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Three Types of Friends Everybody Should Have: Mentor, Peer, and Protegé

Every writer, blogger, designer, developer, singer, actor, at some point started out confused in their chosen career. Not knowing where to go, what to do, and how to react to the things that happen. Look at where you are now: successful, or still working to become successful, but surely you owe what you are now to someone who went out of their way to teach you the basics and guide you whenever you needed a little bit of help.

As a break from the usual articles that give tips, resources, tutorials, and whatnot, why don’t we spend some time together and think of the three types of friends that helped (and are still helping) us through our chosen careers? I am certain that all of us have these people, at least two of them for now. So, are you ready?

Mentor

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Everybody should have a mentor in life, not only in your trade. Someone who will share their wisdom when times are hard, someone who will teach you patience and things that you can never hope to understand alone. A mentor is someone who inspires you, someone whom you can hang out with anytime you need him/her. This can be your father, mother, godfather, boss, senior, you get the idea. Having a mentor is the best way to have your actions and thoughts kept in check.

Doing business online with people requires skills, and beginners need someone who will serve as a guide. The person whom I consider my mentor told me to pursue the things that makes me happy, as a result I’ve gained some pounds because I sit in front of my computer all day, typing and reading.

Everybody has one, it may be your middle school teacher, your college professor, or someone you met online. At one point in time you will certainly feel down, maybe because of a client who rejected all of the designs you presented, an article you submitted to a website got sent to the trash, the website you developed crashed, or even as simple as a hater’s comment on your blog post. This is when you need someone to turn to for advice, someone who has been there and survived the crash. Believe me, this is very important. As for me, I am not a great writer but I love writing. One time I was told that my writing is terrible, that I had no future in writing. Writing being one of the few things I genuinely love to do, the comment crushed my heart and I almost stopped. Good thing is I have someone who told me to “stop for a while and don’t start breaking the plates.”

Peer

Peer

Someone you consider your equal and who treats you as theirs. A fellow novice or master in your chosen craft. This is why forums and other support groups exist,so people that are on the same wavelength talk about the things they can’t tell others because, probably, others won’t understand. Having a friend who you consider to be of equal caliber is a great thing. You can spend all day talking about the last client you had, rant about the things that irk you, or even insult each other. This is actually healthy, because having a friend who is close to your age and skill (or slightly above you) is what will keep you evolving. Is it not obvious why self-obsessed people rarely make it to the top? It’s because they do not consider anyone to be above or equal to them, making things a little static.

I am a beginner when it comes to blogging, and I look up to my pals here at 1stwebdesigner. Most of the time, when I’m not procrastinating, I’m doing my best to learn from them and competing with them in a healthy way. That’s what keeps me going, someone whom I can run side by side with and talk about work and casual things. It’s not that hard, talking about private life too, since we’re almost of the same age. That is something you can’t remove in any age group, most people will always feel at ease when someone they work with is of the same age.

I’m pretty sure that everyone has friends either known personally or in the internet.

Protegé

Protege

Nothing beats having a younger friend to teach the important things in life and career to, someone you can guide along the path he/she really wants to take. Because you have been there once, you can easily guide someone who is about to follow a similar path. Plus young people have lots of wild ideas that may help you.

I am still far from this, but I am hoping that when the time comes I’ll take someone and teach him/her everything I know, be a mentor to a kid who’s just setting out.

For established writers, designers, developers, and others, I’m hoping that you have one or two beginners that you are teaching. Although I’m still far from being a mentor, I am sure that I will want to leave something behind with someone.

You’ve been there, you know what to do, make it easy (or hard) for them to do it. It is true that future generations are, most of the time, better than the previous. This is because the previous generation has taught things, things that should have been done and the should nots. Like leaving behind a living testament to what you were. It may seem grim to think that someday you’ll be gone, but isn’t it heartwarming to think that you’ve helped someone achieve their dreams even if you’ve already retired? But I’m not saying that you should take someone under your wing when you’ve retired already, you can start now, actually. So, who’d want to take me? I don’t bite.

For some this may be obvious, to others it might not, but you wouldn’t be where you are now if no one helped you somewhere along the way.

So, what is your story?

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FullScreen Background with Slideshow & Overlay Support

Vegas Background jQuery plugin lets you add beautiful fullscreen backgrounds to your webpages. It even allows Slideshows. Slideshows of different backgrounds, transition and callbacks can be easily set up.

