The Ultimate Guide to InDesign for Authors (Part 2)

We’re back with the second part of our InDesign series! If you missed part 1, you can find it here. I strongly suggest reading the first part before diving into part 2.

Alright, you all caught up? Great! Today we’re going to get into the fine tuning for your manuscript and the export to PDF so we can take this beautiful file over to Lulu and turn it into a published book!

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The Ultimate Guide to InDesign for Authors (Part 1)

If you’re a regular follower of this blog, you might remember the Writer’s Toolbox series from last summer, in particular the MS Word review. Earlier this year I followed that piece up with a post about laying out your book, again focusing on using MS Word.

I tend to talk about creating books in terms of MS Word because we know the majority of book makers on Lulu use Word to create their files. While it is the preferred choice for many of our users, Word is hardly the only option for laying and designing your book.

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Let’s Get Social: Social Media Day 2018 [bonus Instagram tips!]

#SMDay

Social Media Day (#SMDay) is almost upon us! Saturday will mark the 9th Social Media Day since Mashable started the tradition in 2010.

So what is Social Media Day? Well, since Mashable created the day, I’ll let them define it for us:

“Mashable launched Social Media Day as a way to recognize and celebrate social media’s impact on global communication. Today, social media is the heart of global communication; and since its inception, Mashable’s been using social media to connect between cultures, movements and super-fandom.”

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How to Rock Your Author Website

 

I bet you hear this a lot: “Authors need an author website.” It’s one of the more common and oft-repeated lines coming from every book marketing and publishing industry expert. Website, website, website. You HAVE to have one.

If you’re hoping I might offer a different opinion, you’re sadly out of luck. If you’re a self-published author and you want to drive sales of your book, you really need an author website. No way around it.

Instead of lamenting the hassle of building and maintaining a web presence, I’m offering some advice and best practices for building your website.

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Are you a young writer? We share our 5 top tips to help you with your writing

At Lulu we are passionate about encouraging young writers to fulfil their potential, which is why we are proud to support Brighton Festival 2018 Peacock Poetry Prize celebrating young poets aged 11-19. We want to nurture and inspire all young writers so we’ve listed our top 5 tips to get you on your way.

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Enhance and promote your small business with your indie published book using Lulu API software

The saying goes that everyone has a book in them. But what if that book of yours isn’t a novel or a collection of short stories?  It could be a guide, a masterclass, a how-to, or a personal account relating to your services that would enhance and promote your business.

You could be a sole trader or small business owner – a speaker, personal trainer, life coach, designer, interior decorator, crafter, consultant or entrepreneur. Whatever you specialise in, a book could be the making of you and your business, helping you stand out from your competitors.

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What does it mean to be a self-published author in 2018?

Many authors look forward to a new year. More than most crafts, writing, although a solitary occupation, also divides itself into seasons. At the start of the year there’s everything to play for: a new crop of prizes to aim for, a new festival circuit to plan, new events, finish that book, start that book, new readers, more challenges, more opportunities.

As a self-published author embracing 2018, it’s worth spending a little time on pondering what those opportunities look like. They may be more varied – and potentially more lucrative – than you think.

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