Mistress of Winds

So after the horrible outcome of Emily’s book cover, I decided to move over to Photoshop, which would allow me flexibility with lettering, if nothing else. Almost a year ago, I started to put together my first series of covers. I collected images, fonts, and some nifty .pngs to make a series of 5 covers, the…

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MORE OBSESSING ABOUT FANTASY BOOK COVERS

I’m still going back through and rereading posts on Nicola’s blog Thoughts on Fantasy, and working through what works for me for my future covers. (There are some wonderful posts there.) I find that I share a lot of tastes with her, so going back and looking, I see this post: 5 Features that Make Me Fall in…

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FANTASY COVER ART: AGAIN WITH THE CLICHES…

A rather amusing post on this subject was recommended to me this week, (seeing that I’m thinking hard about covers). The blogger, in this case the clever Nicola Alter, sat down and put together all the well-known cliches that should appear in the Next Great Fantasy Book Cover….and I wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cry…

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SPECFIC BOOK COVERS: MOSTLY WORDS. IS THIS THE NEW THING?

I’ve been looking at book covers a LOT lately, and I have thoughts. So many thoughts. And one of them is this: A lot of book covers are mostly title now. Not all. A percentage, of course. But in this post, I’ll include a bunch that I found solely in looking at my ‘Also Boughts’…

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FANTASY BOOK COVER DESIGN: WHAT’S GOING ON???

Last week I started talking about how fantasy book covers seem to be changing. Not all of them, but a certain percentage have been, and that’s most notably the biggest sellers. Have you seen the new Harry Potter Covers? This image comes from Pottermore: Click on it to read about Olly Moss’ new covers! Yes, they’re…

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Fantasy Cover Art: Is it Changing?

Over on one of the forums I’m on, a few of us were discussing (at my instigation) whether or not fantasy/sci-fi cover art is changing. Here’s one of the things that makes this seem the case for me:  these are the covers of the books for Kirkus Reviews’ “Best Bets for Fascinating Fantasy SciFi Horror reads…

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Old Post: Cover Choices #3

I’ve been working for the last week or so to learn photo-editing, and have done that primarily by working on new covers for some of my previously published short stories. To that effect, I’ve made new covers for Fleurs du Maland Whatever Else. I’ve repeated some of the elements, hoping to tie my republished stories together in…

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Old Post: Cover Choices #2

One way in which a writer can cut costs is to purchase a premade cover. These are bountiful on the internet–all you have to do is type ‘premade book cover’ into your search engine, and you’ll find dozens of sites offering these. I had been in the habit of perusing these for some time, basically…

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Old Post: Cover Choices

Now that I’m talking about my indie publishing experience (so far), I have to decide how to divide this up into digestible bits.  And the first area that I’ll talk about is my covers. One of the frightening things about a traditionally published book is having little or no control over the cover. If you’re…

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