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5 Rules For A Great Book Cover

The first impression the audience has of your book is determined by your book cover. If your book cover does not appeal to them, they will not buy it regardless of the great content or positive reviews it may have. A great book cover will attract the interest of the reader, and influence them to buy the book. The following 5 rules for a great book cover will guide you on what to consider when designing your book cover.

Rule #1: Engage a design expert

A design expert has the skill and knowledge to give your book cover a professional look that meets the standards of modern publishing. This is necessary to compete in the market. Engage the services of a design expert to save you time, thus allowing you to focus on delivering quality content.

Rule #2: Communicate the subject matter

Familiarize yourself with the content of the book in order to understand its purpose, and unique qualities. You need to bring this out in your cover so the reader can know what to expect. It would be disappointing for a reader to buy a book only to realize the content does not match what the title communicates, as this was what originally attracted them to make their purchase.

Rule #3: Your book cover must be compelling

The impact your book cover has on a reader will influence their decision to purchase. If it attracts the reader’s attention, it will sell faster. A great book cover should connect with the emotions of the reader, by communicating the content’s tone. Once the reader is engaged it is easier for them to decide whether they will purchase, based on whether they are attracted to the tone or not.

Rule #4: Show the genre of the book

Your book cover must represent the genre of the book. It must communicate to readers the nature and scope of the story so readers will know what to expect. When designing a book cover, check the design of other books in the same category to get an idea of what they look like. Then be creative with symbols, images, color, and text to create something that will stand out and represent the genre clearly.

Rule #5: Chose the right typography for your cover

The style, size and positioning of the type should have a flow that is pleasing to the eye. It should be organized in such a way that it is easy for the reader to scan the cover. The type of book should stand out and not be overshadowed by the rest of the design. Avoid having too much information on your cover; less information gives it a more professional look.

Bonus Tips!

  • In addition to the rules listed above, you can use the following bonus tips to help you design the perfect cover for your book:
  • Remember to make the title text readable. This means using a font which appears well on the image, and is in a color that is easy on the eye.
  • Keep your main characters in mind for fiction books. If your character is blonde, don’t use a cover model with black hair. Many readers find this puts them off, and confuses them when they actually begin reading the book.
  • Ask your readers. Whether you get a book designed professionally, or design one entirely on your own, ensure you have two or three options available. A good way to gauge reader enjoyment is to have your audience vote on the covers. This voting can be done via social media, your blog, or your website. Allowing readers to vote on covers also helps them gain a personal investment in the title.
  • Avoid NSFW images – i.e. those that contain extreme nudity or images that may not be suitable for most readers. Even if your book falls in a category such as erotica, these images may be blocked from main book suppliers, and can result in a loss of sales.

Conclusion

The reality is that readers will judge a book by its cover. They will decide whether to buy a book just by scanning the cover in a matter of seconds. Therefore, it is important to have a great book cover besides having great content. Applying these 5 rules for a great book cover will ensure you have a great book cover that increases your chances of making sales.

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5 Blogging Mistakes To Avoid

Blogging involves sharing useful information with an audience on the web, with the aim of connecting with like-minded people and building relationships. It is a significant tool in today’s world – used to transform our thoughts, attract potential customers, and provide learning and networking opportunities. To be successful, a blogger must avoid the following 5 mistakes:

Blogging Mistake #1: Not knowing your audience

A successful blogger shares information that is useful to the client, either by providing solutions to their problems, or answering questions they have been asking about certain topics. You cannot do this effectively if you do not know your target audience, and what topics they are interested in. Once you have identified the topics they need covered, you need to know what has not been said about those topics. This will guide you in producing the right content which they will find useful and unique. Visiting and interacting with your competitor’s site will help you understand what readers expect from your blog.

Blogging Mistake #2: Poor Quality writing

Poor quality writing leads to readers having an unprofessional view of the writer. You run the risk of losing your regular readers, and turning off potential readers. To keep them interested write in clear, short sentences, and avoid using unnecessary words. Review the content to ensure the flow is orderly, and makes sense. Use of subheadings breaks down your content, thus making it easy to scan, and gives a clear picture of what the article is about.

Format your post, correct spelling and grammatical errors. You have the option of using the services of an editor or the many free editing tools available online.

Blogging Mistake #3: Not posting regularly

One of the mistakes bloggers make is failing to update their content regularly. Updating content consistently is key to successful long-term blogging. It takes time and effort to get attention, and build a relationship with readers. If they come back to find the same content posted weeks ago, they lose interest, which means your time and effort will go to waste.

