Author Poll: Writer B.J. Armstrong wants your help with her book cover.

B.J.Armstrong is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press. And she wants your help deciding her book cover.

Book Summary

Everyone Has a Story to Tell—What Is Yours?

Many people recognize the importance of sharing their life story-each of us has a special place in the world, and the experiences you’ve had can never be repeated or replaced. But the idea of writing a memoir can be overwhelming! That’s where BIO-BY-U  can help. This interactive, easy-to-use workbook provides prompts and ideas so that you can write your life story in your own way. The book consists of subjects and a list of questions about each subject. You can use this workbook with a computer, a tape recorder, a typewriter, a video camera, or pen and paper…it’s up to you! You can answer the question prompts with a word, a sentence, a paragraph, or a longer story. When you’re done, you’ll have your life events laid out in story form. This workbook helps to organize and clarify life events, and gives you a format to describe to the reader each person and place in your life. You’ll have the opportunity to reflect, to explain, and to share the experiences that have made you who you are. It’s easier than you think-let BIO-BY-U unlock the story of your life!

About the Author

Beverly Armstrong started developing her biography-writing a workbook in 1976, when she asked her father to write stories of his parents and his childhood. She further developed the book over the years while writing her own story. Today, she uses the workbook as an interview guide to write the life stories of people who do not read or write English.

Please take a look at two possible covers below and then vote on the choice you recommend for B.J.

Click on the thumbnail to enlarge Cover Option A
Cover A

Click on the thumbnail to enlarge Cover Option B

Cover B

5 Reasons to Use a Self-Publishing Company in 2012

In my previous article, I mentioned that self-publishing requires creativity, effort and innovation in order to tell your story. Simply putting pen to paper is not enough – the final product should be personable as well as professional.

Ironic, isn’t it?

So most of us can write a memoir easily – one that can impress upon everyone that can relate to our story. But don’t forget – a self-publishing book should be as professional as a book from a publishing house.

Why does it matter? Simply put – readers have standards! No one would like to buy a book with an unprofessional cover, or a book with a poorly formatted interior. When you use a self-publishing company, you don’t have to worry about these “issues”. Why not? Here are the top reasons:

  • You don’t have to design your books yourself. We have designed and produced thousands of books, and you can benefit from this experience.
  • We provide you with necessary guidance to make sure your end product is unique and fits requirements.
  • You don’t have to worry about publishing and dealing with different agents for each task. We can do it all for you.
  • We make self-publishing affordable with different packages.
  • You can find your own voice. Instead of traditional publishing houses that want you to produce information that works for them, we suggest you to publish what works for you.

Self-publishing companies can provide a decisive edge to your final product.

Have you set a resolution to publish your own book in 2012? Let’s talk…

One of our authors needs your helpful vote

Troy L. Peterson is publishing 7 Steps to Real Estate Riches: Real Estate Investing Made Simple with Outskirts Press.

And he has asked us for YOUR help!

Please take a look at his two cover design options below and then vote on the option you recommend for Troy.

Cover #1

Cover #2

Option #1 is free and included with his publishing service using one of the pre-designed styles available to him. Option #2 is a custom cover we designed for him “on spec” to give him the option of a visually unique, spot-on cover design. It costs $299. Is that a worthwhile investment for Troy’s book?

We want to hear from you.

Which cover should Troy choose?

Let us know your opinion with the poll vote and we will pass along the final recommendations to Troy.