Most of the time, backgrounds are stretched a lot to fit big screens. An overlay with a texture can be added to mask the image degradation effects. It also adds a stylish look to your backgrounds. You can easily add overlay pattern to your backgrounds with CSS.

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Revised Budget Reaffirms Realignment, Leaves Out Sentencing Reform

By Allen Hopper, ACLU of Northern California

The revised California budget is out and sentencing reform is, well, left out. In his revised budget Gov. Brown recommitted to his criminal justice realignment plan, but didn't include any sentencing reforms that would help ensure that the plan is effective and affordable. Realignment reserves state prison for people with the most serious offenses and redirects people with low-level offenses to local control. This is a step in the right direction but it leaves a key piece of the puzzle missing: we should convert minor offenses from felonies to misdemeanors so that the punishment and its associated taxpayer cost fit the crime.

Two reforms alone would save the state hundreds of millions annually while keeping communities safe: making possession of a small amount of drugs for personal use a misdemeanor instead of a felony and making low-level, non-violent property offenses--like vandalism or writing a bad check--a misdemeanor. These sentencing reforms also help lower the cost of realignment. By making low-level offenses misdemeanors instead of felonies, we decrease costs because sentences are shorter and court costs are lower.  
California spends hundreds of millions of dollars every year locking people up for minor offenses when they pose no threat to public safety. We can save money and keep our communities safe by reserving felony sentences for serious crimes. In addition to their high costs, felonies should be reserved for serious crimes because they impose lifetime obstacles to employment, housing, education, and public benefits.

We recently asked voters what they thought, and the results were striking. A solid majority of Republicans, Democrats and Independents from every corner of the state believe that too many people are imprisoned and that penalties for minor offenses are too harsh. Nearly three-quarters (72%) of likely voters support reducing the penalty for simple possession of a small amount of drugs for personal use. (We commissioned the poll along with Drug Policy Alliance and the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. The full results and analysis are online.)  

At the end of the day, the time should fit the crime. (Just a few weeks ago a man was charged with a felony after stealing a $2.95 Godiva candy.) Realignment is a promising good first step. The legislature and Governor have recognized, through the realignment plan, that low-level crimes don't merit sending people to state prison. Now, let's realign our sentencing laws: felony sentences should be reserved for serious offenses that truly threaten public safety.  


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This is Why

Fortunately for us, the California Budget Project is doing a lot of the hard work of documenting some of the impacts of the massive cuts we've had over the last few years.  And unsurprisingly, the cuts have really been painful for the poor especially.

The nonpartisan California Budget Project last week issued fact sheets on recent cuts to programs that give stipends to the poor and disabled, families going from welfare to work and a health insurance program for needy kids.

Jean Ross, executive director of the project, said the idea came from one result of a Field Poll question showing that about half the state's residents felt no impact from California budget cuts.

"We were trying to document that there had been large cuts and large amounts of dollars lost," Ross said.

Her staff set out to examine how several programs were hit and how each county may have swaths of people struggling to cover costs. (California Watch)

The results? Well, the cuts to the healthy families program have meant that 50,000 fewer children will have insurance. The disabled and others receiving suplemental SSI payments, will see almost 15% less in their checks than 2009.  That takes money directly out of the economy, and puts these folks at risk of homelessness in some cases.

And, of course, the cuts to CalWorks have all but decimated that welfare to work program.  The simple fact is that you simply can't cut, cut, cut and not expect ramifications.  This isn't just waste fraud and abuse, these are real people's lives at stake.

And so when the Republicans deny that we need additional revenue, ask them to explain to that child without insurance why they can't go to the doctor when they are sick.


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I’m Not In Love With Every Part


of the Strasser Plan, but at least he's had the courage to put out a Bold and Serious proposal.

What's that?

No. No, my sources in Vice President Cheney's office the Prefect's office assure me that there is absolutely no gambling going on here.

You need to stop listening to those decadent Lefty bloggers.







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20 Great Examples of Compelling Headline Copy

In an age where web designers’ websites are popping up everyday, creating a memorable brand experience is key. Through the use of compelling headlines and witty taglines, your brand can break through the clutter and be distinctly creative and unique. Generally, the most successful websites include headlines that support the website’s goals and are simple and easy to remember. By creating a unique and fun headline and tagline, you’re that much closer to separating yourself from the competition. You also pique the visitors’ interest and encourage them to explore your website further.

