Friday, February 8, 2013

Self Publishing Resources

Ron Pramschufer has been a force in the self publishing world for a long time with his site and products Lots of resources and services for anyone publishing their books. They also have an excellent Publishing Basics book with all kinds of info on getting started

Page for all their different programs

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Making a Perfect Cover for Your Kindle from

I came across this excellent video from Authors Insider on the 3 key specs need for a Kindle Cover.
1. jpg format
2. 1563 pixels x 2500 pixels tall
3. The cover gets uploaded separately from the main book file. All this happens at the KDP site.
You can see more videos and info at for Authors Insider

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Start Publishing Your Stories, Keep them Short and Get Them Out

2012 will be the year of the explosion in self publishing. It is happening all over from Amazon, to Smashingwords to Lulu, BookTango, all kinds of places. The key is keep them short and keep producing. It is getting kind of crazy to keep track of all the places, kind of like the wild west.

Here is a nice round up article from, one of my favorite places to keep up to dates.
Why 2012 was the year of the e-single. Laura Hazard Owen writes about the changes in publishing from longer form writing down to 5,000-30,000 word articles. And also about how newspapers and other places are bundling up their articles and publishing them as short book. It is wide open for all to take advantage of.

If you can write and put these articles up on line you can make money, especially if you can do it yourself. Get writing

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Why is a Blog a Great Way to Promote Your Book?

I love blogs, you are on one right now. They are easy to manage, an easy place to put up a variety of content, Google loves them, they just cover all the basis. The video below is about one of our blogs for one of our books, Vote 2012 Presidential Election Coloring Book. We had some tremendous traffic over the election and it gave me a great opportunity to talk about why blogs are great places to promote your book.

In a nut shell, they are great because they give you all kinds of information about who your visitors are, where they are coming from and what they are looking at. The what they are looking at is super important in helping you market the book.

This is also the first episode of my new Web TV show, The Bruce Jones Design Show.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Clips to Scenes to Sequences to Story, the Basic Blocks of any Video Story

Stories are built by bringing together some essential pieces of information and putting them together in a specific order. It is a process whether you are doing it in print or in video. The process involves clips combined together to build scenes, which you combine several scenes together to form sequences and then ultimately stories. It is a process that can be learned, and it is a process that is covered from all angles by former Newsweek Photographer, Bill Gentile and the Video Journalism Workshops. A four day course held in Washington DC several times a year and covers a number of topics including:
  • Articulate story ideas.
  • Capture powerful images and clean sound.
  • Recognize and cultivate dramatic story arcs.
  • Conduct compelling, in-depth interviews.
  • Write powerful treatments and scripts.
  • Narrate stories.
  • Edit for maximum impact.

We are starting to move in several directions lately in the art of storytelling, we have the print and traditional publishing with books, newspapers, even blogs, but we also now have powerful tool,  video and using video to tell compelling powerful stories. Combining video and print together and you have a powerful tool. We can't keep these two are independent, they must work together and Bill is able to tell us how to do this in his course Video Journalism Workshops.

In this video Bill talks to use about the process and about building powerful stories. To learn more about the workshop please visit and if you decide to take the course please remember to use our special discount code "BJONES" for a reduced rate.

I took this course when it first started and it really helped me with telling stories with video. To learn more about the course please visit

Video Journalism Workshops New Field Manual

I work on all kind of projects and one of the coolest lately has been on helping Bill Gentile of Video Journalism Workshops of Washington DC produce and get the online version of his course up and running. Using all of the publishing skills that I have learned over the past couple of years we were able to pull together a field manual for the workshop. A book with all the information that Bill teaches in his course. We will now be taking this book and building it out to a full college text book that he will use with his college students at American University. Producing a book these days has become very easy and also very easy to print. The gate keepers are down and we can now bring our projects to the market.

Book, Essential Video Journalism Field Manual by Bill Gentile
The Essential Video Journalism Field Manual by Bill Gentile
To learn more about the Video Journalism Workshops course on telling powerful, compelling stories using images and words in video check out and if you choose to take the course remember to use the code BJONES for a special discount.

How to Use a Tripod When You Are Shooting Video

Telling stories takes all kinds of formats these days. I often talk about do an action once and use the results in many different formats, print, audio, books, and video. Video is becoming such a powerful force that you much include it in any discussion of publishing. They are all merging. Just look at Apple's new iBookAuthor program, it merges all different kinds of media together. Lately I have been working with Bill Gentile and the Video Journalism Workshops in Washington DC. Bill teaches how to tell powerful stories using images and video.

My role is to teach the students about social media and what to do after you make your video. One of my big messages is to set up and use a blog to write about your efforts, and fill-in the back story with pictures and words. But also to tell with video the effort of building a story. One of the tools in his workshop is a tripod. This video tells you the proper way to use your tripod to help keep your camera steady and get the best possible video.

The Video Journalism Workshops are held in Washington DC several times a year and are a great way to learn the art of story telling using images and video. In association with the VJW course we are able to offer a special discount of the workshop price. Please visit the Video Journalism Workshops and learn more about this powerful program. To get the discount use the code BJONES at time of check out.