• Marketing
  • Is Your Author Blog Working?

    Tips for creating an author blog that engages your readers and creates a solid fan base of loyal readers.

    An author blog can have many functions, but I would say for me it boils down to two: 1) a landing page for my writing endeavors so there’s something to see when a reader Googles me or my books 2) a way to build a tribe, a following, a fan base, a group of readers […]

    Perry Kirkpatrick

    Perry is a 20-something with a lot on her plate! She's wife to Tyler; mom to four little boys, two dogs, one cat, and 12 chickens; and author of five little books. She's the admin of this site, as well as a freelance book designer. She lives in the sunny southwest. Offers: cover design, formatting, graphic design, web design at perryelisabethdesign.com

  • Self-Publishing
  • Making or Breaking a Book Cover: Font Choices

    This entry is part of 1 in the series Making or Breaking a Book Cover

    This entry is part of 1 in the series Making or Breaking a Book Cover Did you know that using the right or wrong font is one thing that can make or break your book cover? No kidding! I’ve been a professional book designer for the last 5 years, and I’d like to share with you […]

    Perry Kirkpatrick

    Perry is a 20-something with a lot on her plate! She's wife to Tyler; mom to four little boys, two dogs, one cat, and 12 chickens; and author of five little books. She's the admin of this site, as well as a freelance book designer. She lives in the sunny southwest. Offers: cover design, formatting, graphic design, web design at perryelisabethdesign.com

  • Marketing
  • How to Publish Your Blog to Kindle in 3 Easy Steps

    Did you know you can publish your blog to Kindle? Kindle Publishing for Blogs is in beta right now, and it’s currently a very simple tool. However, if it makes your posts more easily accessible to your readers by sending them straight to their Kindles, why not give it a try? It’s super easy to […]

    Perry Kirkpatrick

    Perry is a 20-something with a lot on her plate! She's wife to Tyler; mom to four little boys, two dogs, one cat, and 12 chickens; and author of five little books. She's the admin of this site, as well as a freelance book designer. She lives in the sunny southwest. Offers: cover design, formatting, graphic design, web design at perryelisabethdesign.com

  • Marketing
  • Navigating the Facebook Minefield as an Indie Author

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    Guest post by H. L. Burke. Originally published here. Authors have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. First off, I know that social media can be a overwhelming for a lot of authors, and I’ve seen several burn out in an attempt to have a presence across ALL the various social media platforms. My usual advice is […]

    Perry Kirkpatrick

    Perry is a 20-something with a lot on her plate! She's wife to Tyler; mom to four little boys, two dogs, one cat, and 12 chickens; and author of five little books. She's the admin of this site, as well as a freelance book designer. She lives in the sunny southwest. Offers: cover design, formatting, graphic design, web design at perryelisabethdesign.com

  • Encouragement
  • Top Free Resources for Word Sprints

    Word sprints (also known as word wars) can help you increase your word count by turning a small writing session into a race against the clock and potentially another writer. Here are some resources to facilitate your word sprints: Tools for Word Sprints NaNoWriMo’s word sprint tool: http://nanowrimo.org/word_sprints/ (I believe this tool is available at any […]

    Perry Kirkpatrick

    Perry is a 20-something with a lot on her plate! She's wife to Tyler; mom to four little boys, two dogs, one cat, and 12 chickens; and author of five little books. She's the admin of this site, as well as a freelance book designer. She lives in the sunny southwest. Offers: cover design, formatting, graphic design, web design at perryelisabethdesign.com

  • Mechanics
  • How to Never Lose Your Work

    If you’ve been writing for very long, you’ve likely experienced the horrific feeling of losing some or all of your book manuscript. I’d like to share some methods you can use to keep from ever losing part of your work again. 1. Make Multiple Copies Manually Save a copy on your computer, save another copy […]

    Perry Kirkpatrick

    Perry is a 20-something with a lot on her plate! She's wife to Tyler; mom to four little boys, two dogs, one cat, and 12 chickens; and author of five little books. She's the admin of this site, as well as a freelance book designer. She lives in the sunny southwest. Offers: cover design, formatting, graphic design, web design at perryelisabethdesign.com

  • Self-Publishing
  • How to Make Your Book Dyslexia Friendly

    Did you know there are books that are specifically formatted for people with dyslexia? They use special fonts to increase readability and make recognizing similar-looking letters an easier task. Did you also know that there aren’t enough of these books? I think this is a great opportunity for us self-published authors to fill a need (especially if […]

    Perry Kirkpatrick

    Perry is a 20-something with a lot on her plate! She's wife to Tyler; mom to four little boys, two dogs, one cat, and 12 chickens; and author of five little books. She's the admin of this site, as well as a freelance book designer. She lives in the sunny southwest. Offers: cover design, formatting, graphic design, web design at perryelisabethdesign.com

  • Encouragement
  • 3 Ways to Write More Words Faster

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    Setting a daily word count goal and actually reaching it is sometimes the easiest thing in the world. But sometimes it’s like pulling teeth. Here are three ideas to help you write more words to reach and maybe even exceed your goal: Perry Kirkpatrick Perry is a 20-something with a lot on her plate! She’s wife to […]

    Perry Kirkpatrick

    Perry is a 20-something with a lot on her plate! She's wife to Tyler; mom to four little boys, two dogs, one cat, and 12 chickens; and author of five little books. She's the admin of this site, as well as a freelance book designer. She lives in the sunny southwest. Offers: cover design, formatting, graphic design, web design at perryelisabethdesign.com

  • Self-Publishing
  • 10 Things You May Not Know About Kindle Formatting

    10 Things You May Not Know About Kindle Formatting - Formatting a book for Kindle is very different from formatting for print. There are ways that it is simpler (it's certainly plainer!) and ways that it's more complicated.

    How much do you know about Kindle formatting? Preparing a book for Kindle is very different from formatting for print. There are ways that it is simpler (it’s certainly plainer!) and ways that it’s more complicated. Let’s start with one of the trickiest differences to understand: Perry Kirkpatrick Perry is a 20-something with a lot on her […]

    Perry Kirkpatrick

    Perry is a 20-something with a lot on her plate! She's wife to Tyler; mom to four little boys, two dogs, one cat, and 12 chickens; and author of five little books. She's the admin of this site, as well as a freelance book designer. She lives in the sunny southwest. Offers: cover design, formatting, graphic design, web design at perryelisabethdesign.com

  • Self-Publishing
  • Understanding Trim Size

    What trim size should I use

    Are you asking yourself, “What trim size should I use for my self-published book?” If you haven’t begun thinking about it yet, it’s never too early to start! Something we’ve seen somewhat frequently among our first-time clients is that they don’t decide on a trim size early enough in the game. (As a side note, if […]

    Perry Kirkpatrick

    Perry is a 20-something with a lot on her plate! She's wife to Tyler; mom to four little boys, two dogs, one cat, and 12 chickens; and author of five little books. She's the admin of this site, as well as a freelance book designer. She lives in the sunny southwest. Offers: cover design, formatting, graphic design, web design at perryelisabethdesign.com