How to Create a Memorable Headline/Tagline

  • Choose a headline that summarizes what your website is about. Keep in mind it should incorporate your brand or at least be harmonious to what your brand is about.
  • A tagline is your slogan and should speak directly to your audience and customer base. It’s not meant to be changed as frequently as a headline and is meant to be repeated over and over throughout advertising, websites, and even corporate stationary.
  • Pick a headline and tagline that are catchy and  interesting and will compel your visitors to keep reading.
  • Keep the headline short – no more than eight words. Most visitors will scan the first few words before deciding to move on. If your headline/tagline combination is short but summarizes your content, visitors will be more likely to read on.

 

 

Some Memorable Taglines

Some instantly recognizable taglines include:

Apple: Think different.

Dunkin Donuts: America runs on Dunkin.

General Electric: We bring good things to life.

Nike: Just do it.

Subway: Eat Fresh.

Wheaties: The breakfast of champions.

If your brand is very well-known, sometimes the tagline can function as a headline as well.

 

Examples

In the following examples inspect how copy is used to convey a memorable brand experience. Through the use of type, color, and composition the designers have given visitors a glimpse of their brand and accompanying services. Hopefully through this careful emphasis on compelling copy the visitors stuck around. Do you feel these websites cut through the clutter?

1. Dropr

Hand drawn type is used effectively on the Dropr website – something not usually seen on a technology-based service.

2. Ryan & Sofia

This couple manages to use a compelling typewriter font in their pursuit to collect donations for their wedding held in Greece.

3. Just Dot

 

Typography is given real-life characteristics on a chalkboard, further exemplifying the concept behind the Just Dot brand.

4. DBA Products

 

A play on words is used in this website for a company that sells pens – allowing the customer to consider just what they’re purchasing before they make the decision.

5. Row to the Pole

This illustrative website is juxtaposed by strong, bold typography that is soliciting new members to their team.

6. Comwerks Interactive

A fun illustration and accompanying headline relay to the visitor a compelling experience from this design studio.

7. Denise Chandler

Larger than life typography is intertwined with sea life to give the visitor an image of what this designer is capable of.

8 . Wak Waw

Typography on this website is used to both allude to the logo and appeal to the demographic in which the studio serves.

9. Forever Heavy

Clean, straightforward typography here is treated as if it were on a beer label, which gives us a glimpse into the designer’s personality.

10. Bright Bulb Studio

 

The headline for Bright Bulb Studio personifies the era this website is targeted to.

11. Iceberg Quest

Bold typography is interplayed by an illustrative background, alluding to what’s in store for the potential tourist.

12. Solid Giant

 

Bold, clean typography gives the user a glimpse of what this design studio has to offer.

13. Kunalchhajer

 

Through the use of both the designers illustration/self-portrait and headline, the visitor is given some genuine insight into the creator’s personality.

14. Sprout Fund

 

A botanical illustration is set off nicely by clean, sans-serif typography which encourages the visitor to support biodiversity.

15. Pointy Design

 

Simple, straightforward typography engages the viewer on this website for web design studio located in Kawarthas.

16. Hey Indy

 

Typography is used to encourage the visitor to enact and download this animators reel.

17. Tea Round

 

A catchy one-liner is used here to give you a glimpse inside the Tea Round brand and their iPhone app.

18. Jeroen Homan

 

Bold, slab type catches the viewer’s attention on this website for a web designer/front-end developer.

19. Carsonified

The headline used on the Carsonified website gives you a glimpse into the companies values and practices.

20. Jar Design

A fun, straightforward speech-bubble catches your attention and provokes you to what to understand more about this design studio.

21.Ben Darby

 

The headline for the U.K. based designer Ben Darby uses simple text to note his location and hobbies.

22.Ryan Keiser

The website for Ryan Keiser emphasizes his services through the use of bold, large-scale typography.

23. Auxilium Lab

Novelty type that pays homage to the companies heritage is used beautifully on this website for Auxilium Lab, a creative development and web design studio.

24. Don’t Let Yourself

Stylized type is used to reach the demographic this website is aimed towards in hopes they’ll respond to this serious message and educate themselves.

25. Mario Bonilla

 

Mario Bonilla uses a food analogy to entice visitors of his website to explore more.

26. J Dawgs

 

A play on words for this hot dog shop alludes to the tasty food it offers.

27. Farrkling

 

Bold, comic type is used to catch the visitor’s attention and explain the significance of their brand.

28. Webeffectual

Through the use of bold sans-serif and script typography, we get the impression right away what this web designer specializes in.

