DIY For Inquiring Minds
I reiterate here, if you have not read this post on Stocks and Resources, please read before continuing. This lesson is about patterns. I use them sometimes, but not very often. Patterns are basically tileable brushes you dump onto a… Read More »DIYday Lesson 10: GIMP 103: Patterns
DIYDay Lesson 8: GIMP 101: Open, Save, Layers and Tools
The very basic first lesson in GIMP and image manipulation. Enough to get you started. More lessons on this to come.
Lesson 7: Stocks and Resources
Images, Fonts, Music and Videos, Application Resources. Just because you found it on the internet doesn’t mean you can use it however you want. Check the licenses and use requirements and when in doubt contact the creator before making something public.
Lesson 6: Author Finance 101
You have two commodities to spend on your writing and publishing: Time and money. It’s up to you to decide which is more valuable and how you want to spend it. Three things you really, really, really should invest in–with time or money or both–are your website, your cover page, and a professional edit for your book. Why? Because these are the three faces of you.
Lesson 5: The Big Bad Interwebs
The internet is your greatest friend and your biggest enemy. The good news is, as soon as you put something out there, it’s there forever. Your website, blog, books, etc. Bad news is, as soon as you put something out there, it’s there forever. Do your research and plan it out.
Lesson 4: How to Deal With Reviews
Reader reviews are both an honest critique and word of mouth about a book that begins and propagates itself naturally without an author’s interference. If your book made your readers feel strongly about it, your reviews are likely to end up on opposite ends of the spectrum. Keep an eye out for the Goldielocks reviews.
Lesson 3: The Nitty Gritty Meta
Metadata is data about data. In this case information about your book. Blurbs, keywords, genres, and ISBN numbers are all metadata.
Lesson 2: What’s In A Name?
Your name is your brand. It’s how people know you. It will be in your web address (when you’re ready for a custom URL) and on the covers of your books. The more you put it out there, the more people will see it, so be sure it’s a good one.