When commissioning illustrations, whether with a FriesenPress artist or one you have found on your own, it’s important to be prepared for the process ahead.Read More
Rumours of the printed book’s death have been greatly exaggerated as the book industry continues to thrive in today’s digital age. To learn why, we spoke with two leaders at one of the organizations leading the way, Friesens—the premiere book manufacturer in Canada, and our parent company!Read More
Editing is a journey, and one you dare not take alone. In this two-part piece, we map out three different stages of editing, plotting a route that will guide you safely to your dream destination: a published author whose book is ready to take on the literary marketplace!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