By Paul Samael The typical male mid-life crisis seems to involve things like buying a sports car and generally behaving embarrassingly for your age. It’s often prompted, so I’m told, by a fear that time might be starting to run out to do all the things you want to do with your life. Somehow, the … Continue reading My Self-Publishing Mid-Life Crisis
All my life I have loved horses and dogs. I am also a Christian. When my time came to begin writing, these passions made my books. I had a very clear dream which began my first one which is now titled, Challenger. What follows may sound familiar. The sitting and writing it all out … Continue reading Indie Writing for a Niche Market
by Deborah Jay How should you decide whether to seek a traditional publishing contract or self-publish your book? Only you can answer this question, but knowing what each involves is essential before you take the plunge either way. I began writing back in the days when the only alternative to a traditional publishing contract was … Continue reading Traditional publishing or self-publishing?
Natasha D. Lane If someone were to say writing is not for the feign of heart, I think writers everywhere would applaud in agreement. Now, if this same someone were to say writing is not for those with empty wallets, we’d applaud, then check our bank accounts. We indie authors would probably check twice for … Continue reading Five Ways to Save Money As An Indie Author
By Ronesa Aveela When I started writing with a friend of mine a few years ago, the only authoring tool I had was Microsoft Word. The following are various tools I’ve come across since those early days. Many, if not all, have been recommended by other authors. They cover design and many other areas of … Continue reading Five FREE Tools for New Authors
At Imprint Digital we use sheet-fed digital printing machines for both our text and cover printing jobs. This means we can offer our customers a wide selection of paper types for text and cover printing with consistently high quality. It also lets us offer rapid turnaround times for customers as there is little set-up time … Continue reading How to Get Your Book Printed
I can look back on my own route to publication and howl with laughter at the mistakes I made. Some of it was right, but the first steps … well. So having been inspired to write and totally convinced I could write, I set out to write a fantasy novel in a wonderfully clueless way. … Continue reading A Publishing Experience by Elizabeth Hull
By Debbie De Louise I wrote my first novel, Cloudy Rainbow, a paranormal romance, in 2008. I decided to self-publish it with Booklocker.com, a self-publishing company. At that time, self-publishing companies were beginning to gain popularity among authors. Today, self-publishing is a whole different ballgame. Self-publishing companies are still around and continue to offer a … Continue reading The Brave New World of Publishing
By Holly Bargo I remember the 1970s, the latter part of which I moved from reading Laura Ingalls’ autobiographical series to Barbara Cartland’s historical romances and Harlequin romances in which nothing more explicit than some passionate kisses occurred. Romance novels at the time fell under the derogatory category of“bodice rippers.” Many books deserved such disparagement. … Continue reading When Romance Perturbs
I started my historical novel The Blitz Business in graduate school at Queens University of Charlotte. A very early draft formed the thesis for my MFA in Creative Writing. Of course, the book went through many iterations after that in response to various nuggets of feedback I received in conference workshops and from agents who … Continue reading A Publishing Experience by Dorothy A Spruzen
Top Tips to Create an Amazing Book Cover We all know we shouldn’t but the majority of us do judge a book by its cover. The first thing people will see browsing through the digital shelves of Amazon or any other online book retailer is the cover. It is why many large traditional publishing companies … Continue reading How to Create an Amazing Book Cover for Self-Publishers
‘Everyone has a book in them’ Self-publishing is becoming more and more popular every year. The number of eBooks sold through Amazon surpassed traditional publishing companies in 2015 and the gap is only increasing. Self-publishing gives authors far more control over their book than traditional publishing and this control can be the difference between your … Continue reading Top 5 Reasons to Self-Publish Your Book
The chances are if you’re reading this you have either written your first book, about to have your book printed or you have a printed book and you’re looking to increase sales. Not everyone is going to have a huge marketing budget to put into their book but don’t worry, we have compiled a list … Continue reading 6 Surefire Ways to Sell Your Book for First Time Authors
At last, the late nights and early mornings have paid off. You have your manuscript finished. A text file on your computer with your best work. But now what? There is the option of contacting an agent and going down the traditional route of publishing your book or you can go down the path of … Continue reading A Self-Publishing Guide for First Time Authors
History of Book Printing What we call a book today is very different from what our ancestors would have called a book. The history of the printed book starts with tablets, scrolls and sheets of papyrus. After these, we had elaborate, hand-bound and expensive books known as codices. These eventually gave way to press-printed books … Continue reading A Brief History of the Printed Book
Formatting the internal pages of your book for printing The idea of formatting your book for print is to make it look professional and make the content of the book easy to read. You do not want to over complicate the formatting and make the content too distracting. Research Do you know what format you … Continue reading How to Format a Book for Printing
