JB’S JOURNAL FOR AUTHORS

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BOOK COVER FONTS AND MORE

JB’s Journal for Authors is a bi-weekly newsletter dedicated to authors who never have enough time and are crushed by information. The journal highlights important information to help authors sell books.

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BOOK COVER TYPOGRAPHY: BOOK COVER FONTS AND MORE by Stephanie Sharlow from Kindlepreneur

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EDITOR’ S COMMENT: Authors work into the night designing their next book cover. Equally important and perhaps receiving less attention, is the font. Font conveys emotion, and the post offers links for assistance with science fiction, horror, and romance fonts.

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HOW TO CREATE A MONSTER THAT TERRIFIES YOUR READERS by Sarah Gribble from The Write Practice

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COMMENT: An excellent exercise to create a monster. Zombies and vampires have been the norm. The post challenges the author to create a new monster focusing on tips.

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FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK

BOOK TITLE GENERATORS: FREE TOOLS TO HELP YOU PICK A WINNING TITLE by Dave Clesson from Kindlepreneur

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:  A must read for any author struggling with a title for the their next novel. A list of links in included for nine different genres.

 

 

 

 

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ADVERTISING YOUR BOOKS ON FACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM: FIVE ACTIONABLE TIPS FOR AUTHORS by Kimberley Grahas from Your Writer Platform

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: The discussion topics include design specific ads for each type of placement.  Facebook’s “split test” campaigns, and Facebook Audience Insights are are included to find new interest audiences to target. advertising series within carousel or canvas (collection) ads, and trying the Instagram stories placement.

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2019 Release

SIX MORE CREATIVE WAYS TO STRENGTHEN YOUR STORY IDEA by Joslyn Chase from The Write Practice

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: An original story line was perhaps lost eons ago. The post suggests six approaches to distinguish the author’s story line. Suggestions include, spin the story another way, insert a unique twist, and contrast character with environment.

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 BONUS

“I HATE THAT!” BOOK DESIGN PET PEEVES by Joel Friedlander from The Book Designer

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: Among the pet peeves are using two-color page printing. page graphics, distracting running heads, misplaced page numbers, printing in odd colors, narrow margins, and bad paper. Good information.

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DISTRIBUTION: SHOULD YOU GO WIDE OR NARROW? by Becca Puglisi from Writers Helping Writers

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: A short but comprehensive post with arguments for a single market or going wife. Perhaps most important is a discussion on how to make the right decision.

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SEVEN TIPS FOR SELLING MORE BOOKS AND REACHING MORE READERS ON KOBO by Joanna Penn from The Creative Penn

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: Joanna is a frequent contributor to the Journal with comprehensive coverage on a variety of subjects. I recommend the post if selling more books is on your radar. Among the topics covered are Entering KWL’s promotional campaigns and use NetGalley via KWL (Kobo Writing Life page).

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DO YOU WANT YOUR BOOKS IN BARNES & NOBLE? IF YES…HERE’S THE TRUTH by Judith Briles from The Book Shepherd

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: All submissions to Barnes & Noble are submitted to the Small Press Department (name and address included in post). For a book to be considered it must have a good cover as in 3 to 7 second glance, professionally edited, and available for a distributor such as Baker and Taylor.

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BLOGGING by Amanda Patterson from Writers Write

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THREE WAYS TO SEARCH IN SCRIVENER THREE by Gwen Hernandez from Writers in the Storm

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CIA-SHACK by John Gilstrap from Killzoneblog (Post on guns)

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GETTING YOUR WORD COUNTS TO MATCH IN SCRIVENER by April Dávila

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WHAT’S NEW TO PINTEREST FOR WRITERS? by Frances Caballo from Social Media Just for Writers

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MORE FREE TOOLS FOR AUTHORS; GRAMMAR CHECKERS by Paul Corrigan from Indies Unlimited

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