29. Creative Payne

Creative Payne uses a mixture of typographic styles to tell visitors who they are, where they’re from, and what services they offer.

30. Vince Angeloni

The website for this designer, Vince Angeloni, uses a call-out treatment similar to a flyer to encourage the visitor to pursue his services.

 

The use of clever and effective design is necessary in setting your brand apart from the rest. Through the use of clear and powerful copy, these websites are meant to catch your attention and captivate an audience. What are some unique visual or written tactics you use to make your website stand out? Share your opinions below!

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BundleHunt: 13 Quality Mac Apps & Design Resources

BundleHunt 4 has begun its two weeklong software bundle sale of some of the hottest apps for Mac OS X and an awesome set of design goodies. In my opinion, this is the best ever bundle I have ever seen. I am sure it will be very useful for web designers.

BundleHunt 4 comes with a number of great premium applications included such as Layers, WPBundle – 3 WP Themes of your chioce, the full set of stylish and unique icons from Symbolicons, & Picans. Hanpicked collection of design resources from Tapptics & WeGraphics and SmashingMagazine’s newest 3 e-books. In all, there are 13 applications and products included in the bundle, all for an amazing price – $49.99.

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May Revise: Brown Thinks Long-Term

In his May revise, the big headline was the estimated $6.6 billion in additional revenue that came in or will come in.  That is, no matter how you look at it, a good thing.  However, with a big group of taxes set to expire at the end of June, we are still miles away from a sustainable budget.  But rather than playing the old Arnold game (no, not that game) of gimmicks and hoping things turn out well, Gov. Brown is looking to set the state up for something it hasn't seen for a while: stability.

Brown acknowledged that an improving economy and the good fortune of some of the state's wealthiest residents will likely mean a surge of about $6.6 billion in unexpected tax revenues this year and next. But he said that is not enough to dig the state out of its hole.

Even with that money, he said, the state still has a $10 billion "structural deficit" - a permanent gap between revenues coming in and spending required by current law.

Brown said he wants to use some of the revenue surge to make up for the delay in reenacting the income tax increase. About $1.6 billion of the new money will go to kindergarten-through-community college education. And about $1 billion will go to erase the need to shift that amount from a special tobacco tax fund that pays for children's services in counties across the state. (HealthyCal)

The budget also provides for a delay on the income tax rate extensions until next year, but, if he can get the votes, would immediately extend the sales taxes.  I certainly understand the math there, as the sales taxes are pretty much mandatory to retain in the system.  And Jerry wants to make the taxes a little less painful in the short term.  However, one has to wonder if the delay is really the best use of resources.  On policy terms, probably not, but politically it may be a requirement.

The one thing that we hear on taxes when we are on this side (ie the not so great side) of the economy, is that we can't afford to tax the economy now.  Of course, when we're going good, we can't afford to break momentum.  Amazing how that works.  Nonetheless, as we see with this tax revenue surge, we are really making progress in the state, and we really can't afford NOT to extend the rates and ensure that we have a consistent level of services for the state.

Gov. Brown also included full funding to Prop 98 levels if he gets his tax extensions, which is a step in the right direction.

Now if we can just get those extensions to make the May Revise a little more real.


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Advantages and Disadvantages of Self-Publishing

With the use of the Internet, self-publishing has become easier. This article is for writers, illustrators, and almost anyone who dreams of publishing their work.

This is a product of my research and understanding of things about self-publishing. I do not have any published material out there that you can buy, at least not yet. So you see, this topic is really of great interest to me, and I hope you share the same sentiments. If the thought of self-publishing is new to you, I am hoping that by the end of this article you will want to explore this topic more. Throughout the article, you will read “books and magazines,” but don’t let that put you off if you’re a musician or an illustrator since the same points apply to every creative.

Advantages of Self-publishing

by: Zsuzsanna Kilian

Time

Compared to traditional publishing, self-publishing is faster in many ways, at least until you finally release it. This is for people who want to get their works out there immediately, as soon as a couple of weeks. Weeks? To compare, traditional publishing takes time, several months to a couple of years because you’re not the only one whose work is being taken care of. Remember this, you are not their priority even if you think you are. Self-publishing gives you the power to do things according to your plan, and that includes when to release your book or magazine.

Most undergrads have experienced several revisions on their thesis and they can do nothing to get it accepted unless a revision is actually made, right? To add, most will even be asked for multiple revisions by their professors. Everyone hates that, very time-consuming! Imagine you are your own editor, your own everything, you like your work, what are you waiting for?

