Book Publishing 101

Book Publishing 1011. Grammar & Editing – As you are constructing your book, make sure you do a Spell Check on the final manuscript. Check the sentence fragments and word tense. Make sure your document has 1-inch margins (Top, Bottom, Left, and Right). Set your manuscript size to the book size you desire (i.e. 5×7, 6×10, 8×10).

2. ISBN – In order to effectively market your book without being rejected from bookstores and online agents, you will need to purchase an ISBN. Bowker ISBN Agency handles the regulation of ISBNs. If you decide to purchase one through them, it will cost $125. Book publishers may offer you a discounted rate. If so, take the advantage.

3. Copyrights – No author is prone or vulnerable to theft. Protect your works by registering your claim/title with the U.S. Copyright Office in Washington, D.C. You can purchase your copyright for $35 online through ECO or by printing out the forms under their local repository. Inside your book, do include a copyright page informing readers of copyright protection and infringement if they decide to steal your works.

4. Book Binding – The type of binding you choice for your book is very important. If you decide to choose paperback plastic cover, the cost will be cheaper. However, there is an advantage to hardcover. The binding doesn’t rip the pages and the book doesn’t become damaged by water, sunlight, or dust. Some authors choose to add the dust jacket inside and this also protects the pages inside of the book. One has to keep in mind that books are shipped and you never know what the machines could do to your books if they are plastic covers.

5. Cover Images – The front and back cover of your book is worth a thousand! Just one look could give the reader the wrong look. Personally, I choose to pick images that deal with the morale and main idea of the book. Get creative with your cover images and not have them plain. Make your book so appealing that when a person scrolls down the aisle, they stop to look at your book.

6. Wording on Back Cover – Many interested readers want a synopsis of your book and it’s important that you persuade them with the things written on the back. Place some testimonials of your book on the back cover and main quotes that are enticing.

7. Number of Pages – When I first started writing books, I did not take this into consideration. The amount of pages draws readers as well as repels them. If your book is too huge, a person may disregard it because of their busy schedule. Adversely, a person may enjoy a book of small amount of pages because they can read it in one setting. If you write poetry, consider the format of your book. Should it be done in volumes and collections? If you write fiction and creative stories, should they be split into characters or segregated by topical categories? Should there be a plot with suspense or a dry-cut informative message from the story?

8. Marketing – You are never in the business just to publish a book! You’re in the business to market your book! It’s an accomplishment to publish your book and receive the self-satisfaction of doing so. Yet, you want to sell your book and make royalties. You want money for your hard work and labor! It’s an expectation for authors and readers are also aware. Get into the habit of marketing your book and requesting your readers to rate and review it. Ratings and reviews carry the author a long way and establishes a fine connection between buying a book of worth and a plain old book.

Cute Cats–Cool Gift Ideas for Cat-Lovers

Da Vinci was most certainly right when he said that the smallest feline is a masterpiece! I mean, who wouldn’t stop and stare in googley-eyed awe at the sight of a kitten? Likewise, cats are a popular subject for online entertainment. From YouTube to blogs, nearly everyone everywhere is showcasing or parodizing the cat’s personality and antics in some form or fashion. More popular and successful works have been published, publicized, and franchised—which is convenient if you’re stuck trying to find a gift for someone who adores cats. There are a few cute and cool cats on the internet that I know which also have some of their own merchandise! Their comic craftsmanship and charming nature will make them the gifts you’re looking for to give to that cat-loving friend or family member!

Simon’s Cat—Simon’s Cat is a delightful cartoon phenomenon from YouTube! Hand-drawn frame-by-frame, this feline is aesthetically simplistic, but lives the hilarious and crazy life all cats lead!  Just recently produced for Simon’s Cat are a brand-new cartoon book, an animated short, and even a few iPhone apps!

Pusheen the Cat—Pusheen the cat is a cute, plushy GIF character that lives on Tumblr! In addition to being a blog-able statement, Pusheen is quite a fashion statement too as she is on a number of apparel and accessories.

Gemma Correll—Gemma Correll is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist. Her artistic interests are a wider range beyond just cute pets and her style, especially those of her cat cartoons, is satirical and sketch-like. Her cats can be found on several of her nick-knacks and in her book “A Cat’s Life”.

