Why You Should Judge A Book By Its Cover

alan parkinsonAuthor Alan Parkinson on perfecting cover design, discovering & developing your visual brand, and the many mistakes along the way.

Get ready for “one of the most spectacular cock-ups in design history”.  Literally.

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An Author’s Guide to Self-Publishing

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Alan Parkinson, self-published author

“Meeting people for the first time, the usual ice breaker is “What do you do?”  Since I gave up my full time job I can now proudly proclaim “Writer.”  But then the inevitable follow up comes; “Are you published?”  Instead of answering in the affirmative, I usually mumble “Self published” as if it’s something to be ashamed of.

“We’ve come a long way since the days of vanity publishing and being self published is something to be proud of, yet there is still that nagging doubt that you aren’t a writer until a ‘proper publisher’ has noticed you.”

Regular listeners to the 99% Perspiration Podcast might remember Alan Parkinson from episode 16 of season 1.  Back then, Sunderland-based novelist Alan was juggling writing around his full-time office job, filling his early morning and evenings to unleash his creativity in ways he couldn’t during the day.  Fast-forward to now, and with a third novel nearing completion, self-published author Alan has traded in his full-time managerial office job to write novels full time.  He’s taken the plunge a lot of people dream of doing.

If you’re an emerging writer or author, read on.  Alan’s sharing his advice on self-publishing.  The pitfalls, the triumphs, and everything in between.

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Episode 16 – Recognising Your Value

On Episode 16 of 99% Perspiration:

Laura Lucas is a leadership and business coach, who “specialises in helping ambitious business owners, leaders and professionals set and achieve their goals.”

 

Laura Lucas

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Living in Dundee, Scotland, Laura launched inspirential.com in 2014, which provides training and guidance to help business flourish. They say “time is money”, but in Episode 16, you can hear Laura’s take on the value of both time & money.

Laura shares with us her specific guidance for creative types, and talks about her upcoming 7-day course on Periscope for graphic designers, and how they can make the most of their creative work.

Alan Parkinson is a self-published writer living in Sunderland, who manages to find time to write alongside a full-time job. His first novel, Leg It, is available on Amazon, and his second novel, Idle Threats, is due for release in the next couple months.

Click it to hear from Alan Parkinson, author of Leg It

Click it to hear from Alan Parkinson, author of Leg It

 

He’ll be the first to admit he’s not a natural with self-promotion, but over time Alan has learned key lessons about how to promote yourself as a writer, and has strong advice for people who are looking to take the plunge with releasing a novel.

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