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Ten things to consider when deciding your book’s size. There are many different trim sizes for books, so how do you choose the right size? There are standard book sizes, but as a sell publisher, you also have some leeway. To decide the right size for your book, you want to consider your book’s genre, […]

Determining Trim Size

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Book trim size

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Do I have to follow standards? Yes, there are standard sizes, and they vary depending on the book’s genre. But as a self-publisher, you have more flexibility in straying from standard book sizes. But considering the genre when deciding your book’s size is much more important if your book will be sold in brick and […]

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Standard Book Sizes

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Five things to avoid common production delays Usually, I design the book cover last, but that does not mean that I am not planning it early. Here are five things that will help you to be prepared and have everything you need when it is time to design the cover. Your book cover is critical […]

effective book covers 5 things to consider

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Book Cover Early Planning

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Learn your options, and make informed decisions. A note about COVID 19: When I first developed this tool, the bookstore activity was intended to be immersive. On your Fact-finding Mission, you would look for books in your genre as a potential buyer would. While there, you could see how the books that called to you […]

Book Basics

The Fact-finding Mission

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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 upfront is the easiest way to save money when self-publishing, and it’s best to decide before you even start designing your […]

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How to Save Money on Book Printing

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A Squeaky Clean Manuscript Saves Time, Money, and Hassle in All Steps of Your Publishing Project. A squeaky clean manuscript saves time, money, and hassle throughout the entire publishing process, from editing, design, and proofing to creating an ebook. When you strip your document of unnecessary noise like extra returns and spaces and use style […]

Manuscript Prep.

The Squeaky Clean Manuscript

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Not All Fonts are Equal When choosing the best typeface for your book, you will want to consider how you will use it and if it performs well for your purposes. Fonts (also known as typefaces) are small applications that work within other applications to render type. Not all computers have the same fonts, and […]

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 money when self-publishing, and it is best to decide before you start designing your book. To decide Print-On-Demand Vs. Offset, take some time, and seriously consider how many books you will need. Many […]

Print-on-Demand vs. Offset

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Print-On-Demand Vs. Offset

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