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Know your Reason

If you are working for a corporation, then they have already mandated why the training must be created. However, if you are creating a course entirely on your own or for your business, then it will be crucial to have in mind the reason you are creating your training.

 

Real Life Application…

When I created my first online course for my own business after over 20 years of corporate experience, I had a very specific group of reasons I wanted to be an independent online trainer. First, I wanted to stay home with my little boy as much as possible, especially during the summer months.

 

Second, I had a desire to quit working for someone else and start making a living for myself. I knew that if I could work for myself, then I would gain freedom and flexibility.

 

I knew at a younger age that I wanted to work as an entrepreneur, even though I was aware of the challenges such as long hours, especially at first. Deciding to work for myself meant a lack of security, but the ability to make my own schedule, choose my insurance and vacation when I wanted.

 

Finally, I wanted to use the knowledge I already had to help others, regardless of industry. I had participated in all levels of training, design and development. That is, I had ‘worn the hat’ of technical writer, graphical designer, instructional designer, content developer, and probably most importantly, project manager.

 

So, as a part of my final ‘why’ I wanted to take my knowledge and manage a team based on what I had learned so they could enjoy the same freedom and excitement for helping others.

 

ABOUT H&T DESIGN MEDIA –

H&T Design Media is a social media and branding company. We are an online business focused on helping YOU solve complex marketing and recognizability challenges. You can find us online at https://www.handtdesignmedia.net.

 

ABOUT BEVERLY REYNOLDS –

Beverly Reynolds is the owner and a designer for H&T Design Media. She comes to the business with over 20 years of corporate training experience for several Fortune companies. Beverly has created literally hundreds of online courses in several industries, including hospitality, revenue management, oil & gas and death care.

 

AMAZON BOOKS –

Branding your Business: https://www.amazon.com/Create-Enterprise-Level-Branding-Your-Business/dp/1719475318/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1532708285&sr=8-1&keywords=beverly+reynolds+author

 

Illustrated Children’s Book about Adoption: https://www.amazon.com/Here-There-Loving-You-Always/dp/194158067X/ref=sr_1_2?

 

ie=UTF8&qid=1532708285&sr=8-2&keywords=beverly+reynolds+author Getting the Life of an Instructional Designer: https://www.amazon.com/Getting-Life-Instructional-Designer-Making/dp/1546429050/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1532708285&sr=8-4-fkmr0&keywords=beverly+reynolds+author

 

Messaging for your Business – Pocket Edition: https://www.amazon.com/Messaging-YOUR-Business-Beverly-Reynolds/dp/1721781560/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1532708285&sr=8-2-fkmr0&keywords=beverly+reynolds+author

 

100 Days of Scrum (Project Management): https://www.amazon.com/100-Days-Scrum-Iterative-Development-ebook/dp/B0725JQXTF/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1532708373&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=beverly+reynolds+author+scrum

 

Messaging for your Business – Pocket Edition (Kindle E-Book Version): https://www.amazon.com/Messaging-YOUR-Business-Guide-Consistent-ebook/dp/B07F2YC6JJ/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1532708408&sr=8-3-fkmr1&keywords=beverly+reynolds+author+messaging

 

ONLINE TRAINING COURSES –

Branding Course with nearly 40 timely videos, printable job aids and self-assessments: https://www.handtdesignmedia.net/p/courses Additional courses being added soon!

 

FREE STUFF –

FREE webinar on BRANDING YOUR BUSINESS: https://www.handtdesignmedia.net/pl/31348

FREE blog topics on publishing your book, branding your business and monetizing your course: https://www.handtdesignmedia.net/blog

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Publication doesn?t have to be the goal of all writing.  We can write  (and illustrate) children?s books for our families, neighbors,  students, friends; and such writing is also valid and important.  Here  are a few hints for both writing and publishing book for young readers.

