The first half of this month, I was on vacation in Mexico! It was actually a delayed honeymoon (delayed by almost 2 years), because when we got married, my husband and I prioritized getting a house over having a big wedding or a honeymoon. Still think that was the right decision, but it was amazing to get away at last!
Upon returning, I’m more convinced than ever that the direction I’m taking The Book Cover Machine is the right decision for me (little to no custom work, fancier premades in fantasy genres that I truly love designing, more freedom in my schedule to choose what I want to create and when I want to create it…). This approach has renewed my inspiration! So I’ve been gleefully working on covers like these, just for the pleasure of the artwork:
They were both listed as ‘premium premade covers’ over at The Book Cover Machine’s Facebook page, but as you can see the first one is no longer available, as I decided to keep it for myself and use it as a spin-off to one of my existing mermaid books. I just couldn’t resist.
If you’re interested in the second cover (which I also wanted to keep, but don’t have a story for at the moment), it’s available for $200, and you can inquire by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I should be adding more regular premade covers (the cheaper ones available for $49 or less) to the shop soon!
(If you did a double-take at the $200 price tag and had a small heart attack and wonder how the leap in price fits in, suffice it to say these ‘premium’ covers take a lot more time, thought, and attention to detail to create, and while I still very much want to offer covers that all my clients can afford, I have also learned the worth of my work. After 5 years in the industry, it’s nice to finally realize the only one who’s limiting me to eating Ramen for the rest of my life is myself, and the low prices I put on my own work 😛 )
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background, font style, and will be tweaking all the tabs and pages over the next couple days, because everything is SO outdated.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!
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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Anyone interested in one of these three premade book covers can get them for $25 (each) before they go up in the shop tomorrow! Message me: email@example.com
Last day take advantage of the FREE PREMADE BOOK COVER promo! You can read about it here. We’ve given away a number of covers already, so get yours while you can! Spread the word to any who might be interested!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
A look at some of the latest premade covers! Visit the shop and purchase a cover here.