Make Your Book Covers 3D – To Grab Attention

A 3D Book Cover will grab more attention.

Your book cover not only needs to look professional but it needs to really grab the reader’s attention.

You know when you go to a library or a book store and pick up a book. There’s nothing like holding a real book in your hands is there? I love the feel of a book. And the look of a book.

When you see a book, what is the first thing that you do? You pick it up and look at the cover. So the cover needs to look good. No question about that.

But things have changed. People are more often than not, looking at books on the internet – whether to buy a paperback, ebook or audiobook. So not only do you need to have a cover that gives a hint about what your book is about but it needs to pop. It needs to stand out and grab attention from the other millions of books and the other billions of images.

Images are a great way to grab attention and your book cover is no different. But having a book cover, gives you an advantage. You can make the book cover image look like a book. Often when you get your book cover it is 2D. They are flat pictures. They look like this:

Which doesn’t look bad but it doesn’t really stand out and give the impression it’s a book (unless you stop and read what’s on it). Right now it is just another picture that could be skimmed over. And I don’t know about you but after all my hard work of writing a book, I want it to look like one, even if it is just an ebook.

I found this program that changed that flat, 2D picture into a 3D picture. Look at what it does to it:

 

       

The two on either end were created with this program. The image in the middle, I used the book I created using this program, and then added it to a marketing banner. The 3D book image on the banner it looks more appealing than if I’d put a flat picture.

 

Your book, whether an ebook or paperback looks more real to the reader when it’s 3D. It looks like a book they’d pick up at the library or book store or it gives the sense of what it would look like on their ereader. It definitely brings it to life and makes it stand out more.

What a difference, right?

To make these ebook covers I use this program Ecover Authority

It’s a web based graphics application that easily lets you create 3D covers without having Photoshop or any other photo program. It truly is easy to use. There are a number of choices that you can choose from: paperback front and back book covers (in different sizes and facing different angles), hardcover book covers (in different sizes and facing different angles), ereaders, tablets, computer monitors, TV screens, etc. You simply choose the one you want and then you either upload your picture or you choose a background that they have.

 

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Here are a few of the options I’ve created, using their backgrounds. You can use this program to take your PDF giveaway or one that you have for sale or a course and turn it into something that looks more like what it represents.

  

(just the book part or CD’s were done with Ecover Authority not the boxes they are displayed in. I wanted to show you some of the variety that is available.)

 

               

 

 

“If your book covers look like real books, they are more likely to grab attention.”

Make your book covers stand out on the Internet with 3 D Covers.

So as an author, I suggest you give your book that extra pop that will grab a reader’s attention.

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Five Resources Every Author Should Be Using

Five Resources Every Author Should Be Using

I wanted to share some resources that I use that I find help me in the process of writing, self-publishing and marketing my novels.

These are just some of the software that is available (some is free and some is not) that I have found invaluable. These are in no particular order. I will be doing a post on each to show why they have made life so much better and easier as an author.

  1. Scrivener – I think this platform is brilliant. It is incredibly useful and has made my writing life so much easier.
  2. Calibre – a great way to convert your ebooks from epub to kindle to pdf, etc. It is another amazing tool. And it’s free, although they do appreciate donations.
  3. Book Funnel – I just learned about book funnel. I think it is brilliant and has made it so much easier to share my free ebook Captured Lies with readers. It’s a few step process that puts the ebook right on the person’s reading device. Love it.
  4. Divi by Elegant Themes – This is a wordpress.org website theme. I love how easy they have made Divi to use (for the nontechie people – me). It allows you to create pretty much any look.
  5. Aweber  – is an email autoresponder. It is really easy to use and provides you with the means to you keep in touch regularly with your email subscribers.

5 resources every author should have

Scrivener

I think this software is brilliant. It has made my writing life so much easier. It is great for keeping me organized, keeping all of my information – characters, outlines, research, images, plot ideas, etc. all in one place. The best part is Scrivener gets me. 🙂 I don’t have to write linearly as I can move chapters or scenes around really easily.

Calibre Ebook Management

This is another piece of software that is invaluable. It allows me to convert my ebooks to kindle, epub, etc. and then I can easily share them with my beta list. I can also convert my free ebooks into these formats and then share. Love it.

Book Funnel

This is such a cool bit of software. It allows you to store your ebooks in whatever form you’d like. Then it gives you a link for you to make available to your subscribers (or whomever you’re giving your ebooks to). It is brilliant because the subscriber clicks on the link and then book funnel walks them through the process to download the ebook to their phone, laptop, tablet, ereader… and they provide the support should the person doing the download need any help. Love them.

Divi by Elegant Themes

Divi is a wordpress theme (for wordpress.org). It is an amazing theme that allows you to do pretty much whatever you want to do with your website. It is very flexible in what it allows you to do. The builders at Elegant Themes have made it and continue to make it easy to use with lots of training and support. Elegant themes also has other wordpress themes as well as a few dynamic plugins.

Aweber

There are other auto responders out there but I really like aweber. They are very helpful, they have a lot of great resources to help you and they have made it really easy to use. Oh yeah, and you can do some pretty cool stuff with your emails. It is a great tool to use to captured your email list and to keep them engaged. You are building your email list right?

