Author’s Perspective on Interior Book Design

by Susan K. Younger on December 11, 2012

While writing my book I had no concept of what the interior layout would be, how, or if the photos I liked could be included. As we worked on the interior layout I started  looking for photos that represented key images for the stories I was sharing from my life. Did I want a photo […]


Creating Readable and Beautiful Book Interiors

by Cathy Davis on December 5, 2012

I love working with authors . . . Most are extremely passionate about their topic and embrace being able to share that message with the world. It is our mission at Davis Creative to create covers, interiors, illustrations, icons and more to help them look good, get noticed and get read. When authors complete their […]


Kim finished with editing last week and the manuscript was handed off to  Lauren, Susan’s proofreader. When Lauren is finished, the manuscript will be ready to send to Cindy Davis for layout (more about that later). Joy finished the graphic and technical parts to the website. Now, Gloria and Susan are working on Susan’s bio, […]


Starting on the Book Interior

by Jan King on October 14, 2012

This week I will introduce Susan to Cathy Davis who will be doing the book interior. Cathy will talk to Susan about what she would like in the book in terms of fonts for headings and text. They will probably look at pen and ink (black, not color) icons to illustrate the sections which are […]


Writing a Book Proposal

by Susan K. Younger on October 13, 2012

I originally thought I might publish this book with an established commercial publisher, so I worked for a long time on a book proposal. Writing the book proposal was way harder for me than writing the book. 14 months / 25 chapters = Book Manuscript 16 months /10 pages of pain = Book Proposal I […]


It has been wonderful to see an end in sight when I will have a real book.  Not just a collection of stories written over the course of time, but a book I can hold in my hand.  Something someone else can pickup and read, or download to their Kindle, computer, tablet or other handheld […]


The Wonderful PDF Lady

by Kim Pearson on October 9, 2012

Copyediting means trying to catch and fix all the errors in a manuscript. It is a tedious job, and not one for perfectionists, because perfect does not exist. If you’ve been writing or working on a manuscript for a while, those small and pesky errors, such as “I’m got an idea” instead of “I’ve got […]


Importance of Proofreaders and Proofreading

by Jan King on October 8, 2012

This week, I will be introducing Susan to Lauren Hidden who will be proofreading her book before it goes to the interior designer. Sometimes it seems that we’ve read our own manuscripts so many times that we just assume we must have caught all the mistakes.  Unfortunately reading our manuscripts multiple times means we are […]


Benefits of Team Support for the Author

by Susan K. Younger on October 1, 2012

Having the team support me during the process of self publishing with their assistance has been freeing and exciting. I’ve worked with teams before when I was within a corporation and in a design firms, but for the last 12 years, I’ve been an independent contractor working alone. Writing for the last few years has […]


The Work of the Copywriter

by Jan King on September 25, 2012

This week I will be introducing Susan to Gloria Balcom, an experienced Marketing Consultant.  She will be working with Susan to add pizzazz to her bio (a shortened version of which will go on her back cover).  A bio should always be written in the 3rd person – talking about the person in a way […]