Episode 320: How to Avoid Looking Like an Amateur!

Episode 320: How to Avoid Looking Like an Amateur!

Show Notes

After approximately 27 seconds of giggling, Vicky and Joe tell you all about their holiday to Barcelona, Harriet’s beautiful wedding, and then finally launch into a quick “how to” to help you make your book look just as professional and wonderful as one that’s come out of Penguin or another big publishing house. Check it out for the 5 most common layout mistakes and how to avoid them—and a few tips about covers and paper.

 Key Points

  • [5:45] Vicky has no problem abandoning books she doesn’t enjoy.
  • [9:15] Vicky and Joe just got back from Barcelona!  
  • [13:15] Just because you’re independent, doesn’t mean your book needs to look like it too.
  • [13:50] A book, on the shelf, should look like it came from a traditional publishing house!
  • [14:25] The layout of the book.
  • [17:55] Huge layout mistake!!! Odd and even pages.
  • [21:25] Page numbers help readers navigate, but they don’t need to be on every page.
  • [22:45] Let’s talk about book covers.
  • [25:20] Book paper? Use the best paper stock you can afford.
  • [27:35] Fonts! What fonts should you use?
  • [29:45] Vicky has a checklist for clients to help them through this process.
  • [31:45] Pay attention to the details!

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Creative Book Coaching

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Free Writing Prompt Calendar

Start Your Book Templates

Book Breakthrough Jam

Book checklist

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Start Writing Your Book Today

If you want to learn more about how to write, self-publish, and market a book for your business, snaffle yourself a copy of How The Hell Do You Write A Book? Then check out the blog and podcast for more articles and guides. If you want a little (or a lot) more help, find out how you can work with me.

About Vicky…

Vicky Fraser is the founder of Moxie Books and author of How The Hell Do You Write A Book and Business For Superheroes. She helps business owners write life-changing books, connect with readers and new customers, and grow their businesses. When she’s not doing that, she’s hanging from a trapeze by her feet.