Desiging the Virtual Press Kit

Written by Howard Hopkins

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First I created my cover using Paint Shop Pro 7. Most authors aren't virtual artists, though, so I would suggest picking your ebook cover as an opening page. Word allows you to insert a jpeg and a great cover grabs a reader's attention immediately. Forrepparttar next page, I used Word's WordArt feature. There are a number of fancy designs, but I would suggest selecting one ofrepparttar 129553 more subdued, professional looking patterns. I titled this page Howard Hopkins' Virtual Press Kit. Not particularly original but it getsrepparttar 129554 point across. Onrepparttar 129555 next page I placed my contact information, my email and webpage address. I would suggest not entering your mailing address, unless you have a post office box specifically for that purpose. Anyone in need of your mailing address can contact you through your email.

Onrepparttar 129556 next page I placed my bio.

Beyond that, I set up a section listing all my hardcover and paperback credits, then my ebook credits. I keep a number of pages after that for my print and ebook covers. Next, I inserted press releases for my most recent novels.

Last I offered an information section and samples of my artwork for covers, cards and postcards. I included some of my favorite works and pricing guidelines.

That's all there is to it. If you are skilled with graphics, then pretty it up in whatever way suits your style. If you have Acrobat, print it to PDF then research places that might be interested in seeing your work, perhaps local newspapers -- if you can findrepparttar 129557 local reporter's email listing inrepparttar 129558 paper, allrepparttar 129559 better. I got an interview this way.

For those who would like to see a virtual copy of my kit for ideas and set up feel free to download it at:

Howard Hopkins is the author of six horror and western ebooks from Atlantic Bridge Publishing ( under his own name and more than twenty print westerns under the penname Lance Howard. His novels can be purchased at, and and he lives in Maine.


Written by Arleen M. Kaptur

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No matter what your personal or business life has in store for you each day, don’t limit yourself to these “daily occurrences.” If you don’t train yourself to take notice of everything around you, a lack of ideas will soon berepparttar malady ofrepparttar 129550 day. Just think of it - there is wonder inrepparttar 129551 warmth of sunshine, a million stories in a big city train station, and a poem is just resting inrepparttar 129552 beauty of nature. Thoughts do have one bad habit though. They will not come to you if you are not receptive. They don’t open your mind for you - they just stroll in ifrepparttar 129553 door is open.

So put out that welcome mat - and let everyday life supply you with its wonder and its magic supply of ideas. You can pick and choose, but don’t let a day go by that life itself is not allowed entry. If you do closerepparttar 129554 door, you will never know what great literary achievements could have surfaced onrepparttar 129555 day you decided you were too busy to bother. Take each day as a new adventure, a clean slate, a storehouse of knowledge and wisdom. ENJOY! ©Arleen M. Kaptur 2002 June 1

Arleen Kaptur has written numerous articles, cookbooks, and the novel: SEARCHING FOR AUSTIN JAMES Websites:

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