Guide to Standard Book Sizes – Book Design 101

Three blue books in standard book sizes/

Welcome to Book Design 101 – a handy guide covering all the basics of what you need to know when publishing your first book. In this episode, we’ll look at how big – or small – your book can be, covering the standard book sizes in various areas of the world.

The Anatomy of a Book (Layout) – Book Design 101

Photo of a book from above - illustration to article Book Design 101: Layout.

Welcome to Book Design 101 – a handy guide covering all the basics of what you need to know when publishing your first book. In this episode, we’ll look at what, exactly, should be a part of the book interior.

The Anatomy of a Book (Cover) – Book Design 101

Welcome to Book Design 101 – a handy guide covering all the basics of what you need to know when publishing your first book. In this episode, we’ll look at the most popular book formats and all the individual book parts – with a focus on covers.

Printing effects: a guide to making your cover special

Book cover with a foil stamping printing effect used on the title.

If you thought that self-publishing doesn’t offer much in terms of printing effects that can make your cover SCREAM – you were wrong. …or at least partially. If you decided to follow the print-on-demand route, then you probably won’t have the opportunity to use any of these – sorry. However, if you decided to print […]

5 Tools That Make My Job Much Easier (Designer/Artist Edition)

Every artist has tools that they would preferably never be separated from – tools that make our lives SO much easier and save as tons of time that we can now productively use to watch cat memes on the Internet. I searched for some of these far and wide, and decided to share my list […]

6 Book Designers to Follow

This new series of posts will showcase 6 designers who do awesome work – and yes, this is mostly to let myself publicly fangirl over people whose work I admire. Also, from now on, I will do my utmost to post a new article or feature every two weeks – it may not look it […]

Upwork, Guru, PeoplePerHour: a Subjective Review of Freelance Marketplaces

Freelance marketplaces, freelance platforms – however you call them, they are one of the easiest ways to get a gig as a new and inexperienced freelancer. They have their good and their bad sides, and in this text, I will tell you shortly about both. I decided to describe 5 places which I have personal […]