Every blogger & entrepreneur seems to be publishing a book But, truth be told, publishing is not for everyone. Today we explore the mind of a sweet and super creative business woman who owns a Book Design Firm called LV Book Design. Lyn Vicknair is a new mom, a blogger, an entrepreneur, and wife. With all these super executive titles she holds, we wanted to figure out how she managed all of it!
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Behind LV Book Design:
FlukyPixels: Tell us a little bit about your business.
Lyn: LV Book Design is a design firm dedicated to helping indie and self-publishing authors with cover design and marketing materials. It doesn’t matter to me whether you are going the self-publishing route (heck, I’ve done it!) or the “traditional” publisher route, all books are created equal in my eyes. And just because you don’t have in-house designers to meet your needs doesn’t mean your book should suffer.
I work with authors one-on-one to create their vision for their books.
People judge books by their cover. If an author goes the indie route, their book will be indistinguishable from the publisher house books. I want the world judge the quality of writing and not jump to conclusions because of a poor quality cover.
“I *have* recommended LV Designs to friends who write. The experience was very good for me, and I came away with an outstanding product for a good price. Communication was excellent through the process, and I value LV Design’s creative input and quality work.
— Kit Bradley, Mere Anarchy
FlukyPixels: Where do you see yourself in the next six months?
Lyn: In the next six months, I’d really love to work more remotely. Right now I work mainly in an office, but since the birth of my first child, I’d really love to work more from my home office.
FlukyPixels: Congrats on the new precious baby! How has entrepreneurship changed now that you are mommy?
Lyn: I’d say having a baby has made getting more clients a bitter sweet practice. I want more clients so I can support my growing family, but I don’t want to miss out on my baby’s early days when things change so quickly! I’ve found this to be a time where I focus more on the clients I already work with more and have let some of my promotional work sit on the back burner for a little while.
FlukyPixels: Top 3 Must reads and why
Lyn: Yes, Please by Amy Poehler – this book is inspiring and comforting and hilarious. I highly recommend the audio version.
Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson – this horror writer knows how to make readers laugh in these accounts of her everyday life with her family. The Bees by Laline Paull – this is the best book I’ve read in a long time. I recommend it to anyone and everyone.
FlukyPixels: How do you manage work/life balance?
Lyn: It’s a constant learning experience, that’s for sure. I’ve found that if I don’t live life then I’m not creative. We all need time to recharge and replenish ourselves, so I think that the work/life balance manages itself.
FlukyPixels: What advice would you give someone who is trying to publish their book?
Lyn: My number one piece of advice is to invest in an editor. You can always redesign a book cover down the road, but you absolutely need your work to be published without errors (or as minimal in errors as possible, everyone’s human). In 2018, I’ll be expanding my business to include an editor so I can provide this as a service to my clients.
FlukyPixels: Do you see a lot of success with bloggers who decide to jump on the opportunity to write an Ebook?
Lyn: It really depends on a lot of factors. If they are willing to create a polished product that actually provides content that is useful and well written; if they take the time to really evaluate how they want to promote the book; as well as deciding on what’s the best formatting option for them and their book. I don’t think EVERY blogger should write an eBook, but the ones with something to say shouldn’t be afraid to make the leap.
FlukyPixels: Tell US about your work space!
Lyn: My work space is right beside my husband’s “play” space so that we can spend time together. It also has room for my baby’s play pen so she can be with us when she’s awake. There’s nothing too fancy about it, really, but my favorite part is this weird bust of Max Headroom I got at a flea market in Texas; it’s where I keep my headset.
FlukyPixels: If you could choose to live in one world created by one of your authors, which one would it be? And Why?
Lyn: The world of Allen the Alligator (by Megan Braden-Perry), because it is New Orleans and I can’t imagine myself anywhere else!