B is for Brand – Self Publishing from A to Z What is a brand? In my opinion, a brand is the lasting impression your product (or you) leave behind on a person. It’s what distinguishes you from the rest. It’s what makes you better than your competitors. On my own website, I use animal imagery merged with writing/reading glasses in black and white offset against bright colours. I want my readers to remember that blog with the animals. The Zoo, is my metaphor for how crazy it can get in publishing, but it doesn’t have to get WILD.
This is the first post in the series – Self Publishing Tips from A to Z. I’ve already touched on the importance of creating a professional looking cover for an indie author. If you want your book to look appealing, you need your cover to look like it was created by a big 5 publishing house, not in your basement.
With the new year comes hopeful organisation tactics. One of them is tidying up my old – soon to be closed – blog and bringing over any writing related items. Download these popular free printables and stick them to your wall for quick reference, or put them in your classroom. So far I’ve done writing aids for the sounds of your voice, words to use instead of look, touchy feely words and change the way you go. Are there any other words you can think of that need alternatives handy for quick reference? Or maybe something on using all of your … Read More
You can judge a book by its cover. If you intend to tackle the subject yourself, and don’t know where to start, read on. This walk through is for the background picture in my book cover only. I will do a typography tutorial later. In this part 1, we are going to talk about the planning and prep to get you to the designing stage. I’m sorry I simply don’t have the room to do a word for word tutorial. That’s why this is just a walk through and it will even be spread across a few parts. Here’s a tip … Read More
Because I’m a DIY kind a gal, I’d like to encourage the sharing of internet real estate with all other DIY Writer’s, Readers and Artists out there. I don’t care what your age is, what your skill level is – if you have something original to say, I’d like to hear it. If you want to post on this site, you need to submit your post to me for approval first. I will be approving based on the below points: You must have a website to link back to You must have written the work yourself – you may link … Read More
Up until recently I thought Writer’s block was some fable that happened to less creatively inspired writers. I had my story flow for the whole first novel and beginning of the second. I thought how hard can it be? You know your story, otherwise you wouldn’t be writing it. Right? Then along came NaNoWriMo and God forbid, I discovered the blank-eyed monster is real.
Fellow writers, I recently had to write my very first author bio. As a new writer, my bio sounded as bare as a new born baby’s bottom. I decided that this following year I would dedicate myself to entering some competitions. Not only for the prize of having the word ‘winner’ in my bio, but to hopefully have my work validated by peers and to gain valuable insight on my craft. Here is a list of Competitions you can enter over the next few months, click on the title of each list item to go to the relevant competition page.
The Ultimate Novel Marketing Kit is here! I’ve created this kit to compliment my two other kits – the Planning Kit, and the Editing Kit. For many of you who have just finished NaNoWriMo, you have a novel or novella you have finished and need to go about marketing it. You can buy the kit from my Etsy page – ButterflyandBear. Author and book marketing involves :
This is one of the Villain’s from my novel ‘Hunting for Witches’. A little bit about Witches Witches are evil body snatching spirits. They were human once. They loved life, or something in their life so much they couldn’t let go. Not even after death. But they did die, and that journey to the other side has opened a door to the secrets of our human makeup. Now they can do anything consciously that we do subconsciously. Now, they can use our body better than us. They’ve been among us hidden for centuries, infecting the female population and taking over their bodies, trying … Read More
Last night I attended a wonderful event put on by the local librarians, writers, publishers and editors from the Southern Region team at NaNoWriMo. I almost didn’t make it due to a currently failing attempt at my Nano word count ( an abysmal 23k), and after a recent illness, death in the family and holiday, I feared it was just all over for me. But after I received the reminder to attend the event, I knew that I couldn’t leave the organisers in the lurch – they’d volunteered so much of their time to make the night the best they … Read More
Every now and then I like to create another writing aid to pin to my writers pin board. These types of printables help me to access those parts of my brain that have been turned to mush during Nanowrimo. Use your senses when you write. Click on the image to download a PDF printable of ‘Touchy Feely’ words to pin to your inspiration board.
For a beginner writer, it’s hard. In fact, I’m supposing it’s difficult for most writers. So what is a blurb? A blurb is the paragraph (or two) that goes on the back of your book, or in terms of ebooks, the description area of your sales page. The purpose of a blurb, unlike a synopsis is to give a teaser and entice your reader, not to give away any spoilers. In other words, it’s a sales pitch.
Nanowrimo is in full swing, and I seem to be keeping up to date but there are a few things that help me along the way. I’m a graphic designer so I like to make pretty posters to stick up on my pin board in front of my work station. These are quick reference guides that help me avoid stopping the flow to look up appropriate words or ideas. The latest creation comes in my Ultimate Novel Editing Kit (you can get the whole thing for free by signing up to my newsletter, or purchase it at my Etsy store). … Read More