One Sentence - True stories, told in one sentence. Tutorials - Customizing our Free Ebook Covers - Step 1 In this tutorial, I'll show you how you can easily turn our free ebook cover templates into your own sales generating product cover. For this example, I will be using Abode Photoshop 6.0. The steps covered in this tutorial should work with most if not all versions of Photoshop. If you don't have Photoshop already, you can download a 30 day trial version here. If you plan on using a different graphics editing application, make sure that it can distort a layer. Alright, let's begin... Fire up Photoshop and open 'cover01_blank.psd' included in the 'cover01.zip' file. Open or simply dragging-and-dropping the file onto the work area. With this blank template, you can start designing your flat ebook cover. This is what I came up with: When you're satisfied with your work, I suggest saving the file. Save. Next, flatten the layers by clicking on Layer Flatten Image. In this step, you'll transfer your flat cover into a layer of the 3D template. All. Copy. Next, open 'cover01.psd' by clicking File Paste.
BOOKS TOOLBOX: 50+ Sites for Book Lovers Lulu, a book publishing site, is in the news this week. But there are many more sites for book reviews, self-publishing and exchange. Here are more than 50 of our favorites. Disclosure: Lulu currently has an ad campaign running on Mashable. Book Reviews Amazon.com - Search from thousands of books, buy them online and read excellent reviews. Booksprice.com - Users can search and compare prices of new and old books from all major stores. Bookswellread.com - Users can share reviews of some of their favorite books with others. Titlez - Users can perform a comparative analysis of a book or group of books with other books in the market. Whatshouldireadnext.com - Users enter their favorite book and they are a recommended a new book based on analysis of the reading preferences of other registered users. Book Communities aNobii - A great way to create book listings, interact with people and express thoughts. Booksconnect.com - A site which connects book lovers, writers and resellers. Publishing Others
WRITER'S TOOLBOX: 35 Best Tools for Writing Online Whether you’re new to the world of authorship or a veteran trying to make the most of Web services and applications, there are a number of online tools for writers of all types. From blogging platforms to networking hotbeds, and job boards to real-world gatherings, and more, the supply of utilities is comprehensive, to say the least. But finding them all can be hard-going, so we’ve taken the liberty to make the discovery process easier by arranging our top finds here for your perusal. Here are 35 of the best social media tools for writers. Have one that you'd recommend? Tell us about your favorites in the comments! Word Processing As a writer, you may have grown comfortable with applications like Microsoft Word, the Open Office equivalent, or more basic text editors like Notepad for Windows or the Mac OS X mainstay known as TextEdit. Google Docs - This is perhaps the most frequently mentioned processor of its kind, simply for the fact that it is a Google property. Blogging Microblogging
6 Ways to Publish Your Own Book Shevonne Polastre is a freelance Technical Writer who assists companies and non-profits. She authors FreeAgentWriter, a blog about the technology world. Online self-publishing services have given users the tools they need to create, publish and promote their work. These sites allow authors to bypass the process of finding an agent and pitching to publishing houses, a venture that can take months, if not years. Here are six great sites that will help you publish your work, guaranteeing you a published book that can be sold via different outlets, such as Amazon. Have another service to suggest? 1. Lulu allows you to create a variety of books, but also lets you develop digital media. Before finalizing the book, you are able to download and print a proof of the book, and when your book is ready, you are able to sell it in your customized storefront. What makes it unique: Lulu provides an FTP site for uploading files larger than 300MB. 2. 3. 4. 5. Pricing: $0 6. Pricing: Prices start at $299
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