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Write the Fiction Book Blurb in a Different Format

Write the fiction book blurb in a different format

Write the Fiction Book Blurb in a Different Format

One of the things I hear a lot from authors is that they struggle with where to start and how to start writing the book blurb. And of course how to make it sound interesting and not like they’ve thrown the kitchen sink in. I know I struggled with this for a long time. The best advice I can give is to write the book blurb differently than how you wrote your novel. Having said that, hopefully you use these techniques when writing your novel as they will help you to develop a better story. But that’s for another blog post. 🙂

So what do I mean, write the book blurb in a different format?

What I found was that I needed to do something different or I found myself writing not only full sentences but full paragraphs about something I liked in my story. How could I take part of a situation when the whole thing was interesting or I was afraid I was leaving something out? Which is possibly true but then it’s too long and really I found myself trying to retell the whole story. I then had this big bulky amount of information to start with and then I had to find a way to whittle it down to something interesting. I found it really difficult to do – what to leave in, what to take out, how to make it catchy…

Instead of making the same mistakes I made, here’s what I’ve learned that helps me to write compelling, interesting book blurbs:

  1. Write in point form – a few words long but not full sentences
  2. Use a mind map – throw your information onto a piece of paper (I highly recommend this as I believe it increases the creativity and gets you totally away from the story or at least it does for me) then connect the events & the people – draw it out .It can really help you to look at the story differently
  3. Do a word collage – you are limited to a certain number of words, so you need the most dynamic and action packed. Put the most catchy words from your story on a piece of paper – real or computer – then think up other words that say the same thing.

These three simple steps will help you to look at your story differently and help you to broaden and narrow your focus at the same time. Broaden it so that you see your story differently, sometimes with new eyes and narrow because it helps you to hone in on what are the catchy events and situations that occur in your story and how to write them in a compelling and active way.

Once you have all of this information down and have more of a clear, concise idea of what’s important information from your story to include in your book blurb, then you start writing the sentences. 🙂 Then you start pulling it together into that catchy fiction book blurb.

The book blurb is something that is powerful and important so make sure you get the most out of yours.

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Formatting Your Novel – Adding a Table of Contents

Formatting Your Novel – Adding in a Table of Contents

Formatting Your Novel - adding in a table of contents

 

When you are formatting your novel and getting it ready to convert to an ebook, there are a number of steps that have to be done first. One of those, is adding in a table of contents. It is something that you have to do, it’s a requirement if you are publishing to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, etc. You can read more here: Amazon

Below, I walk you through the steps of how to add an active Table of Contents into your novel, so its ready to be converted to an ebook. It’s really simple but takes a little bit of time. Watch the video too, it might explain it better.

  1. Open your document in word
  2. go to each chapter heading, highlight the chapter name (i.e. chapter one) and then click on bookmark (on top ribbon in word, under the tab called insert). A new box will appear, write in whatever you want to call that chapter – chapterone or thebeginning (if you’ve named your chapters go ahead and use that) – ensure that whatever you call it, there are no spaces in the title.
  3. go through the entire manuscript and do this for each chapter and do it for the about the author, the other books by the author and any other information you have posted at the end of your novel
  4. now go back to the beginning of your book and determine where you are putting your table of contents (usually the third or fourth page) type in Table of Contents as the header and then put each chapter underneath.

Table of Contents

Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three

5. Then add in each chapter in a row down the center of the page – it works best for converting to an ebook. Only put Chapter                   One (or whatever name you’ve given each chapter). Do not include the page number.
6. Once you have all the chapters listed – highlight chapter one, click on hyperlink, then find the bookmark that you made for that                chapter, click on it and add it.
7. Go through and do this for each chapter and the information that you book marked at the end
8. Once you are done all of the items listed in your table of contents should be blue
9. Now it’s time to check to make sure that each of them works

If you don’t do this and upload, smashwords will catch it and you’ll have to go and fix it.

 

Watch the video as I walk you through each step and I probably show it better than I write it. 🙂

Have any questions? Type them below.

Formatting The Novel To Be Converted to An Ebook

formatting your novel to convert to an ebookFormatting The Novel To Be Converted To An Ebook

I have to tell you its a bit of a tedious job but a necessary one. I was in the process of formatting my latest novel, Deadly Ties which is being released in a little over a month. Since I was going through and remembered when I first did this with my first novel Captured Lies and the hours I spent figuring it out and then doing it, aaahhhhhh. So I thought I would share this simple trick I learned.

The biggest thing you want for your ebook is for it to look professional and to keep it looking like someone is reading a paperback. In other words you don’t want to have big gaps in your ebook. And it doesn’t take much to produce them. In the video I walk you through the simple steps to remove the spacing that will cause those unsightly gaps in your ebook. A simple extra space in word can cause a gap in the middle of a paragraph or if at the end, it will put that big space between paragraphs.

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For example:

Here is a sentence    that has some extra spaces.

In word it doesn’t look too bad but you really don’t want it.

In an ebook, this is what it would look like:

Here is a sentence

 

that has some extra spaces.

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That is why it is so important to go through your manuscript and make sure that you remove those tiny little spaces. The video shows you how to do that.

 

 

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