Today in Design - Top Articles RoundUp 6 May 2015
The day’s best and most important design- and design business-focused articles, tutorials, and resources hand-picked by Pariah Burke.
- Pay-What-You-Want Pricing for Self-Published eBooks
Pay What You Want pricing can work – or not. The difference lies in the execution. (Writing really good stuff is a given.)
Here’s a 6-step framework you can use to apply PWYW pricing to your work to start leveraging the upside of your fanatical readership.
- 7 Secrets About Editors Every Freelance Writer Should Know
Editors – most of them anyway – are trying to do their jobs and looking for people who can help them do that. One of them could be you.
Many editors worked as writers before trading places. A lot still do both. I fall into that category. Since 2009, I’ve worked as the freelance editor for a corporate finance website and on a blog series. I’ve edited whitepapers and helped train, manage and edit other freelancers for an employment news startup.
Based on my experience on the other side of the desk, here are some secrets about editors that freelance writers should know:
- Why Hiring An Editor For Your Self-Published Book Is Unavoidable
Over the past few years, I’ve read quite a few self-published books. Most of the books have been wonderful and I thoroughly enjoyed them. Yet some have been painful to read. Others have been good, but could have been great with the assistance of an experienced editor. Too many self-published authors don’t think readers can tell if their novel hasn’t been professionally edited. Trust me, most of us can. As for authors who skip utilizing beta readers and critique partners, that shows as well.
- A History of Graphic Design As Told By 18 Classic PostersGIFs are funny but fleeting; websites might convey more information—but if you really want to make a point, you design a poster. A new exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt focuses on the cultural impact of this persuasive graphic design medium and the science behind what makes posters in particular pack their visual punch.
- Make Your Drab and Boring Car Come to LifeCustomizing your car can be difficult and expensive, but Gera Waisbaum has built a platform in StickOut that lets users fit custom graphics for their cars.Tags: Kickstarter
- Promote Yourself AND Another Author with a Social Media SwapWhen you are trying to build an author brand and market a book, it’s important to keep in mind you’re not the only one trying to build an author brand and market a book. Reach out to your fellow authors and make a proposal that could help you both.Tag…
- 50 Shades of Daryl Dixon: 50 T-shirt Designs to Kill ForLet’s face it; there are many who want this much loved crossbow-wielding redneck on their T-shirt designs. And if you too are a Daryl fan, we’re sure that the mere thought of having your favorite Illuminati idol on your T-shirt would fill you excitement and enthusiasm. So whether you’re an illustrator, graphic designer or typographer, here’re the 50 different shades of Daryl Dixon inspired T-shirt designs. So, check out this collection and let your creative juices flow.
- How To Run The Best Virtual Meeting Ever
My colleague Ken Perlman shares his tricks for running incredibly effective and enjoyable meetings – from 3,000 miles away.
- How To Finish Your Damn BookIt’s all well and good for me to tell you why you should finish your book (nutshell: a finished book is the one thing everyone who ever got published/successfully self-published has in common) but how do you do it? How do you overcome procrastination? How do you finish your damn book?
- Who is more satisfied with their books, traditionally published or self-published authors?
- 55 Strategic Marketing Questions for Small BusinessesThese questions are part of a collection of 99 strategic planning questionnaires Jay Abraham uses for his clients while consulting for them. And by clients, I do not mean some struggling solo entrepreneur, but rather 7 figur…
- Startup cost template budget worksheetUse this startup cost template worksheet budget to estimate the amount of money needed to start a new business and run it for the first 3 months to a year.Tags: Entrepreneur Freelance