My manuscript is “ready” to make that big leap and become a published book. That alone is a big step, because the self-talk will run through your head… “Are you really ready to hit that button?” It's so final. But I’ve reached that point when I’m trying to finish all the edits, make sure I’ve … Continue reading Book Design, Part One: Using MS Word to get your manuscript ready to publish
Here’s what we have so far. In my previous blog post, Designing My Own Book Cover: The cheap, basic process I used to make a decent cover for my self-published book – Michael Crowl – Author (mikecrowl.com), I detailed my very basic method for creating the background image for the cover of the books in … Continue reading Designing My Own Book Cover: Part Two–Adding Text Elements to the Cover
I’ve heard it said, if you want to sell a lot of books, then write a lot of books. I have done neither. If I did, I would probably have a professional editor, book designer, cover designer, and graphic artist to work on my books, but that gets expensive pretty quickly. So, as with so … Continue reading Designing My Own Book Cover: The cheap, basic process I used to make a decent cover for my self-published book
What started in the 1930s as a wooden fruit crate, became a beautiful doll cradle for a little girl. Over the past 90 years, the thin wood had dried out and become very brittle, and the slats had begun to split where the nails had been driven in. The pivot points were bolts, that with … Continue reading Restoring the 1930s Antique Doll Cradle
Getting ready to restore an antique doll cradle for a customer. Here's the story behind it, and next week, I'll share my process for reconditioning this family heirloom.