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

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 [...]

How I Got My Book Listed Before the Amazon Resellers

Grace Allison, author of Do You Have a Dream and Einstein’s Compass, read the recent article by Amy Collins about the issues authors are experiencing with the Amazon ADD TO CART button and what to do about it. Grace generously offered to share her solution to the issue, one that put [...]

Author Story: Sven Michael Davison

Traveling to seven continents in seven years is no small feat and certainly worthy of a book. Yet it is author Sven Michael Davison’s admission that he considers himself lucky whenever a stranger picks up one of his books and reads it, that caught this writer’s imagination. There is a [...]

When You Self-Publish, How Much Is Your Time Worth?

Bear with me…this really will be a blog post about the best use of your time as an author, entrepreneur, and indie publisher. Print-on-demand companies IngramSpark and Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), along with digital and offset printing companies, have very specific requirements for your book files, both cover and interior [...]

Self-Published Author Story: Sonia Panigrahy

When self-published author Sonia Panigrahy went looking for children’s books that featured a young girl superhero protagonist, she was in for a surprise. Nowhere could she find a book for young children that realistically identified females—especially ones of color—as intelligent, physically tough, brave and adventurous. Disappointed that girls continue to [...]

The Parts of a Book: A Comprehensive List

Your manuscript is only part of the book—the most important part to be sure, but there are more. Inevitably, you will be ready to submit your book to the typesetter, and your editor or proofreader will say, “What about ______________ (fill in the blank with the missing piece)?” We’d like [...]

10+ Resources for Indie Authors

Authors often ask us for our favorite self-publishing resources and sources of information for writers. Over the years we’ve accumulated some favorites and in researching this article, came across a few new ones as well. Here’s our list of resources for indie authors. Let us know of your favorites and [...]

Philip Muls: Author Story

This month, author Philip Muls celebrates five years of sobriety. Looking back, Philip sees clearly the transformations he went through thanks to sustained sobriety, and it’s this improvement in the quality of his life, along with sharing his story with people on the same difficult journey, which motivated Philip to [...]

How to Self Publish a Book in 7 Steps

If you’re planning to self-publish your book, it’s a good idea to be aware of all the steps involved before you start. In this blog post we outline the basic process. Step 1: Understand the Publishing Process The publishing process involves a few moving parts. Understanding these before you begin [...]

Accessing Your Application Files with CreateSpace

CreateSpace has merged with www.KDP.com. Want to Self-publish Your Book? Exporting your book from CreateSpace to KDP Paperback and need to make changes to your files first? Our package, which includes cover design, interior layout, proofreading, and eBook formatting for books 50,000 words and under, starts at $3,000 [...]

Author Story: Terry Braddock

When asked about the motivation behind his decision to self-publish, author Terry Braddock said something that really hit home: “I wanted to ensure my story was told as I remember it.” Terry’s memoir, The Stump—My Way Out of Chicago's South Side, tells of his journey out of the ghetto streets [...]