Blogging Mistake #4: Not interacting with your readers

Engaging with your readers helps you learn more about them, and what they expect. Reading and responding to their comments builds loyalty because your acknowledgment shows you value their opinion. This keeps them coming back. This interaction gives you insight on whether your readers relate to your content, as well as what topics they expect to see covered in the future.

Blogging Mistake #5: Not showing your personality

Showing your personality in your blogging makes you friendlier, which helps readers to identify with and trust you. When you write in your own voice, you attract the interest of your readers, and they enjoy reading your posts. A conversational tone encourages interaction, and makes them more willing to form a relationship with you.

Conclusion

For your blog to be successful, it is important to provide information that is useful, and unique to your audience. This can only be achieved by knowing who your audience is, what they want, and interacting with them on a personal level. Do not forget to pay attention to good grammar, and easy to read content that gives a clear message.

Aromatherapy For Authors

Aromatherapy is an alternative healing process that uses natural oils mixed with other substances that are inhaled or applied to the skin. These oils, which are extracted from natural sources such as flowers, leaves, roots, are said to enhance emotional and physical well being. Experts believe when inhaled, the smell receptors in your nose stimulate parts of the brain that store emotions and memories, and influence physical, emotional and mental health.

The fragrances released from these oils have different effects depending on their mix of ingredients. For an author, scents that calm the mind, increase concentration, and enhance creativity are useful to improve overall performance of writing. Let us look at some of the scents and their qualities.

Lavender

Lavender is the perfect scent when you want to calm the body and mind. It almost has an instant effect. It has properties that help reduce anxiety by soothing the nerves, and easing tension. It is used to help relieve headaches.

Vanilla

Vanilla scent has the most relaxing effect, to the extent that it is used to relax patients undergoing medical tests. The calming effect of vanilla reduces anxiety, and also induces restful sleep.

Cinnamon

It stimulates the brain to improve concentration and your working memory. The sweet scent helps fight mental fatigue, and boosts your brain power. Inhaling cinnamon improves the memory functions, and increases your attention span.

Peppermint

An energy booster, this scent rejuvenates the mind, causing it to perform better by promoting concentration. It stimulates clear thinking and improves memory making it useful when building ideas for writing.

Eucalyptus

The sharp crisp scent of Eucalyptus stimulates the brain leading to mental clarity, enthusiasm, and alleviates mental fatigue. The scent leads you into deeper reflection, which is a good aid for writers seeking a new level of creativity.

Bergamot

This scent helps keep you alert and focused, while maintaining a steady flow of creativity. It is uplifting, relaxing, and helps the mind to discover new ideas, and ways of thinking by stimulating your senses or thought.

Aromatherapy is a simple natural process with great benefits to authors because of their stimulating effects, as well as their relaxing properties on the mind and body. Writers experience fatigue and mental block in the course of their work. During these times, they need extra help to achieve results. Aromatherapy, with its unique properties, provides this help by increasing performance, and promoting creativity which is vital for an Author’s success.

6 Mental Benefits of Regularly Writing

Most people visualize a writer as a peculiar individual, a loner who seeks refuge in a lodge, bent over a desk consumed by his obsession to write the next great novel. However this does not give a complete picture of what it means to be a writer. There’s much more to writing.

We’ve all had an opportunity to put our thoughts on paper and this qualifies us as writers. Writing styles may differ but in most cases it’s a valuable tool for expressing thought and creativity. Some of the benefits of writing regularly are outlined below:

Writing as a Form of Therapy

Writing is an effective tool used to communicate ideas, feelings and experiences. In some situations where we find it difficult to express complex ideas verbally, regular writing releases that burden by helping us to communicate effectively. Research has found that therapeutic value is an undoubted benefit of writing, shown by an improved state of mind and reduced stress levels by those who put their thoughts and feelings on paper regularly. Increased health and happiness leads to higher productivity by an individual.

Writing as a Means of Coping in Difficult Times

According to research those who engage in expressive writing during difficult times, such as loss of jobs, are able to release their negative emotions in a healthy way, refrain from engaging in self destructive behavior, and find their way back to normalcy. In the beginning writing can be depressing for a victim of trauma while negative emotions are being released, but overtime – with consistent writing – emotional healing takes place, and the burden is reduced. For some, regular writing is sufficient to help them work through pain, without even having to talk about it with anyone.

Writing for Motivation

According to authors of one study, pondering over the areas in our lives that are going well and writing them down, gives us an optimistic view towards current situations and their possible outcome. It has more impact if done regularly, at least once a week.

Writing Helps to Organize and Develop your Ideas

When we have several ideas going through our minds it becomes mentally taxing, and causes commotion in our thought patterns. Writing down those ideas not only frees your mind but also gives shape and order to your ideas for future build up. Once you have an outline of ideas, you will be motivated to develop them further to conclusion.

