Tag Archive | Fantasy

Virtual Fantasy Con (Giveaways & More)

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The links to the direct event pages for each day.

And here is a peek at one of the author’s that will be at the event:
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What are you waiting for? Go check it out and don’t forget to enter the giveaways and contests.
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Revealing the Magic: DIY Cover Route

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In our last two blog posts on Self Publishing, we discussed designing your own cover as alternate route to getting the cover for your book done. This is mostly frowned upon. Why is that?

Some argue that even though writers have vast imagination when it comes to their story, the same imagination hinders their ability to look at the overall cover in a sales pitch point of view. An author can get attached to their story and characters and want to include as many aspects of it on the cover. This doesn’t always lead to a good cover.

Let’s look at some examples: (covers taken from Amazon listing and in no way a means to down rate the covers and or works of these authors)

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These three covers all contain an interesting image, but the font just doesn’t pop out enough and kind of gets lost. It is important to make sure the title and author name are visible in thumbnail size. A little tweaking of the title and author name would increase the appeal of these covers.

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Here you see the font start to pull you in. The array of subjects serve more than pretty images, they hint at the mystery and magic of the book.

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These last three covers really nail what a cover needs: an overall appeal, clear genre classification, and a wow factor.

What if an author doesn’t have the computer skills needed? Unless educated on editing programs it will be hard to create a flawless cover that works. This leaves you two choices, learn the software and enough techniques to give you a cover that will help promote your story or leave the DIY for when you do have the time to do so and hire someone to do it for you.

What if an author’s budget is small or nonexistent? Getting someone to design a cover can get pretty pricey very quickly.

Here is the cover I designed for my book: The Five Kingdoms of Severi. (Cost to make-Under $25.)

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The model shown here was selected about a month or so before the cover was completed from Dreamstime. Yet, I could not get the cover to work and ended up tossing the model aside as a possible subject. Only after finding the rest of the elements that comprise this cover over at Dollarphotoclub (free image from Fotolia) was I able to make the model work.

Below are the images used in the cover. See how the main background determined the overall feel and look of the cover. And the best thing is that all the images except for the model cost $1 each.

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I am both a cover designer and an author, with a little over a year of experience. I decided to create my own cover and the gray scale illustrations that accompany the inside of this book to see what I could do. It might not be the best cover, but with every cover I create there is room to grow.

As long as your cover doesn’t hinder your book I don’t see why you can’t DIY. The best thing about self publishing or indie publishing is that you can always replace your cover with a better one later on if the original one isn’t working. Taste changes.

Things to remember:

Keep the title and author name as big as you can.

Seek an overall look to your cover and ensure you keep the same feel throughout your series.

Don’t be afraid to try textures and mess around with the layer settings.

May Free eBook Spotlight (Take 2)

As promised here is our second free eBook title recommendation for the month of May: The Sorcery Code (Volume 1) by Dima Zales.

From USA Today bestselling authors comes a captivating tale of intrigue, love, and danger in a world where sorcery is entwined with science . . .

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Once a respected member of the Sorcerer Council and now an outcast, Blaise has spent the last year of his life working on a special magical object. The goal is to allow anyone to do magic, not just the sorcerer elite. The outcome of his quest is unlike anything he could’ve ever imagined – because, instead of an object, he creates Her.

She is Gala, and she is anything but inanimate. Born in the Spell Realm, she is beautiful and highly intelligent – and nobody knows what she’s capable of. She will do anything to experience the world . . . even leave the man she is beginning to fall for.

Augusta, a powerful sorceress and Blaise’s former fiancée, sees Blaise’s deed as the ultimate hubris and Gala as an abomination that must be destroyed. In her quest to save the human race, Augusta will forge new alliances, becoming tangled in a web of intrigue that stretches further than any of them suspect. She may even have to turn to her new lover Barson, a ruthless warrior who might have an agenda of his own . . .

 

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Please keep in mind that though we post titles as free the time they remain as such differs per title. This one is listed as free for a period of time only. Thank you for stopping by and see you next month for another free eBook listing. 🙂 We also have to play catch to share all the amazing things we have planned so check back soon.

 

May Free eBook Spotlight

Argh, it seems life won’t stop being busy, busy, and more busy. So much has happened and I can’t wait to share it with you, but first let me take selfie…no not really but this is the closest I will get to a selfie, a selfie of other people’s books. 🙂 Since I missed last month’s free eBook spotlight I thought I post two for this month, here is our first.

Enjoy!

Snow White Blood Red ( A Grimm Diaries Prequel #1 ) by Cameron Jace 

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What if all you knew about fairy tales was wrong?
I am the so-called Evil Snow White Queen. Did you ever bother to hear my side of the story? I have always wondered why you never asked about my name. Was I so superficial to you? So stereotypical and mundane? Why did you treat me as if I were just the monster of the week? You know what I think? You never had the time to really hate me. You wanted to hate me, long before you even met me. You wanted to scrape my existence and avenge your childhood princess by laying all blame on me. What if they didn’t call me the Evil Queen, what if I told you the real story from my point of view instead of hers, would you ever think of me as an angel? Could I ever make you care? I know that deep inside of you, you adore me,but you’re just scared, afraid to admit how much you love the Snow White Queen.

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I always enjoy reading other people’s rendition of old fairy tales and seeing all the new twists and surprises they come up with. Also, since my own debut novel, The Five Kingdoms of Severi, is available in various other buying sites I thought I post a title available in Kobo.

