How to Create an attractive Book Cover

(A picture says a thousand words.) We have all heard this before. Research and hard work make a great book cover. A book cover is one element that usually catches the most attention of the readers and an attractive book cover makes the 1st impression. Without reading the entire book, you are able to get the concept of the story, by looking at the book cover design.

Inspiration- Get inspired! Look at other book covers in book stores or online. Ponder the main character of the story. Ponder how you want your cover to look. Find a Graphic Designer to help design the cover. Together create or talk about the cover. Develop 10 or more cover design ideas. In the end choose two (2) that you think are stunning, and will get readers reading. Finally choose the one you think is the winner. You must get their attention. You may browse book covers with or without a similar theme. Point being to find and agree on a book cover design that is pleasing and attractive. It should represent the story.

Challenge- Designing a book cover can be very challenging. Trying to summarize the content of a book on one page is not an easy task! Looking at other book covers is OK. You are not stealing ideas. You are brainstorming to create yours. You can overcome the challenge of creating a beautiful book cover. In the end you will be pleased. And remember sometimes the most simple design will suffice.

Title- Keep titles short and sweet. A title that is easy to remember is very important. Less is more when titling. Usually using a few words works best, because people are usually scanning and will get bored or lost in a long title. The DaVinci Code is a good example of a short title. Everyone’s heard of DaVinci. Be descriptive to convey the content. It isn’t necessary to state ‘The DaVinci Code that Solved the Most Infamous Murder in Paris.’ This is too long. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. This title is short and to the point. Create a title that definitely fits your book and describes in a few words your story or message. KISS – Keep it Simple Stupid, is an old design principle to stick by because it works. Find what works for you and your book.

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How to Create an Outline for my Book

You can’t write a good story without establishing the outline. This helps you, as the writer, to understand the big picture. An outline is a roadmap for your book project. An outline helps you on your writing journey. For example, when I read the book ‘Favorite Beaches in Florida,’ the overall topic is “best beaches to visit in the state of Florida” and the target reader is people wanting to visit Florida for vacation.

►►►Establish your Outline!

This vacation topic is narrow enough to be a great book and it has a defined audience that would be interested in reading the information. That’s important when you are creating your outline. If you begin brainstorming and it looks like your book is going to be 5,000 pages, you probably have a problem with your overall topic. Rethink your topic.

Once you have a workable book topic selected, you can brainstorm a few general areas that might be covered in the book. In the case of the vacation book, broad topics include subjects like beaches with the best sand, beaches with the best activities, and beaches with the best restaurants. After you’ve brainstormed a multitude of topics, you can start grouping them into sections. Underneath these big “section” topics, you can start devising more narrow topics, to form your section or chapter headings.

An outline can be as detailed as you want it to be. Create subheads for each chapter, and sub topics for the subheads. (You may do this for the subheads or keep the story flowing in the chapters, and remembering to unify each chapter, to define your story.) You may choose to have a great level of detail – for your subheads and sub topics. In some situations it may make sense. Remember your outline will assist you in completing your masterpiece.

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Time Management – How to Find Time to Write your Book

Braking Your Time Down-

First of all, determine how much time you spend doing things that don’t really matter in terms of the big picture? I’m not talking about things you have to do like dishes, or working at your job, or taking care of your children? These are important things in life. I’m talking about things like watching TV or playing online games or playing on your X-Box. In the long run do these types of activities really matter. Okay, some TV shows are great, but what about reruns? What about watching the commercials? Every hour of TV has about fifteen minutes of commercials. Use those fifteen minutes wisely to write your book!

No Schedule-

Writing does not require a disciplined schedule. It doesn’t require the latest, fastest computer on the planet. It does not require a $100 pen. It requires a few minutes of thought here and there, and then later, tying those thoughts together.

Always Keep Pen & Paper-

Get a pen or pencil and some paper, or a laptop…whatever is comfortable for you. Go ahead and sit down in front of the TV, and when the commercial comes on, write. Make this a habit, and you will see the results. You’ll see your book in print.

If sheets of paper seem intimidating use sticky notes, use the side of a paper lunch bag.

