New Zealand Society of Authors – Contest Winner – Robin Sisley

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The New Zealand Society of Authors established a print publishing prize in order to create a great opportunity for a New Zealand writer. This unique award was for an unpublished manuscript to be taken through to a published form and offered for sale in print form throughout New Zealand. The NZ Authors were delighted to be able to offer the award again this year via a sponsorship from Kobo that helped to create a print book made available for sale in New Zealand and the e-book published to Kobo's global catalog through Kobo Writing Life platform. The award, administered by the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZ Authors) aims to recognize excellence in creative writing and create a launching pad for writers’ careers. Kobo would like to congratulate all of the contestants on … [Read more...]

So, About That Cover: A Cover Artist Weighs in On Typography

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We've said it before and we'll say it again: Authors planning to self-publish should not make their own book covers. That's what professional cover artists are for! However, even if you're letting someone else take over the design and creation of your cover, that doesn't mean you shouldn't be well-informed about the process. Understanding how book covers are designed and why certain aesthetic choices are made can only help authors make the right choices when hiring a cover artist and participating in the design process. To help authors wade through the tricky waters of getting a book cover created, we sat down with cover artist Scarlett Rugers to pick her brain about an essential aspect of book cover design: typography. When designing book covers, do you favour certain fonts for … [Read more...]

So, About That Cover: An Interview With an Author and His Cover Artist

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We sat down with author Kyle West and cover artist Luke Atkinson to learn more about the adventure of getting a book cover designed. Here's how it went: Why do you think having a great book cover is so important when it comes to eBooks? KW - After your story, your cover is probably the most important part of your book. It’s the first thing readers see, so it has to be downright amazing. LA –You know the saying: “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Unfortunately we live in a digital age that doesn’t allow that luxury. A great cover can give the visual edge your book needs to stand out in a sea of thumbnails. How can I find a book cover artist? How can I tell if the artist is right for my books? KW - Finding a decent cover artist is fairly easy with the Internet. Most (if not … [Read more...]

So, About That Cover: Book Cover Design Tips From a Merchandiser

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By Shayna Krishnasamy, Kobo Writing Life Merchandiser As the merchandiser for self-published eBooks at Kobo, my job is to judge books by their covers. Okay, that’s not my whole job, but you might be surprised at how much of my day is spent scrutinizing, arguing about, praising, sifting through, staring at, and judging (oh, and also mocking. Yes, sometimes a cover practically begs to be mocked) self-published book covers. Book cover design is an immensely important part of the digital self-publishing process. I really can’t emphasize this enough. A professional book cover will get your title the attention it needs and will make it more likely to be awarded merchandising space on our website, in email newsletters, and in promotions. An amateur book cover, on the other hand, will do … [Read more...]

We’ve got you covered Friday: let’s talk numbers

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By Anita B. Carroll How important do you think your cover design is? Is it worth it to spend the money on a professional designer? That’s a good question and you would expect me, a designer, to push for hiring a pro. However, when you look at the facts, the question really is, can you afford not to hire a designer? A book cover re-design project, analyzed. Let me show you a cover re-design project I worked on with self-published author Glen Romero for his novella “Welcome to the Fight: Silent Wars”. Some months ago, I was invited by Mr. Romero to review his cover, which he himself had designed.  To be more accurate, he did the typography, not the illustration.  Here is an image of what the cover looked like, with Romero’s type design: My initial thought was that … [Read more...]

We’ve got you covered Friday: Terry Odell

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Cover images and branding by Terry Odell Used to be, you looked at books in a bookstore window, on special displays, or on the shelves, where the ones placed face out could catch your eye. If you were looking at spines, perhaps a title caught your eye, or the name of a familiar author. If the cover enticed, you'd move to the back cover copy, or the jacket flap copy, and then maybe flip through the book. But, odds are, it was the cover that started the process. Now, even though many book purchases are made from on-line bookstores, the cover is still vital. More so, because books have an everlasting shelf life, so even "old" books are new to many readers. And the cover is just as important, if not more so, than in the brick and mortar stores. If your publisher creates your cover, … [Read more...]

We’ve got you covered Friday: Keith Draws

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As you work your way through your NaNoWriMo novels, we'd like you to keep in mind the importance of cover design. Even if you have the most sublimely-written masterpiece, nobody is going to pick it up to read it if it doesn't have a good cover. Your cover image is your advertisement, the first thing a potential reader sees, and what they'll judge your book on, whether they think they do or not. To that end, for the next couple weeks, we're bringing you posts about all aspects of cover design every Friday. It's the KWL "We've Got You Covered Friday!" Our first post in the series is from Steve Vernon's cover designer, Keith Draws.   The first thing I think about when designing a book cover is simple. What would make me pick this book up for a closer look? What would make me BUY … [Read more...]

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