So, tada! Here are questions posed to my agent who passed her question to me and ...well, you get the idea:
I would be happy to counsel you through these questions, but, as you know, I am the Frugal Book Promoter and don’t like to see authors pay for information they can easily get from reliable sources on the web or from my books. Not one of these questions cannot be answered with a google search and/or the help feature (links) on the interior review feature at Createspace—questions like embedded fonts. And the Word help feature...look under help and references tab in ribbon at the top of your Word program.
firstname.lastname@example.org—my cover designer. Local graphic designers often don't have experience with book covers and book covers are best done by artists who have marketing chops as well as experience with designs that "pop," as you say, but especially on Amazon. Chaz does and so does another friend, Joel Friedlander.
Howard-Johnson is the author of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. She is also a marketing consultant, editor, and author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers including the award-winning second editions of The Frugal Book Promoter (where she talks more about choosing and the advantages of winning contests and how to use those honors) and The Frugal Editor. Her latest is in the series is How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically. Learn more on her Amazon profile page, http://bit.ly/CarolynsAmznProfile. Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers is one of her booklets--perfect for inexpensive gift giving--and, another booklet, The Great First Impression Book Proposal helps writers who want to be traditionally published. She has three FRUGAL books for retailers including one she encourages authors to read because it will help them convince retailers to host their workshops, presentations, and signings. It is A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. In addition to this blog, she helps writers extend the exposure of their favorite reviews at TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com. She also blogs at all things editing--grammar, formatting and more--at The Frugal, Smart, and Tuned-In Editor (http://TheFrugalEditor.blogspot.com )