Writing Promotes Learning

To enhance creativity and the quality of your writing, you must be open to learning and discovering new sources of information – by reading books, listening to podcasts, and watching videos, for example. These can either serve as good sources of new ideas, or help you discover unique angles on your choice of topics. When you commit to writing regularly on a particular topic for some time, and applying the new ideas you have learned, you are able to develop older ideas further, and expand to a larger volume of work.

Writing as an Opportunity to Lead

The growing trend of self publishing in the world has opened up opportunities for people to have certain levels of impact on others through their writing. When you write regularly there’s a degree of influence your work will have on others, and they will respond either through positive feedback or criticism. The positive feedback leads to appreciation of your readers and encourages you to write more. Use the negative feedback to improve yourself; otherwise don’t let it get to you if it is unwarranted.

A Writer’s Role Models

All writers have one, or more, writers who have inspired them. As children, we may have read their books and fallen in love, thus fueling our desire to create stories ourselves. As teenagers, their successes or rebellions may have spurred us to make hard decision in our lives. As young adults and beyond, perhaps they simply touched our souls in a way that only happens so rarely.

We all have our own heroes and role models. For me, I remember several readers and books that touched me early on in childhood. R.L Stine was an author I read so vivaciously that I ran out of books to read, and my mom introduced me to Stephen King – “The Girl Who Love Tom Gordon” was a book I read numerous times. I loved Cynthia Voight – “Dicey’s Song” was my number one favorite for as long as I can remember. In fact, I still reread it sometimes. The Dear America series, and “Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry” are books I remember fondly, and from a very young age I was very obsessed with Shakespeare.

As a teenager, I moved towards fantasy and philosophy. In addition to all the classics (and I do mean all), I devoured “The Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche,” and reveled in the dark works of Edgar Allen Poe. Fantasy writers like David Eddings, Robert Jordan, Terry Brooks, JK Rowling (in my preteen years), and Raymond E. Fiest gave me hours of entertainment. They offered me brand new worlds to feast upon, to dwell in.

As an adult, I’ve found many indie authors whose work I have absolutely adored. Among these are A.D. Trosper, whose Dragon’s Call series rivals some of the very best mainstream fantasy writers – and this is coming from someone who typically doesn’t enjoy fantasy books written by women. Don’t judge me, it tends to simply be the way I connect with the style of writing. But her? I adore her writing. Oh, and there is Dennis Manor, who writes a wonderful, intriguing, inspirational book called “Troubled Fields.” May Sinclair writes a book about reincarnation called “In The Between” that absolutely fascinated me.

The Importance of Role Models

Our writing role models are incredibly important to us, simply because they have somehow influenced our writing or our desire to write. While my own style of writing may not be anything at all like my most favorite writers, they have offered me inspiration nonetheless. They have also been there for me in ways they will never know – getting me through hard times, allowing me sanity through escape, and creating for me characters which often become like best friends. These are my goals in my own writing. I want to simply offer someone what only a good story can offer them. I want to drive the young girls and young boys to write stories of their own, to continue on the traditional of storytelling with their own unique perspectives.

Conclusion & Books To Read

If you have a specific book, series, or writer who has influenced you, tell me about it in the comments below. If you know of an indie author whose work you find amazing, tell me, and I just may pick up their books and give it a shot!

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a few links to purchase some of my most favorite books by my most favorite authors. Although it is entirely not necessary to click on the links, or purchase the books to read, I think you’d be delightfully happy if you did. If nothing else, I’d simply like to share a little piece of those writers or books that influenced me. Enjoy!

Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for Everyone and No One (Penguin Classics)
Night of the Living Dummy (Classic Goosebumps 1)
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
Say Cheese and Die! (Classic Goosebumps 8)
Dicey’s Song (The Tillerman Cycle)
Dear America: The Winter of Red Snow
Dear America: A Journey to the New World
Dear America: Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales and Poems
Pawn of Prophecy (Belgariad, Book 1)
Queen of Sorcery (The Belgariad Book 2)
Magician’s Gambit (The Belgariad, Book 3)
Castle of Wizardry (The Belgariad, Book 4)
Enchanters’ End Game (The Belgariad Book 5)
Magic Kingdom for Sale–Sold! (Landover)
Talon of the Silver Hawk (Conclave of Shadows, Book One)
King of Foxes (Conclave of Shadows, Book 2)
Exile’s Return (Conclave of Shadows, Book 3)
Embers at Galdrilene (Dragon’s Call Series Book 1)
Tears Of War (Dragon’s Call Series Book 2)
Ashes and Spirits: Dragon’s Call (Dragon’s Call Series Book 3)
Troubled Fields
In the Between: Reincarnation…A Novel

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