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February 27th, 2014

Which Crowdfunding Site is Best for Authors?


by David Rogers


It’s easy to see why crowdfunding has become so popular among self-published authors. Using donations to cover some or all book costs can be a way to turn a book project from a dream into a reality.

But still there are questions:

1. What is the best crowdfunding platform for writers?
2. How much money should authors ask for from their donors?
3. What kind of rewards should be offered?

Of course there are no one-size-fits-all answers to these questions. For this article we want to focus on the differences between several crowdfunding sites, along with the advantages and disadvantages of each. First up is Kickstarter:


February 17th, 2014

5 Creative Writing Tips to Overcome Writer’s Block

by David Rogers

An old typewriter on display

The phrase-that-must-not-be-named: Writer’s Block. Every author succumbs at one point or another, and a good part of the cure is to better understand your own writing process. Here we present five creative writing tips to aid you in your battle with what may well be a writer’s Dark Lord.


January 29th, 2014

Print on Demand Versus Short Run Printing

by David Rogers


Print on Demand (POD) has become increasingly popular over the past few years, as the printing method allows self-published authors and independent book publishers to print copies of books only as needed. Despite POD’s popularity, however, it’s often still more cost effective to use short run printing, even for a relatively small quantity of books.

Many times short run printing ends up not only being less expensive than POD, but also provides a better quality final product. Here we’ll take a look at the differences between print on demand and short run printing, along with the advantages and disadvantages of each.


December 13th, 2013

Self Publishing a Book: By the Numbers

by David Rogers

There hasn’t always been a wealth of in-depth information available concerning self-published authors or the industry as a whole. But a great survey last year by DigitalBookWorld.com and WritersDigest.com shed some light into the reasons why writers self publish a book and what they get out of it, both from a career and a monetary standpoint.

With the new year we’ll be getting an updated new report on the trends of those that are self publishing a book, as well as information on other types of writers. While the full results of the survey won’t be released until early next year, DigitalBookWorld.com has provided us with a sneak peak at next year’s results, which were again published by Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest, but this time along with Dana Beth Weinberg, a professor of sociology at Queens College.

How Much Do Self-Published Authors Make?


November 27th, 2013

Hardcover Books: Case Bound Versus Case Wrapped

by David Rogers

We introduced the two primary hardcover book binding options — case bound and case wrapped — in our previous article on types of bindings. But when deciding which of the two is best for your project, there are quite a few additional details you’ll want to consider.

Here at Colorwise, we’re often asked about the difference between the two types of hard cover books, and this is something you’ll want to understand before you print your book, as the two will result in extremely different looks. To get a better idea of how the two types of hardback books are different, you’ll want to start by understanding how they are the same.


November 4th, 2013

Book Binding Services: The Best Method for Your Project

by David Rogers

An old saying informs us we shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but we all know that we do it anyway. So authors certainly pay attention to the visual presentation of their books, and one of the choices that greatly influences that look is the binding method. Making the best choice between different methods means considering a few factors — some aesthetic and some practical.

We’ve put together a comprehensive guide for the different types of book binding services we offer here at Colorwise, as well as examples of book types that commonly utilize each method. The great thing about working with Colorwise is you never have to worry about the technical details of the layout you choose. Our printing services cover the heavy lifting of pagination and imposition, and your customer service team will guide your through the process and help you make the best choice to suit your book.

You can find all of these different methods as available options over on our quote page, which you can use to get the ball rolling on printing a book of your own!