As we embark upon our next decade in business, we consulted a number of our team members and asked them to share with us some lessons they’ve learned while working in self-publishing.Read More
A book cover is a profoundly important part of your book’s impression on potential readers. Over the past decade, FriesenPress has developed over 5,000 book titles, and that means years and years of evolving cover designs.Read More
Over the last decade, FriesenPress has had both a front-row seat and an active role in influencing the sea change in self-publishing.
Leading up to our 10th birthday, we spoke with President Tammara Kennelly about what we’ve learned and where we’re headed.Read More
Even an author that has no or minimal understanding of design can’t help but notice when patterns emerge in research, learning the subtleties of what makes a good cover “good” and a bad cover “bad.” The cover is your book’s crucial first impression, acting as packaging, branding, and a big part of its of marketing.
Though it’s clear that some books have overcome mediocre, or even bad, covers and gone on to become best sellers, those titles would have, most certainly, done even better with great covers. You don’t want to overcome your cover; you want to ride its success.Read More
An aspect of publishing that is often overlooked is the value of a well-crafted, strategically designed title and subtitle. Sure, instincts can lead you to a great first title idea, but a great sounding title and an effective title can be two different things. Wisely chosen titles capture your readers’ attention, hook them, and can even influence them throughout the rest of the book.Read More
Many well-known books have taken the crowdfunding path, including the Friesens-printed Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. But what is it about projects like Rebel Girls that garners such appeal and engagement?
Here’s a look at a few real-world examples of successful campaigns and the characteristics that contributed to them meeting their funding goals.
A great book starts with a great book proposal. And yet book proposals are an under-used tool for self-publishing writers.
To help you put together a useful proposal for your book, we’ve created an easy-to-follow free template. Whether you’re in the idea phase or you’re almost finished your first draft, your proposal will be a helpful signpost throughout the writing and revision processes – and well into publishing.Read More
Editing is a crucial part of the publishing process. However, it’s equally as crucial that self-publishing authors recognize their role as both author and publisher when entering into editing. Our editors have noticed that before some writers are engaged in the process, they hold certain misbeliefs about the parameters and content of the relationship with an editor.
We chatted with our in-house editing professional Amy De Nat and she broke down seven misconceptions she’s encountered in book editing:Read More