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background, font style, and will be tweaking all the tabs and pages over the next couple days, because everything is SO outdated.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!
Back in the game as promised! Here’s the latest batch of premades:
Purchase a cover here!
Things have been busy this week for the Machine. We’ve cranked out some premade covers:
…Completed a couple custom covers:
…Sold a couple premade covers:
…And as usual, in the process of all this came up with more new book ideas on the writing front than I know what to do with.
Happy writing and cover shopping!
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:
Visit the shop here!
Hi, All! I know I’m essentially absent on the blog these days, and to be honest it’s because I’m far less involved in the book cover business than I used to be (thanks to some other ventures and life events). However, we do still sell premade covers over at thebookcovermachine.com/shop for great prices, and I wanted to give you all a heads up that there are going to be some AMAZING opportunities coming your way for snatching up 70-90% off covers, and EVEN SOME OPPORTUNITIES FOR FREE ONES. These will be unfolding over the next couple months, and the exact promos going on will probably change month-to-month all the way into the end of the year and possibly beginning of next, so keep your eyes peeled, spread the word, and take advantage! I am practically going to be giving these away right and left, so be sure not to miss out on the details.
In the meantime, here’s a quick preview of one of the latest covers added to the shop! Kinda makes me want to write another book myself…
A look at some of the latest premade covers! Visit the shop and purchase a cover here.
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Shiloh lives on the Coast of Hope, flanked by the decimated ruins of the earth. Every year, people brave crossing the Badlands to the coast, with the hopes that they will be one of the lucky souls who merits an invitation to Paradise – the legendary shore of sweet deliverance across the sea. When Shiloh receives one of the magical message-in-a-bottle invitations that grants her passage to that golden land of enchantment, she jumps at the chance to leave her dystopian shore behind. Alone and vulnerable but full of hope, she casts off into the vast watery wilderness, and touches down on utopian soil unscathed. Paradise is everything she could have dreamed. Everything the stories say. Beautiful. Lush. Tantalizing. Too marvelous to ever return from. But there is something all the stories have left out. Another reason nobody ever comes back from Paradise.