considering a larger picture, however, those basic elements can be crucial to your book cover designer, forgetting to tell them a minor detail can result in a delay in the cover’s creation.
Two – Know your genre & audience.
One of the most tempting things to try and do is to market your book to everyone, you’ll think of the manuscript and that there is something for all readers within it, however, not everyone will want to read your book, and this is so important to understand.
It may seem a little harsh, but the sooner you get your head around this, the sooner you can target the correct audience and sell more copies.
With so many authors and publishers promoting their books, trying to target a massive audience of people who may not necessarily be attracted or even interested in your book is just not cost effective, knowing who your audience is and targeting them with your book cover and advertising is a far better way of spending your money and far more likely to yield results.
Think of every best seller you know, not every reader bought a copy, J.K. Rowling is a highly successful author, but if you don’t like fantasy and wizards, you will not buy her book.
Three – Details, details and some more details.
As mentioned in number one in our list, no one understands the book as good as you, remember this when it comes to the details.
If I asked you to think of a woman with brown hair, brown eyes, 5ft 8in tall and in her twenties, the likelihood is that the woman you’re thinking of will be different to the one in my mind, we don’t know her skin color, if she has any distinguishing features, what clothes she’s wearing, what her hairstyle is, does she wear glasses, have tattoos or piercings, the list goes on.
So, when you are thinking about the characters within your book, paint a picture in minute detail, the same goes for the world within the book itself, if it’s set in a certain location, give details. If the book is non-fiction, again, give details, the more your designer can understand about the manuscript the better.
Four – Get to grips with your blurb
Writing a blurb for your book can be a very time consuming part of the publishing process, there is so much that goes into it, and of course, it has a very important sales job to complete for you.
Now, most designers will use place holder text when creating your book cover (so you can see how the cover will look with a block of text upon the back page), but you should still be working on the blurb as the cover is going through the design process, hopefully you’ll have this ready to coincide with the completion of the design itself.
There are some basics on how to create a great blurb for either fiction or non-fiction that we have in our blog post on how to write a blurb, which I would recommend you taking a look at.
Five – Know the size of the book
There are plenty of choices for self-publishing authors with regards to who is printing your book and what ‘trim’ size you’ll choose for your publication. It is worth investigating this before you start on the cover design itself though.
The size of your book will have a knock-on effect to the page count and spine width, so if you don’t want a book with a massive page count, you may want to opt for a larger trim.
Again, we have a great article on book sizes, you may want to look at this to figure out which trim size will be best for your publication.
Six – What’s it called?
I know this sounds obvious… however, having a title for your book along with a subtitle is really helpful for the book designer. In many book cover designs the title becomes part of the artwork, so if you change the title halfway through the project, the artwork can look drastically different (and in some cases need to be redesigned).
The subtitle is not as big an issue as the main title, but, your designer will have put a lot of thought and detail into where and how the subtitle is placed and how it is also laid out.
Seven – Who will be printing your book?
For self-publishing authors the options for print on demand services is excellent, there are many indie printer/publishers and of course the big ones such as KDP and Ingram Spark.
For your designer, it’s important that they know who will be printing your book so that they can create the cover according to the specifics of your chosen printer. Things such as ink levels, color profiles, templates, exporting settings and paper stock for spine widths will all differ, so the earlier the designer knows who you’ll be using the better.
Improving your skillset when needed is a great use of your time and resources, it helps you to level up and become a more efficient and productive author/writer. But like most of us, you won’t necessarily know too many world-class experts within the industry, so enrolling in an online masterclass is the best option.
And luckily enough, there are plenty of great courses for every writer to choose from. Here are our Top Five course providers that you should be aware of in 2021.
One - Masterclass
Here you can learn from writers such as David Sedaris, Shonda Rhimes, Malcolm Gladwell, James Patterson, Margaret Atwood and many more. This streaming platform gives you access to hundreds of hours of videos from the very best in writing (and many other fields too), the annual cost for membership is $180 and gives you access to the videos and downloadable workbooks.
Two – Udemy
Udemy is a large online course provider which has over 155,000 courses for you to choose from, its selection for writers and creatives is huge and offers training in everything from creative writing to how to market and sell your book. Udemy has regular sales on its courses and offers prices from free upwards.
Three – ProWritingAid Academy
This academy gives self-paced courses along with live training workshops (these take place at least twice a month), along with this there are 30 day writing challenges and writing exercise daily. They have a selection of expert courses tailored towards writers and authors, most of which are $199.
