1106 Design Blog2019-07-19T13:25:22+00:00

Author Story: Melissa Ann

"Behind every face is a powerful story, and nothing is ever quite as it seems.” Wise words from Melissa Ann, author of Hope, Love, and Me: My Journey of Choices and Second Chances. In this book, her new memoir, Melissa shares her story of the second chances she was given [...]

What Author Services Companies Do for You

The author who chooses to self-publish rather than seek a traditional publisher faces a dilemma: who will polish and package the book and get it ready to sell? That’s the job of author services companies. Some authors, often to the detriment of their books, take on these tasks themselves. Others [...]

Easy SEO for Authors: How to Get Found on the Internet

Why would we bother with a blog post on Easy SEO for Authors? Having worked with and advised thousands of authors, I’m certain that Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the last thing on your mind—until now. Selling books IS in your top 10 list of concerns. Getting found on Amazon [...]

Ideas for Author Websites

Are you looking for ideas for author websites? Look no further than our author website samples, which you’ll find at the bottom of this article. In these samples, you’ll find plenty of inspiration. Before you scroll down, let’s take a step back. When you’re seeking ideas for author websites, it’s [...]

3 Reasons Why the Best Place to Self-publish Is You!

When an author makes the positive decision to self-publish, one of the first questions is, “Where is the best place to self-publish my book?” It's confusing, I know; if you're not handing over your manuscript to a traditional publishing company, then who exactly publishes your book? I think it's this [...]

Nonfiction Book Cover Design: How It Differs from Fiction

Compare the cover of a nonfiction book to the cover of a novel, and you’ll notice some distinct differences. The approach to nonfiction book cover design is also different from designing a cover for a novel. Understanding why it’s different can help you have an informed discussion with book designers. [...]

Where to Get Book Ideas: Unpack the Box

If you’ve ever moved, you know the feeling. Before you can enjoy your new home, you must unpack a lot of boxes. We moved to Hartsville, South Carolina, and we’re unpacking. We’re almost done, and we still haven’t found things we know are here some place. The unpacked boxes are [...]

What an Author Marketing Coach Can Do for You

Lynn McGinnis has always loved books. She’s been an avid reader since she was big enough to pick up a book. So when it came time to think about how to transition her twenty-five years of experience in marketing, public relations and small business development into a new field, the [...]

eBook Help: Your Questions about eBooks Answered

We receive many inquiries from authors, asking for eBook help. How does a print book become an eBook? What’s a “mobi?” Does an eBook need a new ISBN? So, we thought we’d pull together authors' most popular queries and provide the answers here in one blog post. eBook Help: Q [...]

Self-Publish for Free and Four Other Self-Publishing Myths

I’m always glad to learn that authors “shop around.” Researching alternatives, talking to publishing professionals and obtaining competitive quotes help authors make an informed decision and debunk self-publishing myths such as "self-publish for free." Unfortunately, publishing predators abound, ready to take advantage of unsuspecting authors by making promises they can’t [...]

Author Story: Alex S. Avitabile

Three aspects of Alex Avitabile’s journey as a self-published author stand out. The first is his twenty year odyssey, from having the germ of an idea for a story to seeing the book published—a tale that in itself provides inspiration for other would-be authors. (As Alex says, “To those who [...]

Publishing a Business Book

Here’s my inspiration for this latest blog post on publishing a business book: the business cards scattered on my desk, crumbling in the bottom of my purse, and languishing in little piles in my desk drawers. Business cards from people with whom I’ve struck up conversations over the years at [...]

How to Sell eBooks at Walmart

Walmart launched its eBook sales platform on August 22 in partnership with Kobo (more properly known as Rakuten Kobo), going head-to-head with Amazon’s Kindle. While Walmart has sold the Kobo eReader for years, it is now making available Kobo’s library of eBooks for individual sale, along with an option to [...]

What Does It Mean to Self-Publish?

Ten years ago, if one were to ask the question, “What does it mean to self-publish?”, the answer might have been quite different than it would be today. Self-publishing has gained validation and wide acceptance over the last decade. Self-published authors have reached the best seller lists and entrepreneurs and [...]

How to Plan Your Holiday Book Sales

As I write this blog post, Christmas and Hanukkah are just under six months away. And Thanksgiving? It’s on November 28 this year. The unfortunate truth is that if you want to have your book ready for holiday sales—let’s say mid-November latest—you need to have your manuscript ready for the [...]