Naturally, felines are beautiful and graceful creatures. Artistically, they are even more ingenious as a statement on their dispositions is expressed for entertainment! Any feline-fan will appreciate a gift with any of these internet sensations this holiday season! They’re each a masterpiece in their own right, and totally the cat’s meow!

Winky Designs Iconic Edition

Winky Designs is a fun and quirky new company that has been delighting people with its slap watches and other cool designer products for a good while now. Their latest addition to the Winky family of products is a line of slap watches that feature icon images rather than numbers like you would find on any other boring old clock. They literally have a nag for taking the ordinary and turning it into something fantastic and functional! The new line features three new and “iconic” designs. These designs are the camera, travel, and computer icons. We got our hands on one of the Iconic Camera watches, and the first thing we have to comment on is their superb packaging. The packaging has vibrant orange and white colors and boasts a neat side label that looks like a nutrition facts label that has useful information about the watch printed on it.

The watch itself is clever beyond words. The iconic images printed on the inside compartment of the watch are crisp and clear. The material that the watch is made of is a very soft and comfortable silicon material that is a pure black color. There is also a classy silver ring around the centerpiece of the watch that draws one’s eye to the watch. You are sure to get noticed when you wear a Winky Designs product, and that’s a good thing because this has to be without a doubt one of the coolest watches to ever be made. This watch along with the other two designs in the Iconic Edition collection are most certainly going to be the next big thing in accessory fashion. Be sure to head on over to their Facebook page and like it or follow them on their Twitter for the latest info on their amazing products!

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Diela Maharanie Makes Magical Art

When redecorating a space, be it an office or room in your home, you always need to consider the walls. Walls are boring on their own, but luckily there are tons of new artist to choose from when picking out the perfect piece of art for your wall. One of those artist by the name of Diela Maharanie is making an impact on the world of art with her creative tones of color and imaginative scenes that are depicted in her work.

Her art is not average, it possesses a creative quality that makes the viewer of the art become engulfed within the blocky chunks of color and precisely drawn characters. One look at her art and you will quite possibly want your entire wall to be covered in Diela Maharanie originals.

The patterns that are used in her art are nice and vibrant, yet they still only just add to the overall beauty of the art instead of consume the piece. It’s rare to find an artist who can incorporate elements that are borderline supernatural and those of the real world so well.

So if you are looking for some art, I suggest you consider Diela Maharanie’s work. You are sure to love it, and it is sure to love your walls. Make note of this artist on the rise because I have no doubt that we will be seeing great things from her in the future.

Terrific Terrariums

A common dilemma that many people redecorating their space face is what to do with an empty tabletop or shelf. I could tell you to put some framed pictures there, but only do so if you like taking a safe and unoriginal approach. One hidden gem in the world of decor are terrariums. Terrariums are basically little ecosystems inside of jars, bottles, etc. You can really put them in almost anything, just keep is simple for the best results.

How do you know what to make your terrarium out of? Believe it or not, there are many varieties of terrariums out there! They range from mossy filled jars to sand and water engulfed candy jars. The possibilities are almost endless, but one very important thing to keep in mind is how will you be able to take care of your terrarium. Some only require a small amount of attention and care, while more advanced ecosystems will require a good bit of attention.

Curious about getting one of these creative, nature connected, pieces of home decor? You should be! Since we want to help you choose the best one, we have a few options for you, and get this, we make it as simple as clicking the type of terrarium you would be interested in. See those images? Just click the one that looks the best to you, and it will take you straight to what we think are the best shops in the market for affordable and professional terrariums.

      

Paperwallet

If you’re like me, you have a hard time finding a wallet that works for you. I myself am environmentally conscious but hate to sacrifice great style. Surprisingly, not many companies are looking into ways to make accessories and functional items, environmentally friendly, with the exception of one very cool company called Paperwallet. This company is true to its name, they make wallets made out of Tyvek, a material that is 100% recyclable!  How cool is that!? We think it’s probably the best idea we’ve herd in a very long time. Now, Paperwallet is all about keeping the green going, so that’s why they offer a really cool program where you can send in your old wallet and get a 15% coupon from them to use towards a Paperwallet!

