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Tips on book interior design. Volume III

Tips on book design, continued… (The recap is coming next week in case you missed anything) #5 – Running heads and folios – These are the bits of information that run across the top, and sometimes bottom, of your pages. I work with several different publishers, and each of them use these text objects slightly…

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Tips on book interior design. Volume II

3 – Front matter and back matter. Unlike dark matter or plasma matter, these are not NASA space terms. Front matter and Back matter are a group of specific textual items that should/could appear in front of (front matter) and in back of (back matter) your manuscript text. The Chicago Manual of Style lists 16 front and…

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Tips on book interior design. Volume I

Creating your books interior might seem easy. You might think, “Well, I’ll just upload my Word manuscript,” and Bob’s your Uncle! You’ve got a book! Uh, no. (not even sure you CAN do that, but if you could, I wouldn’t recommend it.) Keep in mind, your book, both inside and out, is competing with books designed…

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What NOT to include on your cover. Volume III

Welcome all, to the final Volume of “What NOT to include on your cover!” Lets jump right in with a recap of Vols I and II: 1 Don’t include paragraphs of text. 2 Don’t include a bunch of stickers, banners and awards. 3 Don’t use lots of different fonts for each element. 4 Don’t clutter…

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What NOT to include on your cover. Volume II

Welcome to this weeks installment (Volume II) of “What NOT to include on your cover! To recap last week… 1. Don’t include paragraphs of text.2. Don’t include a bunch of stickers, banners and awards. And now, without further ado, Volume II – Don’t use lots of different fonts for each element. Keep your font choices…

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Critique Corner: Historical Fiction

Cover Critique: Queen of Trial and Sorrow by Susan Appleyard Queen of Trial and Sorrow Synopsis A B.R.A.G. Medallion winner, this is the story of Elizabeth Woodville, the wife of King Edward IV and the mother of the Princes in the Tower. As an impoverished widow, she was wooed and won by the handsome young…

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Covers Uncovered

You glance across a crowded room and lock eyes. You are inspired, beguiled. Suddenly, “love-at-first-sight,” makes sense and you feel the spark of a love affair blossoming with … the BOOK of your dreams?… Ok, that might be taking the metaphor a bit too far, but work with me on this. The ultimate goal of your books’…

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Critique Corner: Mystery / Detective

Cover Critique: Cellphone Mystery by James Copeland Private Detective, Frank Hawthorn sits in a jail cell wondering why! He didn’t know the people he had been accused of killing nor how his fingerprints had gotten on the gun, even though it was his gun that did it. In desperation, Hawthorn sees he has to solve…

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Critique Corner: Sci-Fi-Science fiction / fantasy

Cover Critique: Erteisia by Linda Lofts-Wiles ERTEISIA Ultimate-Sacrifice Synopsis Massive upheavals in the universe caused by Orion’s domination over humanity, result in eons of bloody and brutal warfare between Orion’s Ch’hogs and the vulnerable yet determined humans. His second in command, the ruthless henchman Xag, along with his army of Ch’hogs, have ravaged planet Earth…

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