BookExpo 2015 Connects Writers with Publishing Services

Photo by Rod Searcey Book Expo America, the big New York show for publishers, featured several new resources for self-published writers. Here’s a roundup: • BookWorks founder Betty Sargent and

Best Fonts for Book Covers

Pentecost, by Joanna Penn uses League Gothic fontPentecost, by Joanna Penn uses League Gothic font I’m working with an author on a book cover for a nonfiction book with strong commercial potential. Since the cover is among […]

Best Fonts for your Self-Published Book

Several examples of typefacesOne of the biggest mistakes I see in self-published print books (like those created on CreateSpace) is in the choice of typefaces. They’re either too common or […]

Best Book Covers

Just back from BookExpo in New York, where I saw some extraordinary book covers. Over at Pinterest, I’ve put together a little board with comments on why each deserves special attention. If you believe, as I do, that people do indeed judge a book by its cover, check out my Pinterest Board. […]

Book Design Faux Pas: Five Ways to Signal You’re a Rank Amateur

Recently I asked several self-publishing companies to send me samples of books they’d produced. I told them I wanted to check the production values of those books–paper quality, binding, cover stock and so forth–before deciding whether to go with their services This request is clearly not something they’re used to. One company, after expressing minor […]