Years ago, not all that long after the Libertà blog began, our good friend Lesley Cookman — she of the wonderful Libby Sarjeant mystery series — asked me if I would write a blog about writing a blog 😉
I didn’t. Not then. And even now, after nearly 10 years and hundreds of blogs, I’m not prepared to tell you how writing a blog should be done.
What I will share with you, in today’s blog, is my own personal approach. If any of it is helpful to potential bloggers out there, that’s great. Chances are that most of you will already be doing what I do, and doing it better. And if you have other tips to share, do please share them in the comments. We can all learn to blog better.
Choosing what to write about is possibly the most difficult aspect of writing a blog. I can tell you that, after some two hundred-odd blogs, I find that increasingly difficult. But I do have some tricks and tips to help me find a topic. They may help you, too. Continue reading →
Good covers are massively important and buyers, increasingly, rely on visuals (the cover) rather than the blurb. That was the latest advice from an independent bookseller at a Society of Authors virtual meeting in early 2021. The bookseller recommended authors aim for clear, concise, beautiful covers, with fewer words and, hence, more impact.
Professor Snape (left) may not be beautiful—and that’s not a cover, either—but he’s certainly clear and concise. And if he made you feel guilty, he’s had impact, too 😉
Criteria for Good Commercial Fiction Covers
Apart from being clear, concise and beautiful, a Good Commercial Fiction Cover Will…
make the genre clear immediately
represent aspects of the story to draw the potential buyer in
shout out the title
shout out the author’s name
work well in thumbnail
and SELL THE BOOK
That’s a pretty tall order and lots of covers fail it. Not only self-published covers, either.
This blog (based on a recent presentation I did for the Society of Authors) aims to help self-published authors work with cover designers like me to get clear, concise and beautiful covers that will sell the authors’ books. Continue reading →
Authors often agonise over titles for their books. Not just odd titles — any title. And finding the right title may be the very last thing an author does. Sometimes, authors never find their title at all; their publisher supplies one instead. (And the angst that process can create could be a subject for several blogs, on its own.)
Odd Titles Competition
Mice — but not nude at all, in this Rackham illustration