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5 Things Every Author Needs to Understand about Book Cover Design

Posted on January 13, 2016 at 11:30pm 26 Comments

We all know that books are, in fact, judged by their covers. Because of this, and because the marketplace is so crazy competitive, your cover can make or break your book. But there’s a bit of a rub where cover design is concerned, which is that many authors fancy themselves book designers. But being the expert on your book does not necessarily make you the expert on your book’s design.



I’ve worked in book publishing—and therefore…

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One Thing That Moves You

Posted on December 29, 2015 at 8:30pm 4 Comments

It's resolution time, and whether you commit to annual resolutions religiously, or you believe they don't merit a special time of year, the year's end provides a unique opportunity to consider where you've been and where you're going.

I work with writers who want to publish, which means that the goals we set forth are two-fold: to finish the work-in-progress, and also to consider new ways to nurture and grow author platform. Finishing a book is…

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She Writes Press's 2016 Passion Project: (R)evolution: The Girls Write Now Anthology

Posted on December 16, 2015 at 10:30pm 0 Comments

Our CEO, Crystal Patriarche, shared in a blog post last week that She Writes Press chose as its 2016 Passion Project the Girls Write…

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What Should Authors Expect to Earn?

Posted on December 8, 2015 at 11:30pm 9 Comments

A funny thing about authors: they’re not a modest bunch. Even the most humble, down-to-earth authors I know have wild expectations about the potential their book has to be a best-seller; to earn out; to change their life. I get it. A lot of authors pin their dreams on their books, and there’s something beautiful about that. And while no aspiring author needs to be denied hope, or to be told not to dream big, I’ve seen the flip side of soaring…

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Best Practices for Selling Your Book to Agents and Editors (or How to Avoid Being Delusional about Getting Published)

Posted on November 19, 2015 at 1:01pm 7 Comments

Deciding you’re ready to publish is a huge deal; it’s also the point where you hand over control to someone else, putting the power in the hands of an agent, an editor, the universe.



Most writers have traditional publishing aspirations. They want an agent to fall in love with their project and champion…

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Who I am:
Publisher of She Writes Press and founder of Warner Coaching Inc.
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
www.shewritespress.com
www.warnercoaching.com
facebook.com/warnercoaching
twitter/brooke_warner
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
What's Your Book? A Step-By-Step Guide to Get You from Inspiration to Published Author

Visit amazon.com/author/brookewarner
My writing is:
Nonfiction, Memoir
Services I offer to other writers:
Writing and publishing coaching/consulting: warnercoaching.com
My professional associations:
SheWrites.com; NAMW.org
I found out about She Writes from:
Kamy and many authors I've worked with over the years.

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Suzanne McKenna Link commented on the blog post '5 Things Every Author Needs to Understand about Book Cover Design'
"This is the cover or my debut novel - it wasn't exactly what I envisioned but when a co-worker said it showed a couple in conflict, which is the strongest plot of the story, I changed my tune. The only alterations I requested of the cover…"
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Leigh Goodison commented on the blog post '5 Things Every Author Needs to Understand about Book Cover Design'
"Great information, thank you! I'm going to share your column. I've gotten a lot of attention with the cover of my recently released medical thriller, The Jigsaw Man. 'Creepy' is the word most people use when they see it."
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Brooke Warner commented on the blog post '5 Things Every Author Needs to Understand about Book Cover Design'
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Suzanne Hoffman commented on the blog post '5 Things Every Author Needs to Understand about Book Cover Design'
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"Karoline—I like that. It makes you take a second look! And Suzanne, very compelling and spot on for what your book is. Brava."
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Roselee Blooston commented on the blog post '5 Things Every Author Needs to Understand about Book Cover Design'
"What timing! I have been thinking about the cover for my upcoming memoir, as I anticipate meeting with my designer next month. I'm printing out this blogpost. So useful. Thank you."
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At 9:35am on March 13, 2015, Cate Warren said…

Welcome to In Praise of Literature, Brooke!

Thrilled to have an insider's viewpoint in the mix! I bet others are as intrigued as I am about what the publisher reads... :-) No pressure!

Feel free to make book recommendations or cautions, start a discussion, or post links to reviews, articles, or blogs you think that everyone should read! Most important of all, please have fun!

I'm new to group moderating, and am bound to overlook something crucial, so please let me know if there's something I can add and I'll do my best to come through!

Glad to have you aboard!

Cheers,

CW

At 4:02pm on November 14, 2014, Cate Warren said…

I see on the news today that they've settled the case, but still, the article is well written and explains some intricacies of the publishing industry that people might not otherwise know about. I hope you enjoy it!

At 12:03pm on November 13, 2014, Cate Warren said…

Hi Brooke!

I just received this month's Vanity Fair in the mail and had to sit down right away to read an article that increasingly reminded me of one of your blogs from a couple months back: you'd quit your Amazon Prime account, and mentioned the battle between Amazon and Hachette, if memory serves. Well, this article, called The War of the Words might be of some interest to you and other She Writers. It really drives home just how the publishing industry is in a state of limbo, that everyone seems to be holding their breath, knives drawn, frozen and waiting to see what's going to happen next. If you don't read Vanity Fair, it's probably on their website. It sure is an exciting (yet confusing) time to be an unpublished writer!

Take care, CW

At 9:34am on July 15, 2014, Louise Canfield said…

Hello Brooke!  I attended your workshop on “scaffolding" in San Miguel last February.  I remembered that you mentioned She Writes but had not really understood what it is until yesterday when I encountered an author who had published with She Writes.  Really looking forward to getting to know this community. 

At 7:52am on June 1, 2014, Melanie Bishop said…

Hey Brooke! Yes, I got the post you sent me. Sorry I mistakenly remembered it as being you, not Kamy, who wrote it. Much appreciated! 

At 4:01pm on May 31, 2014, Melanie Bishop said…

Hi Brooke, Trying to find the original post from way back, where you explained why you were going to publish with SheWrites, rather than with one of the big publishing houses who'd offered you a contract. A friend of mine is inquiring about SheWrites Press, and I want to send her that post, because I think it's so helpful when considering these things. Thanks! Melanie Bishop

At 5:16am on January 29, 2014, Daya Wakens said…
Hi Brooke! One of my short stories is published in a contest and would really appreciate if you could post my request for support. The contest runs only next few days and the winner is based on the number of FB "Likes" and comments on my story page only. This would take no more than five minutes, I promise. Brooke, please excuse my typing here...We are coming home from our honeymoon and had to sleep in DC airport due to weather. Thank you in advance for any support you can provide.

Please vote for me at www.midlifecollage.com
Friends, I need your FB vote & comment on my story contest page "The Second Time Around." (With the Red High Heel)My pen name is Daya Wakens. Thank you so much for your support!
At 10:55pm on April 6, 2013, Hope Edelman said…

Hi Brooke,

Best way to reach me is through hopeedelman@gmail.com.

Thanks,

Hope

At 9:22am on July 26, 2012, Stephanie Volkoff Green said…

Most definitely! I think a play date is in order.

At 6:20pm on March 8, 2012, Hollye Dexter said…

Hi Brooke! Fancy meeting you here.  : )

xo

 
 
 

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