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The truth about writing books. By speaking to authors and other book lovers, I'm diving into the mystery that is the book world today. From writing to editing to publishing and all that goes into the creation of a book – all of it is open for discussion on the show.
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Jan 12, 2017

Kate Newburg has you covered. Pun intended.

Kate Newburg makes me laugh. She's got a wicked sense of humor (not in the Boston sense - she's from Atlanta) and knows the ins and outs of the deeper reaches of Amazon eBooks. She uses this power for good as a cover designer primarily for romance novels, and she knows how to make a reader feel seduced. We talk about matching your cover design with your reader's expectations and how that impacts your reviews. Learn the principles of what should stay in a cover and what should probably come out, as well as hell-no-never-ever-use-them fonts. There are numerous free font sources you can use, and Kate shares her favorites. We also talk about the specific details you need to think about when doing an eBook cover. Finally, learn why you might want to mock up a cover yourself, even if you're going to be using a designer or getting your cover designed by your publisher. This is a jam-packed episode, so get ready to take some notes.

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Sep 22, 2016

Art Books are a category that we haven't explored on the show until now. Krysta Williams is a photographer and book maker and today we discuss the book as object, creating beautiful books, how photography collections get sequenced and how we feel about the future of physical books. (it's a positive discussion, don't worry)

In addition, we nerd out about photography, journals, and planners. Learn one of the coolest ways to modify a journal to make it your own that I have seen so far.

Show notes for episode 16 with Krysta Williams:

  • Books as objects (2:30)
  • Sadness over the demise of the darkroom (3:30)
  • How Krysta began making books (4:00)
  • The narrative of images (4:45)
  • Elements of book design (6:15)
  • Medium hopping (7:15)
  • Interacting with photographs inside of books (8:00)
  • Going from photo collection to book (9:15)
  • Printing photographs digitally (11:20)
  • The difference between digital files and printed images (14:30)
  • The subjectivity of photography and TRUTH in media (16:15) Mentioned:
  • Making books of other people's photography (19:45)
  • Laying out pages for a book (22:30)
  • Reasons to make a photography book (23:15)
  • Preserving photographs as memories (27:00)
  • Books as a way to make things official (28:00)
  • Talking about The Bridge on BBC (28:45)
  • Why you can't count on social media to preserve your images (30:00)
  • Millennials and book buying (31:30)
  • Beauty in one of a kind objects and analog (32:00) 
  • Journals and planner madness (34:00) 
  • Compulsive childhood bookmaking (36:00) 
  • Breaking in a new journal (37:00) 
  • Journal mods (38:15) Mentioned: modified cover- see above
  • The naughtiness of modifying books (40:00)
  • Marginalia and marking in books (42:00)
  • Turning corners down (43:15) 
  • Paper altars in journals (48:30)

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Aug 25, 2016

Covers. How many of us have picked books just because we loved the cover and couldn't stop staring at it? I know I have been guilty of that more than once. I've even bought a book I already owned because I loved the new cover design so much. 

What goes into the magic power that covers have over us? Where does this come from? 

 

This week, I talk to LeAnna Smith about the art and science of covers. She's worked with everything from Big 5 titles to those who really want to set their self-published title apart. 

Show Notes From Episode 13 with LeAnna Smith

  • Judging a book by its cover (2:15)
  • The role of the cover in eBook and digital publishing (3:30)
  • Audiobook covers (5:00) Mentioned: Rivers of London Cover Versions
  • Re-interpreting covers for different markets (7:45) Mentioned: Alice in Wonderland with new cover | Sam Potts episode on interior design
  • Touching everyone's books (10:20)
  • The interior-exterior disconnect (11:00)
  • Creative control of the cover & texture options (12:00) Mentioned: Spot Varnish
  • Cookbooks and even more design options (14:10)
  • Trends in covers & the end of the jacket (15:15) Mentioned: Jojo Moyes & Me Before You's font cover
  • Coloring book covers (20:00) Cher Kaufmann Mandala coloring books
  • Re-packaging books for different price points & markets (20:45)
  • Why publishing is a little like outlet shopping (22:00)
  • International covers (25:30) Mentioned: Harry Potter's Cover for Lithuania (actually Finland
  • Reading with office supplies (27:30)
  • The cover design process step-by-step (28:30)
  • Big stores throwing their weight around (31:40)
  • Author input on covers (33:45)
  • Working with individual authors (35:20)
  • Publishing gift items and planners (37:30)
  • Print-on-demand design (39:15)
  • Leanna's entry into book design (39:45)
  • Print is not dead (42:00)
  • On LeAnna's nightstand : Fascinate by Sally Hogshead | Living Forward by Michael Hyatt 
  • The hot tip for stock photography (44:00)
Jun 15, 2016

Join me on a huge journey through the aspects of interior design. Not of your house, but the inside of books. Learn the most important thing about what book designers have to think about when designing a book, hear how book design has evolved through the decades, listen to us discect the differences between e-reading and hard copy reading and wonder how long it took to do the show notes once it was all done. (Answer: over 2 hrs) You can see the full notes at secretlibrarypodcast.com

Book nerds and design nerds alike will rejoice at this episode. Happy listening. 

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