The Blurb blog is full of ideas and pro tips on the topic of trade books; how to write, design, and sell them, and why they are the most versatile format around. We’ve gathered up our favorite articles here, along with some inspiring author interviews, so you have the resources you need to create the ultimate trade book.
GETTING STARTED & CHOOSING MATERIALS
Let’s Talk Trade Books: Q&A with Dan Milnor
A guide to Blurb’s trade book format with tips on paper choices, cover types, selling options, and potential projects.
3 Reasons You Need to Make a Trade Book
Discover the best perks of publishing trade books, from print quality to pricing.
Find Your Book Format
A handy flowchart with key questions to consider before starting your book project.
PROJECT IDEAS & INSPIRATION
Inside Trade Books
All kinds of projects can be published in trade book format–a budget photo book, a notebook or journal, a literary magazine.
50 Book Ideas for Writing a Book You Can Start Today
From biography to business, cooking to crafts, diet to design tips, find a great topic for your next trade book project.
9 Steps to Create a Comic Book
Kickstart your story, characters, and illustrations with our step-by-step guide.
4 Creative Custom Journal & Notebook Ideas
Personalize your book pages with room for lists, goals, ideas, doodles, designs, travel stories, and more.
10 Tips for Creating a Custom Cookbook
Bring your favorite recipes to life using these tips on food photography, writing, and design.
Hit the Books with Dan Milnor: Your Portfolio Book
The photographer and creative pro in the know shares his expert advice on print portfolios.
How to Write a Poetry Book
A guide for poets who are passionate about writing, reading, and publishing their best work.
How to Write a Non-Fiction Book
Use these 25 tips to write, publish, and market your trade book (essays, interviews, family history, you name it).
How to Become a Children’s Book Author
Eleven practical steps to help you develop a great children’s book and put it in print.
How to Write a Novella in 9 Steps
Get the keys to this compact story form, like pacing, character, story arc, and figurative language.
LAYOUT & DESIGN
10 Tips to Make a Gorgeous Trade Book
Learn how to choose your trade book materials, balance text and typography, and select a print quality.
How to Make a Test Book (and Why You Should)
No matter what kind of book you are making, printing a test book in trade book format will help you find the perfect look and feel.
Tips and Templates for Creating a Killer Product Catalog
Get all the details right when it comes to content, photography, layout, and printing.
7 Tips & Ideas for Building a Standout Graphic Design Portfolio
Use this checklist to keep your portfolio content, curation, and book design on track.
How to Make Your Own DIY Personal Planner
Creating a planner is easy with these step-by-step design tips + content ideas.
SELLING & DISTRIBUTION
How to Sell Your Book on Ingram (and Why You Should)
Harness the selling power of trade books, expand your audience, optimize your metadata, and distribute like a pro.
How to Price a Sellable Book
Find out how to balance your printing cost with your selling price.
12 Ways a Book Can Help Your Business
A portfolio. A leave behind. An archive. An anthology. A catalog. Self-publishing books of all kinds can provide the financial or creative boost you need.
BEHIND THE BOOK INTERVIEWS
The Modern Alphabet by Megan Roy
Illustrated children’s book
Letter Shoppe by Dina Marie Rodriguez
Artistic guide to hand lettering
State Flowers of America by Sylvie Lee
Illustrated coloring book with fun facts
The Accidental Airbnb Host by Veronica Tercan
Hospitality guide book