• Encouragement
  • 3 Reasons You Should be Using Writing Prompts

    Writing prompts can benefit every writer: from the plotter to the pantser (and everyone in between). From the rookie to the veteran author. From the novelist to the flash-fiction aficionado. But why? And how? Other than the fact that they’re fun, I’ve come up with three reasons you should be using writing prompts to level […]

    Perry Kirkpatrick

    Perry is a 20-something author 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 and the creator of the WriteMind Planner for authors. She lives in the sunny southwest. Offers: cover design and the WriteMind Planner at perryelisabethdesign.com

  • Encouragement
  • First Drafts: 5 Things That are OK and 1 That’s Not

    First drafts are interesting creatures, aren’t they? They often start out in a blaze of glory and excitement, but at some point we start to wonder… is this awful? If things get really bad, we might even decide that it is the absolute worst bit of writing known to mankind. Eventually, we might come out […]

    Perry Kirkpatrick

    Perry is a 20-something author 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 and the creator of the WriteMind Planner for authors. She lives in the sunny southwest. Offers: cover design and the WriteMind Planner at perryelisabethdesign.com

  • Mechanics
  • What’s in a Name

    Naming characters is a fun process. But before you dive in head-first, there are a few things to think about that will help you choose the very best names. Let’s break this down… Think: Time-Period If you read a lot of books from the 1800s, you will encounter names like Horace and Hester, but I […]

    Perry Kirkpatrick

    Perry is a 20-something author 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 and the creator of the WriteMind Planner for authors. She lives in the sunny southwest. Offers: cover design and the WriteMind Planner at perryelisabethdesign.com

  • Self-Publishing
  • My Favorite Sites for Free and Inexpensive Stock Images

    Top sites for free and inexpensive stock images for book covers.

    Whether you’re planning to DIY a book cover or make smashing social media graphics to promote your new release, you’ll need images! If you enjoy taking photos and have the equipment and skills needed, you can always use your own. Not everyone is a photographer, though, so you’ll be using stock images. If you’ve ever done […]

    Perry Kirkpatrick

    Perry is a 20-something author 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 and the creator of the WriteMind Planner for authors. She lives in the sunny southwest. Offers: cover design and the WriteMind Planner at perryelisabethdesign.com

  • Encouragement
  • Celebrate Independence: Write Something!

    Here in the U.S. we’re celebrating our founding today. It’s kind of a like a country-birthday. And we’re celebrating by shooting fireworks sky high (much to the chagrin of my poor dogs). This country has been around a little while now. We’ve been through a lot of changes and repeated a lot of history. But, […]

    Perry Kirkpatrick

    Perry is a 20-something author 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 and the creator of the WriteMind Planner for authors. She lives in the sunny southwest. Offers: cover design and the WriteMind Planner at perryelisabethdesign.com

  • Self-Publishing
  • How to DIY a Stunning eBook Cover without Photoshop

    Do you want to create a fabulous ebook cover without using Photoshop? Do you feel like your design skills are limited? Are you on a tight publishing budget? If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions, you’re going to LOVE today’s post and the accompanying freebies. I’m seriously excited to share it with you! […]

    Perry Kirkpatrick

    Perry is a 20-something author 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 and the creator of the WriteMind Planner for authors. She lives in the sunny southwest. Offers: cover design and the WriteMind Planner at perryelisabethdesign.com

  • Self-Publishing
  • Making or Breaking a Book Cover: Back Cover Content

    Authors often ask me what they should include on their book's back cover. Today I'll share with you the possible content you could include on your back cover as well as tips on length and how to choose which content to include.
    This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Making or Breaking a Book Cover

    This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Making or Breaking a Book Cover Authors often ask me what they should include on their book’s back cover. Today I’ll share with you the possible content you could include on your back cover as well as tips on length and how to choose which […]

    Perry Kirkpatrick

    Perry is a 20-something author 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 and the creator of the WriteMind Planner for authors. She lives in the sunny southwest. Offers: cover design and the WriteMind Planner at perryelisabethdesign.com

  • 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 author 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 and the creator of the WriteMind Planner for authors. She lives in the sunny southwest. Offers: cover design and the WriteMind Planner at perryelisabethdesign.com

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

    This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Making or Breaking a Book Cover

    This entry is part 1 of 2 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 […]

    Perry Kirkpatrick

    Perry is a 20-something author 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 and the creator of the WriteMind Planner for authors. She lives in the sunny southwest. Offers: cover design and the WriteMind Planner 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 author 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 and the creator of the WriteMind Planner for authors. She lives in the sunny southwest. Offers: cover design and the WriteMind Planner at perryelisabethdesign.com