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Our 2015 Portfolio has launched!

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Portfolio 2015 has launched and is now available for download!

This year’s portfolio has been filled with some old favourites as well as a range of images that have never been seen before this launch. As our birthday is just around the corner, we will be incorporating this new look into our new website when it goes live! Soon, www.kissedoff.co.uk will have a great new look as well as implementing a lot of tech behind the scenes to make it as accessible as possible for all.

Sneak Peek

Here’s a quick sneak peak (along with the slideshow above) of what you can expect in our new Portfolio…

Digital-Artistry
Digital Artistry, Illustration and Photography services

We offer a range of digital artistry, illustration and photography services. We’ve chosen just a small selection of our more popular images to represent this for our latest portfolio. We offer a range of styles, so contact us today to see if we can help you.

Branding
Corporate ID, Branding and Logo Design Services

We offer a range of branding packages to suit all businesses and products, but if you are looking for a more individual specification we also offer a full bespoke service that can include print, digital and social options.

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A range of our latest publishing projects

Our latest portfolio also includes examples of our most recent eBook and paperback projects as well as how those projects have developed into other literature and marketing materials.

To download your copy of our new Portfolio – follow this link Portfolio 2015

Can’t download? Then email us or call for your copy.

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Join the Club!

Club together to support Charity

St Richard’s Hospice has launched a new Book Club at it’s Cafe in Worcester. The aim of the book club is to reach out to the local book reading community while building a thriving group. Director of Kissed Off Creations Ltd, Natalie Ballard, is chairing the meetings following an invitation from Lydia Repton.

Inaugural meeting

The first meeting took place today, and while many books and topics were discussed, the chosen book for our meeting in June is “Life of Pi” by Yann Martell. This was met with unanimous support by the Club’s members. The next meeting is scheduled for the 15th June at 9am.

Copies of “Life of Pi” are available from the bookstore for £1.75, and why not have a great coffee and a browse while you are there!

The backup books are: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, The Beekeeper’s Daughter by Santa Montefiore and the Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – for those who are unable to finish reading the Life of Pi or would like an alternative book to read.

Club aims

The book club will be focussed predominantly on all realms of fiction, however we will also be looking outside of this genre on occasion as well as previewing forthcoming releases from Kissed Off Creations Ltd. There is no pressure to finish books nor to read the backups, all we ask is for you to bring along another book review or a recommendation of a title for the group.

If you cannot attend the group, simply drop in your review before the meeting at the store either to Lydia or to one of the other volunteers, and we can add your comments to our discussion.

Book reviews may be abridged and used to support window displays and advertising of the group.

Come along and join in

Pop along for a chat about books and a lovely coffee (and maybe a sneaky piece of cake too!) on 15th June. The cafe has wheelchair access and is situated through the charity’s well-stocked bookshop… even if they haven’t got your book in store, they are sure to be able to source it for you.

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How we tailor our eBook designs to your needs…

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Tailor your brief

Great design starts with a great brief.

Specification

One of the most important things to consider all the possible uses you will have for your eBook:

  • Will you want your eBook printed at a later stage?
  • Will it be printed on an office inkjet printer and how would you bind it?
  • If it could be professionally printed – how would you like it bound, are there any particular features and links that would need to change between versions?
  • How will your eBook be distributed? Will it be embedded directly into a web page? By email?

The answer to these questions will allow us to tailor the physical specification of your eBook to your needs.

For example, the eBook below has been designed specifically so that it can be printed on an office printer without showing to typical white border that features on so many inkjet prints.

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This eBook is designed specifically to allow for print borders common in many office printers.

As this could be used at trade events, it has been specifically designed for wire binding as well as allowing for economical and easy printing. This extends, not only to the client, but also to the end user who may not necessarily want to read your eBook on screen and would prefer to read it on paper. By tailoring your specification at an early stage, it allows your eBook to be flexible for alternative uses at a later stage without adding additional costs to your project.


Design

The briefing stage is also the time to specify any design requirements you have: branding, preference and target audience all have a bearing not only on colour scheme, but right through to accessibility options and font choices.

In the eBook below, the client had a very clear idea of how he wanted the eBook to look and gave clear examples. This has resulted in an eBook that was quick to conceptualise and is ready much quicker for publishing.

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A clear brief led to an easy conceptualisation and approval stage
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Are you encountering a creative problem?

Kissed Off Seminar Poster

We’ve taken the initiative and put the solutions of many creative problems faced by our authors into one big webinar.

Problem 1: Time

We’ll be covering this issue from several different angles – from lifestyle choices to give us more energy, to learning to free up time for creativity. The focus will be on doing more while working less.

Problem 2: Creative Block

The dreaded blank page syndrome – we’ve all been there no matter what our creative background. However, we have way and means of helping you to get something down on that blank page that will help you to focus on your goal.

