Win $2,500 In The My Favorite Person Book Contest!

Make a Book About Your Favorite Person and You Could Win $2,500 from Blurb

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Did you know that Blurb might give you $2,500 to read about your favorite person? All you have to do is make a book about a loved one filled with all sorts of kind words, creativity and insight, and if selected, you could win the grand prize!

For every book you make (there are seven different categories, so seven different chances to win) you will receive a 30% discount on the printed product. Go to Blurb to check out the details of the contest to see what the categories are and when the entries are due. The 7 categories include Favorite Teacher, Favorite Family Member and My Favorite Anything and Everything Person (that’s anyone in the world) which would be great for your favorite Veterinarian, Dog Sitter, Rescue Volunteer, Foster Mom or any other special person in your life!

The 30% discount on My Favorite books will be applied at checkout when you use the Blurb promo code: MYFAVORITE. (And, even if you don’t enter, you can still get 30% off on all My Favorite books or save 15% on all printed orders through April 30th!)

How To Make Your Own Cookbook for Fun and Profit

How to make a cookbook

Ever thought of putting your favorite recipes into a beautiful book you can give as a gift or pass down the generations? Maybe you’re famous for your pet treats and you’ve always thought about creating your own cookbook to sell or give to friends and family, but never knew how to get started!

Blurb is a company that lets anyone create beautiful books from their favorite content, and get those books shipped in any quantity (even just one copy). Not a designer? That’s OK, Blurb’s free BookSmart software is an easy route to a great cookbook.

What’s the best way to get started? Holding off a bit. It’s tempting to want to dive right in, but thinking a bit and getting organized is worth it in the end. Make the most of your time by dividing each step into chunks so you can tackle them at different points in your book-making process.

And here we go:

1. Organize: Gather your recipes and do a process of elimination. Once you’ve narrowed your favorites down, you can gather accompanying images—just make sure you’re giving the recipe and image files the same name to make it easier when it’s time to upload. Keep everything in one folder on your computer.

2. Flow it: Next, determine how you want your cookbook story to flow. Do you want to sort your recipes by age, popularity, or even something else? Once you’ve determined the order, you’ll have done the bulk of your creative decision-making.

3. Get the tool: Download our free book-making tool, BookSmart, choose your book size (Standard Portrait and Standard Landscape are the most popular for cookbooks) and input your title and author name. Then choose “Cookbook” as your starting point — this will give you the best layouts for the job. Then pick a source for your images — from iPhoto, your computer, even Flickr or Picasa. Lastly, choose a theme. Now you’re ready to put together your cookbook.

4. Lay it out: This is where the real book-making comes in. BookSmart will provide you with 20 pages in our standard recipe layout, but you’ll find plenty of alternate layouts in the “Choose page layout” panel on the upper left. You can also add additional pages ­­— including photo pages — by clicking “Add Pages” in the top toolbar.

5. Just add copy: Our layouts provide space for stories, introductions, and those all-important ingredients and directions. Paste in your copy and you’re golden. Then garnish with photos. Don’t forget to run BookSmart’s spell check feature.

6. Preview and review: Click “Review book” and go through page by page. If you’re not a natural-born proofreader, ask a friend to take a second look.

7. Order: Make any last minute edits, click “Order,” and follow the prompts to checkout. Remember to order extra copies for friends and family—or sell it in our Bookstore. Order now and save 15% on all print book orders through April 30th with code TAKE15%.

Discover New Children’s Gift Books About Animals & Nature

There’s just something special about the holidays. That warm glow from the fire, the fact that you actually get to spend time with your kids (or your friends’ and family’s kids). It’s the perfect time to curl up with the little ones in your life and read them a storybook. Reading a totally new, beautiful, amazing book with a child is a treasured holiday experience. And if you choose the right book, every time the child reads it alone in the future will bring back the memory of that time you shared.
blurb kids books

If you’re a little tired of the standard children’s book selections in your local brick and mortar store,Blurb.com has a really incredible assortment of self-published children’s books that you won’t find anywhere else this holiday season. Try a few of these future classics and create some new holiday memories this year. Here are a few of animal & nature themed books that any kid is sure to love:

The Adventures of Dude, Squat and Mose

Title: The Adventures of Dude, Squat and Mose
Author: Michael Hall
http://www.blurb.com/b/4720681-the-adventures-of-dude-squat-and-mose
With fabulous illustrations from Gerald Kelley and a fun-packed story from author Michael Hall, the adventures of this brave trio of adopted dogs if sure to become a favorite.

great bear surprise

Title: The Great Bear Surprise
Author: Carolan Coughlin
www.blurb.com/b/4259737-the-great-bear-surprise
Join Carolan on her hike up Red Plume Mountain where she discovers much more than the view of the surrounding landscape. This is a sweet story of unexpected friendship.

a bit lost

Title: A Bit Lost
Author: Leanne New
www.blurb.com/b/4275053-a-bit-lost
Delightful creativity elevates the imagery in this standout book, a simple tale of lost-and-found for little ones.