Four – Mark Dawson
Mark Dawson’s Self-Publishing formula is well known within the writing world and trusted by countless authors, on offer are lots of courses specifically created for authors who want to be successful within the publishing world, and for this reason it tends to be more expensive than most other course, however, the feedback from most who enroll is superb and what you gain from taking the course outweighs the price (do keep in mind that the course open only several times a year, so this is one to keep an eye on).
Five – Six Figure author coach
Created by Rebecca Hamilton, these courses have helped countless writers achieve their dream of becoming not just full-time authors but authors earning thousands every month (hence the website’s name). The site offers a wide range of courses with prices ranging from $199 to $4997 (they do offer monthly payment plans too).
Guest Post by Alisha Haqie
A surprisingly large number of companies hire graphic designers. But for people pursuing this career, it can sometimes be hard to work out where exactly to look for work. Which types of companies are most in need of their skills?
That’s the question we answer in this post. As you’ll see, there are a surprisingly diverse range of firms that want talented people to create beautiful visuals, both internally, and for customers.
Video Production And Television Studios
Broadcasters and video production professionals need people who can create beautiful images to accompany their advertising copy. Usually, graphic designers’ task is to come up with visual representations of the ad copy that audiences will find appealing. People who seek careers in this line of work will need to have flexible skills and be able to react to a vast array of briefs. TV and video production requirements are always changing
Many graphic design companies also go into corporate branding. Companies need catchy images and visuals that immediately tell people who they are, what they sell, and the level of service that they can expect.
Typically, graphic designers in this area will sell their services as consultants, not formal employees. Businesses will provide them with a brief, and then they will get to work translating companies’ ideas and goals into images that capture their sentiment. The majority of the projects designers take on relate directly to corporate logos and branding. However, firms may also ask them to take on smaller projects, such as creating a suite of brand-compatible photographs.
For many budding graphic designers, corporate branding is a good place to be because of the steady flow of work. Every ten years or so, companies will decide to revamp their brand to bring it more up to date. And each time they do, they’ll use teams of consultant designers, usually paid off the company payroll. However, some firms will hire graphic designers in-house full time.
Graphic designers are also finding a home at SEO agencies - firms that help businesses rank higher in Google search results. Designers can add tremendous value to the creative output of these companies which ultimately feed into better page ranks for their clients. For instance, they might create infographics or enhance posts or videos with interesting visual media.
Advertising firms are among the longest-standing employers of graphic designers. When their clients approach them for a new advertising campaign, they need people with the skills to make it happen.
Many graphic designers love working at advertising firms because they get to work on both print and digital media. Over time, they build their skills in both, increasing their professional repertoire, giving them more career options in the future.
Advertising firms also tend to be a good place to be financially speaking. These companies often have higher budgets than most and so usually pay higher salaries and offer more benefits. Plus, because they are quite large, they also provide opportunities for career progression.
Because of all this, advertising companies are the first port of call for many graduate graphic designers. They spend a few years in these firms learning the ropes before either creating their own agencies or moving onto different projects in other industries.
Software Development Companies
Many software companies create apps and programs that offer users a rich visual experience. But usually, it’s not the coders themselves who create these images; it’s the team of graphic designers backing them up.
To get into this field, graphic designers need to have both artistic and coding skills. Many firms are looking for people who can make their software easier to use. Often, they’ve mastered the backend, but they need skilled workers who have a knack for understanding the kind of interfaces consumers want. Graphic designers, therefore, are a kind of bridge between the ultra-technical side of the operation and the slick, visual, consumer-facing interface.
For those looking for a long career in graphic design, then software development is a great place to be. The range of opportunities on offer in the sector is growing all the time. And the industry is going to be around for a long time yet, even if individual firms go out of business.
Lastly, graphic designers can often find work in educational firms. These enterprises need people who can create pedagogic tools that will help children learn and remain engaged. Ultimately, the goal of these brands is to ensure that students succeed.
There are lots of benefits in writing daily within a journal, along with those well documented for mental health, there are great reasons on how it also helps with increasing your skill as an author. Journaling has been shown to help deal with negative thoughts, stress, anxiety and depression, so it is certainly worth considering taking up this practice for many of us (regardless of our writing aspirations).
But for those who are looking at journaling purely from a writing viewpoint, here are several reasons why you should start writing one today.