  1. Remember your child-self, your feelings, childhood memories, worries and pleasures. (Most picture books are for 3-10 year olds.)
  2. Create your writing time and mull?about what to write, about how to  write it, about how to be daring. Among your key resources are your love  of stories and language, your spirit, imagination and persistence.
  3. Be welcoming of your writing. Welcome your ideas as you would welcome a guest. Resist thinking negatively about your work.
  4. Read picture books both old and new.
  5. Visit bookstores and libraries. Become acquainted with the person in  charge of children?s books who may know about workshops, writing  groups, school visit opportunities.
  6. Create systems for jotting ideas and images.
  7. Consider taking writing workshops, attending conferences, joining the Society of Children?s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
  8. Many books are available about writing children?s books. Read at least one and read books on creativity.
  9. Start or join a writing group.
  10. Cultivate the habit of revision. The many books about writing help this essential habit.
  11. Know your goal. If publication is important to you, learn about the  field. Some writers find it helpful to know what?s being published. They  read reviews of picture books and browse in bookstores.
  12. Understand that picture book publishing is a collaborative process.  The collaborators are the author, the illustrator, the editor, the art  director, and sometimes the editor-in-chief and marketing staff. If you  need total control of the of the process, best publish your own  manuscript.
  13. Know that publishing is a business. Wonderful books get published;  wonderful manuscripts don?t. A publisher has to believe that a  manuscript will sell when it competes with 5,000 other books.
  14. Be prepared for rejection. Editors receive thousands of unsolicited manuscripts. Have I ever gotten used to the rejection? NO.
  15. Know the advantages and disadvantages of small and large presses.
  16. Submit your best work intelligently. Know the submission process.
  17. Be persistent. It is not easy to have a manuscript accepted.
  18. Never underestimate the importance of supportive friends and family.
  19. Share your work. This will give you and others pleasure and will encourage you to write more.
  20. Love your work. Care about the process of writing and the honor of  writing for children. Be committed to that. Having a book published  probably won?t change your life, but being committed to writing and  children can change your life and the life of your readers.

 

-keerthi

https://www.ebooks2go.net/

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Use your graphics effectively

Posted by keerthi Jul 14, 2018

Pictures and images of a book have the strength to draw the interests of a reader, giving the reader an idea of what the text would revolve. Apart from enticing the reader to get engaged with the text, they also help the reader to gather complex ideas instantly. It is therefore important for authors to use the right pictures in their publications, in the right way.

 

Pictures can be used to highlight important concepts to gain attraction, as readers skip pages by only reading headlines and captions. A picture and a brief description would help in getting the required attention. Pictures used should merge with the publication, and therefore a sense of consistency should be evident throughout the pictures. The use of a single accent color or a small palette or a distinct graphic style can contribute to it. Using a common model for the story at a similar camera angle, with a consistent lightning adds to the consistency.

 

Animated images whenever used should be used wisely. This is because animation strikes big and grabs all attention, thus distracting readers from the point made. A For online publications, as far as possible use animations only when necessary like demonstrating a product use.

 

Now comes the size of the image. It is important for you to know the size and resolution of the image to be used, beforehand. Although you can change these, it is not always possible and at times you don’t get good results. Enlarging a picture decreases its resolution, reducing its pixels per inch or its dpi and reducing an image increases its resolution or its dpi.

 

Pictures with a low resolution will have a blurred appearance. However those with a high resolution tend to have a big file size, which makes it difficult to open, edit and print. If the color pictures are to be printed by a commercial printer, the resolution of these should be between 200 to 300 dpi. Higher resolution of up to 800 dpi should be okay but a lower resolution isn’t suitable. However, if the pictures are intended to be used online, then a resolution of about 96 dpi is sufficient, which is compatible to computer monitors.

 

Choosing an appropriate image file format is important too. This is again based on the way the image is to be used like whether it is a line art, animation or photo.

 

 

-keerthi

Book publisher

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Twitter Basics for New Authors

Posted by keerthi Jul 13, 2018

Building readership is one of the biggest challenges that all new authors face, and book marketing is  a long process that can be confusing and overwhelming. So where do you  start? What?s the first path you can take to reach readers? How do you  continue to grow fans? Is there a simple step for beginning authors?  Yes, there is!

 

For new authors, social media can be  an effective way to not only generate new fans and engage readers, but  also form valuable industry connections. Twitter is particularly good at  this. It allows authors to form real connections with passionate  readers and build relationships with fellow writers. In this post,  you?ll learn about the Twitter basics to discover how this interactive  social media outlet can help you thrive amongst readers!

