I’m a small business owner and love to encourage others to push in that direction too. Working for one’s self is a great way to focus on and be happy with your present and future. It’s hard work but I believe is well worth it. So, today I am sharing an online business from Starlene, who blogs over at GAPS Diet Journey and can also be found on Facebook. Other Readers Business posts can be found here: Readers Business. If you want to feature your small business then email me and lets start a dialogue at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Starlene has been using Photoshop for some time and has started her business taking designs that you have created in word or any other program for your ebook product. She then turns that design into a 3D version of the book and sends it back to you in a few sizes. A very simple concept but great for those who don’t have Photoshop themselves.
I’ll pass you over to Starlene now to tell you all about it.
While it was never a lifelong dream of mine to become a small business owner, I have always promoted the idea of supporting small businesses.
I was no doubt influenced by my grandfather who was the owner of a small neighborhood restaurant when I was a young child. I loved visiting Grandpa’s restaurant, sampling the food, choosing orange soda from the pop machine, having a dish of ice cream and twirling, twirling, twirling on the round stools in front of the counter. Grandpa and Grandma dropped by every Friday night to visit, always bringing what they told us were the “leftovers” from the week. Many years later as an adult, Grandma confided that the food they brought was always freshly prepared. She explained that my mother was fiercely independent and would have refused the food otherwise. I have many fond memories of running out to greet Grandma and Grandpa, sneaking handfuls of warm greasy french fries made from real potatoes that Grandpa himself had peeled and cut into strips.
When I started blogging, I had no idea I was about to become an entrepreneur and a small business owner myself. It just sort of happened. Along the way I learned that it was possible to monetize my blog with Google Adsense, I discovered affiliate opportunities for other bloggers selling products in line with my blog’s topic and learned about businesses with affiliate programs.
Eventually I realized I had a skill which I could offer to fellow bloggers who authored e-books. I have been using Photoshop for over 15 years and I recently launched a new business where I can convert your e-book cover image into a 3D image. Currently I offer six styles: paperback cover, spiral bound, top spiral bound, hardcover, clipboard and magazine style.
According to some sources, e-books are more likely to sell if the image advertising your book “looks” like an actual book. For this reason, you should take care to remind your customers that the book they will be receiving is in electronic form.
Here is an example of one of the six styles.
My 3D e-book image service assumes that you have already created your book cover. Some bloggers choose to hire an artist to create their cover, and the 3D creation typically is part of that service. My service is available for bloggers who have created their own cover using Word or similar program and have converted to PDF. These images are also appropriate if you are offering your books in a Kindle version through Amazon.
When you purchase a 3D e-book cover you will receive three images. One will be sized at 425×500 pixels: this size is ideal for review blog posts. You will also receive two smaller images sized at 250×250 and 125×125. These sizes are appropriate for use on your blog’s sidebar. If you have affiliates for your e-book, you will be able to offer these images which will allow your product to convert more readily.
For Frugal Zeitgeist followers, I’m offering a 20% discount available until June 30, 2012 when using the following discount code: FZ20JUNE12
You can make your order and find out more about the service here: E-Covers Creation Service
Thanks Starlene and good luck with your business.