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Featured Book: The Terrible Two

Featured Book: The Terrible Two

The moment I saw this book, I knew I had to get it. How could I not? The cover is brilliant, the illustrations are fantastic, and the story is a delight. Two hilarious authors, Jory John and Mac Barnett, teamed up with a fantastic illustrator, Kevin Cornell, to create a book that's fun for all ages.


Your Layout Matters

Your Layout Matters

A lot of self-publishing authors neglect to give their layouts the attention they deserve and don't understand the difference a good layout can make. It's important for your book's design to be professional if you want any chance of standing out from the rest of the indie authors out there, and a book that's great inside and out can even look on par with those traditionally published! So what goes into designing a book layout anyway?


Covers I Like

Covers I Like

First post in a recurring series featuring book designs I find inspiring, as well why they work. BOOKS MENTIONED: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, How to be a Husband by Tim Dowling, A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler, All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes by Betsy St. Amant, The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah


My First Year in Book Design

My First Year in Book Design

Starting a new job or in a new field can be scary, intimidating, or at the very least nerve-wrecking when you feel completely new at it. Some people dive in too deep, too fast. Others are too timid to make a single wave. Of course it's bad if you're fumbling your way through every process, but making mistakes is the only way to really learn sometimes. I was unfortunately of the latter, who took the route of playing it safe and following instructions because of a fear of "messing up". My biggest concern was to make everyone happy and, while understandable, this mindset was my first mistake.