The Weekly Machine

This week has been a doozy! But the best kind. I redesigned the blog, complete with a new banner, background, font style, and will be tweaking all the tabs and pages over the next couple days, because everything is SO outdated. Most notable of all, perhaps, is that I FINALLY designed a company logo, after 5 years in business. You would think anyone who’s been in business multiple years would have a logo…but ESPECIALLY SOMEONE WHOSE BUSINESS IS DESIGN… The irony is not lost on me. But I finally have one! Yay!

Next on the list of what I’m most excited about is the new direction I’m going with premade covers:

From the beginning, I have ALWAYS wanted to brand myself more with this type of artwork – more complex, detailed scenes in the vein of fantasy, because that’s what I really love and am passionate about, but as I got bogged down in custom work and requests I kind of never had time to make what I wanted, and really got burnt-out creatively as well. But now I’m being extremely picky about the custom projects I take on (and how often I take them on), and am focusing more on what I get inspired to create. You can expect a lot more covers like this! Although they do make more time, so they won’t get cranked out quite like the rest.

Due to the romance cover demand, and how quickly they seem to sell after I post them, I will be doing more of those as well. Here are a couple new ones from yesterday:

And here’s a look at the latest custom cover, which exemplifies the type of project I’m most willing to take on these days, very fantasy-esque:

Last but not least, I want to invite everyone to come hang out over at my Facebook page: Come Hang Out with Me! You get a much more ‘live’ experience over there, can participate in ‘flash’ sales, peruse clearance covers, chat with yours truly, etc. Hope to see you around!

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New Computer = New Premade Covers!

One of the reasons I slowed down on adding premades to the shop over the last year was because of my poor, ancient, ailing computer. It was getting so slow that all I could manage was the work I was absolutely required to do. When it takes ten minutes to open a file, another 5 minutes to change one thing, another five minutes to save the file, and then maybe a computer crash and a restart to then email said file to a client, which takes another 20 minutes… Well, you get the picture. It was maddening. But then my husband spilled cherry coke all over my keyboard, and then a few days later my cat threw up all over the keyboard, and that was just it, and I finally had little choice but to bite the bullet and spring for a new machine!

So I’m back in business. Still not doing much with custom work because of other life commitments, but I’m loving getting back in the premade game. Here are a couple from the past few days:

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Exclusive First Look at FREE PREMADE COVER Offer

Posting this here before anywhere else… I am currently offering an opportunity for a FREE PREMADE BOOK COVER of your choice (from http://www.thebookcovermachine.com/shop) simply for signing up for my author newsletter. That’s right, I first got into creating book covers because I’m a writer myself, and it’s time to pull that dream back out of the drawer, dust it off, and get it moving back in the right direction. I’ve LOVED helping hundreds of authors fulfill their dreams on the book cover side of things these last four years, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to quit the book cover industry completely (premades will always be something I throw together in my down time), but I’ve put my own books aside for too long.

SO! In between drama with installing a house and some other family emergencies, I’ve been focusing on the writing side of things lately, and I’ve had a pretty amazing opportunity come up, but one of the crucial parts of marketing these days is to have a newsletter (and it’s required for this particular opportunity). So I’ve taken the plunge and set up a newsletter, and I would SO love any support that anyone’s willing to give! It’s just a short and sweet, once-monthly email (trust me, I don’t want to be obnoxious any more than you want to be spammed), which will include an update on writing progress, book release announcements when relevant, and a recommended read or book deal so I can help pay it forward to other authors as well (hey, maybe I can get yours in there at some point…)

So if you’re willing (or want to take advantage of that free premade book cover), simply sign up here, shoot me a note at bookcovermachine@gmail.com letting me know to look for you in my subscriber list, and let me know the cover # you want from thebookcovermachine.com/shop! It is a first-come, first serve basis, so if someone else has already asked for your cover you’ll need to pick a second one. This promotion is good ONLY FROM NOW (June 12th) through June 14th, but if you don’t see a cover you want just yet you’re welcome to take a rain-check on collecting your prize and come back for that whenever you want, so long as you subscribe within the June 12-14 window.

Thank you all so much for being loyal customers over the years, and supporting me as I launch my own long-overdue author career as well 🙂 Looking forward to finding ways to cross-promote with you all in the future!

Writer’s Little Shop of Goodies – December Issue

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This week in the Writer’s Little Shop of Goodies, we have the latest premade covers as well as some cute new office-supply swag.

First off, the premade covers! The Book Cover Machine has recently strayed away from custom-cover services due to time constraints, availability, and our associates pursuing other ventures, but fear not – we’re still committed to providing a vast array of quality, affordable premade covers. Here are a few of the latest:

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To purchase one of these or choose from hundreds of others, please visit http://www.thebookcovermachine.com/shop, and be sure to use coupon code ‘merryprices’ at checkout to receive 25% off your order until the end of December!

In addition, here are a few other writerly goodies you might be interested to swag out on:

Use coupon code ZGOODBYE2016 for 20% off your Zazzle order now through Sunday!

Happy Holidays, everyone!