 

Using Twitter Basics to Establish Your Author Presence

 

So what is Twitter, exactly? To put  it simply, Twitter is a social network where users interact with one  another through short messages, or tweets. This online outlet allows  users to stay updated on topics that interest them, essentially making  it a personalized news source. This makes it a great avenue for authors  to reach readers with the latest news on their writing projects. But  how? By using Twitter?s features to your advantage!

Profile Picture

 

Set your profile picture to an image  of you holding a copy of your book. Show off your hard work and make  your book recognizable by your Twitter followers.


Here are a couple more  quick tips from eBooks2go?s Twitter Guide:

 

Header Image

 

Your book cover is an excellent  option for the banner image that runs across the top of your Twitter  profile. Authors can take this a step further and feature images of  upcoming promotional events, such as a book signing or book launch.

 

Page Bio

 

Focus your bio description around  yourself as an author. Include any relevant links such as your author  website, blog, or retailers selling your book. If you?re just starting  out, your bio is a great opportunity to explain your writing inspiration  and aspirations!

 

Building Your Author Presence on Twitter

 

With each tweet, retweet, and  interaction on Twitter, think of how your efforts could make valuable  connections. How can you help readers get to know you as an author? How  can you connect with other writers, both established and aspiring? What  can you do to capture the interest of your desired readership? Check out  some of our suggestions to make build your author presence on Twitter ? 

 

Use Hashtags

 

A hashtag is created by putting a #  symbol in front of keywords or phrases in a post. The post is then  grouped with other posts using the same hashtag and appears in searches  on Twitter for other users to discover. With this in mind, authors can  search hashtags and keywords to connect with other aspiring authors and  fans by liking their posts, joining conversations, and follow users to  spark interactions! Here are just a few of many well-known writing  hashtags circulating the Twitter world:

 

 

#AmWriting

 

#WritersLife

 

#WIP (Work in Progress)

 

Short & Sweet

 

Each tweet is limited to 240  characters, so tweets should be kept short and sweet. Think of the  average user as they quickly scroll through their Twitter feed. Long  posts are more likely to be skipped over, while clear and concise  messages are more easily recognized and understood. Aiming for less than  240 characters is ideal, but while you focus on brevity be sure not to  skimp on quality! Avoid choppy sentences or misspellings, as these will  hurt the writing credibility you?re trying to build.

 

Rule of Thirds

 

It?s important to post often to  engage with your followers and gain new ones. However, it?s also  important not to flood your followers? feeds and drive them away. When  posting on Twitter, a recommended strategy to follow is the Rule of  Thirds. Meaning, a third of your posted content should be promotional, a  third should be book or industry related, and another third should be  personal interests. The Rule of Thirds helps authors maintain a good  balance with their posts to create and capture the interests of Twitter  users.

 

Encourage a Response

 

By tweeting an open-ended question on  your Twitter page, you are encouraging others to engage and reply. You  can also create a poll directly on Twitter, allowing you to ask for your  followers? opinions and provide them a few choices to gauge the most  popular choice. For example, you can have readers weigh in on a new  character?s name. Questions and polls are great ways to start  conversations and generate interactions about your book and other  writing projects.

 

Understanding Twitter basics allows  you to utilize the platform to your advantage. Learn even more Twitter  tips and tricks from eBooks2go?s Twitter Guide! Download the guide for  free today and learn not only Twitter basics but also discover how to  find your Twitter voice, connect with followers, establish your Twitter  audience, and utilize Twitter promotion options!

 

 

-keerthi

Book publisher worldwide

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What Genre do you write?

Posted by keerthi Jul 9, 2018

Books are classified into genres or types depending on what its theme is. The word genre is a French term used to denote kinds of any particular thing.

 

A book genre is actually a broad logical way to categorize books, contributing to a sense of community or class. Today books are available across a multitude of genres and people choose their books depending on the criteria of genre. With the advent of online sales, book stores too began to separate their books based on genres, so that it would be easy for prospective buyers to look for them, on their browsers.

 

Today it has become a common practice for books to be grouped based on genre, right from libraries to institutions and homes.

 

The genre of a book is often indicated on the front flap of the book to make it convenient for the readers to know the theme it belongs to.

 

The two broadest genres are fiction and nonfiction, which are very fundamental. The genres are classified further into sub genres, each of which has several categories. For instance fiction can be classified into several sub genres like mystery, science fiction, literary fiction, suspense etc. Children?s fiction is classified by many as a separate sub genre too.

