Advice for Authors from The London Book Fair
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by Claribel OrtegaMay 14, 2015


If you’re displaying a book with us and receive an email with a book promo graphic, there’s a great way to personalize that graphic for use on your social media! Below read our simple tutorial to make the most out of your book display!

Before we begin, save the template picture from the newsletter (pictured above) or scroll to the end of this tutorial for a full sized version you can download. Once you save the picture to your computer continue on to step 1. 

Step 1: Go to the online photo editing site



Step 2: Click on the Edit option and choose the Computer option. Open the file you saved from the beginning of the tutorial. 




Your view should look like this.



Step 3: Click on the butterfly icon from the menu on the left hand side.



Step 4: Click on the “Your Own” option above to import your book cover.




Step 5: Choose your book cover and place it wherever you like on the page, resize using the white borders around the picture.



Step 6: In order to make the cover bigger, I will place it on the left hand side of the photo. This will also give us room to add additional text.



 Step 7: Select the Tt symbol and choose a font that is easy to read. Once you’ve selected your font click on the space next to your cover and type a book description or anything else you’d like to add. I would suggest not overloading the area with text otherwise it might make the graphic look cluttered.




Step 8: Add your website below if you’d like. I used a more basic font for the website text.



Step 9: Save your creation and you are done!



This is the final product! Make your own using your book cover and save on your social media before BEA!







Use the photo below for your own promo graphic.



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  • John W. Harding

    A cool tool but authors will need to know a bit more about computers than most do.

    • Hi John thanks for commenting! Authors who can’t follow the tutorial could always use the unedited graphic on their social media as well but it’s always good to try and learn new things and hopefully a few authors will be able to step outside their comfort zone and create something nice to use 🙂

  • Richard DeProspo

    Awesome! Thank you.

  • Carrie

    Easy enough to use following the tutorial but then I was unable to save or share it in any way using the free picmonkey tools and did not want to create an account. Tried a second time to no avail. Now I have 30 minutes invested and was all excited because it was a GREAT graphic but have nothing to show for it. Perhaps on your next tutorial you could have a final step that shows what to do with the image in terms of saving it to your own computer (PC or Mac) once you have created it? Thanks!

    • Hi Carrie! You should be able to save the graphic simply by going to green save button as demonstrated above. This will prompt you to pick a size, name and location for saving at which point you can choose any folder on your computer. I double checked and saved a picture to my own Mac computer just now without signing in and it worked. The tutorial was made using a PC as well.
      Picmonkey does allow for projects to saved without signing in, but you must make sure you’re not using any of the paid royal options (none of which were used for this tutorial & which are marked by a small crown symbol). It also might be your browser, if you are using internet explorer we suggest Google Chrome or Firefox. Hope that helps!

      • Carrie

        Thank you…it kept telling me my work wasn’t saved and every time I clicked save and tried to get out it told me it wasn’t saved again. I will try again tomorrow with Firefox browser instead of IE…that might just be the ticket!! Thank you for taking time to give me such a thorough explanation…I appreciate it!