The Library and Memories

After a busy afternoon, I went to the library to pick up a book on order. While I was looking around, I saw a special display with books about dogs. One children’s book caught my eye because I recognized the author, Mem Fox, and the illustrator, Mark Teague. I stopped to read their story, Cat Dog. It…


Van Gogh exhibit 

This summer, we went to the Art Institute of Chicago to see the Van Gogh exhibit. It was fabulous. We were dazzled by more than seventy-five paintings and drawings by master artists Vincent van Gogh, as well as Georges Seurat, Paul Signac, Emile Bernard, and Charles Angrand.  While we were enjoying the paintings, we saw a book…


finding online images

Finding images online

My friend Bobbi wrote to me: “I’m frustrated with this photo stock website, which was my image source. I seem to recall you suggested several sites—some free—for graphic images, but I can’t find them. Do you remember what they were? I really need a new source.” Many online resources I replied, “Here you go!” and…


Book marketing and publishing

I’m a book designer who frequently listens to webinars (and podcasts) about book marketing and publishing. They keep me up to date. I’ve been listening and watching for many years. Most of the information is not new to me. However, it reinforces book publishing concepts every author should learn. Recently, I attended an excellent webinar…


A medley of memoirs

Many people want to tell their stories. I recently designed a medley of memoirs. Self-publishing and printing are excellent ways to accomplish this and reach the perfect readers. The following memoirs were written by first-time authors whom I guided through the design and book-production process. What design elements are generally used for the cover of…


digital publishing

Advice for a first-time author

I recently designed a memoir for Bonnie, a first-time author who originally printed only enough copies of her book for her family and friends. Now, she wants to publish it and make it available to the public.  If you are a first-time author who is ready to publish your book, you have many publishing options,…