 

The categories can be divided to further sub-categories which could then be classified further. As these distinctions go further, the level of sophistication and specialization is increased. For instance cooking books could be categorized to cooking books on non-vegetarian dishes, which could further be classified as books on cooking chicken dishes etc.

 

Book genre is an important criterion in book buying decisions, for many people. Someone who loves mystery novels would not be interested in romance literary fiction. Just like fiction, non-fiction too includes several genres, which can be further classified into sub genres, categories and sub categories.

 

An interesting aspect of genre is the concept of multi genre, which means that the theme of the book fits into more than one genre. For instance when the content of a book easily qualifies to be a science fiction or romance or mystery, the book is of a multi genre type.

 

-keerthi

https://www.ebooks2go.net/

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Step 1) Realize that publishing is a tough business.  There are millions of books out there; countless more are published every year. The vast majority of these novels never sell more than a handful of copies. The odds of your novel becoming a bestseller aren’t much better than winning the lottery.

 

 

Step 2) Accept Step 1 and decide that you’re crazy enough to go for it anyway.  After all, some people have made it, so why not you?  Odds are, if you’re still here,  you will write your novel because you have to; to most writers, writing  is as essential as eating or breathing.

 

Step 3) Find your inner voice.  Find  the story that inspires you.  Find the characters you believe in.  Find  the book you must share with the world.

 

 

Step 4) Read more writing tips and study the craft.

 

 

Step 5) Find a good place to write.  I have a small, quiet office upstairs with nothing but a desk, a plant, and a laptop.

 

 

Step 6) When your novel is written,  revise it.  Polish the writing, rethink characters, cut out boring  scenes, write new ones, rewrite where necessary.                             I repeat this step several times.  For me,  Step 6 is much more work than Step 5.  For an hour I spend writing, I  can spend a day revising.

 

 

Step 7) Publish your novel.  Some  writers still submit their work to traditional publishers; most now  upload their novels directly to the ebook stores.

 

 

Step 8) Start writing your second book!

 

 

Good luck!

 

-keerthi

book publisher

https://www.ebooks2go.net/

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Tips for Children's Book

Posted by keerthi Jun 28, 2018

The book market of today has an increasing presence of  children's books. Although there are plenty of books available for children,  it isn't too easy to write one. Writing for children require a passion  to write, more than a focus on getting published to making money from  it, although these are guaranteed later. Writing for children  effectively does not necessitate writers; that they should have children.

 

To get started off, get an idea of the types of books available for  children, and determine which genre would be suitable for you. Try and  find out the beliefs and the understanding prevailing in the industry  with regard to children's books. Read several notable and good books to  understand the themes and writing styles adopted.  You may also network with other experienced writers or aspiring writers  like yourself, share views and experiences, so that you can find  solutions and guidance to your efforts.

 

Among the various genres available for children today are obviously  those with pictures and illustrations which include baby books, toddler  books and picture books. The baby books are for infants and young toddlers which  have rhymes and lullabies; while the toddler books are for ages 1 , 3  and built on themes like shapes, colors and numbers. The picture books  or the picture story books are for 4 , 8 years of age which have a  central child character, around whom the theme of the book is based,  averaging about 1000 words.

 

In case you have a favorite idea for a book in mind, ensure that it  is in line with today's standards and trends. As the writing market  demands and preferences keep changing constantly, you must ensure that  you are not left behind. By keeping a watchful eye on the children?s  book market and offerings of publishers, you can keep up with the trend.

 

One of the important decisions you have to make while writing a book  is whether you need an illustrator. Since children's books generally  need pictures or graphics, illustrations are crucial, particularly for  the nursery and kindergarten levels. When you are not an artist, then  you may prefer to leave it to your publisher who would be able to identify experienced illustrators who would fit the theme of the book.

 

And just like everything else, you tend to improve as you keep  writing. Don?t get worried if you don't find a publisher early. Remember  that most recognized names have once been through rejections.

 

keerthi

 

https://www.ebooks2go.net/

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EPUB

 

The ePub format is an open format designed by the Open eBook Forum and developed by the International Digital Publishing Forum. Based on XHTML and XML, it was made with the intention to be a both source file format and end user format. Examples of software that can open this format are EPUBReader Firefox add on, Adobe Digital Editions, and QuickReader. Meanwhile, devices that can open this file include the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Sony Readers, Kobo Reader, and the Nook from Barnes & Noble.

