5 Myths About Self-Publishing & Why They Are Simply Not True

A guest post for Writers Write Self-publishing can be a bit of a swear word. Examples of lousy books spread around more than self-publishing successes do. But self-publishing is important. It has challenged the idea that there should be a select group of gatekeepers who decide what can be published. This has changed the publishing landscape and created breaks for writers, if only they are open to them. Here are

First impression 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 that

It’s what’s on the inside that really matters

Now that you have a beautiful cover that is going to draw people in, you need to start thinking about your interior design (layout). This is where the reader will spend most of their time and a disorganised layout will prevent the reader from enjoying your book (or worst case, not read it at all). Your layout should balance creativity and readability, meaning that the design should be attractive whilst

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”. They have fresh eyes. The proofreader isn’t just looking out for spelling errors and

Happy Book Birthday to Krystal Kolnik!

Congratulations to Krystal Kolnik on publishing her first book, Lessons from the Frogs I’ve Kissed. In her book, Krystal looks back at her significant adult relationships, over the last 20 years, and shares the invaluable life lessons she learned from them.  She hopes that others will learn from her story and better understand their own relationships. From the author We asked Krystal about her publishing journey. This is what she had

What Does an Editor Really Do?

“Word-work is sublime… because it is generative; it makes meaning that secures our difference, our human difference — the way in which we are like no other life. We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.” – Toni Morrison, award-winning writer, editor and Nobel Prize laureate Editors are highly skilled language practitioners. They work on your book

5 Romance Writing Courses

Have you always wanted to write a romance novel, but do not know where to start? Writing is no easy feat and can seem daunting. Don’t despair, there are people who can help! There are multiple writing courses available in South Africa, both online and offline. We have listed and summarised our top 5 picks. The website link for each course has been included so you can explore your options

5 Ways To Identify A Good Self-Publishing Service Provider & Why You Should Use One

Aguest post for Writers Write As an author, self-publishing gives you the independence to make your book your way. This doesn’t mean that you have to go it alone, though. You’re likely not a trained editor, proof-reader, book designer, or book production specialist. You shouldn’t attempt to both write and publish your book using your skills alone. As a layman, a self-published book may appear acceptable to you. If it is