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5 Reasons Why You Should Self Publish

You know your book has potential. You know that your "why" driving your story is enough to draw an engaged, excited audience. But you've sent your manuscript to several publishers, and have barely even made it past their automated response system. Or, a publisher finally saw your potential, and proposed to you a publishing plan that requires you to invest tens of thousands of dollars just get your book on a shelf. It's overwhelming and discouraging.

That's why self-publishing is so appealing. You have a way to get your book in front of many readers with minor investment costs and on your own terms. 

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How to Make a Book Mockup

Being able to make a believable, interesting mockup of your book is critical when promoting it. It's easy to make it look fake, or perhaps cheesy—and that breaks a good, effective design. In last week's blog post, I showed you how to design a book cover in both Photoshop and Apple Pages. Today I want to show you how to use that book cover design to quickly and easily make your own professional looking book cover mockup using free Photoshop templates.

First of all, what exactly is a mockup? A mockup is a model of a design used for teaching, demonstration, or testing (thanks, Wikipedia!). I usually create mockups to show clients my designs on final pieces. Why? Because you often can't get a good feel for the final design until you see it being used in a practical way. 

Turning your flat book cover design into a "real" book brings life to it. It makes it more tangible in your readers' minds, and adds credibility. But, you have to be careful, because really fake looking mockups or poor designed mockups can have the adverse effect. So I'm going to walk you through some of the best, free resources as well as how to edit them to make your mockup look REAL.

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LAUNCH DAY: GENTWENTY

Today is the BIG REVEAL of GenTwenty's newest look! While it isn't their very first launch day (GenTwenty was founded in March of 2013!), it's still a launch day of their beautiful new brand—something to really celebrate! 

Nicole expressed wanting to work with me all the way back in May (can you really believe it's been that long, Nicole?). I worked closely with her as I discovered the hearts and minds of not just Nicole, but all of the many amazing contributors of the GenTwenty blog. These girls KNOW what it's like to live life in your twenties. In their own words: Our tried and true advice about growing up and navigating the real world will help you define your goals, figure out what your next move will be, and have fun along the way. And seriously, you can tell all of the hard work and pointed advice that goes into the content of their blog.

We wanted to give GenTwenty a clean, classy look that embodied sophistication—but also a bit of fun. The yellow and teal pairing were perfect in communicating this, along with the font paring of a more traditional "gen" with a fun, hand-lettered "twenty." 

I loved working with Nicole, and—as a twenty-something myself—can't wait to follow along on her incredible journey as her and the contributors of GenTwenty continue to help us as we make the most of this decade!

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Social Media Advice for Writers with Helene Kwong

Hi Helene! Tell us a little bit about yourself and your business, Hashtagitude. 

Hi, I am Helene Kwong and I'm the CEO and Founder of Hashtagitude. I grew up fascinated with the internet and social communities, and am an early adopter of the major social networks: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+. I have fast thumbs and can out-tweet many other professionals in the industry. I love helping businesses grow their social media presence with my unique and effective strategies.

 

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5 Ways to Find Inspiration to Write

Writing is a lot like designing when it comes to the inspiration that fuels it. We have those ah-ha moments and creative ideas that compel us to sit and WRITE (or design)! It's difficult to create outside of the scope of inspiration, and sometimes we have to actively seek inspiration in order to be able to do what we do.

So today I want to share with you a short list of things that inspire me as well as hear FROM YOU! It's never easy, but these are my starting points that usually get the brain going.

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National Poetry Month—Tiffany Trivett

For the grand finale of National Poetry Month, I'm so excited to share with you a very special poet today: Tiffany Trivett. I feel so honored to be able to feature her inspiring words—is it strange that I just keep reading them over and over, letting them sink in a little deeper each time? I usually get butterflies when I see her new work posted on Instagram, and I'm so thrilled that today, her words get to be on my blog. 

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