 

AZW

 

This is an Amazon format used exclusively on the Amazon Kindle. It is basically a MOBI format that uses a high compression option. As Kindle apps have been released for devices other than the Kindle reader, AZW format files can also be opened on smartphones (iPhone, Android phones, and BlackBerry), computers (Mac and PCs), and tablets (iPad, Android tablets, and Windows 8 tablets).

LIT

 

This is an e-book format developed for the Microsoft Reader software. It is native to the PocketPC and Windows Mobile devices, and can also be found on PCs and the Hanlin eReader. However, content in LIT format was discontinued starting November 2011, while downloading of the Microsoft Reader software was stopped by the end of August 2012. Users may still use the Microsoft Reader on their devices but cannot add new content anymore.

 

PDF

 

The Portable Document Format was created by Adobe for its Acrobat products. This is a very popular e-book format since software support for this format exists for a lot of devices. Examples of PDF viewers are Adobe Reader, Foxit Reader, Nitro PDF reader, PDF-XChange Viewer, Xpdf, and a lot more. Most of these are freeware. One downside of this format is that content in PDF is usually scaled for A4 or letter size, which becomes unreadable when reduced in order to fit the small screens on smartphones.


ODF

 

ODF stands for OpenDocument Format. It is an XML-based file format and is the default format for OpenOffice, an open source productivity suite that is becoming a popular alternative to Microsoft Office.


MOBI

 

The e-book format used by the MobiPocket Reader, MOBI was originally made as a PalmDOC format’s extension. It can be opened using MobiPocket’s reading software, which can be installed on a lot of PDAs and smartphones. There are limitations of the MOBI format. For example, sizes of images cannot be scaled with the font size; tables display differently on different readers, especially if the table covers more than one screen; and there is an absence of support for nested tables. Third party readers such as Stanza, FBReader, Kindle for PC and Mac, and STDU Viewer can open MOBI files.

 

One thing that an e-book user should know is that formats can be unprotected or protected by a digital rights management (DRM) wrapper. The DRM, which is used as an anti-piracy tool to protect authors, can prevent you from opening an e-book file even if the format is compatible with your reader.

 

-keerthi

https://www.ebooks2go.net/

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Using Word Styles is the easiest way to perfectly format an ebook publishing.

 

Using Word Styles to format an ebook, by completely reformatting your book?s original Word file before publishing is essential because it ensures that your document will be clean of background code that can affect fonts, paragraphs and line spacing.

 

All of these background elements can alter the look of your ebook once it is published. For a full-length novel, the whole process to format an ebook should take no longer than an hour, so it is well worthwhile to spend this little amount of time to make sure your readers get to read a perfect ebook.


So, where do you start?

 

Here is the step-by-step procedure for using Word Styles to format an ebook file.

 

Open your document, and click on the Styles button. Depending on your version of Microsoft Word, this may be a pop-up or a sidebar.

 

In the Styles pop up or sidebar, select ?Styles In Use? to see how many Styles you have in your document. For an ebook, it is best practice to keep these to a minimum.

 

Normally, you will only need four or five at most. If there are more than this in your document, it definitely needs to be cleaned up.

 

Now you can create a name for your styles, such as Book Title, Chapter Heading or Centred Text.

 

 

From the main screen you can access a few changes, so to work on other elements of your new Style, click the Format button, and set other elements.

 

The most important is the paragraph setting.

 

This is the most important part of how to format an ebook. As an ebook must be flexible in how it displays text, you need to use a first line indent, with no line spacing at all.

 

For ?Normal? text, the settings above are optimal for an ebook.

 

Clean up your Word file

 

Once you have your Styles created, modified and saved, now it?s time to clean up your document. ?Select All? of your book, and copy it.

 

Now paste the copy of your whole book into either Text Edit on Apple or NotePad on PC.

 

Then, and most importantly, change the format of your text into ?Plain Text?. This will strip all the background code and formatting from your manuscript.

 

Once you have changed to ?Plain Text?,

 

Again, Select All? of your Plain Text, and copy again. Now open a new Word document.

 

DON?T USE YOUR ORIGINAL FILE!

