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How to Get A Great Book Cover for Your Book

How to Get A Great Book Cover for Your Book

By on Jan 23, 2015 in Blog, Kindle Publishing | 0 comments

The best way to get people notice your book, is to have a great book cover that stands out and invites readers to take a closer look at your book. But how to get the book cover of your dreams without spending tons of cash? Well I will offer you a few options where to get the cover and what to look for and ask for, when hiring someone to do your cover. Oh I forgot to mention that: YOU HAVE TO HIRE A PROFESSIONAL, this is the face of your book so it has to be pretty. Here are 3 different approaches to getting a great book cover: 99 Designs – here you can post a contest and have multiple designers work on your book cover. This way for sure you will have many options to choose from. The down side is that it is pretty expensive, book covers start at 300$ there. But if this is ok with your budget then go for it. This will be the less time consuming way and you have money back guarantee. Usually there is a little extra hidden cost, about stock photos here, so keep that in mind as well. Second option is to hire a professional freelance designer from elance.com – this option will require some time to pick the best candidate to do your book cover, but usually the designer will provide everything needed for the cover and you can negotiate a few option for the design as well. You can get all that for around 100$ at a very pro level. The down side is that it will take more time to choose the right designer for your cover. Here is my page on elance where you can hire me to create an unique book cover for your ebook – PROFESSIONAL BOOK COVERS The cheapest way is to go for fiverr.com – there you can get a cover from 5$ (usually a little bit more, with stock photos). A good strategy about fiverr is to have a few people work on your cover, this way you can make your own little contest for around 30$. However, don’t expect miracles, imagine how much work and effort you will put into something for 5$, yeah...

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Book Cover Requirements For Kindle, Nook, iBook, Smashwords and Everything About Royalty-Free

Book Cover Requirements For Kindle, Nook, iBook, Smashwords and Everything About Royalty-Free

By on Jan 13, 2015 in Kindle Publishing | 0 comments

If you plan on writing your own book, this means that for sure you have thought of its cover, the book cover plays a huge part of your book’s overall success, because readers DO judge a book by its cover. In this article we will review the technical side of what you should know in order to be more familiar with the requirements that the major retailers have regarding the book cover. Probably you’ve heard a lot about different images’ formats, Royalty Free images, PSD files, size requirements, and you might be unfamiliar with them or not have a clear idea what they are. As a professional book cover designer for a long time. I have had a lot of experience with everything related to images. And I will tell you the most important things you need to know, so you feel a lot more confident when you talk with your designers and other authors on this subject. This way you can be also much more clearer about what you want and what you require from a book cover designer. Which will speed up the process and make it much more effective. Let’s start with…   File Formats JPEG – aslo you can see the extentions – jpg, jpeg, JPG, they all stand for the same format. This is the most common and widely used format as far as photographs are concerned. All the stock photo websites offer images in jpeg. Compared to other formats like PNG, TIFF, GIF, etc it offers a very high quality, sharpness and richness of colors, but unlike the other ones it is well compressed and its size is relevantly small (compared to the others). That’s why it is most used as far as web grapics are related. It is also accepted by all major online ebook retailers for the image format of your cover. PNG – also widely spread format. It’s unique quality is that it supports transperancy, but this has a downside because PNG are bigger in size than the JPEGs, but they offer cool effects lie shadows, etc. In the world of book covers PNG is the format of choice for 3D covers that you place on your website. GIF – is the third major...

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WHAT IS BITCOIN?

WHAT IS BITCOIN?

By on Jan 9, 2015 in Bitcoin, Blog | 0 comments

A New book is coming soon and it will be ABSOLUTELY FREE! Here is the first chapter of it. The topic is Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies and everything you need to know to get started with them. Enjoy the first chapter and subscribe to get the full book for FREE!   What is Bitcoin? For those of you who have never heard of Bitcoin, it’s a software-based payment method first introduced to the world in 2009. It utilizes a public ledger so that everyone is kept up-to-date with all transactions. Payments made with Bitcoins are recorded in this public ledger which is based on a peer-to-peer system rather than utilizing a middle-party (bank or financial institution). Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency. Bitcoins are generated to reward users for processing payments. This process is known as mining and involves using computer power to verify and record payments to the public ledger. Mining is not the only way to earn Bitcoins; they can be exchanged for products, services, or even fiat money. Users send and receive Bitcoins electronically by using a virtual wallet. In other words, two users will each have a wallet that holds their Bitcoins. User A can send Bitcoins to User B by means of an electronic address randomly generated by the wallet. Once payment is sent, it is considered pending and added to a block chain. Once that block chain has been verified by a miner, then the transaction is considered confirmed. Bitcoin continues to grow as a viable payment method, extending out to larger companies that are looking for an edge on their competition. Online merchants have an added incentive to accepting Bitcoins. Bitcoin fees are much lower that the fees that credit card processors charge of 2%-3% per transaction. On the downside, Bitcoin has been the subject to some extreme scrutiny. One of the most common concerns is that it can be used for illegal activity. My response to this is that cash can also be used for the same illegal activities. Sites like Silk Coin have been the cause of this scrutiny but was shut down since it was a black market. A Block Chain The most important aspect of the Bitcoin system is the...

