The first cover: Is it ok if I design my book cover?

I created my first successful product in just 10 days. I realized the creation process is as valuable as the product itself and I want to share it. Welcome to the Making-of The Mini-Guide for Writing a Super Complete Post in 20 Minutes.

This post is part of the new series on my blog, the Making-of The Mini-Guide! (All the chapters are here).

The book cover: Is it ok if I design my book cover?

Short answer: yes, it’s ok if you design your book cover.

Long answer: Yes, that’s my first cover right there. I did it by myself and I’m not that proud of the first result to be honest. It looks so cluttered.

But that’s the good part of that cover, I did it and that was only the first edition.

I know that my design skills aren’t my strongest skill, but I knew I could pull something off because I wanted it to be really flat and simple. As every logo and icon is now. You just have to look at your phone to notice that’s the trend: simple and flat.

Having that in mind, I just had to decide what to add to the cover, and as you can see, I decided to add EVERYTHING. And it doesn’t look that great. But that not so great cover is a start and there’s only one way from here: forward.

So I kept playing with the fonts and their thickness. I deleted the url and added my logo. Then deleted the logo. Then, played with my name and its position, then deleted it. And playing here, moving there, I came up with a not-so-bad final cover that I’m actually proud of!

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What a difference from the first cover, huh!?

Truth is, if you want to do something, no matter what it is, if you have the set of skills to do it and you know you will be patient with the result, you should do it. I give myself permission to fail at the first attempts of the design of my things because I don’t see myself as a designer, but I know that if I push hard enough, I can pull something off.

If you don’t have the time to fail several attempts or if you don’t have the patience, hire somebody who will be happy to help you. You’ll both win.

Talking about winning. After Gumroad announced me as the Small Product Lab Winner, I decided to change the cover. I mean, who wouldn’t be proud to show that your book won a prize, right!?

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This post is part of the new series on my blog, the Making-of The Mini-Guide where I share everything I know about writing books! (If you want to read all the past chapters go here).

The Mini-Guide for Writing a Super Complete Post in 20 Minutes was created under the Small Product Lab July 2015 hosted by Gumroad. I’m forever grateful with Gumroad and Small Product Lab for those 10 days.

If you want to read the next chapter of the Making-of The Mini-Guide when is ready, join here:http://kath.pw ❤

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The Real Work: When’s the time to start creating my product?

I created my first successful product in just 10 days. I realized the creation process is as valuable as the product itself and I want to share it. Welcome to the Making-of The Mini-Guide for Writing a Super Complete Post in 20 Minutes. ❤

This post is part of the new series on my blog, the Making-of The Mini-Guide! (All the chapters are here).

The Real Work: When’s the time to start creating my product?

The time to start creating my product is now.

Seriously.

Until today, I told you how to take certain decisions to avoid future obstacles.

But today is the day I’ll focus on actually creating the product. Or in my case, actually writing my book. What does a writer do? To write. Today is that day.

If I could say where I am in the creation – production – marketing and sales road, I’d definitely say I’m in the middle. In the production. As I’ll take care of the marketing and sales, I already did a lot by preparing all the doubts that might appear in the begining and there’s still a lot to do.

But I have come to the stage that I cannot do anything else if I don’t have a product. There’s nothing I can do, right now, besides writing my book.

The good thing of taking care of everything before the actual writing is, by the time you have everything figured out, the writing becomes easier. If my only job is to write today, the book is doable. It will take less time than before.

Almost nobody says how many days they took to actually write a book. But I found an interesting number in Thus Spake Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche. The first part was written in 10 days. The second part was written in 11 days.

A book of that calibre can be made in less than a month, specially if you took care of distractions and doubts already!

If you ever felt like you wanted to be like one of those great writers who could take their typewriter and just write for days until they’re done, well, today is that day.

There’s a lot of ways of writing a book but there’s only one thing you can do to write a book. Write.

I’m more like a structural kind of writer, so I had it written in my head already. I started by the index (yes, I wrote the index before), and then took topic by topic until I had all the words in that Google Doc I talked before in the right platform chapter.

But you’re a creator as well, you might have already the way to do your own project. Some writers like to just start their story and see where their imagination takes them. And that’s ok! We’re doing the same exact thing with our own style: we’re writing.

And that’s what you should do today.

This post is part of the new series on my blog, the Making-of The Mini-Guide where I share everything I know about writing books! (If you want to read all the past chapters go here).

The Mini-Guide for Writing a Super Complete Post in 20 Minutes was created under the Small Product Lab July 2015 hosted by Gumroad. I’m forever grateful with Gumroad and Small Product Lab for those 10 days.

If you want to read the next chapter of the Making-of The Mini-Guide when is ready, join here:http://kath.pw