Today I was working on setting up blog posts for this blog, and others I guest at. As I will be doing a cover tutorial tomorrow for Mad Genius Club, I worked on cover art for two stories I wanted to use as demos of before and after. Both are manipulated photographs.
My #indiepublishing how-to contribution over at Mad Genius Club today is covers, specifically how to judge, find, and use art suitable for an ebook cover (planning ahead for print, as well). Although this is a topic I’ve covered a few times (heh) this year, we continue to get questions about it, so I’ve done it… Read More Covers and Writing
When you are studying book covers while you plot to create your next Indie book… Don’t do ANYTHING you see on this site. Lousy Book Covers Go on, go have a giggle, stare in horror… and then come back and we’ll talk about some bad examples in more detail. I asked for contributions of bad… Read More Bad Book Covers
Dorothy Grant published a short series of articles on her blog that I would like to draw your attention to. She’s the brilliant, quieter half, of the man responsible for one of the best new series of Space Operas coming out right now, Peter Grant. I’ve reviewed his work a few times, and will keep… Read More Anatomy of a Book Cover
I have known pretty much from the beginning that the cover artwork I created for Trickster Noir wasn’t the final edition. I did the eyes because I needed to have a cover for the Dean Wesley Smith cover design workshop I was going through, and my first option, an image of Bella, was beyond my… Read More Cover Art: Trickster Noir
I didn’t read anything this week, again. I had intended to, and I did do a review on Monday, since I read last week… what is my life coming to? I used to read several books a day. Then there was a book here and there, or a stolen hour in the bathtub with a… Read More Artwork and thoughts
So I finished it. Woohoo! I’ll start working on a scene I know needs shoring up, doing a pass for major problems, and then it will go to Beta readers. Finally, it will go to an editor before returning for formatting and final covering. Then, marketing and release. It’s a long process, but it could… Read More Trickster Noir: Snippet 3
I’ve been playing around with GIMP. With mixed success. And I need to write, so today you get some digital art from my efforts!
I love used book stores. I have never really been attracted to new book stores, for a couple of reasons. As a child and teen, I couldn’t afford to pay cover price for a book. I think the only books I ever had brand new was the complete LM Montgomery set in paperback that was… Read More Beautiful America: Pulp Fiction
Mirror-posted over at Amazing Stories Magazine Over the last couple of weeks I have been working on launching my second novel, Pixie Noir. As I did with the first, I released the book through my imprint in both print and e-formats. It’s a lot of work, but very rewarding indeed to be able to hold… Read More Formatting a TP Cover
I’m not sure if this qualifies as a nuts-and-bolts post, or a “what I have been up to this morning!” I spent a good part of my morning formatting and uploading files for Pixie Noir, hoping to hit the proposed publication date in a more-or-less timely fashion. I am working with Createspace again for this,… Read More Back Covers
I’m very excited, I have a draft of the cover for you all to look at! It’s likely going to be tweaked before final release, but do let me know what you think! (Be honest, remember, this is for posterity…) Only a couple more snippets before you can buy the whole thing and gobble it… Read More Pixie Noir: Snippet 9