A Book Draws Nigh

A new book is coming! I should have it ready within the next 3, possibly 4, weeks. Probably 4. It’s the second Desmond Winters book.

I’m not doing a huge marketing push for the release, but I will be making the first Desmond book free wherever I’m allowed to do so. That’s the book that will get the bigger push, despite the fact that it has been out for quite some time.

I also updated the print cover for the first book to match the current ebook cover. It looks like this (below)! except for that weird dotted line border business at the top.

Ghosts cover

The next book doesn’t have a cover yet. I do plan to use the border from the wolf cover on the next cover. I thought about drawing a new, similar border, but I decided against it in the interest of both consistency and efficiency.

I’m going to go sketch now.


A New Cover and a NaNoWriMo Update

Man, I don’t know if I’m going to make my Nano deadline. I’m at 42,000 words, which is nothing to sneeze at, but I have like 3 more days to write 8,000 words. Yarg. I’m still trucking, though, and I plan to continue trucking.

I redesigned the cover on my most recent release already. What can I say? I’m indecisive. This one was for Beneath Oceans of Sky.

On the left, we have the original. Rightie is the new one.

Oceans Christmas cover  Christmas Oceans cover

I think the new one is more interesting. I don’t know how I feel about the green. I tinted it that color to make it more Christmassy. It originally looked like this.

new oceans cover for color shifting

I still might use the gold color. I don’t know. I just really need someone who makes all the right decisions to follow me around all day and tell me what to do.

You might be asking yourself why I was working on a cover redesign when I should’ve been Nano writing. I worked on the cover when it wasn’t a good/quiet enough time in my house to write.

Now, I’m going to go write some more.

a book cover

Hey there! Happy cold ass second day of Spring! When does the warm weather start? I’m ready for it; that’s for sure.

I have a book cover for Pestilence Rising. I planned to post this yesterday but then proceeded to monkey around with it some more, because that’s how I roll.

This actually went pretty well. It’s the fastest cover I’ve made yet. I had a pretty clear idea of what I wanted. I also had only one reject design. Yay!

The title font is customized, as you can probably tell. It’s supposed to be bone-like, specifically wing bone-like. The original sketch was for a font completely from scratch. The end result after conversion into Fireworks was passable but not awesome, so I switched over to Century Gothic and narrowed it to 80% of its default width. I did end up using the “P” and the “R” that I made. Then I added the bone details to all of the letters and made some adjustments to compensate for the smaller spaces between.

Here’s the finished ebook cover.

Pestilence Rising png cover

The photos are from wikimedia and used on creative commons licenses. Full credits will be listed in the book once it’s published.

Total cover art completion time (including the fail), probably about 5 hours scattered over various days.

The current project is the book trailer. I’m trying not to make it too wordy, but it will still be somewhat wordy. It’s a book. It’s the nature of the thing, you know? Ideal completion time: by Friday, but I never know what issues I might encounter. Realistically, it will probably be 2 weeks or so. Will post as tasks are completed.

Party on.