Friday, January 25, 2013

Exciting News - And a Bit of Love



I have some super-awesome-great news!  I finally found the name of the artist who has inspired me for years!  Apparently, way back when I had first found the "picture" of my main male character, someone else had posted/used it with no connection whatsoever to the actual artist. (tisk-tisk) I had no clue how to go about finding the artist back then, and to be honest, didn't give it much thought...until...

I started researching all the ins and outs of self-publishing - and while reading about creating a book cover, I realized there would be absolutely NO other cover art I could ever imagine using, other than (my) cherished picture. I knew I couldn't use the artwork without permission, so I decided I had start looking for the artist.  All I can say is: 

I love Google!

Lo and behold!  I found my artist yesterday, and not only is she amazing, the picture I have Loved for a few years now was still available for my book cover!  Here is her original artwork:  




The original art only needed a bit of fixing...come on, everyone knows that vampires don't wear crosses, so she changed it to a black medallion (which is in my book), and since the "man" looked a little too young, she added a bit of scruffiness to his face.  My artist, Amela had it done within a very short time and sent me this sample last night:  





Pretty awesome, right?  Don't you Love it too?

If you follow me on Face-Book, Google+ or Twitter, you may have already seen the picture.  Can you tell how excited I am?  YAY!  Now I can get to business and get my book ready for print!

Thanks again, Amela!  I Love your art, and definitely plan to use your artwork for my next project!!  I've already got my eye on several pictures!

Here is the link to my wonderful artist! (Notice how I keep saying she is MY artist? Hope she doesn't mind, but I Love her!)

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Madhoshi-Art-by-Amela-B/179124268637?ref=stream


And here is the link to her deviant-Art websitehttp://iimadhoshiii.deviantart.com/

Trust me, you will not be disappointed!



Thanks for reading!




Friday, January 18, 2013

Decisions - decisions...



I'm sitting here on

Trying to decide what to do next...



I got a rejection from Avon Impulse on Wednesday... Of course, it was a form letter, like all the rest.  I'm sad, but still not giving up...See my previous post here:

http://color-me-read.blogspot.com/2012_10_01_archive.html




If you've ever seen a form rejection, you know exactly what I mean...Here are a few examples of the ones I've received so far...


Dear Writer

Thank you for the opportunity to consider your work. Unfortunately, your story idea is not right for us at this time. We apologize for the form letter, but with the number of submissions we receive, it's not possible to give a personal response in every case.

But thank you again for your interest in [*****]; we wish you success in finding a home for your work.

The Editors

+++++++++++++



Dear Sharon,
Thank you for sharing your work with me. Though this is not quite
right for us, please keep in mind that this is one opinion in a very
subjective business--and another agent is likely to feel differently.

Best of luck with this and future projects.


{*****}

+++++++++++++


Dear Sharon,

Thank you so much for querying us with your project.  Unfortunately, we did not feel it was the right fit for our agency.  While we are unable to comment personally on every query, please know we did give your work our full consideration.  Thanks for thinking of [*****] Agency and we wish you nothing but the best in your writing career.

Sincerely,


{****}

+++++++++++++


Dear Ms. Jones,

Thank you so much for your query. Unfortunately, however, this project
doesn’t sound right for me. I encourage you to continue to submit
elsewhere, and I wish you every success in your writing career. Thanks
again for thinking of me.

Cordially,

{******}



+++++++++++++


I started researching a few self-publishing sites this week.  And I asked a few questions of my writer friends on facebook who already are self-publishers.  I'm thinking of sending my novel to CreatSpace, which is an affiliate of Amazon that has "tools and services that help you complete your book and make it available to millions of potential readers."


                                                        https://www.createspace.com/

There are free publishing resources, and there are things you can pay for, such as editing, copy-editing, formatting for e-books, printing, designing covers, and marketing. (The prices range from $248.00 to $4634.00)

Within the "free resources" there are articles on "creating, formatting, and marketing."  It seems to be user friendly...but I still have not made up my mind.

Another option is to use Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing, also know as KDP.



There is some formatting you must do in order to upload your work, but it also seems pretty easy.  

Decisions - decisions...

I think the most daunting part would be all the self-promotion that has to be done...and that would take away from the writing time...

Tell me what you think...










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