First impressions matter

  Just as you want to make a good first impression by how you look, your cover must do the same for your book. If your book cover fails to make a good first impression, a reader is unlikely to buy it. Your book cover has to appeal to your readers as this is your first chance to sell your book to them. A well-designed book cover shows the reader

Three books displaying different blurbs

What in the world is a blurb?

You may have heard the term blurb before, but you don’t know what it is! A blurb is a short description of your book and can be found on the back cover. A good blurb is on par with a good cover image and both need to stand out. The blurb has to be engaging enough to convince the audience that this is one hell of a book. It is

Editing done and dusted, so what’s next?

Now that your manuscript has been edited it is time to shift your attention to what you want your book to look and feel like. In the publishing world, this stage of the process is called design and layout. There are various things you need to think about when deciding on the look and feel of your book: The cover The size The paper The interior design Your content and

Where’s the Proof?

After your book has been designed and laid out you have to wait a little bit longer before you see it again. Don’t worry it’s just being proofread. Proofreading takes about 2 weeks. A different editor to the one who edited the book proofreads the laid-out book on a hard copy called a “proof”. What does a proofreader do? They have fresh eyes. The proofreader isn’t just looking out for