Problem 3: Confidence

Our speakers have been selected to give you the best start for your writing journey. Topics will include finding your writing voice through to how to build a happier and healthier approach to life.

Problem 4: Money

This is the big elephant in the corner no-one really wants to mention. Yet we have ways and means to get around the issue, and self-publishing doesn’t have to cost the earth.

Problem 5: Accessibility

A number of our authors suffer from or care for those suffering from all types of disabilities and life altering illnesses. We want to show you how accessible not only is your writing to you, but also how accessible we can help you make it for others.

Problem 6: Marketing

There are two main types of this problem for authors – those who think they have enough of a following already so don’t need to do any additional marketing, and those who think they don’t have enough of a following to get published. We want to show you how both camps are wrong, and how you can use social media and other cost effective platforms to boost not only your sales but also your profile.

Book your space TODAY to take the first steps to solving the problem.

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Tweet Your Way to Success by Samantha Kelly

Tweet Your Way to Success (book)

As part of our continued improvement for our Authors, you can now purchase their books directly on Amazon.

The first book to be listed this way is Tweet Your Way to Success by Samantha Kelly. This is an essential guide to Twitter for any new and small business owner covering how to get the most out of Twitter.

Buy it now or read more on Amazon

 

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Our First Publishing Experience

Eating for Energy by Yuri Elkaim (iPDF only eBook)

It’s nearly that time of year again!! It seems to come round nearly as quickly as my own birthday!

In honour of the forthcoming anniversary, I’ve decided to repost a guest blog I wrote for Stoned Press back in April about the beginnings of Kissed Off.

Our First Publishing Experience

New beginnings

I started freelancing online initially due to being made part time due to my employer being in financial difficulty due to the recession. I aimed to build up a graphic design business that would give me a route out of traditional employment.

My second freelance job however sent me off in a new direction – a series of cookery eBooks for a Canadian author.

I had never before published an eBook, but as the client wanted them in PDF format it was essentially no different to other graphic design projects I had previously carried out. Initially the project was for one book, but this quickly stretched out to 12 books for his first product range – as well as a further large book on cookery that contained a three figure number of pages (a typical eBook is around 40 pages).

This project would directly lead to 6 new clients, and over 250 books later we are now a fully registered UK publisher with books in all formats and on all platforms all over the world.

How did I do this?

Firstly, all 7 contacts complement me on turning around projects quickly (some even with CRAZY deadlines), efficiently while creating great graphic design and meeting the client’s brief. This led directly to word of mouth recommendations to their contacts (accounting for at least another 3 clients and more leads in progress).

Communication

Communication is key in maintaining customer relationships. If there is a barrier to completing a project or action, keep the customer informed. Never hesitate to send an email saying “I’m working on this but…” or “I’m still chasing our supplier for this on your behalf.” This simple action lets your customer know you have their interests at heart.

Communication works in both directions, so respond promptly to any questions and dispel any misconceptions quickly. We often end up educating the client in pretty complex subjects – so another key is to Keep It Simple. Watch out for any terminology that may be familiar to you but completely foreign to the client.

Efficiency

What can I do that makes my client’s life easier? Checking links, making sure content is logical and more are all part of what we do. If we can’t do something in the above due to time constraints, we make the client aware. This way they can either delegate the task internally or sub contract out to a third party.

Going one step beyond

We often go beyond our client’s expectations of our service. Either by taking their project to the next level, suggest improvements or even new ideas for future titles.
By taking that next step we become memorable. This is the key to being recommended to others your client may network with. We all network – family, friends, or in business we rely on networks to build trust and to gain initial impressions.

Moving forward what challenges did I face as a new publisher?

As a hybrid publisher, I have spent the first two years of business breaking ice (as it felt on the bad days) and building a new road (on the good days). There is no one in my area with the same business to discuss best practice with, or indeed within the UK.

In our first two years we have:

  • Registered as a UK publisher
  • Become a Limited business
  • Started offering low print runs to compete against Amazon’s CreateSpace program and other print-on-demand services.
  • Created truly interactive titles that go beyond the PDF basic format
  • Had our first best sellers- #1 on Clickbank
  • Produced books and eBooks for all major formats and vastly different subject matters.
  • Published our first audiobook
  • Exhibited at trade shows (both successfully and un-successfully)
  • Joined and left networking groups (not all groups have quantifiable business for someone who is as unique as I was).
  • Become an expert in Social Media
  • Created several online bookstores on a range of platforms (paid and unpaid… you can see which we decided on at store.kissedoff.co.uk/?b=guest)

We have made mistakes along the way, but I like to think we have saved our clients making the same mistake.  Most of our clients come to us from having a bad experience of book conversions, printers, marketers and more. We are now passionate about helping first time authors so the joy of having your first book published doesn’t have to be tarnished with the bad experiences that many of our authors had sadly had previous to finding us.