The Best Place to Hold a Book Signing

The Best Place to Hold a Book Signing

Where is the best place to host a book signing? In this article, we encourage you to think outside of the bookstore. Ian shares some of his tips and tricks for finding the perfect place to engage with your readers in real time.

Project Successful! Beauty In the Beast Kickstarter successfully funded for publication!

Project Successful! Beauty In the Beast Kickstarter successfully funded for publication!

Project successful! Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, this author's book is getting published! Goes to show that the power of community is paramount when it comes to getting creative projects off the ground. 

Divided We Stood - Book Trailer

Divided We Stood - Book Trailer

The tides are turning - and during one of the critical times of the American Civil War, Lee decides to divide his army into segments. To inform the other Confederate Generals of his move, Lee commissions a courier by the name of Tad with a set of secret orders - the events that follow would change the course of history, as Tad loses the orders, and decides to take a chance that no one will ever discover his secret. 

Project Successful, Countess, the Sequel to Viscountess, is underway!

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Thanks to our incredible backers - On November 1st - the Countess Kickstarter - for the sequel to Viscountess, a Novel by Taverisa, was concluded - having raised a total of $3,253, 108% of our goal, for the publication of this stellar steampunk novel. This week, we begin formatting of the final manuscript.

We also received the artwork for the cover - and let's just say, it's every bit as epic as Viscountess

If you still want to pre-order Countess, to get your copy before it hits Amazon, or you want to be one of the first bookstores or coffeeshops to carry the book, please leave us your information in our contact section - we will be posting links for further pre-orders soon. 

5 Tips for an awesome Book Cover Design

By Jeremy Gotwals | Photo by MIranda Hewins

By Jeremy Gotwals | Photo by MIranda Hewins

1. Less is More

In book design, clarity is essential. Typically, you have only milliseconds to appeal to your potential reader. Therefore, keep it simple. The best book covers have one incredible piece of art, and basic typography. Don't burden your cover with unnecessary effects or extras. 

2. Find a Brilliant Photo or Illustration

Find a unique image that represents your book, identity, and  brand. Remember: in a matter of moments, to a potential reader, the image, as well as the title, will tell the reader everything they want to know. Sometimes, to compel your reader, all you have is an image; so make sure it counts! Finding a brilliant photo or illustration often means finding a brilliant photographer or illustrator. Stock photos do not count! Remember, you want a unique image. 

3. Typography & Font selection

A title speaks 1,000 words, even if your title is only one word. However, it is not only the words that will speak to its readers on a subconscious level, but the typeface. Correct use and alignment of typography is often greatly overlooked by the Indie Author. You want to be sure to stick with fonts that are clear, easy to read, and also strong. Your font should never be an overused, or overdone font, such as Times New Roman, Papyrus, or Comic Sans, and you almost never want to have more than three fonts on the cover of your book. Furthermore, never mix moods to the point of confusion. 

4. Mood

Bring to life a cover that matches the mood of your manuscript. If your book is satire, you want the life of your cover to reflect the satyrical nature of your book. If you've written a thriller novel, craft a cover that takes the potential reader into the suspense of your tail. Treat your book cover like a living thing, allow it to speak for itself. A great book deserves a great book cover - allow for the mood and atmosphere to resonate with the reader upon the first glance. 

5. Tell Your Story 

The First Edition of the Hobbit, or There and Back Again, by J.R.R Tolkien. 

The First Edition of the Hobbit, or There and Back Again, by J.R.R Tolkien. 

Later edition of the Hobbit, by J.R.R Tolkien. 

Later edition of the Hobbit, by J.R.R Tolkien. 

The cover of your book should deliver a microcosm of your story. The very first edition of The Hobbit, by J.R.R Tolkien, portrayed a simple illustration of one of the books chief characters Smaug, and a simple portrayal of the Lonely Mountain at the top. This first illustration, by the author, is an example of the kind of minimalism we're discussing here, which gives readers a magical piece of the story, begging them to look deeper. Later, the over art was re-illustrated more elaborately, but still executed the same principles.

Whether you've crafted a work of fiction, a Children's book, or an educational treatise into health and happiness, tell the readers a story by delivering a cover that gives an insight into the nature of your core message. 

Remember that a great cover design is something to be carefully considered. If you're an independent author, or you're using a self-publishing service, sometimes the temptation to design the cover yourself is strong. If you want your book to be in the hands of readers, it's worth your time to invest in great design. Carefully chose designers, or a company, that can fit your budget and design needs.

Also remember that designing for web is not the same as designing for print. Make sure that your design utilizes high resolution images and files, and is also standardized for web, so that you can get the best of both worlds. 

New Children's Release: Jack & Emma's Adoptee Journey

Jack & Emma's Adoptee Journey - by Pam Kroskie - reaches out to children, while also offering afterthoughts for adults in subtle annotations. 

Jack & Emma's Adoptee Journey - by Pam Kroskie - reaches out to children, while also offering afterthoughts for adults in subtle annotations. 

"Jack & Emma's Adoptee Journey" - for adults and children alike. 

We're proud to announce the release of this special title - which will resonate powerfully not only with children, but their families, especially children and families who have adopted or been adopted. 

Pre-Order of this beautiful full-color, and fully-illustrated title begins today - and will ship before the book hits the stores or Amazon. 

For more information about the author and this wonderful title, visit the author's website: www.JackAndEmmasJourney.com

Some recommendations from early readers: 
"I highly recommend this book to adults and children alike. This is a small book that goes right to the heart of the feelings of a young adoptee. It is written in a language that is sure to open communication between parents and children and provide safety about the sensitive issues often inherent in an adopted child. At the same time the child is “given permission” to speak of fears and anxieties about their adoption, the parent is given cues on techniques to guide their children through this complex maze. It captures the balance of education and emotion while stepping inside the heart and mind of a child’s questions. It is vibrantly illustrated and clearly written with warmth and honesty..."  Patti Hawn, Author of Good Girls Don't

"Anyone involved in the adoption constellation from lay people to professionals  will benefit from Pam Kroskie's words in Jack and Emma's Journey. She takes care to ensure that the adoptee's story is told with compassion and insight. It is an educational tool that pushes us to remember that knowing who we are is a right innate to life no matter family make up. Its encouraging to have adoptees working toward reform through such means and to share their knowledge." - Gigi Tsontos, LCSW, MPA, Birthmother

Holon Author Matt Seidel signs latest book "Saviors" during Wine & Sign Event

Holon Author Matt Seidel signs latest book "Saviors" during Wine & Sign Event

Holon author Matt Siedel signs latest book ‘Saviors’ during Wine & Sign event  
By Jaclyn Lansbery

Holon author Matt Siedel promoted his first published book “Saviors” during a Wine & Sign event at Blueline Creative Co-Op and Studio on Jan. 17. The book is also Siedel’s eighth novel, and was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign in April 2013.