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Learn your options, and make informed decisions. A note about COVID 19: When I first developed this tool, COVID 19 was not an issue.  However, I still feel it is essential to go into a bookstore to see how your genre presents itself on the shelf.  Besides, you will need to flip through books to […]

Book Basics

The Fact-finding Mission

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Is formatting my own book right for me? Many writers ask, “Do I have to spend all that money to have my book’s interior pages professionally designed?”  “There aren’t even any photos.” “There can’t be much to formatting a book with only text. Can there?” Well, you may be surprised by how much goes into […]

Book Basics

Can I Save Money Designing My Own Book?

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The top 10 ways to save. Apart from having a squeaky clean manuscript, these are the top 10 ways you can save money when self-publishing your book. Choosing the best process for your needs up front is the easiest way to save money when self-publishing, and it’s best to decide before you ever start designing […]

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How to Save Money on Book Printing

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…and what has changed to make it possible. Why is self-publishing so popular with writers? The short answer is, because we can. Changes in design and printing processes have made the dependency on specialized companies a thing of the past. These processes are now open to anyone with the desire to learn. I’ll explain the […]

Book Basics

Why Do Writers Choose to Self-publish?

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A Squeaky Clean Manuscript Saves Time, Money, and Hassle in All Steps of Your Publishing Project. A clean document saves time, money, and hassle in all steps of the publishing process from editing, design, and proofing to creating an ebook. By stripping your document of all unnecessary formatting like extra returns and spaces, and by […]

Manuscript Prep.

The Squeaky Clean Manuscript

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Not All Fonts are Equal. Fonts (also known as typefaces) are small applications that work within other applications to render type. Not all computers have the same fonts, and not all fonts are equal, and even when fonts have the same name, they may be different. Typefaces are intellectual property and are not licensed to […]

Design

The Best Typeface for Your Book

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Choose the Best Printing Method For Your Book. Choosing the best printing process for your needs is the easiest way to save when self-publishing, and it is best to decide before you start designing your book. Take some time and seriously consider how many books you will need. Many self-publishers choose digital, only to discover […]

Printing

Print on Demand vs. Offset Printing

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