• Marketing
  • Making Short Stories Work for You

    Short stories used to be more widely loved. They’ve been a bit misunderstood of late, but I’m confident they’re making a comeback. As an author, short stories can actually be a brilliant part of your marketing plan. Here are a few ideas for making short stories work for you. (Note: for the purposes of this […]

    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

  • Blog
  • The Reviewers I Have Known

    So you’re starting to get reviews on your book. EXCITING, right?! Did you know there are several kinds of reviewers out there and they will all have something different to say about your work? And did you know you’re perfectly welcome to take some kinds with a grain of salt? Let’s talk about some of […]

    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
  • 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 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
  • 14 Romance Book Cliches

    Cliches aren’t always a bad thing, but it’s always good to at least be aware of them when writing your novel. They can often be amusing when you stop to think about it. Here are some good romance book cliches I’ve noticed tend to pop up frequently… Gotta hate ’em before you can love ’em.  Never […]

    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
  • Best Free Stock Images for Author Graphics

    Authors need fabulous, eye-catching graphics to share in their blog posts and on social media. Sometimes, though, even the least expensive image subscription is just not in the budget. Today, I want to share with you a Pinterest board I’ve been creating. It contains all kinds of free writing- and reading-themed stock images. All 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

  • Encouragement
  • 10 Tips from NaNoWriMo Veterans

    Originally published on PerryElisabethDesign.com My Nano tip is to wrap your mind around the fact that you WILL finish no matter what. The last three years, because I’m always behind by about 30k words, I’ve barely participated in the Thanksgiving festivities in order to ensure that I reach my goal. Three years in a row […]

    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
  • Music for Writing (or How To Survive NaNoWriMo)

    NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is upon us (well, not ME because November is a crazy busy month at our house). Sometimes writing a couple thousand words every single day of the month requires creating atmosphere. Writing to music is a great way to increase your word count—whether you’re doing NaNo or not. To that […]

    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
  • 8 Ways to Excite Kids about Writing This November

    Guest post by Kate Willis originally published on PerryElisabethDesign.com Contains affiliate links. For most of us, November means turkey, pumpkins, and coming winter; but for a small portion of the population it spells National Novel Writing Month (fondly shortened to NaNoWriMo). These certifiably artistic people commit to writing 50,000 words in 30 days. Hats off to them! […]

    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
  • All the Beautiful People

    I was just musing about something—a tendency I have. (You’ll have to let me know if I’m the only one.) When I was younger, every protagonist I wrote was me. In some (okay, most) ways, it was a version of me or how I wished I was. The girls were always short with dark hair […]

    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
  • How Can Authors Get Story Ideas from Clickbait Titles? The Answer Will Shock You!

    Ahh… clickbait. Those bizarre headlines that are annoyingly intriguing and make you feel like a failure for taking the bait and clicking on them. What if I told you there’s actually a good use for them? Welcome to your new way of coming up with story ideas! Seriously, clickbait titles make the best story prompts! […]

    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