How to Add Fonts to Gimp

Want more font options in GIMP?

1.   Go to datafont and pick a font.  Note that some “fonts” are packets of several fonts. Some are free for personal use. Some are free but you can donate to the artist through PayPal. (don’t piss off the art gods – if you want people to pay for your book, it would be tacky not to pay your font designer.)

2. Download the font and open it in the download folder.

3. Unzip the fonts.

4. Select all and copy.

5. Go to your control panel and open the fonts file.

6. Paste.  You might get some messages saying that one or several files aren’t allowed — just click okay until you’re done.

7. Open GIMP — ta-da! You’ve got fonts.


Watch Yer Metadata!

Remember the movie The Music Man? I think my favorite character was Mayor Shinn, who ran around telling all the kids to “Watch Your Phraseology!” whenever they used slang.

If you’re going to self-publish with Smashwords — and probably on the Kindle too — you want to watch your metadata. This is information about a document — including it’s author’s name — that Word hides in the Properties section.

I have wondered why on my Kindle for PC books, instead of a title it says something like tmp_f604-2962-496-43697-96 (I just made that number up). It even says this on Mark Coker’s guide to publishing on Smashwords, ha! So it’s obviously easy to miss.

That’s the place where you want it to have your title. And there is another place where it has the author of the text. This will be the user name that you entered when you first installed Word on your computer. So you probably want to change that to your pen name!

Here is how:
In the document, click on the office button in the upper left corner: then click on Prepare then click Properties.

A Properties panel will come up and you can fill in all the fields. I would fill out as many as you can think of, as future search functions may make use of them and bring your book onto more people’s radar.

When you’ve filled in the fields, click the little x to the far right and your new info will be saved. Ta-da! and now in the Kindle, it will show your name and title instead of other weird stuff.

DIY Ebook Covers

I am a terrible horrible YIKES! bad artist, if you’re talking about drawing or any of the plastic arts.

And I would prefer lovely cover art by a real artist.

But until that blissful day, here is a tutorial by writer Joleene Naylor. She shows, step by step, how to make the cover in this post.

[edit] The link here goes to a GIMP tutorial, but she also gives tips in Paint Brush and Paint Shop Pro.

Writer’s Toolbox

is a great resource for names, where they come from, their meanings. First names are sorted to male and female and also country of origin and categories like mythology, religion, history, and popular culture.