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NEW: Viking Books and Series
I have a new section on the website that is all about viking books both historical viking and norse fantasy.

NEW HBO Series: A Game of Thrones
HBO is producing a series based on the George RR Martin A Song of Ice and fire series of books. To be released early next spring and starring Lena Headey and Sean Bean.

The Massive list of Fantasy Series
Looking for a series to read? Here is the biggest list of fantasy series on the web.

Award Winning Children's fantasy books
Awards are a sure fire way to find the best books in Childrens Fantasy.

The Heroes of Fantasy
Learn about some of the top heroes in fantasy also find one by theme such as assassin, wizard, anti-hero or orphan turned hero.

The Top 50 Science Fiction and Fantasy books of the Century
As judged by the Science Fiction Book Club. Nice explanation and list of the books. Good Guide for the best reading in SF&F.

The Top Selling Fantasy books at Amazon.com
Take clues from what others in the fantas community are reading and buying

It's All About The Cover - Advice for Self Published Authors


With the tremendous success of the Print on demand industry there is now a wealth of self published books. An aspiring author can now publish a book at zero cost then purchase copies for himself and his family at steeply discounted prices. This change in self publishing has brought a veritable revolution in the industry.

This new revolution has also brought with it some negative aspects. The biggest of which is the fact that many many self published books are of an inferior quality. Let's face the facts here. Even the best writers need an editor. A book that is going to be sold in the mainstream markets goes through many iterations of writing, editing, rewriting and more editing. Writing, after all, is a very demanding skill. And it takes most writers years to gain some mastery over the craft.

Is the cover really that important?

Okay that's understood. But what about the cover?

When self publishing a book an author is given access to a host of easy cover options. All the POD (Print-on-Demand) houses have pre-made cover templates that can easily be adapted for each authors work. You have seen these templates a hundred times. Just browse though any of the websites that offer these books. Or try the ebook websites. You even see plenty of them on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com, although they almost always don't rank well in sales.

Some authors opt to use their own pictures or artwork on the cover and this is a good creative option but how many authors are legitimately trained graphic artists?

Okay that's understood. But what about the cover?

When self publishing a book an author is given access to a host of easy cover options. All the POD (Print-on-Demand) houses have pre-made cover templates that can easily be adapted for each authors work. You have seen these templates a hundred times. Just browse though any of the websites that offer these books. Or try the ebook websites. You even see plenty of them on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com, although they almost always don't rank well in sales.

Some authors opt to use their own pictures or artwork on the cover and this is a good creative option but how many authors are legitimately trained graphic artists?

You bet it is! The old adage of not judging a book by it's cover just doesn't apply - particulary not in todays super fast world where you only have a few seconds to make an impression on a potential buyer. Yup, thats right. You only have a few seconds to catch the attention of your buyer. And the cover is the best way to do this. From the quality of the cover the reader will make an assessment of the quality of the writing. Sorry to break that news to you but its 100% true.

Continue on to Part 2 of this analysis "Creating a killer cover for your self published book"

 

 

 


 


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