For the past two years, this blog has been home to the From Our Authors series: articles penned by authors on the Reedsy Network. They’ve kindly shared their publishing experiences with their fellow writers, filling us all in on what has worked (and not worked) for them. Straight from this well of knowledge, we’ve handpicked the 18 best pieces of advice from our authors.
Tag Archive: cover designer
In this article, we take a closer look at professional book cover design. In revealing how various Reedsy designers approach each project, we’ll uncover the actual cost of getting a professional book cover design and show you how to get the best value for money.
All successful independent authors have found a way to build a loyal readership who raves about their books. If you're about to self-publish your first book, this course will go over all the basics.
We are very excited to bring you the highlights from our first Reedsy Live Chat, which as promised will be a regular feature in the coming months. Every live chat features one professional from the Reedsy marketplace hosting an interactive session that includes among other things free advice on topics like editing, book design, and marketing. We started things off with our first Cover Critique, a big thanks to the terrific Mark Ecob for an informative session. Mark runs his own design studio and specialises in book cover design. He has worked with large publishing houses like Penguin, Little, Brown and Amazon, as well... View Article
We launched Reedsy 6 months ago. Since, we’ve had an incredible amount of authors working on a daily basis with our fabulous editors, proofreaders, designers and illustrators. But we haven’t really followed up on their success. So when Matt Bieber dropped us a line to thank us and tell us about his book, we thought we’d give him a spot on our blog!
After all, big part of the what makes self-publishing so attractive is that authors retain all creative freedom over their work. This means it is up to you, and you only, to choose your cover designer and brief them properly. As in any other creative business relationship, the briefing process is the most important part of the collaboration. A good brief will save you and your book designer both time and money.
The thumbnail size of books on Amazon has prompted many authors to think twice before heavily investing in a professional cover design (where quotes can range from $400 to $2000). This tendency to cut corners on design has given birth to another possibility in the past few years: pre-made book layout and cover design templates. Is it better to hire a professional book designer, or can you DIY using book design templates? We ran a quick survey among independent authors!
“The perfect cover is seductive, mysterious, puzzling.” At Reedsy, we have the chance to work with exceptionally talented and creative people. Whether they express themselves in words or images, they are always striving for their creative output to reach a level of perfection that each of them defines and idealizes in a different way. Today, Nuno Moreira, a Portuguese graphic artist now residing in Tokyo, offers us what may be the “perfect” definition of a perfect book cover. Before that, he outlines the differences between working for a publisher and working directly with an independent author; and explains how a... View Article
“I am fascinated by the idea of the subconscious bleeding into the conscious world” At Reedsy, we like to take some pride in the people we have been able to attract. Our vision was to create a community of truly great freelance talent and make it available for authors. Every day, as more great editors, proofreaders, designers and artists are added, we are getting a little closer to making this vision a reality. Today, we have the honor of interviewing one of our very best artists. Whether it’s for Stephen King, Sara Raasch, Nintendo or himself, his work... View Article