First off, I want to announce an awesome opportunity to win a free copy of PRIME by Samantha Boyette. (You can enter the contest here! It ends tomorrow so put your name in as soon as you can.) This story hasn't been released yet anywhere but I was fortunate enough to read an earlier version back in 2010. Samantha and I tied as the winners of Textnovel.com’s 2010 cell phone novel contest. (Samantha with PRIME and me with AMARANTH SOCIETY). We contacted each other after the win and shared our works in progress... and many other works in progress after that. I think I've read five of her books so far, some released, some not yet released. PRIME has always been one of my favorites! If you like zombies, then definitely put your name in to win!
I love the cover of PRIME which she made herself!! She also shared with me another cover which she made for her most recent book, 18 MONTHS. I just finished reading it and although she’s still working on some final edits, I hope she'll release it soon. It was really good. 18 MONTHS is definitely another favorite.
It’s been so helpful having a fellow writer to talk to about industry stuff and also to read my current projects. Sometimes I feel I get so embedded into my story I can’t see straight anymore. (I tried having my husband read my stuff a few times but poor guy can’t take teenage romance anymore!!) I definitely recommend getting some readers that you trust to look at your work. It’s always been hard for me to share but it’s necessary.
Now let’s talk about book covers. So yes, 18 MONTHS and PRIME are beautiful and obviously Samantha has some real talent for Photoshop. If anyone has poked around my website, you can see the tragedy that is the cover for MOD. (I won't even post it here, it's so bad.) In my defense, I created my new website in a hurry and wanted to launch it as soon as possible. I didn't have a cover created yet so I just threw something up more for placement than anything else.
I've been poking around trying to figure out the best way I can make a new cover and discovered this article about one writer who used public domain images to create this cover image:
Public domain images are a great way to go and I definitely loved tapping into those resources when I worked in television. (They’re free after all and you’d be surprised by what is available to you. They list a few sources in the above website.) But then there’s still the problem of putting it all together. Hmmm…. The MOD cover is obviously still a work in progress. I will keep you updated and hopefully the next time you stop by, I will have a new one made!