September 21, 2021-We’re about a week away from wrapping up our theme this month which is continuing education for authors! Let’s dig into today’s topic with how to make your book stand out from the crowd.
Did you know that more than 250,000 new books are published each year? EACH YEAR! That’s an insane amount to think about. But what if you didn’t have to think about that and just focused on perfecting your book? Here are three ways that you can make your book stand out from the sea of endless titles.
- Cover art. This is what draws readers to your book from across the bookstore. They see it on the shelf, and they are immediately inspired to walk over to get a closer look (if you’ve done it right!) and pick it up. Cover art should be interesting, unique, and relevant to what is inside the book in terms of the story.
- Font. Changing up the font of your book can do wonders for making it one of a kind! I’ve seen authors create their own font, and the results were breathtaking. We’re not only talking about an epic font on the inside but also for the title of your book. Only one thing to remember-it MUST be legible or the message will be lost.
- Formatting. There are so many beautiful poetry books out there that are more than just words on a page. The arrangement in some of them is what gets me every time; poetry formatted to look like the shape of a flower in a vase or a sonnet made to look like a balcony are just a few things that I’ve seen over the years that have intrigued me so much! Take a risk on the formatting of your book (the layout of the words on the page) and see how it changes things up for your readers and piques their interest.
To see how you can make your book stand out from the crowd, check out one of our courses that helps you do just that! Course: Get Your Book Noticed and Increase Your Sales – Pandamonium Publishing House
March 29, 2021– We’re wrapping up our theme of answering your questions this month! I’m having a ball and I hope that you are too. Let’s see what today’s question is:
Q: “What is your number 1 piece of advice for aspiring authors?”
A: Hmmm? This is a tough question! My number one piece of advice for aspiring authors has to be, “You get what you work for, not what you wish for.” I know that many of you who follow my blog, social media, and podcast have heard me say this hundreds of times, but it still rings true. When I started out as an author, I had enough rejection slips to wallpaper the side of my house, but that did not deter me; I kept working hard, improving my writing, continuing my education, and submitting my work to publications. Stick with it and keep working no matter how hard it gets and be sure to take feedback constructively. Becoming an author is all about learning, improving, believing in yourself, and refusing to give up. Here are some tips to remember as you begin or continue your author’s journey:
- Write down your goals. You won’t ever hit a target that you can’t see, that’s why it’s important to figure out what you want. Your goals can be anything that you want to achieve in your writing career; best seller status, selling x amount of copies, seeing your name in print, getting published, selling your work to your favourite magazine, doing school visits etc. Your list of goals can be small or large, but I’m a big believer in dreaming BIG.
- Take action. Work on your goals every single day and ignore everything that will distract you from reaching them. It’s one thing to dream, it’s another thing to take action toward making your dreams come true. Dream it, but then do it.
- Define success. What does success mean to you? Whatever it means you need to define it so that you’ll know what it is when you get there. No one can tell you what success it, but you!
- Keep your chin up. Yes, you’re going to face rejection, a lot of it, but that’s ok, it’s all part of the journey. In this business we need to have a thick skin because sometimes people can be less than nice; as long as you’re learning and enjoying the process, you’ll get to where you want to go!
Best of luck in your publishing journey! Happy Writing X LLB