Sounds pretty good right? It is, but we aren’t just saying they are awesome, we are using their products. The best part for me is the room and space in the wallet for all of my cards and cash. The quality of these wallets is another big point of discussion for new buyers. They look fantastic, but do they stand the test of feeling and using as high quality? Yes, they sure do. Upon first touching one of these artistic wallets you get the gist that it is a very durable and thick paper stock. A great company that is moving forward for our environment always deserves support, and that’s why we fully support Paperwallet 100%!

 

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Baggu For Your Laptop & iPad

It’s no secret that here at Toast Pop we love BAGGU, we don’t go to the grocery store without them, but we have some news to share! BAGGU now offers a line of cases for your laptop and iPad! We know one thing for sure, they are high quality and very durable, just like their bags! They come in a variety of cool colors, as one might expect, and fit a variety of different sized computers. It goes without saying, the iPad ones just come in one size, since there is only one size iPad on the market. The color choices are fun and brilliant just like all of their other products, another thing you don’t have to worry about with BAGGU is the color of their products, even the darkest colors they offer look fantastic and stand out. They continue to amaze us all with simplistic and functional products that look good! My only question is, what will BAGGU come up with next? One thing’s for sure, we will be waiting to hear about it, whatever it may be!

What A Business Card Says

Perhaps you have just opened your first website? Maybe you own your own business? You could even just want to find a good study partner in school? All of those reasons and more are great ways to use a business card to help aid in those pursuits. A business card can speak for you in many situations. In the digital age in which we live you may think that a business card is unnecessary, but it is quite the opposite. While it is true that some people will ignore your card and possibly even throw it away, you will find that the people who have any remote interest in you and what you are doing would love to have a business card from you. It is a formal way to make sure that a certain person or place has your contact information. It’s just as easy to misplace an email with your contact information as it is to lose a small card containing your details. In fact I think that business cards, if you choose a good and proper design for yours, can prove to be much more useful than an email or phone call.

The main things to remember when choosing a design for your business cards are that it needs to represent you or the business you are trying to promote clearly. When people see the card they need to be able to clearly know what you or your business is about. If you have a design firm you don’t want to choose a design for your card that has dogs and cats on it. Hopefully if you own a design firm you would already know that though. Another important thing is to not overdo the design. Add only the vital information and a simple design to the card for the most effective outcome. Lastly, keep in mind that the whole point in the card is to promote something or be a useful form of contact information for someone to get in touch with you. Don’t give them to just anyone, give them to the people that count, make the cards a special thing and not an overstocked commodity. A business card has been the most effective accessory to a business for years, and that is not going to change anytime soon.

9 Space

Home decor is something that is hard to determine feelings about since it is always an ever-changing market full of new products, but one company, 9 Space, seriously knows what they are doing. With a team of very talented designers there is not any surprise that they offer a vast catalogue of specialty home decor items. The items that they offer are not only full of design elements, but they also are very useful household items! Everything from textiles to bath robes is offered by 9 Space!

Their style appears to be very modern and minimal and they seem to derive design principles and aspects of their products from elements of nature or manmade likeness. For example you can see in their catalogue that they have taken specific images to compliment their products. Their catalogue is very professional and beautifully designed! It’s pretty easy to see whey 9 Space should be your next choice in decorating and filling your home with good looking and useful items! Check out their online catalogue!

Furniture With Soul

A common problem with interior and exterior design anymore is the commercialization of it all. C.G. Sparks is one place to shop if you want to avoid all of that. Unique furniture that serves a purpose is what they specialize in. In fact their slogan is, “Furniture With Soul”. Their goal with the furniture choices sold by them is to have sold you a piece that will spark a story or imagination. It’s easy to take a look at the many different products and imagine an amazing history for each and every one of them.

For some, it’s hard to break away from the retail experience of visiting your local home decor shop and buying some well known brands, but for others who are more interested in having a long lasting piece of furniture that is as interesting as it is visually pleasing, the choice is easy. C.G. Sparks also has a neat advantage that it’s “big-box store” competitors can’t boast about, they donate to many causes that share their common goals ad visions.

They have assembled what they consider to be the finest crew possible, so you know that the pieces that the find to sell you are going to be high quality and long lasting. It’s great to be able to make a purchase that looks great and that you know will last a long time. It simply comes down to the principle of selling timeless furniture that can stand the test of time.