It gets you to start writing
This is a bit obvious, however, for many authors the act of staring at a blank page can be a fear inducing experience which results in procrastination. Journaling daily forces you to just write something on a regular basis, it helps to develop your skills and changes your mindset about starting something new.
Overcoming writer’s block
Leading on from the first reason, this daily practice and facing a blank page each morning helps you to get into a creative state a great deal easier, writing in a journal without any pressure is a massive boost to creativity and over time allows you to adopt this state of flow when writing on any project.
Writing in a journal is practiced by many authors, business leaders and successful individuals throughout every walk of life, it enables you to get ideas, thoughts, and inspirations down on the page and explore them further. In some cases, you may come back to those ideas at a later date, but once on paper, you’re less likely to forget them.
Practice makes perfect
It has been said, that to become an expert in anything, you should put in at least ten thousand hours practice (and that, is just under 417 days!) So, writing each day 200 – 300 words within a journal helps increase your experience and move a little close to that expert level.
It removes any pressure
Writing in a journal is just for you, you don’t have to share what you write with anyone, so you can do what you like. There really is no pressure at all, and this is great, it enables you to write without fear and be creative, some of it will be great and some of it will be utter crap, but again, it doesn’t matter, just write.
Why your cover art matters (Guest post from Lauren Gebka)
Your book cover is the first thing people see when they look at your book.
It’s the thing that reels them in and grabs their attention leading them to want to know more.
The cover is what makes the book stand out among the mundane books on the shelf and it adds an extra layer to the buyer's experience. I mean who doesn’t want to carry around a pretty book?
One thing to remember is if a book cover looks like minimal effort was put in then it sends a message to a buyer that the writing could have minimal effort put in as well.
A book cover can make or break the sale of a book.
What makes great book cover art?
So what makes for great and memorable cover art?
Something that could catch the attention and make the sale.
Listed below are a few tips on what makes for a great book cover as well as examples.
One of the main points of a book cover is to entice engagement. To get somebody to pick up the book and read the blurb and ultimately buy the book.
Above is an example of a book cover I personally find enticing and would lead me to pick up the book.
The reason that a strong contrast is important when wanting to create a great book cover is that you want somebody to pick up your book and be able to read and understand everything that is happening on the cover.
You don’t want your title blending into the background.
You also want your cover to be different and stand out from the crowd. Strong contrast achieves this often and pulls buyers in.
Let’s think about this one...
How often when you’re browsing in a bookshop are you drawn to a plain and boring cover?
When I’m book shopping, I keep a lookout for book covers with bold and striking imagery – something that engages me enough to pick up the book and make me think “This looks interesting”
There are of course many more factors that make for great book cover art which we cover in detail in our extensive article on book cover art. We also provide 67 examples and studies done to show how cover art helps sales.
Does cover art help book sales?Many things go into book sales but, indeed, a book cover could ultimately make or break the sale.
At the end of the day, the cover is the first thing a buyer sees and the thing that entices them to pick up (or click on) the book.
So the short answer is yes professional cover art does help book sales.
JD&J Design has several excellent book cover design packages you should definitely check out if you need a cover designer.
Beyond the Book CoverWhile your cover makes a big difference, getting the exposure so that more people see your cover in the first place is important too.
Ensure you have a professional author website design and engaging author bio that sells your books and your value as an author.
For many authors, the thought of developing a meditation practice seems very ‘New Age’ and something that you may not have considered yet, for many it conjures up images of sitting cross legged next to a stream while chanting a mantra, and for this reason you may ask ‘well how will it help me write a book?’
And that is a great question, how will it help with your creativity?
Well, first you need to understand the basic benefits that meditation has been proven to give those who practice it.
One – A flow-like state
First of all, it’s been shown to reduce activity in the brain’s prefrontal cortex, this is the area of the brain that helps with making decisions, focusing your attention, organized thoughts, impulse control and anticipating the future. With activity in this area calmed down, the rest of your brain (especially the creative parts) get a chance to communicate better and be more effective, you essentially have access to a bigger part of your brain and can work in a more ‘flow like’ state.
Working at your best and at your most creative tends to come from when you are in a state of flow, here time seems to be irrelevant, ideas come to you easily and your focus is so intense that no distractions bother you.
Two – Reducing Stress
Meditation has been shown to help reduce stress and anxiety, we all know that working to deadlines can be useful, but working in a continuous state of high stress (apart from being unhealthy) does not lead to the most creative outcomes for any author, meditating regularly can reduce this.
Three – Concentration and focus
It also helps with boosting your concentration and focus, as the practice usually involves you focusing in on your breathing (or a mantra), when done consistently over a period of time it slowly trains your mind to become better at focusing without being bothered by outside distractions.
Four – Letting go of your ego
Another benefit comes with its effect on the ego, meditation gives you the opportunity to observe that which is around you without judgement or impact upon yourself, this is important because when you do anything which is creative there can be fear of rejection, and this in some cases can lead to inaction (so your manuscript stays unfinished because ‘what if a reviewer doesn’t like it’?
So, how should you start meditating?
As the countless people who swear by meditation will tell you, starting to meditate can change your life in many positive ways, but if you have never done it before, how does it work and how should you start?
One – Get comfortable
The idea of sitting in the lotus position may work for some, but not all of us, the main thing is to get comfortable, whether you’re sat in a chair or lying down, you should be in a comfortable position which will help you to stay relaxed.
Two – How long should you meditate?
If you have never done this before, it’s probably best to meditate for between 5-15mins (you can increase this as your practice develops, many devout meditators go for several hours at a time, but if you can do 20 – 30 mins per day you will notice a difference), it’s also worth setting a timer so that you don’t have to open your eyes to check the clock.
Three – Breathe
Many people who meditate focus in on their breathing, counting on the inhale and again on the exhale, the reason they do this is to help draw their attention onto something which is mundane, the act of meditating is in letting go of thoughts (which is harder than you may think), so gently nudging your focus onto your breathing can help.
Four – Close your eyes and breathe
Once you are comfortable and have a timer set, close your eyes and bring your attention onto your breathing, breathe slowly and naturally, begin to count on the in breath up to the number four and then count again up to four on the exhale.
Five – Be aware of your thoughts
The goal in meditation is to let go of thoughts and keep a clear mind, which (as mentioned before) is incredibly hard to do at times, you will find that your thoughts wander and this is very natural, so when it does, don’t be hard on yourself, acknowledge the thought, let it go and refocus on your breathing. It may seem difficult at first, but it really is a part of the process, accept that it happens and move back to your breathing.
Six – Try other forms of meditation too
There are other options such as transcendental meditation and even guided meditation (all of which you can find videos on YouTube on how to do), if over time one practice doesn’t work for you, try another.
Standing out as an author in a very crowded market has never been more important than as it is today, so, along with a great book cover design, what else should you use to capture the eye and imagination of your potential reader?
For most authors, the first place to self-promote a book will be through social media. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are great channels to reach large audiences and they all have marketing options which you can tailor specifically for your own budget.
But you will need great content to engage with your readers, content that encourages them to show interest in you as an author (and of course, interest in your book). However, you still need to have a balance of advertising and just engagement, nobody likes being sold at with a stream of non-stop ads, so make sure you also post things that have value and interest to your followers.
Getting back to the advertising, you should be using a consistent brand across your platforms (both online and off), the banner for your Facebook page should look like the one on your Linked-in or Twitter page (you wouldn’t expect Steven King’s social media pages to look different to each other as his publishers know the importance of consistency in branding/advertising).
So, being consistent is important in maintaining your level of professionalism for the way you present your brand to your readers. Now I know that some authors will think to themselves, ‘well, I’m an author, not a brand, why should I worry about this?’ And this is a fair point, however, the most successful authors run the publishing of their book/s like a small business, if you want your book to reach as many readers as possible, you need to level up your way of thinking with regards to self-promotion and branding.
One of the first basic promotional designs that you will need are 3D mockups of your book, these are great in giving a more tangible image of your work and they are easy to share through social media, your website and/or blog.
Banners are the next designs you should have in your advertising tool kit, you can have them for the top of your social media pages, your website, and your blog, again, they give consistency and an opportunity to professionally promote your book.
Promotional posts designed for Instagram, as they tend to be square in layout you should place the important elements within a square template (if you just upload your book’s front page you may have the top and bottom of the image cut off).
You should also look at posting videos and promotional GIFs which will give your book an additional edge. Book trailers can be expensive to make, but GIFs are a little more cost effective for most authors and still work wonders in promotion.
Hopefully in the not to distant future we will get back to having book fairs, signing events and author’s expo’s, at this point you will want to consider getting roller banners, flyers, business cards, post cards and bookmarks.
Sometimes when you find your motivation lacking, it can be a great boost to listen to the greats, those who stood up to challenges and overcame when the world said they would fail.
So, here are 30 of our favorite quotes (from authors and other notable people), please let us know which is your favorite and if we missed a classic which has helped to motivate you.
“Everything is hard before it is easy." --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"We are all broken, that's how the light gets in." --Ernest Hemingway
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” --Mark Twain
"Never look back unless you are planning to go that way." --Henry David Thoreau
"Sooner or later even the fastest runners have to stand and fight." --Stephen King
"I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it." —Maya Angelou
"As you start to walk on the way, the way appears." —Rumi
"Things usually work out in the end." "What if they don't?" "That just means you haven't come to the end yet." —Jeanette Walls
"Straight roads do not make skillful drivers." --P. Coelho
"To avoid criticism: say nothing, do nothing, be nothing." --Aristotle
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” --Mark Twain
“The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.”-- Mark Caine
“The Best Way To Get Started Is To Quit Talking And Begin Doing.” -- Walt Disney
“I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.” --Herbert Bayard Swope
"If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission." --Anonymous
“Our greatest fear should not be of failure… but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” --Francis Chan
"If you're going through hell keep going." --Winston Churchill
“If You Are Working On Something That You Really Care About, You Don’t Have To Be Pushed. The Vision Pulls You.” --Steve Jobs
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” --Thomas A. Edison
“Success is just a war of attrition. Sure, there’s an element of talent you should probably possess. But if you just stick around long enough, eventually something is going to happen.” --Dax Shepard
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” --Harriet Tubman
“Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.” --George S. Patton
“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” --Aristotle Onassis
“It is only when we take chances, when our lives improve. The initial and the most difficult risk that we need to take is to become honest. --Walter Anderson
"No masterpiece was ever created by a lazy artist." --Anonymous
“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” --John D. Rockefeller
“We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” --Aristotle
“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” --Oprah Winfrey
“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all.” --Dale Carnegie
“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” --Pablo Picasso
Guest post by Angela Baker
For some reason, we distinguish “professional” writers from authors. They seem to be categorized as those who earn money writing anything other than books – blog posts, website content, business reports, and plans, etc., grants, journal and news articles and editorials, marketing content and ads (including video scripts), and more.
What most “professionals” do not write are novels. So, it almost seems contra-indicative to claim that professional writers can actually boost their talents and skills by reading fiction – a genre that seems to have nothing to do with their careers.
Yet, if you bear with this writer, you will see 7 powerful benefits for professional writers who read fiction.
1. Reading Improves Focus
If you can get “into” a good novel, you stay focused on the story, the characters, even the setting. In fact, some novels are so captivating that readers remain captivated for long periods of time, even to the point of pulling “all-nighters.” There is some “brain training” going on here.
When your brain practices this type of focus, you may find that when you face deadlines and need maximum focus, it may come a bit easier. Harvard Business Review published an article speaking to the fact that the brain can be trained to ignore distractions with practice.
2. Reading Fiction Gives the Brain a “Rest”
Professional writers tend to do the same type of writing all the time. Copywriters produce content for websites, blog posts, and other marketing avenues; freelance academic researchers, writers, and editors for RushEssay produce high quality essays, academic papers, and such for students in need; business writers craft reports, proposals, memos, handbooks, and letters. It is easy to experience burnout when only one type of research, reading, and writing consumes a person’s day. Picking up a novel and reading for pleasure can reduce the stress and burnout of work-related writing tasks.
3. Reading Fiction Can Improve Vocabulary
The vocabulary of fiction writing can be quite different from that of professional writing. Those who craft the same type of writing every day tend to use the same range of vocabulary. When they read a lot of fiction, however, they come across vocabulary that they may well know but have “forgotten.” There may be ways that they can use these forgotten words in their own professional writing, setting what they produce apart from that of other similar writers, perhaps competitors.
4. Reading Fiction Will Expose Professionals to Different Writing Styles
While each type of professional writing tends to have a certain style, fiction writing does not. There are huge differences among the styles of Spielberg, Grisham, Patterson, Kidd, and others. As professional writers read a variety of styles, they may see how they can incorporate some of those stylistic forms into their writing, to provide a different “voice.” In fact, it may help a professional writer develop his own improved unique style. There is plenty of research that speaks to the fact that the more people read, the better writers they become.
5. Reading Fiction Provides Insights Into Human Experiences, Conflicts, and Psychology
For professional writers whose work may involve persuasion and/or developing relationships with stakeholders, potential customers, funders/investors, etc., the interactions among fictional characters can provide insights into the human psyche. These include behavioral motivations, cultural values and principles, conflicts, thought processes, and more.
6. Reading Fiction Promotes Cognitive Agility and Acuity
Let’s define these terms.
In a recent article in the Harvard Business Review, author Christine Seifert reviews the results of a study that incorporated the reading of fiction by small groups in a corporate setting. The readers then discussed what they had read among themselves. Conclusions of this study pointed to enhancing the brain’s ability to develop more cognitive ability and acuity – picking up informational cues when presented with a story and resisting the need to be so rigid in their thinking. They come to understand that there are very few absolutes and become more creative and thoughtful, as well as more accepting of a variety of viewpoints. According to the study, employee productivity, teamwork, and collaboration improved.
Professional writers need these cognitive skills, as they look at their audiences and the variety within them. It allows them to relate to those with whom they may not share the same values and principles.
7. Reading Fiction Enhances Storytelling Ability
Fictional authors weave stories. And good fictional authors understand their audiences and tell stories that resonate. Their loyal readers always come back for more, each time there is a new short story or novel published.
Professional writers, especially content marketers, would love to garner this type of loyalty for their brands. And storytelling has become a significant part of content marketing for that reason. It builds brand awareness and evokes human emotions. The overall purpose of storytelling is to make a stronger connection with a company’s audience and to build loyalty, not unlike what fiction authors do. And it is definitely an art. Reading fiction allows a cognitive absorption of that art.
In academic writing, an author needs to engage and compel their reading audience. Much of this is done via a title and then the introduction. One of the most compelling methods to begin an essay or paper is with an anecdote – a short story that relates to the topic of the piece.
Reading fiction enhances a professional writer’s understanding of good storytelling, and he can take that understanding into his work.
Professional writers are focused on a specific niche of writing. And it is often quite narrow. Business writers do not often venture out into content marketing; content marketers do not venture into resume writing; grant writers do not consider creative product description work.
There are also some things that all of these writers have in common:
Consider, as an example, the work of a grant writer – often considered a very “dry” type of writing. Yet, that grant writer has an audience to persuade. In addition to providing research data to “prove” his case, he also has to appeal to the emotions of his audience. This may best be presented through real-life stories, carefully constructed to put a “human face” on the need for funding to achieve certain goals. At the same time, this grant writer can experience burnout. Taking mental breaks to read fiction, allows the brain to “rest.”
These seven benefits of fiction reading for professional writers cannot be denied. All professional writers should take a look at their reading habits and incorporate preferred fiction genres into them.
If you haven’t yet heard, Amazon have just launched their new service for authors called Kindle Vella, this new service is currently available to authors in the US and allows you to publish books as one short episode at a time via the Kindle app.
So how does it work?
Your readers will be able to read the first few episodes of your book for free and after this they’ll buy tokens to unlock the other episodes, the number of tokens needed to unlock an episode is deemed by the word count of the story (the more words, the more tokens needed to unlock). Kindle will sell tokens as packs, so your readers can use them as and when they need to.
Royalties are 50% of what the read spends on the tokens to unlock your episode.
Kindle Vella is making it easier for interactions, readers can follow stories they’re interested in, ‘crown’ a favorite story (this will get featured in the Vella store), they can also give your story a ‘thumbs up’ and authors can add ‘notes’ to give additional insights and thoughts around the story.
The format is aimed at being a serial reading experience, so, your Kindle Vella stories cannot be incorporated into a long format version (you can’t turn it into a book without unpublishing it from Kindle Vella). Also, you can’t turn an existing book into a serial format – even if you have unpublished the book.
You can access the Kindle Vella service through your existing KDP account, from the account’s ‘bookshelf’ you’ll see the link to go to Kindle Vella, from here you’ll see a very easy to follow set up page, you’ll add your title, name, story image (this has to be 1600x1600 pixels, either as a TIFF or JPEG and without and text upon it), select the relevant category for your story and add tags (to help people find it easier).
Uploading your story can be done using either DOC or DOCX formats, you can even write the episode on the set-up page itself, formatting itself is a little basic, you are limited to just bold, italics and underlines, there is also a limit on word count too, the range is currently stories between 600-5000 words only (but again, this is meant for you to publish books as short episodes and one at a time.
To see more, check out the Kindle Vella page and also view Amazon’s short video explaining the service further.
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