Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Print & eBook Covers Ready to Purchase

Yes - people really do judge a book by the cover!

Save lots of $$$ and consider a pre-made cover tweaked to suit your book cover needs.

Pre-made Covers ony sold only once.

Payment plans are available on request.

Lets get started

Also let me know if you require an ebook cover design, a print cover design, or both.

I design and format books for all online book stores including print books via Createspace - Print on demand (Amazon).

Book titles and fonts on pre-made covers can be modified to suit all authors needs.

I also support you by helping to promote your book on facebook, twitter and my blogs.

Facebook - HERE

Formatting for print and ebooks via Createspace, Amazon and Smashwords; including affiliates -  Barnes & Noble, Diesel, Apple, Kobo & many others.  

Feature title pages for print and ebooks

More pre-made samples - HERE
Recent custom made covers for Authors - HERE

Exposure is everything - Once you are published, I will help you promote your book. 

Easy payment plans are available on request.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

You’ve written a book - What now

Are you an author? Yes? Good. You are not alone!

You’ve written a book and it’s an absolute winner.
But that little nagging voice at the back of your mind keeps whispering unnerving things to you. Like: are you sure of your grammar and punctuation? Is your manuscript free of typos and those silly words that spellcheckers cannot correct for you? Is the story engaging enough and flowing without hiccups? Are the characters likeable? Do you need a gentle helping hand?

What about covers? Have you given any thought to what you would see this winning story sheathed in – be it on Amazon or your local store’s shelves? What sells best in your genre? 

Did you know colour matters? Or what fonts would best express your book’s message and catch your readers’ eyes?

What about formatting? What works for kindle would not work for a paperback, for example.

And afterwards, once the book is ready to make you money? What marketing tools would you use to make it stand out from the rest? There are millions of books out there, sitting pretty, waiting to be picked up by the passing crowd. Did you know people process images better than words alone?  And how are you going to get reviews?

Just as the publishing process morphed and shifted into self or independent publishing, so have the number of organisations ready to support this fledgling. There are brilliant cover artists, providing a huge range of services. They could help you design everything from cover art to merchandise you could offer your readers as prizes. 

And formatting – no matter how clear you think KDP, Smashwords, Draft2Digital and Createspace instructions are, you will be grateful for some help at about the same point as you discover there is no more hair on your head to pull out.

Well, at Paradox Book Cover Designs, we have pulled together enough knowledge to help you through the mire. Take a peek. Browse through sample covers and then get in contact.

Some will say my rates are too low to be of professional quality. Just like paperbacks must be better than their electronic counterparts. Or the traditionally published authors more talented than the self-published ones.

You won’t be locked into a deal you can't afford with me. Ask about my easy payment plans and bundles. You will be pleasantly surprised.

Being a self published indie author of 6 published print books and counting, I have the experience that will make your journey into the world of publishing and promoting a lot less stressful. And at a cost that WONT break the bank - And that is a promise! Patti Roberts.

What size cover? The most popular sizes for print covers are 5x8 and 6x9. If you have a smaller word count, I would suggest the 5x8 cover for your book, giving you a decent spine for your title and author name. I also suggest using Times New Roman 12pt with 1.5 spacing, for most novels that are on the smaller word count size.

Createspace gives you 2 options for your print book, Gloss or Matte.

Table of contents in the front on the book, print or ebook, is optional. Many authors choose not to use (TOC) a table of contents at all. The choice is yours. Have a look inside some of your favorite print books for ideas.

Testimonials - HERE

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Author's Book Trailers

The Cobra and Scarab: A Novel of Ancient Egypt

By Glenn Starkey

Buy the book on Amazon - HERE

The Desert Sheikh (Books 1, 2 and 3 of The Desert Sheikh romance trilogy) by Katheryn Lane

Amazon - The Desert Sheikh (Books 1, 2 and 3 of The Desert Sheikh romance trilogy)

The New book by Ronald Dahle - The Grey Dawn 

Contact Ronald on his facebook page - HERE
Amazon - HERE

I think they [BOOK TRAILERS] are an excellent way to get people interested in buying your book.
Direct message sent by Solstice Publishing (@Solsticepublish)

Murder & Mayhem In Goose Pimple Junction By Amy Metz


When Tess Tremaine starts a new life in the colorful town of Goose Pimple Junction, she thinks she’s moved to a quiet little burg. Curiosity leads her to look into a seventy-five-year-old murder, and suddenly she’s learning the foreign language of southern speak, resisting her attraction to local celebrity Jackson Wright, and dealing with more mayhem than she can handle.  Facebook

Forbidden Touch By K.S. Haigwood

Ciera has to break the ultimate vampire law to save Mitch, her mortal soulmate, from a terrible fate. Dane, the vampire who would do anything to win her affection, is responsible for Mitch being framed for murder. A fast chain of events is set in motion, which leads to the soulmates being torn apart and Ciera to lose her heart to the one person she has always despised, Dane. She finds herself completely in love with both men. But a rogue vampire puts them all in grave danger. Can she keep them both? Or will she have to accept one lover’s sacrifice, to save the other?
Forbidden Touch - Amazon

Grey Death - By Ronald Dahle

Book 2 in The Churning Cauldron Series.
Book 1 on Amazon

Solomon's Men - By Glenn Starkey

Glenn Starkey Patti made a great book trailer for me. She's fantastic to work with, makes you feel comfortable about any and all ideas, and I'm glad my first trailer was made by her! Glenn


Description: Greg Valdez operates just the other side of the line, as a thief for private collectors. He's known as the best in the business. You name it, he's stolen it-from jewels to fine art. Now his mission takes him to an ancient monastery in Portugal, to steal a priceless artifact that he doesn't realize contains the true burial Shroud of Jesus. But the shroud becomes the ransom for his loved ones and centuries-old oaths and traditions come into play as modern day Templar Knights launch an international search for the thief and the Shroud.