 

Keep your original file as a backup copy.

 

Also, do not use the same file name, otherwise your original will be overwritten when the new document is saved. So perhaps add ?ebook version? to your new file name.

 

Now, paste your plain text into your new Word document, and then ?Save As? and enter your new document file name. eg: My Book Ebook Version.

 

Then, bring up your Styles window, and click on ?Styles In Use?.

 

There should only be two Styles in this new clean document as above ? Clear Formatting and Normal.

 

If there are any others, which is highly unlikely, it means that your document is not all in plain text, or that there is some hidden code in your document.

 

Try the process of converting to plain text again, but if you find you still have more than two Styles, click on the unwanted Style button drop-down arrow and then click Select All.

 

This will highlight the location of the unwanted Style. Sometimes it can simply be what looks like a blank space or line that is highlighted in blue.

 

Delete these, and you will then have only two Styles.

 

Format your clean file

 

Now that your new document is clean and saved, now it?s time to format the whole book from scratch.

 

First, click on the ?Recommended? or ?Show All Styles? at the bottom of the Styles box.

 

This will show all the Styles, including the ones you created earlier.

 

Now,  select an area of text, such as the title in the image above, and then  click on the Style and your text will be changed to the new format.

 

Do the same for any credit text you have at the beginning of the book  by selecting the text and then clicking the ?Centred? Style.

 

Then  change the Style of the first chapter heading. Lastly, select the body  text for the whole first chapter, and click the ?Normal? Style. Continue  on through your whole book, one chapter at a time.

 

Don?t forget to ?Save? regularly!


As you go through your book, one very important error to look out for are blank line breaks or paragraph marks.

 

Ebooks must have flowing text, so any blank lines will cause  annoyance for readers because they will create gaps in the text. When  you find these blank lines, as indicated above, delete them.

 

If  you follow this procedure for Using Word Styles to prepare your  publishing document and format an ebook using your new Word file, it  will be absolutely perfect and you can be confident that when you  publish your ebook, it will be a pleasure for readers to read ? on any  device.

Convert your Word file to epub or mobi


Now that your Word manuscript is perfect, you can easily convert your Word file to epub or mobi files so that you can read your new manuscript as an ebook on a Kindle, iPad, smartphone or desktop computer.

 

By converting before you publish, you will be able to make 100% sure that your new ebook is formatted correctly.

 

-keerthi

Book publisher

https://www.ebooks2go.net/

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BOOK COVER DESIGN

 

You've finished your final edits and you?re ready to share your story with the world! Don't forget in your excitement that the cover of your book is equally as important as the content inside. As the the front face of your book, it?s the first thing readers see when browsing the shelves of their favorite store or shopping online. Your cover also gives your work an identity. The distinct colors and fonts of your design distinguish your book from its surrounding titles and establish a fan connection to future releases.

 

Investing in a professional cover design with  ebooks2go can help you truly make a lasting first impression with readers. Our talented designers will collaborate with you to choose a book cover template that is just right for your book.


Tips for a brilliant book cover design

 

*Think like a reader, not like a writer.

*Think of your cover as a key piece of a puzzle.

* Nail your audience.

* Avoid cliches.

* Stick to your key message ? and write it down.

* Make your readers feel something.

* Stay open-minded.

* Use social media to get input from fans ? and listen!

* Use your first contest to find the perfect designer for future books.

 

 

Hope this helps!

 

-keerthi

https://www.ebooks2go.net/book-cover-design

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Finally, you have some free time to  write! You sit down, put your  hands on the keyboard anndddd ? nothing.  Hmmm, that?s funny. You  reposition yourself in your seat and try again.  Still nothing. I could  use my imagination and try to guess what happens  next?maybe there?s a  few expletives or some crumpled up sheets of paper.  Regardless of what  actually ensues, frustration certainly sets in.


I  didn?t actually poll the entire  population of the world, but I?m pretty  confident every single writer  that has ever lived experiences writer?s  block. It comes with the craft.  It can?t necessarily be prevented, but  there are ways to overcome  writer?s block once it hits!


7 Ways to Overcome Writer?s Block


1. Nibble on Some Brain Food


Foods  with natural sources of energy  give you a quick boost to sustain your  body over time. Excessive sugar  and caffeine can give you that quick  boost as well, but your body will  crash shortly afterwards. Try  energizing brain foods to keep you going longer such as fresh fruit, nuts, dark chocolate, spinach, beans, salmon, quinoa, and kale.


