20th November 2019
Designer involved in a decision-making meeting

Why designers should be involved in decision-making

With their creativity, practicality and powerful problem-solving skills, designers should be involved in decision-making. Why is this so rare?
19th December 2018

How to prepare copy for publication

These suggestions on how to prepare your copy for publication will save your designer time, which in turn will save you money.
24th August 2018
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Photo formats and sizes demystified

If you are confused about photo formats and sizes, this article will give answers to the most asked questions.
3rd May 2018
Percie Edgeler

Experienced designer or intern – which would you choose?

I’m experienced. From my point of view, when you hire me you will get a high-quality job
26th October 2017
Happy Grandparents sitting with their granddaughter on a pier, pointing out at the boats.

How to supply good pictures to your designer

I have lost count of the amount of times I am asked by a client to design a high-end publication
7th August 2017
Orange and blue are complimentary colours

How to commission a book designer

Anxious about briefing a designer? Don’t be! Any designer worth their salt will want to help you project
2nd August 2017
wooden letterpress characters St Bride Institute

The St Bride Institute print room and library

The St Bride Institute print room should be a must-see on your list of events during Open House London. I was lucky
21st April 2017
A selection of photos on a photo library lightbox

How to select photos for projects

Getting photos for your project should be easy, there’s so much available on the internet, right? Well, yes and no.
6th April 2017
Grip Lit book covers

Is Grip Lit dead?

At the London Book Fair last month it was clear that celebrity and misery memoirs have had their day. Publishers and agents would also like
17th March 2017
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Tips for using InDesign

Recently, the publishing forum Bookmachine interviewed a selection of industry experts about the software
21st September 2016
Books

5 ways to sell your book

You’ve done it! After many months (or even years) you have published your own book. Give yourself a pat on the back for your achievement. But
12th August 2016
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New home for the Galley Club

The Galley Club, the not-for-profit social club for people in publishing, will have a new home from October 2016. Events will take place at 
7th July 2016

What team do authors need to run a successful book business?

Have you decided to quit your job to concentrate on writing? If so, you may want to handle everything
2nd September 2015
An image from the Darkbridge series

How I rebranded a series of crime fiction book covers

Book cover design can be very daunting – especially fiction. Where the devil do you start? Which of the many
28th May 2015
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BookMachine success stories

Back in 2013, I wrote a post about a new service for publishing professionals. Little did I know what impact it would have on my career.
22nd September 2014
Two book covers from the same series

How to brand a book series

When people think about branding, they normally envisage company logos and the way they are applied to marketing materials and products.
8th April 2014

How to publish an ebook

Recently, KIngston University hosted an excellent talk by Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords on ‘How to publish an ebook’. Smash words is a free publishing platform
2nd October 2013
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Promote yourself and find professionals in publishing with bookmachine.me

Do you work in publishing? Ever had trouble getting work, finding the right contributors for your project, or making strategic alliances? Fret no more. Laura and Gavin
1st October 2013
Orange and blue are complimentary colours

How to commission a graphic designer

Anxious about briefing a designer? Don’t be! Any designer worth their salt will want to help you project the right image, communicate successfully with your customers
28th April 2012
An example of extremely bad typography, focussing on the letter spacing (kerning)

Truly terrible typography

Oh dear! Who is responsible for this typographic crime? It upsets me deeply. For those of you who don’t know, kerning is the process of adjusting
10th February 2011
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What is the Galley Club, and what's it like?

Recently I heard about the Galley Club, an informal group of publishing professionals who meet once a month at the George pub in the Strand, opposite
20th October 2010

My top 10 tips for a great book cover design

1      Know your market 2      Get the size right 3      Keep it simple 4      Employ bold typography
28th September 2010
The cover design of the Penguin Dictionary series, by David Pearson

Why I love … (1)

I love the redesign of the Penguin Dictionaries. They are obviously Penguin books, but they have a very clean, modern feel. They follow rule number 1
1st September 2010
A pile of books without a cover design

How to design a book cover (3)

If you are using a picture or illustration on the cover, make sure it is high-resolution (300dpi at the size you are using it) and in
31st August 2010
A pile of books without a cover design

How to design a book cover (2)

When your book goes to press, your printer will ask you to provide him or her with a press-quality PDF, and in order to do this
26th August 2010
A pile of books without a cover design

How to design a book cover (1)

‘Never judge a book by it’s cover’. People are far too intelligent to do that, right? Wrong. If your lovingly crafted words and years of hard