FAQ and Tips for Authors

Frequently Asked Questions about graphic designs

Q – Is the cover I am purchasing for Print?

A – Not unless you specify that as what you need. We offer High Resolution covers and can create a print cover for you using specific measurements through sites such as Createspace, Lightning Source, Got Print, and Vistaprint. Print covers start at $80.00.

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Q- Who owns the copyright?

A – Because it is an artist’s work, the copyright remains with the cover artist. That said, you are allowed to use the cover to promote your book. The only limitations are the amount of print items you can create with the product, and that depends on the image license from the photostock site. Visit here: http://www.acm.uiuc.edu/~troys2/tutorials/copyright.html  for more information on the subject

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Q-  What are the limitations that come with my book cover?

A – Photostock comes with certain print limitations. Each photostock site has its own set limit. If your cover/business cards/trading cards/postcards/bookmarks, etc…  are going to print, please request the number of maximum print copies you are allowed and do not exceed that limit.

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Q – What changes am I allowed with each cover?

A – For the most part, the artist and author will go back and forth many times in an effort to get the cover looking how the author wants it. That said, there are limitations to the cover artist’s ability and availability. Once the cover is finalized, we charge $25.00/each new modification. It is best to use a cover art form, and to fill it out in as much detail as possible.

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Q – Can a cover be used for more than one author’s book?

A – No. Once a cover, premade or custom designed, has been sold, we take it out of our inventory. Most Photostock image licenses do not allow for multiple uses, but we also feel it is better to have an original cover for each book.

Q – What do you do with mock up covers that an author doesn’t choose as the final custom design?

A – Most often we do up one or two versions of a cover. A fair amount of work can go in to each version, so those more than likely will be altered to some degree and placed in the premades section.  Most of our premade covers stem from inspiration  – having seen two or more images that work well together.

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Q – What the various sizes are good for:

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100×150 = Avatar

200×300, 300 x 450,  &  432×648 = amazon/goodreads/blog posts

750×1125 = Barnes and Noble

1800×2700   &   up = Mostly publisher use for ebook and print.

2400 high res – Smashwords

2500 high res- amazon

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Just a quick reference list of things we’ve learned along the way. Please feel free to add to this list (Email us or leave a comment and we’ll credit you by placing your name next to it).

Enter your cover in a cover art contest. It is good publicity. Some contests are here:

http://www.independentpublisher.com/ipland/IPPY_2013_Early_Application1.pdf

http://ebookindiecovers.com/monthly-indie-ebook-cover-awards/january-2013-indie-ebook-cover-awards/

http://epicorg.com/46-uncategorised/131-2013-ariana-ebook-cover-art-awards.html

Author Promotion Resources:

Coffee Time Romance

New Author Information with freebies

http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/NewAuthorInformation.html

Contact Page:

http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/AdvertiseWithUs.html

Steampunk:

http://www.steampunk.coffeetimeromance.com

 

Night Owl Editing Services

About: http://nightowlinil.wordpress.com/about/

 

The Killion Group

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Sizzling Scoop

Sizzling Scoop 300 by 300

Sizzling Scoop is for both readers and writers. With a monthly magazine to keep you informed with the latest publishing news, reviews, author interviews, and so much more. As well as quarterly issue especially for the author in all of us.

Editing/Book Formatting

Need help polishing your manuscript or help with self publishing? Here’s a great resource.

 

Night Owl Editing Services

Website Design and Resources:

 Orlando Web Design  – Description: Web Design and WordPress Support.

My Stock Images on Can Stock Photo

Stock Photos

Amazon:

- Tag your book. On the page listing your book, there will be a small section for tags. Just type in words that describe your book. Add your author name, the genre (in a variety of ways), the title, etc…

- Find author buddies who will click your tags for you in exchange for clicked tags. (What are clicked tags?) click on each tag description and open that page. Boosts popularity.

Tags Anywhere, basically. If you want, send us a list of words that you think best describe your book, and we will add them into our post with your cover. It gets hits.

Great places to list your book(s)

goodreads.

All Romance Ebooks.

1PFR

Library Thing

Coffee Time Romance

Shelfari

Romance Wiki

 

Tricks to get more promo coverage -

Enter your book cover at the You Gotta Read Covers site: http://yougottareadcovers.blogspot.com/

Figuring out the physical side of things:

For those concidering a tangible book, I have stumbled across a site that details the important measurements of books (word count to pages calculator). That can be found here: http://www.writersservices.com/wps/p_word_count.htm 

Kindle Formatting (tip thanks to Teresa Wilde/IndieRomanceInk) – http://kindleformatting.com/book/files/KindleHTMLtags.pdf

Canadian/British/US spelling of words – http://www3.telus.net/linguisticsissues/BritishCanadianAmerican.htm

Interesting reading for Authors:

http://vickie-britton.suite101.com/3-types-of-love-scenes-in-romance-novels-a164703

http://writerswatch.blogspot.com/

http://www.amazon.com/The-Business-Self-Publication-ebook/dp/B0095JKK9S/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_1

Blog Resources:

http://www.thecutestblogontheblock.com/free/free-backgrounds.html?start=72

Blog graphics – http://www.webweaver.nu/

6 thoughts on “FAQ and Tips for Authors

  1. Hello. My name is Mary George and although I will be contacting you to have some advertising made up I have a different request. My daughter is graduating this year from high school and we would like the pictures she hands out to her friends to be a little different than the norm. Can you make her into a story heroin if I have her dressed in costumes? She loves victorian and anything girly. Maybe give her four trading card shots, turn her into a character. If this is possible please email me with an idea of cost.

    She’s always been taller than everyone and very sweet and some of the girls in her school tease her for being so tall. (dad’s 6’4″) I want her to be proud of her differences.

    I tried to email but it kept coming backas failed.

    Thanks, Mary.

    • Hi Judy, yes, a fellow author once told me that. Tagging helps find the book by tagged subjects, and if people click on the tag or agree with the word it bumps the book higher up in searches (I believe) I should double check that info though.

  2. Great post at FAQ & Tips for Authors Fantasia Frog Designs. I was checking constantly this blog and I’m impressed! Very helpful info specifically the last part :) I care for such info a lot. I was seeking this certain info for a very long time. Thank you and good luck.

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