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Making a Magazine: 10 Things You Need to Know
23 Jan 2018

Making a Magazine: 10 Things You Need to Know

Magazine is hardly a new format, but it is one that is often overlooked. Much has changed over the years, the possibilities of magazine are endless. Once considered a sacred format, magazine format has evolved from just something to buy on newsstands to something you can create yourself. Compact, lightweight, and low cost, some professionals are even leveraging the magazine format as a portable way...

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Seeing Without Looking: Guest Post from Artist Allison Kunath
12 Jan 2018

Seeing Without Looking: Guest Post from Artist Allison Kunath

  Control plays a massive role in my life. When harnessed positively, it can be my best friend. It helps me have a vision and stay prepared; it directs important decisions, and it aids me in creating opportunities for myself and others. It’s also a big part of what enables me as an artist, playing a role in curation and intentionality. But on the flip...

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Hit the Books with Dan Milnor│Getting Started in Self-Publishing
11 Jan 2018

Hit the Books with Dan Milnor│Getting Started in Self-Publishing

You’ve got a great idea for a beautiful book you can share and sell far and wide. Next step—make your book. But where to begin? Should you start with the front cover? How to decide on the best paper type? How many images should you use? We put these questions to Blurb’s very own Dan Milnor—writer, photographer, prolific self-publisher—for some pointers on getting your self-publishing...

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Why You Need an Author Website
09 Jan 2018

Why You Need an Author Website

You’ve probably heard that self-publishing requires a strong online presence. But what does that mean? We caught up with the web professionals at Weebly to find out how an engaging author website can help raise your profile and boost your book sales. BENEFITS OF AN AUTHOR WEBSITE Your website is the modern day one-stop shop for potential readers browsing the web. It’s where people come...

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Behind the Book with Christie Hemm Klok and the Women of the SF Fire Department
04 Jan 2018

Behind the Book with Christie Hemm Klok and the Women of the SF Fire Department

Christie Hemm Klok made a bold move—quitting her steady job as an in-house photographer at a magazine and freelancing instead. She wanted to have some control over the stories she covered and the images she made, a decision with beautiful results. From having work in the New York Times to a profound cover for San Francisco Magazine about the Sonoma County Fires, Christie has some...

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Best Book Covers of 2017
22 Dec 2017

Best Book Covers of 2017

As the old saying goes, “you should never judge a book by its cover”. But every once in awhile you can make an exception! Similar to how we judge wine labels or record covers, it’s the exciting and unexpected design choices that pull us in and leave us wanting more. We’ve scoured the publishing world for the best of the best book covers of 2017....

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