Blood Is Heavier - By Ella Medler


Product Description

Nick Hunter used to be a contract killer. Now he’s cut all links to his former lifestyle and can at last relax and live a normal life. He settles down to married life. He has a son. He adores his little family. Unbeknown to him, shadows from his past step forward to shatter his short-lived peace. His wife is dead, his four-year old son kidnapped and it looks like someone is trying to frame him for murder. Under pressure, broken, is there anything Nick wouldn’t do to rescue his son? Would he kill the villains, despite the promise to himself to stop his life of crime? Would he kill innocents? Would he hurt the people he loves most in his need to protect his son? A fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat read that will keep you turning the pages to the very end. 

"Patti Roberts is the most focused and talented person I have ever met. She squeezed every bit of info out of me for that trailer and kept going and going even when I'd had enough and wanted to give up. Patti. Brilliant work." Ella Medler

First 5 Chapters - Volume 1 

Authors featured in this volume.

Carolyn Hockley -- Arazi Crossing
KaSonndra Leigh -- When Copper Suns Fall
Patti Roberts -- Paradox -- The Angels Are Here
Ella Medler -- Martin Little, Resurrected
Starr West -- Tomorrows Child
Lenore Wolfe -- The Fallen One

First 5 Chapters - Volume 2 


Authors featured in this volume.
Emerald Barnes -- Piercing Through The Darkness
Belinda G. Buchanan -- After All Is Said And Done
Lorhainne Eckhart -- The Forgotten Child
Katheryn Lane -- The Royal Sheikh
Tarek Refaat - Ruptured
Collette Scott -- If We Dare to Dream

 First 5 Chapters - Volume 3


Authors featured in this volume.
Hidden (Marchwood Vampire Series, Book 1) By Shalini Boland
Coexist (Keegan Chronicles) By Julia Crane
Hunting By S. M. Hineline
Paradox -- Progeny Of Innocence (Paradox Series, Book 2) By Patti Roberts
Ties To The Blood Moon By Robin P Waldrop
Fire Sprite By Lenore Wolfe

Bound By Blood - By Patti Roberts


Book 3 in the Paradox Series 
Genre: Fantasy - Medieval Themes
Available October 2012 from all online stores

Forever Sunshine - By Collette Scott



 Product Description

Young and naïve Cherisse Bridwell had focused solely on completing her college degree and beginning her career until one hot summer evening when her frightened older sister, Shelly, arrives looking for help. Cher's carefully ordered life quickly comes to an end. Trapped in an abusive marriage, Shelly is terrified and has nowhere else to go but to her overworked and oblivious sister. Though Cher is not prepared to handle the effects of a controlling and violent husband, fate delivers help via police sergeant Brandon Nicholson. With his strength and guidance, he shows Cherisse and Shelly how to survive and how to live life to the fullest. As both women find their inner strength, Cher and Brandon fall in love and build a future together. However, life is full of ups and downs, and through it all Cher and her family must continue to face every day with a feeling of hope and optimism, even when it seems as though all hope is gone.

Paradox - Progeny Of Innocence (BK 2) By Patti Roberts



Book Description

The  Medieval Saga continues...

Two Worlds. One Ancient... still reeling from the ravages of a War that still threatens the lives of millions. A World where powerful Beings from Ancient Civilizations still rule. A Realm where Gods, Angels, Myths and Magic exists. And One New... Grace is not a little girl anymore! And as a teenager, Grace's visions become more frequent, urgent, torturing her life further still. The answers she hopes to find in her visions only leave her asking more questions... Who is Juliette?

Meeting Death - Kensey's Story Nellee Horne


 14 year old Kensey is on vacation. Vacation that suddenly turned better...or maybe worse. Her little brother and new friend force her to climb down a long, dark well. What she finds down there... is another world inhabited by mythical creatures. Centaurs, Pixies, Vampires, Wizards, Lycanthropes, and a lot more. She meets a Fairy, Marcus, and lots of new friends...as well as enemies. Enemies that want her heart-broken, off guard, and dead. One way to achieve that goal is to kill one of her new friends, someone who is more than just a friend. To counteract that goal, she promises her new family that she will bring him back to life by, somehow, journeying to the Kingdom in the Sky, a legendary, fabled location where the souls of the dead are transported. Will she make it there? Or will the haunting, yet enchanting, Hooded Figure kill her in the process for infecting his world with Humans?

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