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5 places to find free and helpful instruction in book cover design

HypothyroidWriter.com book cover design blog post Sarah Lentz

Design PrinciplesBefore we explore the tutorials that help you make the most of your design program of choice, we need to address a common misconception: the idea that the beauty of a design is entirely subjective. It isn't. To be clear, I'm talking about external beauty. While different people are drawn to different designs, the beauty of a particular design isn't all in the eye of the beholder. Some design principles are universal. And flouting these principals generally leads to a disappointing...

5 steps to creating a formatted interior template for your print journal, planner, or workbook

HypothyroidWriter.com blog graphic for journal interior post Sarah Lentz

D.I.Y. Journal / Planner / Workbook DesignHave you ever wanted to design a journal to suit your own particular journaling style -- or that of someone you love? How about a planner for your friend who'd like to combine the things he likes best about the bullet journal with his favorite features from another journal?Or how about a workbook to serve as a companion to the book you just wrote -- something to help your readers apply what you're teaching...

From idea to brain dump to outline to writing your first book

HypothyroidWriter.com book outline blog post Sarah Lentz

In the beginning...Every book starts with an idea. Then we take that idea and build on it -- breaking it down into sub-ideas -- often by creating an outline. Often that outline starts out as a list or a mind-map -- a visual brain-dump. From there, we flesh it out. We take the big ideas that sprang from that first idea and expand on them, seeing where each one takes us and making connections as we go. We turn those big ideas into...

What is the point of the Hypothyroid Writer blog?

HypothyroidWriter.com blog purpose post Sarah Lentz

Passion & PurposeI started this blog primarily to help fellow authors with health challenges (including hypothyroidism) and tight budgets to get their books written, polished, published, and sold.And this is still the main driving force for HypothyroidWriter.com.Because I want other writers with low energy and too-much-month-at-the-end-of-the-money to get their words out there, without waiting for someone else to decide it's worth publishing.And I also want to help authors on a shoestring budget to create and publish books to get everything...

Book Cover Design Tip: Adding Depth to Text with Canva

HypothyroidWriter.com Aesthetic craftsmanship Canva post Sarah Lentz

One of the things I learned to do fairly recently with Canva is to add depth to the text on my book covers — without giving them a thick and ungainly drop-shadow. Photoshop (PS) fans may point out that their program of choice makes it easy to add shadow and adjust the settings (glow, transparency, etc.) until it looks just right. Maybe Canva doesn’t have all the features PS has, but for me and many others, it’s a heck of a...

We are not victims (of hypothyroidism)

*Update: A thoughtful reader on Twitter (Clutter @Clutter2) responded to this article with the following comment, which makes a valid and necessary point: “Many of us are, have been, and will be victims of our respective healthcare systems, which restrict the replacement hormone we are allowed.” And there are so many of us (myself included) who have a legitimate complaint in this regard. I still don’t like to think of myself as a victim, though, because it feels as though I’m...

What did I learn from botching my first novel launch?

Oh, the places we’ll go (in our heads) when we’re launching a first novel. Where did I go? Nowhere nice, friends. But I did learn a few things worth passing on.  What have I learned?  First of all, since this is my first novel, it’s hard to know whether my results might have been better if I’d done a better job on the cover or the book description — or on the writing of the novel itself. I had a...