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  1. 1. Self Publishing - DesignStraun, self-published by Richard BrownRightly or wrongly, I fancy myself a bit as a whiz with design. The illustration here shows a bookcover I created for my account of the origins of organised Scottish skiing. The back cover hadanother picture, a blurb about the book and some friendly quotations from people who know thescene.For most self-publishers, the costs of hiring a professional designer might be daunting. If youdon�t feel confident enough to do the job yourself, maybe it would be worth asking anartistically-minded friend to put some ideas together. The truth is that it�s not that difficult toproduce something that serves quite well. Much will depend on the intended market for yourbook. If you want to compete in a commercial field then professional help with design isprobably essential.There�s also the question of the layout of the text itself; typeface size and style, indentedparagraphs or not? speech quotation marks or none? and so forth. You may want to takeprofessional advice on this too but to save money, just look at as many books as possible andpick the features which you like.Whilst looking at books for these details, take note of the introductory pages where the name ofthe publisher (your company name!) and title page, acknowledgements, copyright warning andso forth are. Use whatever features appeal to you (but be careful not to infringe copyright!)

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