January Blues

As you’ve probably guessed, I’ve been lax in keeping up with the book design series that I’d planned, but we will get there in the end!  January has been: Cold Grey Full of TOO MUCH WORK that I put off over the holidays Depressed. I mean the month itself is probably just peachy, but I seemed to sink into the grey days. I’m working on that. Full of the threat…

5. Choosing Stock

5. Choosing Stock

For this section we’re going to look at stock. If you haven’t done this before, it seems exciting at first but rapidly turns into a soul-destroying experience. :) So many white toothpaste smiles, so many fashion and advertising shots that are unsuitable for a book cover. Very little in the way of action shots or proper costuming unless you go with a more expensive genre-specific stock site.  How much of…

4. Making a Template

4. Making a Template

Quick post today because I haven’t been able to work on this as much as I had planned! Today’s topic: making a starting template. Specifically, this will be an ebook template and I will show you later on how I turn those into POD (print on demand) templates. I know that some people work on a wraparound template which is designed to wrap around the front, spine and back of…

Ascent: Infinite Realm

Ascent: Infinite Realm

Oooh, this looks interesting: a steampunk/fantasy setting, absolutely gorgeous ships and vehicles, and…well, typical combat from the video. It will probably come with all the baggage that the typical Asian MMO comes with in terms of open-world PvP, cash shop naughtiness and so on, but how pretty! Kakao (publisher of Black Desert) will be publishing the game in the West, and I’ve always liked Black Desert. Great game with a…

2. Know Your Competition: Research

2. Know Your Competition: Research

Aside from learning how to use the tools of the trade, one of the most important things that you can do prior to creating your cover is to research current trends in your genre, as well as cover trends overall for the current year. Cover styles go in and out just as fashion does, and while it can be worthwhile to ride the crest of whatever trend is current, it’s…

1. Getting Started: Tools

1. Getting Started: Tools

This is the first in what will (hopefully) be a series on basic book cover design. Nothing scary, nothing too complicated, just a guide for authors who want to design their own covers or graphic designers just starting out. More experienced designers will know all of this and will probably have their own shortcuts or ways of working, but this is how I work. To start with, you’re going to…

Free Cover Giveaway 2017

Free Cover Giveaway 2017

Last year I had a mini-contest of sorts for a free cover, and ended up giving away two. More about the motivation behind the giveaway and specifics as to what I was looking for here. I plan on doing this again for 2017 and announcing the winner just before the holidays, so send me a short synopsis of your project and your ideas for a cover either through comments below…

Destiny 2: So. Much. Fun.

Destiny 2: So. Much. Fun.

We spent a lot of the weekend playing Destiny 2, and after finishing the initial storyline and reaching level cap I have to admit that I really, really loved it. Not being much of a console player, I didn’t play the first one so I admit that I didn’t expect to love this as much as I did. The game is gorgeous, and it’s a shame that you have to…