Typography is the art of arranging text in a legible and visually pleasing fashion. It’s not to be confused with typesetting, which describes the technical process of getting text onto a page. From the lettering on a road sign to the flourishes on a Coke bottle, we see typography at work everywhere. Books, of course, ... read more »
A big part of what makes self-publishing so attractive to authors is retaining all creative freedom over their own work. That means it is up to you, and you only, to choose your cover designer and brief them properly. Here's how.
One of the best sections of any bookstore is, without a doubt, the cookbook aisle. Not only do the contents of these books promise incredible recipes, but their covers provide an intriguing taste of what's inside! Cookbook covers are some of most carefully crafted in publishing — which is why, if you're a cookbook author, ... read more »
Images like cartoons can work wonders on your book, as long as they’re developed the right way. Here's how custom-crafted, eye-catching images can complement your writing — and how to find the perfect cartoonist for hire to draw them.
We all had our favorite children’s book illustrators growing up. From Quentin Blake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory fame to Julia Donaldson’s beloved The Gruffalo, the best illustrators not only helped us visualize stories, but also made us fall in love with the sheer possibility of imagination. If you’re writing a children’s book, you, ... read more »
2019 was a fantastic year for fiction of all stripes, but perhaps children's fiction most of all. From the continuations of beloved series to brand-new, often timely tales, we were showered in an abundance of amazing stories — and with them, some absolutely beautiful cover art. That's why we wanted to put together this gallery ... read more »
In this step-by-guide to formatting a book, we’re going to give you tips for producing a professional-looking final product, and explain how our very own free book formatter — the Reedsy Book Editor — can make the job simple for you.
Even if you've already polished your chapters to perfection, you still need to prepare various other parts of a book before publishing — namely, the front matter and back matter. If you haven’t come across these terms before, don’t be intimidated! They simply refer to the first and last sections of your book: the bits ... read more »
We always advise authors get their book covers professionally designed — an excellent cover is a crucial part of publishing success. However, if you’re set on designing your own cover and willing to put in the legwork to learning a new skill, here are some resources you might consider.