3 Writing Webinars that will help you get started on writing your Novel

Writing is a personal process that often requires constant learning. Free Webinars to get you started or keep you going can be very uplifting and inspiring. Here are three webinars I found useful and packed full with information.

Inkitt’s Novel Writing Boot Camp

I discovered this course when I joined Inkitt.com a while back. It has ten video lessons that guide you through the ideal process of writing a novel. The tips and structure shared give you a strong foundation to help you shape a story. I found that this writing boot camp unstuck me when I was in a writing bind. If you want to write a novel, but don’t know where to start, this is the perfect course.

The 10 lessons will walk you through the fundamental tools necessary for writing a novel and succeeding the craft of story telling.

inkitt.com

Nanowrimo’s Nano Prep 101

Nanowrimo is a great challenge to take on. It stands for National Novel Writing Month. The month of choice is November. Before that, you can prepare to take on the challenge of writing a novel by participating in Nano Prep. You can download the Nano Prep 101 Handbook and get started on your preparations, or wait until September to join millions worldwide in the same process. I felt that giving this a try was a great way to understand my own writing process. The handbook has a lot of information on character creation, planning your story and creating worlds. It is perfect for beginners and experienced writers too.

linkedin.com’s Writing: The Craft of Story

Linkedin has a learning center packed with different types of courses you can take. You can sign up for a free trial, or pay a fee to join the learning center. I found this course and thought it quite enlightening. It has great insights on all the parts of great story telling. It is not the only course on Linkedin on writing, there are loads more, that include topics on editing your work. The learning center is a great place to explore if you’re looking for information, insights on writing, and hoping to increase your writing skills knowledge.

Learning never stops. I hope these courses are of help to you on your writing journey.

5 Ways to Create a Book Cover in Kenya

Do you want to create a book cover for your completed book, and don’t know where to start? Check out these five ideas to get you going.

Once you have your book title, it’s time to create a cover for your book. The following five options will get you started.

Online Resources

  1. Canva.com

Canva is an invaluable design resource for posters, social media posts, advertising and logo designs. They also have a very awesome book cover design feature with great results. If you need a book cover, fast, and don’t know where to get it, try out Canva. It costs you an email and time to sign up for an account.

2. Adobe Spark

Adobe Spark is another great resource. Their concept is similar to Canva, if you can’t find what you’re looking for on Canva, maybe you’ll get it on Adobe Spark. I use both for social posts. The interface is easy to use, and you can save the cover anywhere you wish.

Learn How to Be a Designer

3. Photoshop Software

This is my favorite. You get a lot more freedom with creative decisions. It does require a longer period of time to learn, but once you understand the basics, you are able to create a decent book cover, in any shape and size. ^_^

4. Adobe Illustrator/ Indesign

Use these to create and format books and book covers. You’ll need time and patience to grow expertise with these. If you’re willing to learn, your book cover issues will be a thing of the past. Indesign is especially great for book formatting.

Hire an Illustrator for your cover

5. Get Your Cover Designed for You

This is a really great choice especially if you want to print your book. You can get someone to design a book cover for you. The advantage to this is that you get original artwork. The artwork will match your content, as you work with the illustrator until you’re satisfied with the result. Alternatively, you can purchase a ready-made book cover design from a graphic designer.

Below please find profiles on two Illustrators based in Nairobi.

Wanjira Kinyua of @born_on_the_way . Visit her blog to see the amazing illustrations she has posted, to see the type of work she does.

The standard cost for simple illustrations, pricing starts from Kshs. 5,000 and complex illustrations start at Kshs. 7,500 .

Wanjira

From Wanjira

My work is primarily done using digital techniques and inspired by everyday objects and subjects that challenge me in drawing. My style is heavily influenced by printmaking techniques and the use of a limited colour palette. If you would like to talk to me about a project, please get in touch.

email: kinyuakelly@gmail.com


Humphrey Osoro of Humphrey Osoro Illustrations. Humphrey is a comic artist and graphic designer based in Kenya. He has a comic running at 254comics.com called the Unaffected Resolve. Make sure to check it out.

Humphrey takes commissions on different types of illustrations. His recent work includes cover art for Less Vol. 1 by Jofre De Orosz.

If your work needs illustrations, reach out to Humphrey at the following links.

Instagram: @humphreyosoro

Blog: Humphrey Osoro’s Blog
Facebook: Humprey Illustrations

Coming Soon: Watch out for a feature on Humphrey Osoro on this blog!

If you know an illustrator who creates book covers do share, and we can create a list of Book Cover Illustrators to reach out to. If you are an illustrator who can create book covers, share your information as well. Authors are looking for book covers.

I hope these five ideas are of use to you on your journey to creating wonderful book covers.