Speaking of time, if your book or magazine is related to a current news trend, self-publishing works best since you can publish it while the trend is still popular.

Money

Electronic Self-publishing

Self-publishing is cheaper, if you will publish your work electronically it won’t cost more than a hundred dollars. For writers you can publish on Kindle you’ll only have to pay for the ISBN (see below). Payout is faster too, that is, if it gets a good audience.

Print Self-publishing

For people who have the capital to use for printing, it will probably cost a few thousand dollars to print several hundred copies of your book or magazine. The cool thing about this is when things go as planned, any revenue is all yours. There are also companies such as MagCloud that only print and deliver when a customer buys. See Print on Demand below.

Satisfaction

Publishing your work independently is, to a degree, rewarding. The freedom pays off when people start noticing your work. Consider Romantically Apocalyptic and The Oatmeal and other web comics. They have published their works both electronically and traditionally and have received a very good audience. Something like Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol on Kindle, although still debatable, sells better than on hard bound.

Over the few years, Kindle e-books have turned several indie writers into millionaires.

Perhaps the most important point to mention here is that when things go south you can still force yourself to strive harder to achieve the market you want to reach. As opposed to having a publishing house backing you up, when things go awry, they might just pull it off to give way to other more promising products. You are better committed to making it a success than anyone else in the world, and that’s important.

Disadvantages of Self-publishing

by: Pieter Beens

Resources

A question every self-publisher asks themselves is “will my work reach my intended audience?” Looking at publishing houses, they have all the necessary resources to market material. Chances are high, if your work is accepted, it will reach a fairly broad audience. On the other hand, self-published materials bear in them the risk of not even being noticed. You are alone in this one.

The idea of self-publishing is very sweet because you get to hold all the rights, but with great power comes great responsibility. For consolation, books and magazines published electronically are less complicated. For prints, you get to handle all printing fees, as opposed to having a publishing house to back you up.

Post-publication is the killer, your success depends on how much time and effort you actually put into initial marketing. Finding reviewers is also a part of this, to add credibility (see Consumer Trust below).

Keep in mind that self-publishing in print requires an ongoing marketing, payment processing, and shipping. You need to be superman to do all these tasks, it really is a challenge, which, if it pays off, pays very great.

Consumer Trust

Perhaps consumer trust is what separates your dreams and success by a broad margin. Self-publishers can’t expect to be popular in an instant, especially when no big and renowned publishing house is helping. The world has always worked this way since the beginning of time. People tend to flock in on the brand name.

Many reviewers still do not review self-published materials simply because there is not yet much respect for it compared to traditional publishing. This also applies to bookstores and libraries, many will not accept self-published books or magazines. This is a great problem because where else can you sell your books or magazines if no one wants to have them?

Quality

It’s hard to be critically objective, especially when you are too close to your work. There’s a great deal involved when it comes to the quality of material that is self-published. Authors tend to protect their work no matter what it takes, while an editor from a traditional publishing house will do everything they can to get it to meet their standards. Personally, I don’t want my work to be edited too much. A word or two is okay, but removing a whole line or changing a whole concept is a big no-no.

As Oscar Wilde said, “I’ll leave you to tidy up the woulds and shoulds, wills and shalls, thats and whiches.”

Why Self-Publish?

by: Zsuzsanna Kilian

If you are the kind of person who hates doing revisions, removing parts of your work, and changing whole concepts, then by all means self-publish. You will also have full control over promotion, which is the most important thing after the material itself.

Let’s admit that publishing houses sometimes let go of really good material, thinking that they won’t reach the intended audience and won’t be a hit. Many manuscripts have been rejected because of this, some never saw the light of day because of the rejection while some did through another house (take Harry Potter for example). Few times, people who have the money will self-publish their books or magazines in print.

Admittedly, some time soon I will self-publish some of my works that have been covered with dust all these years. I have read lots of tips on how the whole process works, from writing the first draft to marketing the product continuously. Feel free to add your experience and tips in the comments.

Self-Publishing Tips:

Writing

Well, this doesn’t really need to be here since I’m not a great writer, but for people whose native language is not English like me, I suggest you grab a copy of The Elements of Style.

Editing

Many writers are self-taught and don’t have a degree in literature or writing, I’m one of them. Even for formally trained writers there are still errors in punctuation and grammar, something that you may not notice if you’re working by yourself. It is not a good thing to edit your work, especially when self-publishing, since quality is already an issue.

