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Kindle in Motion: Amazon's Newest eBook Format

Publishing giant, Amazon, has quietly launched a new eBook format a couple of weeks back, Kindle in Motion - adding to the different eBook types now available for the Kindle.

I only got wind of it because a client wanted to have a background on her Amazon book page, and asked if I could make one for her. So, off to Amazon to see what she was talking about.

First time I saw the covers of KiM books, the hairs on my arms stood up. It has a certain kind of appeal and could be effective for some genres  - such as horror, suspense, and fantasy. Just imagine a man turning into a werewolf on the book's cover! That would be pretty awesome, right? It could increase book sales since it's more visually appealing.

I felt a designer's itch spreading through my body...

From Writer to Killer: A Brief Brush with Cosmo Setepenra

I've worked with hundreds of authors and I no longer find it unusual when I meet someone who's a little outside of "normal" -- whatever that word connotes. All writers have fertile imaginations, they're people who think outside of the box, with things to say - some of them aiming to change the world with their words. The pen, after all, is said to be mightier than the sword.

Admittedly, a psychologist would find something "wrong" with many of them. But I'm not a psychologist. I'm a book designer, and my focus is on the writer's book. To ensure they're publish-ready. Not a shrink.

20 Websites for Free Book Promotion




A guest post by Cassie of Culture Coverage



For self-published authors trying to increase the visibility of their work or avid readers who are eager to find exciting new releases, the many book websites all over the internet make for a fantastic resource. They are the perfect tools to promote your writing, to help you become a part of the online book community, or even just to immerse yourself in hundreds of fabulous stories. 

Below are documented 20 of the best websites of this nature, which offer an entirely free opportunity for up-and-coming authors to promote their work.


COVER REVEAL of SUICIDE SEEDS by Author Ken Fry

Is this the beginning of the GMO Apocalypse?

Yup, another exciting novel from the author of The Brodsky Affair and The Lazarus Succession. Very timely too, since many are concerned about Monsanto and Genetically Modified Foods.

I'm honored to reveal the cover of SUICIDE SEEDS, now available for Pre-Order on Amazon! Get a discount before its release on August 27, 2016.


Synopsis:

What if there was a genetically modified seed that could stop the famine in West Africa? Local growers would clamor for the product. The government would welcome the company with open arms. 

Interview with Ken Fry, Author of Suspense Thrillers

Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing my friend, Ken Fry. An exceptional writer of Suspense Thrillers. Ken is from Surrey, UK, and has only recently ventured into self publishing. I so admire his tenacity to learn about the ins and outs of the Indie industry, and to self publish only high quality books. His writing style is lyrical, and if you like suspense thrillers with the required murders and conspiracy, check out his books.


Think of the Comma as a Breath


I believe in the Oxford comma. I think of commas as a breath, signalling the reader when to pause, and to give the meaning of the words more clarity. That's the only rule which authors should remember, in my opinion.

Behind the Words with A.M. Manay, Author of She Lights Up the Dark

After reading the epic supernatural fantasy, She Dies at the End, A.M. Manay has joined my list of Indie Authors to Watch. With the release of the much awaited sequel, She Lights Up the Dark, it's time to turn the spotlight on the next Anne Rice. (They do have the same name. :))

Understanding Image Copyright and Licenses - for Bloggers and DIY Authors

There are many beautiful, professional images on the Internet, and when you need one for your post or your book or your marketing materials, you might be in the habit of downloading and using whatever pleases you.


Unknown to many, someone can sue you for using an image they own the copyright to, when you post it on your blog or use it on your book's cover or on any of your designs. Even if you give them credit. Even if you alter it. It all depends on the license attached to the image.

Behind the Words with the Smart and Sexy Romance Author of Rannigan's Redemption, Pandora Spocks

Move over E.L. James and Jackie Collins, and make way for this superb erotic romance writer. 

Fifty Shades of Grey would be a better book if Pandora Spocks wrote it.


Pandora is a moderator of the Alliance of Self Published Authors. Not only is she superb in her craft, she likes helping other self published authors too. Always open to improving her work. Reason why her books are high quality. I admire those qualities... because it's rare among Indies. 

Behind the Words with Erotica Author and Illustrator Fionna Guillaume


Today on Author Spotlight, I have the pleasure of chatting with Author and Illustrator, Fionna Guillaume. (That's her on the pic.)

I had her book Amazon's Equal on my TBR for a while before I read it. If someone told me that there would be a world of goodies inside the pages, I'd have lapped it up long ago. I'm hooked to her books, not just for the stories but for her fine writing and storytelling skills.

Fionna Guillaume writes erotic historical fiction. Very rare. I say rare because it's not just about the sexual act, which is the highlight of most erotica - although, when she gets to that part.... whew. She has quite an imagination.