Posts tagged ‘book covers’

Inspiration is on a holiday

Okay I have been very very very off the past month. I have done my editing for Mythos of Love, finished up some editing on an erotic fantasy and tried to work on fresh stories. But mostly I have been tossing around ideas for the cover for Mythos and oh boy….today  I opened up photo shop and started to work…what I came up with was in a word…horrible!  Here see what I mean

mythos-trash-cover I mean really? How bad can I be? Now as I was saving the file to show you folks how awful I was I realized that I had done a simple cover with one of my photographs all read.

mythos-of-love My brain must have been on a major fart or something. I did not remember making this!. Okay yes it could be better….the text should be changed, maybe take the messed up text work from the trash cover and use the image from this one? Who knows? But I have to figure this out in the next two weeks….wish me luck..I have a feeling I will need it this time around.


Three more covers for future collections

Last week i gave you cover reveals for my drabble and flash fiction collections that are upcoming. So this week i put together three more covers. Counting up the collections that I have in various states, there are right now 14. That is a lot of covers and a lot of collections but I think I can put something out every month this way.

This week i decided to do covers for my micro fiction, dribble fiction and hint fictions. These are all the shortest forms next to poetry that I do. So why not make collections of just them? You can find some of them scatter about the net on my other blogs or even on places like LinkedIn or I have been known to scatter my words all over the net but these collections will put them in one place for you kind readers.

microcosm-of-words dribbles hints-of-imagination

Next week I hope to have a cover reveal for Escape along with the covers for the rest of the various collections I am working on. Stayed tuned.

cover reveals for some collections

As you faithful readers know, I have been working on a number of collections of my work lately. Two of the books are for the short forms of fiction that I have been exploring this year. Between drabbles, those fun little one hundred word tales that have become popular lately to the new form called quickie fiction that are tales from 101 words to 500 words long, I decided to make collections of mine.

I am not sure just when they will be put out but expect them some time within the next couple of months.  Here re my working covers for these two collections.

reflections-in-drabble quick-flashes-of-fiction Now the cover for Reflections in Drabble was supposed to be in color but for some reason it came out in black and white…and you know…it works!

Next week I hope to have working covers for the other collections I am working on. And hopefully I will have an amazing cover for Escape, the first of the books of the League of Stars!


Ready, set, edit!

Yup I have done it. I have finished up the first draft of Escape. It is now sitting and perking for a few days before I go ahead and start the editing process. Topping out at 54,903 words before I start the edit, it is a novel (yes i know some of you think it is too short!) Now I will be going through, fixing typos, trying to get the grammar right, placing those dratted commas I always miss and if necessary adding or deleting part of the text that does not work for me.

At the same time i am working on the editing stage of my next collection, Echoes of Elder Times. Not the biggest of my collections at only 23.638 words so far, but it contains all of the Echoes stories so far released. Like with my other collections (that i released that is) there will be commentary about the stories, notes if you will. I hope to have it finished up by the end of September. Work on the cover will be my main focus for the next few days. I have a fun image but the text or font is just not right and I plan on playing around till it is in photoshop.

In a day long spreadsheet binge I totaled up my finished works (mostly) and found I have really been writing hard over the past two years. With 840K+ in finished stories from drabbles to epics, I have been writing hard and fast. Yes, some of my work needs a professional edit, but for now i have to rely on all the editing programs I can find and the good friends who are willing to beta read for me. Someday every single novel and collection will be professionally edited by at least three people but that won’t happen till I start making serious sales.

Next week I will have hopefully worked out the next project I will dive into headfirst. As many of you know I have a very large file of work in progress that i need to clean out. I never throw out the old partial stories and ideas I have because I never know when the bones of an old tale will turn out to be something amazing. Where Angels No Longer Tread and To Save Face or Family both started out as something else entire, as did my current project, Escape. I will go more into that feature of writing over on Suteko’s Blog instead of here.

For now you can look forward to a new collection of previously sold as singles short stories with a surprise or two added in for fun. My Labor day sale got me all of two sales, so my prices are going back up.

For the next few months you can expect this for a pricing structure:

Short stores 99 cents

Novellas and shorter poetry collections $1.99

Novels and longer collections $2.99

Long poetry collection $5.49…this is because Love, Loss and Loneliness has fifty full color photographs in it

My two collections, Gates and Naughty Interludes, will stay at what ever price the publishers want them to be till I regain my rights to the tales inside them.



Making covers

As I have put up a number of the covers I have made you readers know I like to make fun covers.  As of now I am starting a business.   So many cover designers are charging up to three hundred dollars for their coves and in my opinion that is too much for the average indie author.

So if any of you are authors and want a nice cover for your books, you can contact me and as the banner says my prices are really reasonable.



been a busy little cover creator

Okay I changed up the font on Nightmares and then I decided to make a few more.  Well mostly make a few more.  They aren’t totally done but they will be soon.

and-darkness nightmares-cover-3 snow winter-comes - Copy

Now just a few more to go…Once I finish up these and I can post the stories up.


New book covers for upcoming titles

Yup finally sat down and started to work on my own covers.  I have so many I need to do between yet to be published stories and those that REALLY need better covers.  So I decided to work on a few while I had time and energy.

One of the things you need to do is make sure you have is the best font for the type story you are publishing.  Also you better make sure you remember to put in the subtitle if you are doing a series.  As you all know I write a lot of different tales that are grouped together in different series.  I have five Magic and Nightmares short stories, four Death Walks Through, and one each of Space Station Tales and Echoes of Elder Times.  Yes I have more pending but these are completely written and all then need is another editing pass and of course covers.

Well today I made covers for two of these pending tales.  The First is for Guess Who Is Coming to Thanksgiving Dinner.  This is the next in the Space Station Tales series.  I have been holding it pending an anthology that doesn’t seem like it will be coming out now.  So I will put up this tale but hold off on the Amazon posting till I know it is dead over there.

guess  As you can see I have stuck with the theme I have had on the other covers.   This is a fun little tale, like the others, short and science fiction.  Okay soft science fiction but fun.

The second cover is for a tale that I pulled out of my own teenage years.  Cemetery Games is one of my Magic and Nightmares short stories.    This series of stories will be a mixed bag of tales that deal with the darker side of magic.  More horror stories light.

cemetary  This tale was also meant for the same anthology.  So don’t expect it to show up on Amazon for a time.   I will be putting them up on Barnes and Nobel, Kobo, ITunes and Smashwords.  I will post up the other covers and stories ar I finish them.