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Page layout design – how important is it?

One other main design element, apart from the book jacket design, is the way that the text is laid out on the printed page. You might not believe it, but even a fiction paperback book has a page design that has been carefully planned. It is tempting to assume that the text is simply dropped … continue reading

002 Get Published Podcast – Interview Sue Atkins – Publishing proposal guidelines – 5th Feb GetPublished Workshop

Get Published Podcast Episode 002: Interview with parenting expert Sue Atkins, discussing how her book has influenced and enhanced her professional profile; publishing proposals, and how the free guide from Kogan Page can give your proposal the wow factor; details of the GetPublished Workshop in London on 5th February 2011; Click Play Below or Right-Click … continue reading

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The best proposal guidelines I have ever seen

If you are at the stage where you are approaching traditional publishers with your book idea, then you’ll know how important your proposal is. The strength of the proposal that you submit will determine whether your book is signed up, or cast aside. It’s worth doing a little research to see whether the publisher you … continue reading

Think carefully before choosing print on demand

Last month I spoke about self-publishing at Nick Williams’ event ‘How To Be An Author Entrepreneur’. The event was timely, because I was able to deliver copies of Nick’s new book ‘How To Be Inspired’ at the same time. Nick’s reaction to his book took me completely by surprise. He was amazed when I told … continue reading

How do publishers decide whether to take you on or not?

Get Published Audio Here are the 11 questions that publishers ask reviewers to answer when they read your proposal For several years now, I have worked for two traditional publishers as a reviewer of proposals and manuscripts that prospective authors have sent them. One of the publishers, Hodder & Stoughton, provides me with a list … continue reading

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Some thoughts about printing

Once your book is typeset, proof-read, corrected and signed off, it is time to get it printed. In practical terms, it’s a good idea to shop around for some print quotes from the moment you see the first typeset draft of your book – that’s the first time you’ll know how many pages your finished … continue reading

001 Get Published Podcast – Cover designs – bookshop marketing – and more!

Get Published Podcast Episode 001: Your publishing questions answered; cover designs; bookshop events; Click Play Below or Right-Click Here To Download [Audio clip: view full post to listen] In this first podcast episode, we talk about the importance of book jacket designs with Katie Roden, Publishing Director at Hodder and Stoughton; We launch the Get … continue reading

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The perfect book proposal (Part 1)

I am asked to review at least four book proposals every week. Usually as a favour, often with an e-mail or note attached saying something like “I know you are busy but could you just take a quick look at this and let me know what you think”. The one thing I find, above all … continue reading

How long should my book be?

So how long should your book be? It’s a fair question, but one that is almost impossible to answer. As an expert in your field, a book of fewer than 96 pages is unlikely to enhance your credibility much. I often see business owners promote their ‘brand new paperback book’ which they sometimes even offer … continue reading