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At least once at every lecture, I’m asked about covers. I would like to say here that even if you are using a professional to design and create your print or ebook cover or have a publisher, it is helpful to have some knowledge of what goes into a cover design.
There are various reasons. One is so that you can recognize a bad cover. Another, more important, is so that you as the author can provide the necessary information to the designer. They may know the genre and have the artistic ability to blend images, but you are the creator and the person who knows the book the best.
This series is not about what goes into a good cover for an ebook or a print. There are entire books written on the topic. And if you are with a publisher, you probably won’t have the final word as to the cover design.
What I am trying to do is to help you the author organize your thoughts and provide a tool for the cover design. For those on the indie-published route or whose publishers don’t provide such a form, a Cover Art Sheet is available at http://www.joycescarbrough.com/index.html. Just click on the writers resources tab.
The inset shows the thoughts generated by the form for Dragon Destiny as envisioned by Fantasia Frog Designs.
And the result?
And if you want to learn more about Dragon Destiny, click here for buy links, excerpts, and a free read of the first chapter.
Bye till next time when I’ll unveil the cover for Hatchlings Curse. ~Helen
A Holiday Anthology Volume 2 A Collection of Winter Holiday Tales
by the talented authors at Exquisite Quills
The calendar on the wall says 2014 but the holidays are a magical time where anything is possible when it comes to romance. Prepare to travel through snow or to a tropical setting with a little dash of fantasy sprinkled in to make your holiday reading enjoyable. This heart-warming collection of all new, very short stories is our way of saying happy holidays to you
A tropical beach, a snowy ride home, or a little travel through time these stories will take you there. All you need is a few minutes for these short stories. These are complete stories, not teasers, and they are perfect tiny romances to put you in a holiday mood. And as a special bonus — IT’S FREE.
The Exquisite Quills is proud to present to you:
THE GIFT OF TIME by Rose Anderson
FRANKIE’S WISH by Jennifer Garcia
A KISS AT MIDNIGHT by Lily Bishop
A NIGHT TO REMEMBER by Dee Ann Palmer
MARJA’S VICTORY By Barb Caffrey
CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS by Beverley Bateman
GINGERBREAD DREAMS by Victoria Adams
CHE GELIDA MANINA by M. S. Spencer
ROMANCE VALLEY by Kaye Spencer
THE CHRISTMAS EVE GIFT by Janis Susan May
TROPICAL CHRISTMAS by Gemma Juliana
A KISS AND A PROMISE by Lyndi Lamont
A COWBOY’S HOLIDAY by E. Ayers
Spending spring break in Peru with her grandmother isn’t sixteen-year-old Jade’s idea of fun. She’d much rather be with her friends at Lake of the Ozarks. Then she meets Felix, a museum director’s son. Jade discovers only she and Felix can telepathically access messages left on engraved stones in the age of dinosaurs.
Following the ancient stones’ guidance, they enter the Labyrinth of Time and–with a shapeshifting dog’s help–seek a red crystal called the Firestone. But time is running out before the First Men return on the night of the second blue moon.
T.W. Fendley is an award-winning author of historical fantasy and science fiction for adults and young adults. She began writing fiction full-time in 2007 after working twenty-five years in journalism and corporate communications.
She fell in love with ancient American cultures while researching story ideas at the 1997 Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop. Since then, she’s trekked to archeological sites in the Yucatan, Peru and American Southwest. When she’s not writing, T.W. explores the boundaries of consciousness through remote viewing and shamanism. She currently lives near St. Louis with her artist husband and his pet fish.