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POST SCRIPTUM: Cover Design

Book covers are hard to design and involve being both eye-catching and telling of the story’s narrative. For this reason, template designs are a sad joke to anybody with design experience. Much like using clip art to illustrate your story, using a template has the very opposite effect that an author is probably seeking. Rather […]


Self-Publishing or Traditional?

To self publish or try and go the traditional route – that is the burning question these days. For the next few weeks, I’ll be interviewing KC Frantzen about her new children’s book coming out in July 2011 and we’ll be talking about the wonderful, magnificent, May, the K9 Spy and her adventures.

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Planning on Publishing

Introduction to Self-Publishing

What Is Self-Publishing? http://www.ebookcrossroads.com/self-publishing.html Simply put, self-publishing means you are responsible for all aspects of production, marketing and distribution of your book. This is not to say that you have to perform every task, but you do have to make sure each task gets done – and you will bear the costs to have them […]


Walking in the Footsteps of the Brave

Written by Lawanda Warthen Illustrated and Designed by Taillefer Long Buy the Book! Facebook Fan Page Children of the World, this wonderful book by Major Lawanda Warthen of the United States Army, will help you to understand a terrible period in world history. During World War II, 1.5 million people died in a war that […]

Walking in the footsteps of the brave

Pink is Just a Color and so is Blue

Pink is Just A Color and So is Blue

Written by Niki Bhatia Illustrated by Taillefer Long Buy the Book! Facebook Author Blog You’re a boy who likes pink? Great! You like to play with dolls? Fantastic! Your best friend is a girl—and she likes to crash cars, build things, and play pirates? Awesome! Playing is about having fun, exploring and learning about the bigger […]


Children’s Author John Rocco: Committed to Telling Stories | Publishing Perspectives

Children’s Author John Rocco: Committed to Telling Stories | Publishing Perspectives. “Making books that fit everybody ends up making books that don’t fit anybody.” Having spent time both within and outside of the publishing industry, Rocco has very strong opinions of what matters to him, and where publishers are going wrong. “Publishers today are averse […]


Winners, Are You One?

Written by Liv Giacomo Digital Coloring by Taillefer Long Click Here to Purchase Through a series of simple real life stories, this little book demonstrates some very important lessons for young children. Polly the Penguin leads us through the process of becoming Winners ! Acceptance of others, honesty and integrity are all important qualities to […]

Winners

Professional Book Cover Design

Light Switch to Heaven

Written by Pete Siegel Illustrated and Designed by Taillefer Long Purchase Light Switch to Heaven Light Switch To Heaven is the delightful tale of Queen Itup and Pick Itup working tirelessly every night while you are sleeping to make the sky ready for the next day.  As a child my father read me stories almost […]


Satya and the Sun (Bilingual Book Cover)

Written by Marzia Bisignani Cover Illustration and Design by Taillefer Long Satya and the Sun on FACEBOOK Purchase Satya and the Sun (iPhone and iPad) Satya is afraid of the dark. Her quest to find the place where the sun never sets leads her on a magical adventure around the planet. Riding a white-winged unicorn […]

Satya e il Sole

Lucy the Tortoise

Lucy the Tortoise

Written by Sheila Rockley Art and Design by Taillefer Long Buy the Book! Everyone needs an adventure now and then . . . even a tortoise. In this tale, Lucy the Tortoise tells young readers how a chance encounter with a mischievous back-flipping bunny leads her on an escapade out of her backyard and into […]


I Want to do Yoga Too

Written by Carole P. Roman Illustrations by Taillefer Long Buy the Book! Author Website Hallie and her mother go to the yoga studio. Hallie wants to join her mom’s yoga class, but she isn’t allowed. She complains to the babysitter, who gently guides her through four yoga poses. Hallie learns that not only is yoga […]

I Want To Do Yoga, Too

Gwinnor’s Wings

Written by Bella Taylor Illustrated by Taillefer Long Buy the Book! One day, a fairy penguin named Gwinnor asked his mother, “Mum, am I a bird or a fish?”  His mother, looking somewhat baffled with his son’s strange question, answered him qui “But Mum, how come I couldn’t fly like a bird?” “Go and ask […]

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Freeze Sketch

Illustration Friday: Freeze

Welcome to Illustration Friday! Illustration Friday is a weekly drawing challenge and participatory art exhibit. Every Friday a new topic is posted and you have one week to come up with your own, unique interpretation. Anyone who likes to draw, paint, sculpt, doodle or color can participate in Illustration Friday. You don’t need to be a pro! It’s fun to […]


My self-publishing journey

The Hindu : Arts / Books : My self-publishing journey. How to self-publish and market your book online and have the time of your life. RASANA ATREYA Early this year the unpublished manuscript of my novel, Tell a Thousand Lies, was shortlisted for the 2012 Tibor Jones South Asia prize. I was ecstatic when I […]


Robots Don't Wear Sunscreen Spread

Robots Don’t Wear Sunscreen

 Written by Eric Mills Art and Design by Taillefer Long Click here to Purchase Robots Don’t Wear Sunscreen Official Website Facebook Fan Page Robots Don’t Wear Sunscreen is a heart-tugging tale of friendship and kindness that will delight children and adults alike, teaching key virtues such as resiliency, effort, and sharing that will be cherished […]


Author Penelope Trunk Takes Advance and Leaves Publisher to Self-Publish Because Publisher Didn’t Know Online Marketing — www.digitalbookworld.com — Readability

Author Penelope Trunk Takes Advance and Leaves Publisher to Self-Publish Because Publisher Didn’t Know Online Marketing — www.digitalbookworld.com — Readability. Author Penelope Trunk got a big advance from a big publisher and then after determining that the publisher was “incompetent” when it came to online marketing, she decided to take the money and run — […]


New High-End E-Book Consultancy Launches in Hong Kong | Digital Book World

New High-End E-Book Consultancy Launches in Hong Kong | Digital Book World. The rising demand for self-publishing services has resulted in dozens of companies sprouting up to serve thousands of aspiring authors. Most of these firms offer publishing and distribution platforms and, increasingly, premium services like editorial, design and marketing. A new book consultancy out […]


Can you make money by self-publishing?

Can you make money by self-publishing?. Your chances of getting a book published are pretty small. So why not go down the self-publishing route? Finishing your novel is just the first hurdle. Finding an agent or publisher willing to read your work and shortlist it and have it published is an even bigger challenge. But […]