Tag: design

Apple reveals key Christmas dates for authors

If you’re an indie author hoping to get your book available on Apple Books before Christmas, there are some key dates to keep in mind. It makes sense to have your book available before Christmas. After all, it’s the biggest buying frenzy of the year. You have millions of households all over the globe looking […]
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Adam Exiled launches with a special

[vc_row type="in_container" full_screen_row_position="middle" scene_position="center" text_color="dark" text_align="left" overlay_strength="0.3" shape_divider_position="bottom" bg_image_animation="none"][vc_column column_padding="no-extra-padding" column_padding_position="all" background_color_opacity="1" background_hover_color_opacity="1" column_link_target="_self" column_shadow="none" column_border_radius="none" width="1/1" tablet_width_inherit="default" tablet_text_alignment="default" phone_text_alignment="default" column_border_width="none" column_border_style="solid" bg_image_animation="none"][vc_column_text] Here at Old Mate Media we are beyond excited to be announcing the launch of Adam Exiled.  Book Two in the Adam X Series, this long awaited sequel continues the story of […]
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10 essential book cover tips for indie authors

Every book needs a cover and in a world where a million books are created every day, your book cover needs to be outstanding. Bleed, margins, spines, embedding fonts, source files, layers, swatches and CMYK vs RGB are just some of the design terms we throw around every day here at Old Mate Media. If […]
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How to scan your art for print publication – self-publishing tips

If you’re an indie author creating your own art, it’s important to make sure the finished file is actually suitable for publication. As part of our self-publishing tips series, we have a checklist for you to follow.   We work with a lot of authors here at Old Mate Media who create their own art. […]
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IngramSpark interview: answers to your self-publishing questions

There is one debate you're bound to find raging in every self-publishing community: IngramSpark or Createspace? The two dominant players in print-on-demand both have their advantages and disadvantages. We had plenty of self-publishing questions to ask when we began our IngramSpark interview with Australian account manager, Emma Hall. What is IngramSpark? Before we start the IngramSpark interview, a […]
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Austin the Australian is in production

Old Mate Media reveals a brand new children’s picture book taking kids to the land down under. There’s nothing quite as exciting as starting a new children’s picture book, and it’s something we get to do a lot here at Old Mate Media. Our latest project is particularly close to our hearts, given that we're […]
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Why IngramSpark’s new trim size is great news for children’s book makers

IngramSpark has just added a much needed new landscape trim size to its book options, although it comes with some caveats. Today IngramSpark announced a new trim size and not a moment too soon. The company's print-on-demand (POD) customers can now design a book to be landscape at 11-inches wide by 8.5-inches tall. This is great […]
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66% of children’s book readers seek better book design

Whether you’re hiring a designer and artist, or doing it all yourself, make no mistake, book design is one of the key indicators for purchase by children’s book readers. It’s right there in the name: picture book. Your lovely words help drive the story forward and flipping through each page, but the illustrations and design are […]
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What does DPI mean?

If you’re making a children’s picture book or designing a cover, you will hear the term DPI used. But what does DPI mean? At Old Mate Media, we make children’s picture books. We work every day creating illustrations and designing books. When working with other indie authors, we’re frequently asked questions about the technical aspects […]
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List of paperback book trim sizes in pixels

Children book authors are better off using trim sizes in pixels than inches when it comes to creating illustrations. Here is how they convert. Do you know your available trim sizes in pixels? There’s plenty to think about when creating a children’s picture book. Illustrations will likely be the most expensive and time consuming part […]
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