Cover Reveal for my debut Novel

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Release Date: April 7th

Publisher: Big World Network

Genre: YA Fantasy/Drama

Synopsis

In a time of peace and treaties, the five kingdoms of Severi lay unguarded and open to the dark hearts of man. Terdune, a neighboring land that had been at constant war with Severi, was defeated over twenty years ago. All threats were eradicated and its lands left without a ruler. Now a new evil reigns in Terdune and slowly makes its way to its adjacent sister.

When Edwin’s village is attacked, he is forced to travel halfway across the second kingdom to the King’s Hold. Along the way he must learn the true power of the gifts that were bestowed upon him and discover the meaning of the dreaded fate attached to them.

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Excerpt

Black smoke rose up from the tall trees, like menacing claws slashing out at the sun before melting into the sky. Edwin noticed the change of attention and he too glanced back, catching the significance of the smoke. Where there was that much smoke there was fire, and where there was fire there was trouble. Edwin dashed towards his village, the interest in the white horse and mysterious rider replaced by the thought of his mother and father.

Hooves faded behind him and disappeared as screams started to branch out towards him from ahead. Edwin forced his legs to move faster, the sword on his side swaying and doing little to provide comfort. Tree branches lashed out at him, cutting his cheek and tugging at his clothes as he stumbled out of the woods. His legs almost gave way as his eyes fell on the flames blazing on the roofs of several cabins located at the edge of their village.

He rushed past several homes, towards the direction of his house and his parents. A scream to his left cut through the thumping in his ears, and Edwin unsheathed his sword. He swung it, blocking the sword about to slice a woman through. He braced himself against the impact and punched the attacker across the face. The man stumbled for a brief moment, and Edwin used it to snatch the attacker’s sword from his grasp. The man regained his footing and purpose, but not quickly enough, as Edwin ran him through with the newly acquired sword.

The man fell to the ground in a heap of blood and black. More screams had Edwin moving past slain villagers and a few dead men in black. He fought back the shock surging through his body at the realization of killing someone for the first time. He stumbled to his knees and hurled his breakfast, his mother’s eggs coming out as a yellow muck.

He wiped his lips with the back of his sleeve and ran towards home, hoping his parents were still alive. Unseen to Edwin, a swirl of blackness moved from under the dead man and followed him, dashing from one shadow to the next. It grew in size, a part of it splitting and heading towards the edge of the village in the direction where the attack had first started.

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Dora Gonzalez is currently working on her third novel. She enjoys writing the occasional short story, dabbing in flash fiction, getting lost in a video game, and hunting down the next book to fall in love with. She also loves to paint, design book covers, and go sight-seeing. She lives in Texas with her son and three miniature poodles.

Visit her online at http://www.authordoragonzalez.com

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I hope you enjoyed my book cover reveal. With the release day of less than a day away I still can’t believe I am a published author. Thank you all for your wonderful support. Here is to more books to follow. Also, a neat detail is that I designed the cover myself, the lettering was done by BWN’s Creative Director. I will be showing you all how I created the cover in our next blog entry on Self Publishing. Till next time keep reading and writing. 🙂

I have an author website…Finally!

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I know the importance of having an author platform and being socially out there, but I tend to do things at a snail pace. 😦 With my book, The Five Kingdoms of Severi, so close to release I finally got to work.

I give you my author website or at least a screen shot of it, even bought a domain name though I still don’t know why the bloody thing won’t even pop up on search engines. *cries*

It is still under works. Will be having a blog there centered more on my works and future projects. Would love it if you all follow me there and sign up for my newsletter. I will be holding a giveaway real soon for my newsletter subscribers too, so don’t miss out.

I also have an author page on Facebook here. I also hold giveaways there from time to time.

And if you have any suggestions and comments about how to make my website better send them my way. Just don’t mention the mobile view, that thing is horrible. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by. Lots more exciting things to come.

Tackling that Cover

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All covers shown here were created by Dora Gonzalez (Me)

We have gone over revising, whether to use beta readers or not, and briefly discussed the importance of getting an editor. Next up is: Tacking that cover!

When it comes to getting a cover for your book there are many ways to go about it. You can design it yourself, pay someone to do it or get a premade cover? Which one will it be? Which one is best?

Here are a few things to consider…

There are many discussions about whether you should make your own covers versus hiring someone to do it for you, my opinion on that matter is this: if you have the skill then I don’t see why you can’t.

Creating your cover takes time, time you could spend writing or working on other aspects of getting your book ready for publication. But yet a custom cover done by someone else can’t always ensure you get the cover you want.

Premade covers cost the fraction of a custom cover. If you have a tight budget then this might be the route for you. There are countless websites and blogs offering premade covers.

Then, which one should you use? Whichever best ensures your cover fits your book. Check out a designer’s portfolio. Do they have examples of covers that are similar to what you are looking for? Glance through photo stock to see if you can find images you would prefer to use. Find out your budget and schedule.

Just remember a cover informs the reader about the genre it falls in, it gives a general idea of the audience it is hopping to attract and serves as an attention grabber.

Think about the reason(s) you pick up a book. What do you do first?

You look at the cover, tagline, title, author name and then you turn it over to read the blurb. Your cover is your first chance to attract the reader, you have to get it right!

Here are a few premade covers I have made. Can you tell the genre and audience? Does it match the one listed above each group? If yes, then the cover works.

Contemporary Romance/ Young Adult

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Fantasy/Young Adult

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Horror

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Paranormal

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Erotica/ Erotic Romance

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How do you ensure your cover will work?

Break your book down, ask yourself what is my audience? What genre is my story revolved around? What is the main focus I want to express in my story?

You’ve written your book, now rewrite it with your cover.


All covers shown here are available through PremadeCovers4U or SelfPubBookCovers.