The point is to break big things down into small things. Rather than staying at a desk for hours, give yourself five-minute writing spurts. Challenge yourself not to fill several pages, but just a small piece of paper. If you’re using your laptop, it’s great if you can turn on the word count so you can watch it increase. Write 100 words. Then 500, or 1,000. Each evening, try to break the previous day’s record. Make it into a game. Most of the time the story will flow for you, from mind to paper or laptop.

Small Goals-

Let’s say a typical novel-250 pages-runs around 100,000 words. If you write 1,000 words a night, you’ll be done in 100 days. If you only write 500 words a night, you’ll be done in 200 days. You can take off weekends. This may boost writing chapters during the week. You’ll have a rough draft for your novel, in no time. Keep up the good work, and reach your small goals. Remember every small goal you achieve will assist you in getting your book into print.

Remember patience and determination will get the book completed.

Writing the Novel-

You may say some of my writing is good, and some of it is bad. I have to proof, and proof it again, before publishing. Your goal may be to write 500 words and those 500 words are badly written, at least you have them on paper or on your laptop. You can always edit them later. The main thing is to write. Keep writing and edit later. That’s half the battle.
If you find you don’t have time to write during a TV show, write when you are picking up your kids from soccer practice or from ballet practice. You may write some inspiring chapters or words in just fifteen minutes. Do you commute 30 minutes a day? Do you babysit 2hours per day? Do you take your kids to the park or playground for 30 minutes a day? During these precious times, you may use a recording device or voice recorder. Record any thoughts, and later type them on your laptop.

Make Time –

Do you have a lunch break at work? Even if your break time is 30 minutes, take five to write some thoughts, write something. You can always edit later.

Do you have to walk the dog every morning? After, no during this must-walk-the-dog-time use your voice recorder, and record your early morning thoughts. Remember if it’s just five minutes, this may spark your ideas for another chapter or another introduction.

Do you exercise at the gym every afternoon? Before or after you exercise use your iPhone or smart phone to record or write some brief thoughts. These thoughts may have different inspiration because you feel better when going to a gym or you know you’re reaching your exercise goals. Take time to assist your goal of writing a book, even if it’s 3-5 minutes.

Time exists all around us if we take advantage of the opportunity. If you put your mind to it you can write your book. It takes discipline-fifteen minutes a day is sufficient. Pick up your pen or open your laptop. The commercials are about to come on.

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5 More Ways to Cure Writer’s Block

6. Limit Writing Time

If you’re a procrastinator, this might work for you. It works for those under pressure. Instead of writing for an entire day. Write an article, and restrict yourself to two or three hours. Sometimes knowing that you have a whole day to complete an assignment or book will only succeed in giving you an excuse to slack off. You think to yourself “It’s okay if I hang out with the girls (for girl’s day out) because I have the whole day… it won’t take very long, and I can write later”, or “I’ll just go play tennis for awhile and maybe something will come to me.” This usually leads to wasted time. Tell yourself, for example, that it has to be completed by 1pm, no excuses, no ifs ands or buts. Make no excuses about completing your work.

7. Read a Book, Magazine or Newspaper

Sometimes scanning the headlines or flipping through the images can inspire you, when browsing through a book, magazine, or newspaper. Seeing a headline that says “Loose 10 Pounds in 2 Weeks” might inspire you to write “10 Ways to Get Fit”, and so on. Reading current news can also help you think of an idea for your personal writing adventure. Also, reading for fun can help too. If you love to read National Geographic. You may be inspired from a favorite article or subject you find.

8. Always Carry a Voice Recorder or Notebook

Write down or record your ideas…anytime and anyplace. This will provide inspiration as you use your notes or listen to your voice notes. It’s very easy to forget about the things that inspire us as we go about our daily lives, so keeping a log can be a real lifesaver. This will spark us to expound upon a topic for your next chapter or next book.

9. Mind Mapping

Brainstorming, if you will, and write all your ideas on paper. Write down anything and everything you want to say about a particular topic. Try linking together your most unusual ideas. Once you have everything written down, it’s easy to sort ideas into categories and find something interesting to write about. For example, write down all words related to a picnic. (pickles, apples, oranges, sandwiches, chips, blanket, basket, peanut butter, knife, fork ,etc) Then you may write about a romantic couple having a picnic in the middle of the park.

