Author: P. Joseph Cherubino

NASA/JPL Photos for Book Covers and Art

The NASA/JPL Photojournal is an excellent source of material for cover art, web sites and general image fun. NASA/JPL offers its images under a license that requires attribution if used commercially. Be sure to read this page carefully because there are some caveats. Generally speaking, most images are open for public use. Have fun! Image Policy: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/imagepolicy/ If you are looking for free, open source image editing, you can check out: GIMP: Professional image editing and a close competitor of Photoshop Inkscape: Vector graphics drawing program. I used this to lay out and create the book cover or the Kindle Edition of my first novel. It has great text effects. Scribus: This can be used to format your book and book cover for createspace. I am still climbing the learning curve on this one, but I will post more about this when I figure it...

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Hello Social Media!

The Self-Published Author and Marketing It’s Monday morning and I’m beginning the day with coffee and blogging. I tap away on my little Linux-powered netbook and I squint at my cell phone as I use these tools to shape my social media presence. Facebook, Twitter, this blog and several profiles on some self-publishing forums constitute my marketing department. This is the life of a self-published author. The big publishing houses have dedicated staff for what I am doing on my own. I am in business for myself. The moment I made the decision to publish my novel, I entered into the business of publishing. This is a much different pursuit than writing. Twitter is my newspaper ad. Facebook is my billboard. This blog is my magazine article. Media of the previous generation can be roughly analogized by these online tools. The difference between new and old media is the level of access and control available to the individual. I am both a consumer and producer of value on social networks. Call me late to the game, but I am realizing how much power these tools offer for simply the cost of an internet connection and a computing device. I can create and harvest massive amounts of data. The challenge now is to turn that data into information I can use to promote my book. While access to the basic forms of these tools...

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