Category Archives for Self-publishing tips

How cover design actually works

We work with many first-time self-publishers here at MHP, and sometimes during the cover design process I sense the author getting a little frustrated when the cover design seems to become more involved than they expected. They underestimate the level of development required to get a finished cover. Here’s how authors sometimes expect the process […]

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37 common self-publishing stuff-ups

Here we go. In no particular order, here are the 37 most common mistakes I see in self-publishing for small business (not from our self-publishers, of course): Using service providers who don’t have experience with books. Not having text appropriately formatted and ‘styled’ by the editor, so that it’s ready for layout. Not thinking about […]

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Foreword and testimonials

Foreword for your book

How to get a foreword and/or testimonials for your book This is a question I am asked often: how do I get a foreword or testimonials for my book from people I respect or admire in my industry? There are a number of different ways you can approach this. The first step is usually a […]

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The author photo

One thing that many authors don’t think about until the last minute is the author photo on the back of the book. Although it’s not essential, it’s a good idea to have an author photo. It allows your readers to identify with you. Many authors have professional images ready to go, but if you don’t, […]

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