10. Meditation

Meditate. Having a healthy body is important. Making time to meditate helps all aspects of life. However, emotional and psychological stresses, of daily life, convey tension and worsen our episodes of Writer’s Block. The answer is MEDITATE. Meditation at the beginning of everyday, for example, brings harmony to our body, mind and soul. It helps the thought process. It will help the writing juices flow, and you’ll write better every time you pull out your laptop or little notebook. Conquer your Writer’s Block.

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Advantages of Self Publishing

Advantage #1 Larger Profits- Self-publishing allows for larger profits on each book sold. If you already have networks to sell your books, self-publishing can make the publishing process more profitable compared to traditionally published books. Writers who frequently speak at conferences, for example, might benefit more from self-publishing than from using a publisher.

Advantage #2 Control- Self-publishing gives you complete control over your editorial and design. (You are in control, not the publisher). Many parts that publishers would probably want to edit or delete is combed over by you. You are in control of designing your cover and the content.

Advantage #3 On Your Time- Self-publishing allows you to set the timeline. If your book is related to current events, you can publish your book – – – using your schedule to ensure that you have printed copies on-hand when that event happens. A publishing company has its own schedule that doesn’t necessarily coincide with yours. It will likely take much longer to see your book in print compared to self-publishing.

Advantage #4 Retain Copyrights- When you self-publish, you retain all copyrights. (Let’s restate. When you self-publish, you retain all copyrights). If your printed book doesn’t sell the way you had expected, with a traditional book publisher you are halted. Your book contract likely prohibits you from use of your content in ways without the publisher being involved. As a self-publisher, you can also create ebooks, articles for your website, videos, or brochures from your book’s content without contractual repercussions.

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Confidence and Success with Self-Publishing

Success in Self Publishing

It’s not unusual that so many new and seasoned authors are turning to self-publishing more and more in this economy. While self-publishing has been around, it’s become even more popular since the economic crash in 2008 which sent large publishing houses scrambling for manuscripts they “believed” would definitely sell. After all, with money tight for everyone, large publishing houses became even more leery of taking on unknowns than before.

All the while, literary agents, continued to follow suit with the perception that taking on unknown authors was well – just plain too risky. What did that mean for the world of self-publishing? Big business – more than before. Instant Publisher, one of the nation’s leading book publishing companies began to see an increase in customer interest while a large sect of authors flocked to self-publishing companies because of many reasons, although much is speculation at this point and not statistical yet. (Statistics will be available by the end of 2010.)

We do know that in 2009 self-publishing hit an all time high with self-published titles hitting around the 764,000 mark. That’s a lot of books. That’s also a lot of authors! With that in mind Instant Publisher kicked up advertising and reached evermore for the right audience, which led the company even closer to its current success.

With the rise in unknowns and even seasoned authors turning to self-publishing, revenue increased and Instant Publisher began to climb even higher to a position of being one of the best self-publishing companies to use. Why? Well, for starters they got the word out!

  • Superior Quality Books
  • Excellent, Live Customer Service
  • No hidden side-kick fees like most self-publishing companies have lurking in the find print
  • Affordability
  • Quick Turnaround
  • Minimum orders beginning at 25 books

While many authors view any publishing venture as risky – working with a book publishing company like Instant Publisher puts many authors at more ease – knowing all of the above. Money saved on the front end means more money on the back end that can be spent on marketing and gaining book placement, which ultimately leads to sales. And sales is the key word. Sales means = Money.

The Self-Publishing Advantage

Control. So, we are in a fragile economy, yet it’s better than it was a year ago.

People still go to the movies, out to dinner and yes, read. They purchase books. The great catch to the author, who self-publishes, however, is that they aren’t required to share the majority of their royalties off of book sales with another person or entity. They remain in the driver seat and maintain control over earnings.

This is a big attraction to many authors (especially today) who self-publish because they can actually make more money self-publishing. Of course, who wouldn’t love a million dollar advance? Well – those aren’t that common. Some self-published authors who take a chance and hold confidence within their book and their self-publishing company sometimes do end up being picked up by a major publishing house, but only after they have shown that the book sells. (Again – makes money! )

With Instant Publisher, authors can control the design of their book, how they want it bound and the number of books to print and publish. The author calls the shots according to their budget.