2. Change It Up


Routine  can be good for productivity,  but sometimes it causes us to just go  through the motions. Break up  your routine to get out of your writing  rut.


  • If you do  most  of your writing on your laptop or tablet: Switch things up by  grabbing a  spiral notebook and write pen to paper. Slowing things down  with  handwriting stimulates and engages your mind more than typing out  your  words.
  • Leave your   usual writing space and go somewhere new like a library, a coffee shop,   or a park bench. Just having a change of scenery can give you a new   perspective.
  • Find your  focus  by listening to some mellow music. Studies have shown classical  music  increases productivity. Ambient sounds from electronic music can  relax  the mind and quiet noisy distractions.


3. Get Active


Get  your blood flowing! This is one  of my favorite ways to overcome  writer?s block, but I understand some of  you will need some convincing,  so here we go ? When you increase your  heart rate, your body pumps  more oxygen into your brain. I?m no  scientist, but that seems good for  creativity. If you?re into it, take a  walk, go for a run, lift some  weights, play a sport, or do some yoga in  your living room.


4. Clear Your Head


Get  all the nonsense out of your  head. Find something peaceful that allows  you to release some of the  jumbled up mess in your mind.


  • Get some fresh air and enjoy nature.
  • Fast for a day. Coldplay frontman Chris Martin fasts once a week to inspire creativity.
  • If you?re spiritual, head to your church, temple, or worship location to release any stresses or worries you?re carrying.
  • Pour yourself a couple drinks! Just not too many, otherwise your editor is in for a long day


5. Interact with People


Since  writing is such a solitary  activity, interaction with people can  re-engage and stimulate your  brain. Meet up with friends for lunch or  call a family member on the  phone who you haven?t spoken to in awhile.  If you are an extrovert, go  to a coffee shop and strike up a  conversation with someone.


6. Take a Break


Often  times, we get so focused that  our minds get tunnel vision and  completely block all creativity. So  don?t think about the writing piece  for awhile. Depending on the  severity of your writer?s block, it might  be only a day or it might be  month or two. Just put it aside for a  bit. By taking a break, you?re  allowing your brain to refresh so that  the next time you sit down to  write you?ll have a fresh perspective and  new ideas.


7. Lose All Distractions


Consider  this: You might not have  writer?s block at all. You may just be  suffering from chronic  distractions. Your phone won?t stop buzzing, Friends reruns are on TV, a cute dog keeps walking by your house, or THE UPSTAIRS NEIGHBORS ARE REALLY LOUD!


Silence  your phone, turn off the TV,  disable the Wi-Fi connection on your  laptop, and if you must, leave to  find your ideal writing space. Lose  the distractions and regain your  concentration.


Free Your Creativity


The  upside to writer?s block is that  it?s only temporary! So don?t worry  too much about it. Once you succumb  to the frustration of writer?s  block, it tends to snowball and  eventually spiral out of control.  Instead of overthinking it, try one of  these creative ways to overcome  writer?s block. Your greatest  creativity will come when your mind is  free from worry!


Looking for further ways to spark your creativity? Writing warm-ups can do just that!


-keerthi

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When a writer envisions publishing their book, the scene in their head typically involves holding a physical copy of a newly printed book. While it’s a great image, it’s not the only way that authors become published. In fact, there’s an easier, cheaper, and arguably more beneficial way.

 

 

eBook conversions can serve an independent author just as much, if not more, than a printed book. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely believe that authors should sell print books. A majority of readers still prefer holding a physical book as they read, and you must produce what readers want. But I do believe, and the industry agrees, that it’s absolutely necessary to offer eBooks as well as print books.

 

 

Here’s why an eBook conversion is your best friend …

 

 

Cost to Publish


When you elect to publish print books, you can mass print hundreds of books at a lower production cost in the hopes they will eventually sell, or you can use print-on-demand to print each book order as it is placed. Regardless, printing a book can be expensive for indie authors who don’t always have a large budget to work with.

