Easily Create and Size a Full Book Cover for Kindle with Basic Photoshop

Ah, the dreaded book cover! A self-publishing author's waking nightmare, right there with eBook file types, ISBNs, and —gasp!— MARGINS! But it doesn't have to be so bad (and in fact, it can be quite fun). In this post I'll go over how to: Find and download your custom Kindle full (front, back, spine) book cover template … Continue reading Easily Create and Size a Full Book Cover for Kindle with Basic Photoshop

Amazon Marketing Services: A Guide to the 3 Types of Ads for Authors

I've been getting a lot of questions lately about AMS ads from authors looking to increase their marketing efforts. Amazon Marketing Services is, as you can guess, Amazon's ad platform for sellers. Although vendors selling products like paper towels have many options under the AMS roof, authors are limited to just a few: Sponsored Product Ads, Headline … Continue reading Amazon Marketing Services: A Guide to the 3 Types of Ads for Authors

Author’s Guide: Choosing BISAC Codes

Don't panic. This one's not hard. BISAC (Book Industry Standards and Communications) codes basically represent the various subjects used in America's (and English-Speaking Canada's) book trade. Just like your local bookstore, online realtors need a way to organize books into different categories to help us, the readers, find them. Currently, there are over 3,000 BISAC codes. … Continue reading Author’s Guide: Choosing BISAC Codes

Checklist: Proofing Your eBook Before Pressing “Submit”

The internet has brought us plenty of good things: online shopping, ebooks, and this... But with the internet comes something we at DE call "insta-publish," meaning people tend to send everything out into the void before checking it first. Back when everything was headed for the printing press, writers and publishers alike took a lot … Continue reading Checklist: Proofing Your eBook Before Pressing “Submit”

Writer’s How-To: Sell Box Sets

All good things come in...boxes? In the fiction genre, it's hard to deny the power of the series. For children, it was Captain Underpants and The Series of Unfortunate Events. For young adults, it was Twilight, The Hunger Games, and Eragon. For adults, it was Lord of the Rings, Stephen King's Dark Tower, and Fifty Shades of Grey. And, well, for everyone, it was Harry Potter. … Continue reading Writer’s How-To: Sell Box Sets

Writer’s Software: Format, Customize, and Compile Books with Vellum

This will be the first of a few posts on software for writers. Vellum is a formatting software that imports your Microsoft Word document, plugs it into its system, and makes it easy for you to compile your books into the appropriate file types for eBook and print publication. We recommend Vellum for people who: … Continue reading Writer’s Software: Format, Customize, and Compile Books with Vellum