Sean Conway, the first and only guy in the world to swim, cycle and run the length of Britain, completing the world’s longest triathlon. The Zimbabwean ginger-bearded adventurer has journeyed from Land’s End to John O’Groats via bike, running and swimming. Being the first ever person to swim the length of Britain, in 2016 … Continue reading Interview with Sean Conway- Britain’s Wildest Adventurer
Writing a book is a great achievement, but what do you do when it actually comes to getting your book out there? Nowadays there are many options for authors looking to publish their book that it can become a real minefield. We look into the two main ways which are both rather popular with authors … Continue reading Traditional Publishing Vs. Self-Publishing
Libraries are some of the most beautiful, unique and spectacular buildings in the world. From the old to the new, the busy to the simplistic, the grand to the quaint. There’s a library out there that is sure to intrigue every person’s mind. We’ve compiled a list of the most astounding libraries on this planet. So … Continue reading World’s Coolest Libraries
Paperback or hardback? That’s a question that many people will ask themselves when it comes to printing their book. We thought we would look into the pros and cons of both types to give you a helping hand in making this decision. Paperbacks Paperbacks are a popular choice for many. They offer a professional finish … Continue reading Pros & Cons of Paperbacks & Hardbacks
When it comes to book printing a lot of people get confused or just don’t know the difference in printing types. Below we have created a slide telling you all about the book printing options available. Hopefully, it helps you choose the right book printer. The Three Q’s There are many things you need to … Continue reading Know the difference in book printers
E-books were a serious competitor for print books back in the 00s. They were going to be the thing that killed traditional books and take the world by storm. And they did. In December 2009 E-books out sold print books on Amazon and in 2014 reached their peak. But since then, well… E-book sales have … Continue reading Are Print Books better than E-Books?
Picking the size of your book is one of the most important choices you will have to make before you send your book off to print. When choosing what size book to go for there are many elements to take into account such as; the type of book it is, the content and the … Continue reading Choosing the right book size
2018 is here and it has brought with it the annual quasi-promises people usually bear whilst entering the new year that this one is going to be different; going to be better. Sad thing is most of those promises fall through in the first month. We are pretty sure that often within these promises is … Continue reading Quotes to get you writing
We can’t believe how quickly these last 12 months have gone; it doesn’t seem that long ago that we were packing up the Christmas decorations of last year. It’s crazy how time flies. While writing out our Christmas cards we started to reflect on the year we have had. We have accomplished so much this … Continue reading Our 2017
The other day we decided to ask our staff members and families what their favourite Christmas books were. We were surprised when most of them couldn’t think of any. We then asked them what their favourite Christmas film was, and as expected, answers came in abundance. What they didn’t know, however, is that many of … Continue reading Top 10 Christmas Books
Did you know that during last year (2016) 121 libraries closed and that a further 340 library closures are due in the next 5 years? Also, did you know there have been over 8,000 redundancies made in the library industry in recent years? Library closures were brought to the public attention in 2010 when council … Continue reading Are We Losing Our Libraries?
Christmas is fast approaching, which means the panic of Christmas shopping will soon set in. But worry not, as massive book lovers, we have come up with a weird and wonderful gift list to help you out with those bibliophiles in your life. Home Floating Book Shelf We love this optical illusion themed shelf. … Continue reading Christmas Gifts for Bookies!
I think it’s safe to say that most people enjoy snuggling up with a good book in front of the fire on a grizzly day. Sounds like a perfect day to us and probably one for most of you readers. Books give you that chance to drift off from the world and join another, so … Continue reading Top 20 Book Facts
Today is Get To Know Your Customers Day; with many businesses taking part in celebrating this day, we thought we would jump on the bandwagon too! For us, a somewhat small online business, it can be difficult for us to get to know our customers as well as we would like to. Due to … Continue reading #GetToKnowYourCustomersDay
The Great British pound is at its lowest exchange rate in eight years. Although there are many glaring negatives associated with this poor exchange rate, countless people haven’t put much thought into the benefits. Here at Imprint Digital we’re taking some time to discuss potential advantages associated with having a weak pound when looking … Continue reading How You Can Benefit From The Weak Pound
There is no doubt that Devon is one of the most beautiful places in the UK with the never-ending rolling hills of Dartmoor combined with its sandy shores. Devon is also known for being popular for a break away among authors and writers such as J.K Rowling and Agatha Christie – both drawn to Devon for … Continue reading The Best of Devon
When it comes to book printing, there are many words and phrases used by our team that you may not have come across before. From bleed to paper types; there is a whole load of terminology out there for you to understand. Thus, we introduce Imprint Digital’s very own jargon buster. So let’s get started: … Continue reading Confused By Industry Terms?
Can you remember what the year 2007 was like? It was when you dare not access the internet through your phone for fear that it would cost an arm and a leg. Where you had to buy a printed map, rather than just whipping out your phone and tapping in your coordinates. It was also … Continue reading Welcome to our new book printing blog