 

 

eBook publishing, however, you pay for one or two eBook files and that’s it. There’s the Mobi file, which is compatible with the Amazon Kindle. Then there’s the ePUB file, which is compatible with all other eReaders. Learn more about the differences between Mobi and ePUB files from our informational blog post here. Whether you convert you book into both an ePub and a Mobi file, or just one of the two, an eBook conversion is a very cost-efficient way to make your title available to millions of readers worldwide.

 

 

Simplicity

 

One of the challenges of traditional publishing is the timeline. It often takes months and even years once the manuscript is finished before the book actually hits the market. Self-publishing an eBook is as simple as it gets. Once your manuscript is written, edited, and finalized, your title can be converted and made available in the marketplace in as little as five business days.

 

 

Here’s how simple it is:

 

 

Upload your manuscript.

 

 

Select the eBook file(s) to convert your manuscript into.

eBooks2go or another eBook conversion service provider converts the manuscript into your selected eBook file(s).

Choose the retailers to distribute through.

 

BOOM! Now readers all around the world can buy your book.

 

Global Reach


Worldwide eBook distribution is only clicks away. Today, more books are purchased online than in stores. This makes the eBook market the perfect opportunity to reach people globally. As an indie author, you have several options for distributing your book. One being to join forces with a distribution service that already has partnerships with retailers in place, giving you access to any and all of their retail partners. Your book then becomes readily available to many of the largest and most prominent online retailers in the world.

 

eBooks2go offers worldwide distribution in over 200 countries at no upfront cost (however we do receive 10% of the royalties from sales). With our distribution network, your book would be distributed through Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, Kobo, hoopla, EBSCO, OverDrive, and many other large retailers and libraries.

 

 

Price Flexibility

 

As a new author hungry for any opportunity to develop your author name, you’re always looking to build and grow your readership. eBooks offer a less expensive way for readers to buy your book. If they’ve never heard of you and haven’t read any of your work before, the cheaper your book is priced, the more likely readers are to test it out.

 

 

The common industry standard is to have eBooks priced about 30 percent under the price of a paperback copy. However, you also have the power to change the price of the eBook as you wish. Since you aren’t dependent on covering the cost of printing, you have the ability to maneuver the price of your eBook, depending on how sales are going. One common strategy is to run a promotion that lowers the price of their eBook to 99 cents. Once the book gains momentum and its demand increases, the ends the promotion and raises the price.

 

 

Free Giveaways

 

With eBooks you’re able to offer free giveaways for a limited time or for a specific amount of books. Again, with the only expense being the initial conversion, you have added flexibility. The strategy here is to increase your readership and gain online reviews. When your book gains reviews your search ranking in online bookstores improves. You also start to encourage word-of-mouth marketing, which continues to be extremely effective.

 

A simple way to offer giveaways is through Goodreads and Apple iBooks. Hosting giveaways on Goodreads allows you to select the giveaway’s details, such as the amount of books to giveaway, the time period for the giveaway, and how the winners are chosen. With Apple iBooks, you are given free promo codes to send out to up to 50 readers. You can even create book contests to generate more engagement and excitement.

 

 

Improved Reading Experience

 

Print books are awesome, but they can only offer so much for the reader. Electronic books on the other hand can be much more personalized for a specific reader to improve their experience. There are two different eBook formats: fixed layout and reflowable.

 

Fixed layout is similar to a print book: the content on each page is set in place and cannot be altered. But a reflowable eBook allows a reader to change certain aspects of the eBook such as font type, font size, spacing, and more. As the reader chooses their preferences, the eBook then seamlessly rearranges each page to flow properly. 

 

You are also able to add in different enhancements and features depending on your book and its characteristics. For example, you can add internal and external hyperlinks, video, audio, read along, animation, and much more to turn reading into an interactive and even hands-on experience for your readers.

 

Reader Convenience

 

While a majority of readers still prefer print books, that doesn’t mean eBooks are unnecessary. Many people who prefer print still read eBooks because of their availability (me, for example).

 

 

When someone has a few minutes of free time, an eBook makes it possible to pull out a book and read a few pages on a variety of mobile devices, no matter where they are. The convenience of having a book in your pocket at all times is reason enough for many readers. And if there is reason for the reader to read it, there is reason for you to produce it.

 

So when you picture your book at last becoming published, envision your scene in a more digital way with an eBook. Imagine the heights your book dreams can reach! Start your eBook conversion today!

 

-keerthi
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