So it's been quite a few months since I wrote anything on this blog. And like the blog post I wrote a while back - my story is the same. My work helping others publish their work in print and as ebooks (both PDF and for Kindle, Nook, iPad, etc.) has been consuming - and I love it!
I do regret not keeping up with things here. I've learned so much since I started doing book designs, layouts, and ebook conversions. And so much of it can and should be shared so I'll see what I can do in the coming months.
I've met so many amazing people from all over the world and gotten to work on some pretty cool books too. They've covered many genres: self-help, children (illustrated and chapter), business (in too many categories to name), cooking, romance, short stories, novels/novellas, memoirs, workbooks, historical non-fiction, historical fiction, how-to, music, dating/relationships, health, religious commentary, travel, and probably a lot more I'm leaving out.
I love finding and showing the personality of a book or ebook in its pages and on its cover. Bringing the personality out in a book makes it a pleasure to read and helps it to make an impression to your reader. Good writing is so important for books, but - as I've told many authors I've worked with - if you want to sell your book, presentation is equally important. How your cover looks on the shelf or screen can make or break a sale. And the look of a page (whether it's in print or an ebook) has the power to turn a reader off, taking energy away from your writing, or to enhance the reading experience. A page can communicate along with your content or it can make sure that only your words do.
Don't take your writing or your page design lightly - again, presentation matters! Even if a reader already has one of your books in his/her hands, the impression they get while reading (from your words or from the look of your book) may lead them to or away from another sale.
If you don't know how to make your book look professional or, even better, how to get its personality out onto the page or cover, find someone that does! I'm always available to help and I've found some great partners to work with along the way too that I can refer you to - publishers, editors, and typists.
There's no excuse for not getting your book out there and making it the best it can be -
so get started and good luck!