Interviews with Indie Authors

Top Tips from Successful Self Published Authors

Ebook formatting, Cover Design and More

Indie authors have to make sure that their book is good enough to compete with those produced by traditional publishers. The saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover” just isn’t true when it comes to browsing online bookshops like Amazon so pay attention to your cover and make sure your book is properly formatted in paperback and Kindle or you’ll have very unhappy readers and bad reviews.

Here are some resources to help you:

  • Kindle formatting – Guido Henkel’s 9 part series of articles entitled Take Pride in Your Ebook Formatting┬áis a wonderful resource for those preparing their books for Kindle publication. If it’s beyond you, then don’t worry as Guido can also format your ebook for you.
  • Cover and lettering design from Guido – The amazing Guido also offers cover design and/or lettering creation to make your book look professional and stand out from the crowd. See Cover Services
  • The Smashwords Style Guide – Essential reading for those formatting ebooks to list on Smashwords.
  • Book tours – One of our contributors, Theresa Ragan, used Indie Book Collective (IBC) to do a book tour for her book “Finding Kate Huntley”. She explains that “It was a huge success because I was able to connect with hundreds of readers. I believe it’s important, as a new author, to get exposure. You want people/readers to remember your name. Doing a book tour takes time. Although you might not see a spike in sales, doing book tours is all about exposure and getting your name out there.”
  • Ebook Cover Art – Dara England offers beautiful and professional custom ebook cover designs from as little as $75 and she also has cheaper pre-made covers.
  • J A Konrath’s cover designer – Love Konrath’s covers? Then have your cover designed by Carl Graves of Extended Imagery