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Are you ready to print your book but confused by all the options available to self-published authors today? Well, the good thing is that you have so many options because it wasn’t that long ago when independent authors had very little control over the price and quality of printing their books. Now, however, there are many digital printers to choose from, with some even offering limited distribution as well.

If you are planning to self-publish a book and have now reached the design phase, you’re probably asking yourself two questions: Should I hire a professional designer to create my book cover? or Should I dust off my design skills and give it a go myself?

Whether you decide to design your own paperback book or hire a professional to do it, you should have a pretty good idea of how you want it to look and feel. There are all kinds of decisions to make in the book design process, including the font type and size and the page layout. Here are some tips to help you through the design phase on the way to publishing your book.

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Letters from Labrador by Stacey D. Atkinson

Letters from Labrador

by Stacey D. Atkinson

Giveaway ends July 24, 2016.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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People often struggle with the idea of hiring an editor. After all, who knows better than you do about what you meant to write, right? Well, you would be amazed at how many little mistakes end up in business and marketing copy and author manuscripts.

If you’re a writer, chances are you’ve been working away evenings and weekends to write, rewrite, and review all the chapters in your book. You’ve agonized over wording and character development and tension points along the way. Now that you’re ready to hand your work over to an editor to polish up, there’s still one more task left to do—write the front matter and end matter for your book.

So you wanna write and publish a book? Well, you're in luck because self-publishing services have come a long way, and you have plenty of options to choose from. But before you fully commit to the idea of self-publishing, you need to first ask yourself three questions. 

You will be seeing my triumphant return to the blogosphere in the very near future (cue horns).

A few years ago, I won honourable mention at a Writer's Digest writing competition, and the prize was a gift certificate to their bookstore. Admittedly, I wasn't sure if I would find anything useful there (I think I was mixing them up with Reader's Digest), but I ended up buying several books on the topics of character development, plot and story development, and one in particular, Mastering the Craft of Writing: How to Write with Clarity, Emphasis, and Style by Stephen Wilbers. I'm happy to say that this book has cemented itself on my shelf of writing implements and style guides, and it is now a go-to writing resource for me. Here's why.

This month I journeyed to Italy to experience firsthand the renaissance art and architecture of Venice and Rome (I'll have to get to Florence next time!). Not surprisingly, I came home feeling inspired to be a better writer and editor. 

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