Surely, you know someone who you can commission to edit your work for a low price, like a friend who loves reading, a language teacher (your language teacher!), or even a student majoring in the language you are writing.

Don’t spend too much money looking for a professional book editor because self-publishing is a great risk, you may or may not get your money back. If you do spend money on hiring an editor, be frugal about it. I know many English majors and English teachers that can help me and point out my mistakes, and that in itself is a leverage. I will never spend hundreds of dollars to have someone point out my mistakes, most writers hate that (however needed).

Cover and Title

No matter how many times your elementary teacher told you not to judge a book by its cover, do not listen. The design of your cover is very important, including the title. We humans rely heavily on our vision to judge if things are good or not, safe or dangerous, and so on. Don’t take your chances, ask a friend who is a good designer to create one for you, or you can do it yourself.

Publishing

If you choose to print, you should know what Print on Demand (PoD) is. Basically, it works like this: customer orders book/magazine —> PoD company prints and delivers for a fee. Usually, fees are very low, making it a win-win between the company and the author. This is the most preferable way when you don’t have the budget to print hundreds of books/magazines at one time, it also frees you from looking for bookstores/sellers that would buy in bulk. Some PoD companies also offer editing and formatting services, again, for a very low cost.

HOLD IT!

ISBN

Most online marketplaces require an ISBN (International Standard Book Number), if you don’t have it, your book is not qualified for selling. Simply put, ISBN is one way of telling the world who the publisher is, and isn’t it great for self-publishers to have their name written as the publisher instead of some company? Well, that’s a lame explanation, ISBN identifies your books through a 13 digit number which is saved in a database, also used by libraries and book organizations for easy identification.

For more information about ISBN, please visit their website.

Marketplaces and Print on Demand

  • Blurb
  • iTunes
  • Lulu –  Lulu sells ISBNs.
  • Kindle Store –  Amazon’s Kindle have already made a couple of independent writers into millionaires. Yes, not kidding. A perfect example of this is Amanda Hocking who has already written 17 novels, sold over 185,000 copies since April 2010 (according to Huffington Post).

She also sells her books on:

Publicity

This probably amounts to more than half of the success of your book or magazine, even if your work is good, without proper publicity it won’t go anywhere. Marketing your work is time-consuming and mentally taxing, it is a good thing that the Internet spreads word like wildfire, really helpful for self-publishers of both print and electronic.

The most important, and free, thing you can do is get your presence known through social media. Facebook and Twitter are the leading avenues for marketers! Here’s 1stwebdesigner’s guide for Twitter marketing.

It also raises credibility if you allow at least a chapter or two to be read freely, or a preview of what your magazine contains.

Publicizing print is harder, though, since most bookstores won’t place self-published materials on their shelves. There is a way around this, and it involves courage! If there is a nearby bookstore, you can contact them and ask if they can do business with you (tell them you’re a local, keeps the conversation warm). You have higher chances on small bookstores, but don’t get that through your confidence.

Sending copies to established journalists or authors can also help you gain great publicity. As mentioned previously, many websites and companies won’t review self-published materials, however you can reach out to individuals who may be willing to do a review if your material is strong.

Another important tip for publicity is joining a writer’s group. Not only will writers help you writing your story, chances are there are already published authors within the group that can help you get shelved.

Wrap Up

It is true that self-published materials sometimes have issues with quality (or at the very least they’re perceived to). Self publishing is becoming common and is evolving rapidly. There maybe still some that aren’t the greatest quality, but things are changing fast and self-published materials are getting better and better. The thing is, you need to have confidence in your own work before you ever consider self-publishing it. If you’re not that confident, find an editor of a publishing house and ask for his/her opinion if it’s good or not. It really boils down to confidence.

So, are you planning on self-publishing your work or are you already on the market? Share your works here and add your tips!

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Pay Whatever You Like for Unique & Quality Fonts

The Lost Type Co-Op is a Pay-What-You-Want Type foundry, the first of it’s kind. Founded by Riley Cran and Tyler Galpin, originally in a whirlwind 24 hour adventure to distribute a single typeface, Lost Type has blossomed into a full fledged foundry, distributing fonts from designers all over the world, with it’s unique model.

Users have the opportunity to pay whatever they like for a font, you can even type in ‘$0′ for a free download. 100% of funds from these sales go directly to the designers of the fonts, respectively.

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