InstantPublisher.com has been in the book publishing business for about 10-years and falls under the parent company, Fundcraft Publishing, a family owned, 100-year old cookbook publishing company – and one of the nation’s leading cookbook fundraising companies.

Consider using InstantPublisher.com for your book! Let Instant Publisher bring out the book in you!

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As always – Start Writing and Good Luck from the awesome Instant Publisher team!

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1 Writing Tip = Getting Organized

Ever wonder when you’re going to get the book out of your head and finally onto paper? Don’t feel alone. Do feel motivated, however, because with InstantPublisher.com you are just words away from seeing your dream become reality! And, we want to encourage you with helpful writing tips, self-publishing advice and some of the dos and don’ts within the wonderful world of writing! We’d like to provide you with a wealth of information as you review our site and contemplate bringing your book to life!

So – you have all the information. Where? Is your life story or novel a compilation of sticky notes that lay all over the dining table that you used to eat on? Do you have piles of notes by your bedside that have now become mixed in with the laundry you left on the floor last week?

Take a deep breath. Now gather! What seems overwhelming may, indeed, be a bit of a job – but if you don’t get organized now, the book – your book, will forever remain a story in your head, and not one that was ever, or will ever be, shared with the world.

{Don’t be afraid of the word Organize! }

Don’t be afraid of the word organize! Think of it as the beginning of a new, fresh day where you can finally sit back and take a fresh breath, knowing that you have just dwindled your ever-growing To-Do list down from a thousand to two. Sound good? Now, lock the door. Turn the TV and the cell phone OFF. You have your list in hand. This is your first writing job! Yes, you are already writing by simply gathering your notes and actually beginning to sort through them.

Remember – Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Don’t feel compelled to get every note in perfect order in one day when it took you more than a few years to rack them up to begin with! Just quietly remind yourself: You are only words away from seeing your dream become reality!

Motivation – Now let’s talk about next steps. See? You really are moving forward! Here is a bit of motivation for you regarding next steps – for now with some quotes for you to ponder! Until next time – keep getting your notes together, maintain your composure (you will get this done) and we’ll talk about your progress and perhaps even your first chapter when we catch up again!


Okay folks, this is a great one:
It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous. ~ Robert Benchley

And…
Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it, and above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light. ~ Joseph Pulitzer

Last but Certainly not Least…
Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire. ~ Napoleon Hill

Until next time…Good Luck! And start writing!

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Rewriting! Ready to Rewrite! (Writing Tip)

Here are more writing tips! Let’s get straight to the point of the pen folks! (No pen intended – I mean, no pun intended) Remember – Never fully rely on spell check as you can see above. Pen and Pun are words. Spell check does not check for “context.” Air and Err are both real words. Now, start writing and good luck! Hope you enjoy a little bit of the humor below. Writing is fun and remember you can write a book! Self-Publish with Instant Publisher!

  • Avoid run-on sentences they are hard to read.
  • Never use double negatives.
  • Use the semicolon properly, always where it is appropriate; and never where it is not.
  • Reserve the apostrophe for it’s proper use and omit it where it is not needed.
  • Verbs have to agree with their subjects.
  • No sentence fragments.
  • Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.
  • Place pronouns as closely as possible, especially in long sentences.

  • Hyphenate only between syllables and avoid un-necessary hyphens.
  • Write all adverbial forms correct.
  • Do not use contractions.
  • Avoid commas, that are not necessary.
  • When you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.

  • A writer must not shift your point of view.
  • Writing carefully, dangling participles must be avoided.
  • It is incumbent on us to avoid archaisms.
  • If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
  • Steer clear of incorrect verb forms that have snuck into the language.

  • Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixed metaphors.
  • Avoid modernisms that sound flaky.
  • Avoid barbarisms: they impact too forcefully.
  • Never, ever use repetitive redundancies.
  • Everyone should be careful to use singular pronouns with singular nouns in their writing.