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Get a Great Ebook and Title Idea. In 4 Easy Steps

Get a Great Ebook and Title Idea. In 4 Easy Steps

By on Jan 2, 2015 in Blog, Kindle Publishing | 0 comments

Have you thought of writing a book? If so chances are you have been stuck in wondering if someone will buy your book and what should be the title. Most people are stopped by these 2 obstacles. With these article I will try to get these 2 out of the way, so you can continue with your dream to write a great book. Research Your Ebook Idea When you have a good non-fiction book idea, it is a must to research it well. The first stop of your research should be google. Search your key phrase (and some similar ideas around it), see how many people are searching for such things, what are the most searched keywords related to your topic. You can find the google keyword tool HERE. Aim for eywords with more than a few thousand searches per month.   Next step, check the competition on Amazon. Enter your keyword, browse your potential categories. If the top ranked books there have a lot of reviews and a good paid rank (above 30 000), this means that your idea is good and a lot of people buy this type of books. This research will not only proof your idea, but it will also point you the right direction for your ebook title. Remember Good titles sale ebooks and bad titles are instantly forgotten. Your title has to be very punchy and attention grabbing. Your title should not be general, like “make more money” or “lose weight”. It has to be very specific. For that reason you should firstly define your one key reader. Answer these questions: What do they want to achieve? What problems do they have? What are they afraid from? A great approach is the title to be the desired out come people will get from reading your book. Another proven model for a better title is to add a number at the title. This makes things very specific. Readers love that. Some great examples of great titles are: Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back To Health – Very specific solution to lose weight The 4-Hour Workweek – The infamous book of Tim Ferriss is a good example of offering a great solution to...

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How to Make Money with CrowdFunding

How to Make Money with CrowdFunding

By on Dec 2, 2014 in Blog, Make Money Online Bonus | 0 comments

One of the newest ways to make money online is called crowdfunding. Crowdfunding involves getting a large number of people to financially fund your business idea via donation, allowing you to achieve whatever it is you want to achieve in your career (and in your life) without having to come up with all of the money by yourself. How to Do It How does crowdfunding work? Here are the basics: Step #1: Come up with an idea. What is it that you would do if you had the money to do it? Would you start your own business? Create your own non-profit? What would you do with your life if money was no object? Whatever the answer is to these questions is your idea. This is your vision of what you want out of life, or your mission behind your crowdfunding campaign, if you will. It is also important to know what problem your idea solves. Who does it benefit? How does it benefit them? What issue or concern does it alleviate? How does it make the world a better place? Step #2: Create a plan. With your future vision in mind, how would you make it happen? In other words, what steps would you need to take in order to turn it into a reality? Create a plan that is as detailed as possible. Include short-term goals, as well as long-term goals so that you have a crystal clear image of what you want to accomplish. This step will also help you figure out how much money you need to raise through crowdfunding. Step #3: Develop your pitch. Your ability to get people excited about your idea may be the difference between living your dream and having a life in which you always want more. So, you need to develop a pitch that makes others want to be a part of your vision enough to open their wallet to you. Think like they would and answer their questions before they can even be asked. If there are going to be hurdles to cross, discuss how you intend to overcome them. If you have competitors, explain how your idea is better for the environment, more efficient, or cheaper. The...

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How to Make Money as a Professional Photographer

How to Make Money as a Professional Photographer

By on Nov 30, 2014 in Blog, Make Money Online Bonus | 0 comments

If you have experience as a professional photographer, you can always sell your photos online for extra income. People are always looking for shots involving nature, structures, people, and most anything unusual to put in presentations or on their website, making this option a great money resource for someone that enjoys “capturing the moment.” How to Do It To get the most from your images, here is how to do it: Step #1: Take high quality pictures. In order to have something to sell, you’re going to have to start by taking some high quality pictures. It helps to have your camera on you at all times, allowing you to capture life’s little impromptu moments that often happen with no notice at all. Unique images are always great to sell because when you can get the viewer to look at something a different way or create an image that isn’t likely to be found anywhere else, you stand to make a good bit of money being an online professional photographer. Also, simple photos sell better than complex ones. The reason for this is that they are easier to Photoshop, allowing the buyer to craft them so they meet their specific needs. Remember that part of this step requires that your images be high quality. This means that you need to be familiar with things such as lighting, colour, shadows, and countless other photography-related concerns, and aren’t just using any old camera to point and shoot. If your image has a person in it, you’re going to want to get their permission to sell it in writing. If you don’t, you could find yourself in some legal trouble, which isn’t going to help your bottom line at all. Additionally, any image that is copyrighted by someone else cannot be sold by you. So, if you went and got your picture professionally taken, for instance, you have no right to sell that image yourself and make a profit on it unless the photographer agrees, which you’ll want that in writing as well. Step #2: Decide which platform(s) you want to sell it on. There are many different online platforms to sell your photos on. A few of them include Dreamstime (you...

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