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Book Designer and Self-publishing coach

Hi, I'm Charlie

I help people self-publish books, and after 30 years designing books, I have learned a few things. Early on, I discovered my book clients needed more than a designer, they needed a publishing guide.

As I helped guide my clients, we encountered surprises, and wasted time, energy and money on false starts. But every job got easier, and overtime I learned shortcuts, and developed tools and processes that make moving that manuscript to print so much easier.


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I know how it is.

You've finished writing that book, you're filled with excitement, you've made lots of progress, and then, BOOM! Life starts pulling you away. A couple of days away turns to weeks away, and then months away. Soon your vision begins to dim as the noise of the world takes over. I say, "Don't let that fire die!" 

Stay connected to your project with instruction, inspiration, and information delivered weekly to your inbox. In just a few minutes a week, you can stay engaged with everything from simple planning and design tips, to time and money-saving processes, and much more. 
 

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This free worksheet, will help point you in the right direction.

When is it best to use print-on-demand over offset printing?

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Use this estimating page count worksheet to calculate how many pages your designed book will be.

Have a manuscript, but can't estimate how many pages your book will be?

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This free and detailed workbook exercise will fast track your book design and production knowledge and get you planning like a pro.

Ready to Self-publish Your Book But Not Sure Where to Start?

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Fast Track Your Book Design and Production Knowledge While Learning About Your Book's Genre.

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Calculating Your Book's Page Count From Your Manuscript.

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What's best for me?
Print-on-Demand or
Offset Printing.

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FALSE

Self-publishers should always
"Print on demand."

—Question 1—

Test your self-publishing knowledge

True

Trick Question!
It all depends on the book.

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Test your self-publishing knowledge

Details like press run size, whether you are distributing your books or want an outside service to do that, how much you can invest up front, how much storage space you have, and if the book has special paper or binding can influence your decision. Your best decision may be to choose both options if you need lots of books upfront but want the convenience of a publishing service down the road. 

E-books look just like print books.

—Question 2—

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FALSE

True

False—Most do not.

—ANSWER—

Test your self-publishing knowledge

Ebooks function more like web pages than books. Readers have control over the type size and typeface, so the page look varies from eReader to eReader. Some epub formats look more like the designed print book, but they are compatible with fewer eReaders.

FALSE

FALSE

B

Besides obvious design characteristics, all typefaces are the same.

—Question 3—

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FALSE

FALSE

True

False—Font quality and performance can vary wildly. 

—ANSWER—

Test your self-publishing knowledge

Fonts are programs that operate within your computer’s applications. As with all software, some programs are more well thought out and executed than others. Some have better letter spacing, and some come with only all caps, some do not offer boldface or italic or commonly, bold italic. These differences are why test-driving a font may be a good idea. 

False

See my article on choosing the best typeface for your self-published book.

False—Font quality and performance can vary wildly. 

—ANSWER—

Test your self-publishing knowledge

Fonts are programs that operate within your computer’s applications. As with all software, some programs are more well thought out and executed than others. Some have better letter spacing, and some come with only all caps, some do not offer boldface or italic or commonly, bold italic. These differences are why test-driving a font may be a good idea. 

False

See my article on choosing the best typeface for your self-published book.

—ANSWER—

Test your self-publishing knowledge

False