  • Also, avoid awkward or affected alliteration.
  • Do not string a large number of prepositional phrases together unless you are walking through the valley of the shadow of death.
  • Avoid overuse of “quotation” marks.
  • Never use more words than are necessary to get your point across: be concise.

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How to Write a Book & Self Publish!

So, you want to write a book? Well, you know what we think at Instant Publisher – You can write a book! And, remember – Self publishing is the leading way to get your book published today!

What Makes Your Story Unique?

Everyone has a story to tell. So – here’s the kicker. What makes your story unique? Perhaps you have an ending to a common experience that has been encountered by many – yet your ending is very different. Or, perhaps you’ve experienced something that is so unusual the whole world will want to read about it!

The Key to Success.

The key to success is – Don’t doubt yourself. Don’t doubt the importance of your story. And, as we’ve said many times before at IP – no one will know about your story if you don’t start writing! And, you’ll never finish your book if you don’t start writing!

Again, edits are probably the one thing that new authors worry about the most. Don’t! Write freely and edit later – or, if you choose – edit by chapter. Either way, you’ll still be writing and on your way to completing and self publishing your book!

Clearly Define Your Characters.

Here are a few writing tips for you that are very important to remember as you write – perhaps for the very first time. Remember… Clearly define your characters.

Remember and Explain the Who, What, Why, When and Where.

Even though you aren’t writing a journalism paper, you still want to remember and explain the who, what, why, when and where. Who are your characters and why are they doing what they’re doing? Why are they where they are? Typically you will only have to focus on defining characters when you are writing a novel. It is important, however, to remember to clearly define your plot when writing fiction or non-fiction. Does non-fiction have a plot? Well, let’s just say that your non-fiction book has a theme. Every thing you write surrounds this theme. So, everything you disclose and convey in your writing needs to support this theme. You see? It’s almost like building a house. Make sure that your foundation is set and firm. Then start building. Have a clear vision of how the story will be viewed and perceived in the end.

As You Write – Ask Yourself Questions.

(as you re-read…and you will re-read, but don’t overdo it!)

  • Is my foundation set?
  • Is my foundation clear and concise and understandable?
  • Is this an easy read, or am I causing too much work for my reader? (You want the reader to enjoy, not be overwhelmed and lay the book down.)
  • Am I supporting my foundation/theme with strong explanations without “over explaining?”

Does Your Novel, Answer the Following:

  • Is my plot clearly coming across? Is the reader “getting it?”
  • Have I clearly defined (and introduced) my characters without “over explaining?”

Remember – NEVER “Over Explain.”

Some people refer to this as being too overt. You don’t want to be too covert in your writing, but remember that one of the keys to continue sparked interest in your book is to cause the reader to be enticed with your story – “engaged” by your writing style – and cause them to “anticipate.”

Once you ask yourself a few of these initial questions and make sure you are on target – then keep writing, knowing your going in the right direction.

Good luck! Start writing! And – don’t give up! Everyone has a story to tell and you can write a book.

We wish you great success and look forward to seeing your manuscript! Just think – as soon as your book is finished, it’s ready to be printed and published and sold to the world!

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Today’s Writing Tips are for Inspiration and Organization!

{ It’s time! Bring Out The Book in You! }

Remember a few things first:

1) Give some thought to plot.

2) Complete a first draft.

3) Be prepared to revise.

4) Get feedback.

5) Put it aside.

Who is your favorite writer? Read their work. You certainly won’t copy them, but just reading their work will sometimes serve as inspiration for you. Like an artist sometimes views many pictures before they finally begin to draw.

Take a walk – a real walk. Is there a park nearby, or a lake? Go somewhere where you can actually be in nature and enjoy the simple beauty. Make SURE to bring your pad and pen! (Always!)

Now, when you feel as if you are getting a bit more inspired, then begin thinking of your plot. Start free writing. Just write what comes to mind and do NOT worry about editing right now. Next, make your first draft and be prepared to revise because you will revise and probably revise more than twice! Always get feedback from an objective person. Mom may not work too well. Finally, put it aside. Yes, simply walk off from your masterpiece in work for an entire day. Make sure when you go to bed at night you have the pad and pen handy! You may need it!

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