Mylo & Peet

Title: Mylo & Peet
Author: Janyce Portalatin
www.blurb.com/b/4290427-mylo-peet
A graphically pleasing book with a message tailor-made for the new generation of eco-warriors the importance of recycling and protecting the planet.

Check out the Blurb Online Indie Bookstore, and if you don’t see one you like, you can create your own! Right now, Blurb has an offer to  Save 20% on print books when you spend $40 or more.

One-Of-A-Kind Gift Book Ideas for Pet Lovers + 30% OFF with Blurb Promo Code

blurb gift books

People love getting really creative, one-of-a-kind books for Christmas. Books that elicit a “where did you find this?” response. As the leading indie- and self-publishing platform, Blurb has an entire online bookstore full of unique books by an incredible array of undiscovered, self-published authors, artists, and photographers. And while these books probably aren’t in your recipient’s bookshelf, many of them should be. So, if you’re thinking of giving unique gifts this year, check out the Blurb bookstore.

Here’s an example of just one of the titles I thought you might like to give (or receive) as a gift. Click through to view a preview inside the book and to browse lots more:

dog by my side book

Dog by My Side by Adam Schnitzer
This charming collection of original, vintage photos shows us that as long as there have been cameras, we’ve wanted to photograph our canine best friends. As a special bonus, there’s a glossary of the early photographic methods used in the original images.

Whether you decide to buy one of the gift books from the Blurb bookstore, or create your own, be sure to head on over to Blurb now to get some ideas AND start tackling that long gift list! If you get inspired and decide to make your own photo books to give as gifts, you can take advantage of the FREE design tools and templates plus you’ll save 30% on Blurb’s Print Books with Blurb Promo Code: SAVE30 when you order by 11/30!

Give a Truly Personal Gift This Holiday Using Your Favorite Pet & People Photos

Give Something Personal This Holiday Season! If you have a digital camera-whether it’s your smart phone or your DSLR-chances are you have a lot of wonderful photos of the people and pets in your life. And there’s a pretty big chance that if you do, those photos haven’t seen the light of day since you first took them, posted them to Facebook, or picked that new wallpaper for your smartphone or computer.

Now, imagine those photos in a book, given as a gift. Wouldn’t you look like the best most thoughtful person ever? Yeah, you pretty much would. And with Blurb‘s easy, custom books, you can make a photo gift book that’s both personal and extremely polished.

personalized gift book

You can use your Facebook photos, Instagram photos, or photos on your computer. You can design your own book, or have it automatically created with the Blurb Designer Collection templates. All these tools are designed to run right in your web browser, letting you make a book in as little as ten minutes, and they start at just $12.99.

A real book. One you can hold, share, and pass on. Plus it’s so easily customized that you can create different versions for different people. Just swap in a few new photos, change the text, and re-order. Looking to make something a little bigger, like a family history book? Yeah, Blurb has ways to do that too.

instagram book

Of course, this is a custom gift, so you don’t want to be last minute about it. Even though you can order up until December 19, ordering early is always better (and a bit cheaper too).

So, get started on making a beautiful gift book now: Blurb

Cool Gift Idea: Create a Personalized Chicken Soup for the Soul Book

Are you a fan of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series or know someone who is? Well, Blurb just came out with a special line of the books that you can personalize for yourself or as a gift for someone special!

Personalized Chicken Soup for The Soul Books

Not only do you get to choose from five different story themes (from “Christmas Stories” to “Giving thanks”), you can personalize it in ways you just can’t with a conventional book. As the title suggests, these are stories meant to comfort, heal and inspire the soul.

make chicken soup soul book

Your custom Chicken Soup for the Soul book will truly be a book especially for the recipient because the book is printed with their name on the cover. And it’s truly from you because your name is printed on the cover as the giver. You can even include an inscription inside the book and on the back cover. Even add a photo to the back.

There are other nice options to choose from, like the type of cover you’d like and the type of paper. It takes just about five minutes to make it a truly custom book. And chances are, it’s something they’ll love forever. And a 60-page book starts at just $24.95.

There’s a quick video here: Chicken Soup for the Soul that shows you how to fill in all the info using a simple online tool. The books are all done by Blurb, so you know the quality is going to be great and your gift is sure to be unique!

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