Author Archives: Emma Reed

Emma is CCPI's graphic designer and has been working with the team for the past three years. She loves reading, her cat Willie, and flannel. So much flannel.

The Debate Over Paid vs. Unpaid Internships


Posted by Emma Reed on August 16, 2017

The debate over paid versus unpaid internships has been raging for many years now. It might seem obvious; you are doing work and using your time for the advancement of a company. You should be compensated in some manner. But what is the correct form of compensation? College credit? Money? Nothing at all save the

Creating Your Personal Brand as a Writer


Posted by Emma Reed on May 17, 2017

Branding. We hear that word a lot nowadays. The first thing you probably think of is graphic design or big corporations. However, writers (now more than ever) also need to consider building their personal brands as they begin to put their work out in the world.   The word branding is used widely today, and

Book Design 101


Posted by Emma Reed on March 15, 2017

Book design has been an ongoing art since the Middle Ages, and it continues to grow and evolve even now in the twentieth century. It is ever-important as we are bombarded by more and more imagery every day. How can an author have their book stand out on a shelf with hundreds of other books

Cow Poop, Humor, Success.


Posted by Emma Reed on November 23, 2016

Ever tried selling a literal box of cow poop to someone? No? Well, the staff at Cards Against Humanity did for Black Friday, and they had 30,000 buyers. They also made over $70,000 by selling — wait for it — nothing. People actually paid $5 to get absolutely nothing (Cards donated this money to charity;

Design & Publishing: 5 Tidbits of Wisdom for Anyone Just Starting Out


Posted by Emma Reed on October 26, 2016

I like to believe that I have it all figured out—at least when it comes to design.    That may not be true,  but as a graphic designer with a publishing initiative, I’ve definitely learned a few things along the way. Graphic design and publishing go hand in hand. When an author writes something, they

Shedding Light on the Publishing Industry


Posted by Emma Reed on April 20, 2016

“Print is dead.”   You’ve probably heard this before. Many believe this statement is the end-all for this form of publishing. On the other hand, there are publishers everywhere breathing a sigh of relief as they read of the abatement of the eBook trend. The constant tug-of-war between these mediums points to a larger problem: