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Sunday, October 13, 2013

THE EVOLUTION OF A BOOK COVER

As I’m gearing up to release book 3 in my Dean Curse series (going through editing at the moment), I thought it would be interesting to share the cover journey of my books. I wanted to do this post earlier, but I didn’t want to post designs without first getting permission to do so from all the artists (which I have now received). I’ll include links to the designer’s websites, so please check them out.

First:  As anyone who has followed this blog from the beginning knows, GLIMPSE originally sold to a publishing house only to be orphaned shortly thereafter when the publisher closed their doors.

No, no, do not sigh, or say “awww.” Do not gasp or express condolences (unless those condolences come in the form of chocolate, in which case, by all means, express away). It all worked out for the best. The only reason I mention it now is because the in-house designer had created a cover before the closure and I LOVED it. I particularly loved the clock element at the top of the page. The Designer is TAMMY DESNOYERS and you can find more about her and her incredible work HERE


GLIMPSE

 
Second: When I decided to release the books on my own, I approached a couple designers and gave them a brief where I provided a synopsis of the book, a couple key scenes that I thought captured the essence of  the book, and provided the overall tone of the story. I was really impressed with the concept this next designer came up with–both of them–and even though the spider element was total coincidence, I decided it was a bit too similar to the first cover. The designer of this one is Clarissa and you can find her website (which is full of incredible designs she’s created) HERE

GLIMPSE COVER OPTION CLARISSA GLIMPSE COVER OPTION CLARISSA2


Third: Now for the designer I ultimately went with. I asked the designer to create a darker book, with a young man running and a stop-watch exploding behind him. I explained the tone of the book and then crossed my fingers.

What I got was exactly what I was looking for. There were a few tweaks from the first concept to final design: lightening it a bit, adjusting the font, and changing the overall color, but I knew when I saw the main image that it was the right fit. The designer’s name is PINTADO and you can find more about him and his designs HERE

GLIMPSE PINTADO 1 GLIMPSE PINTADO 2 Glimpse 297 jpg

Each of the designers mentioned above created covers I LOVED.  They’re not just brilliant artists/designers, they’re also really laid back, and fun to work with. I highly recommend each of them and hope you’ll go to their sites and check out their portfolios.

So there you have it. That’s how GLIMPSE came to be. What do you think?

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

KID SHOWS AND WOOD-CHIPPERS



My son is now two, and at long last we’ve started to find TV shows that he will watch for upwards of 15 minutes. Don’t get me wrong, I'm not anti-TV, and I don't limit him to 15 minutes a day. I  would thank the stars if I could get him to watch a full 30 minutes of a show, but that’s just not in the cards at the moment.

Anyway, I’ve tried a number of kid-shows just to see if anything would click and in the process I’ve seen some things I’d like to forget.

What happened to children’s TV shows? Where’s Mr. Dress up or the Polk-a-dot Door? Casey and Pokaroo would hold my son’s attention, I’m sure of it, but if I had to guess those shows killed themselves when this latest round of kids programing entered the market.

Let’s get to it, shall we? It’s the month of Halloween, so I thought I’d point out some kid-shows that are CREEPY, and ones I’d very much like to see made into a Halloween movies…  violent Halloween movies.

First up, MAX and RUBY:

This one actually wouldn’t need a lot of work to turn into a Horror flick. If you haven’t seen it, let me give you a quick synopsis: Max and Ruby—two rabbits—are siblings living alone. Yep, that's about it. The parents aren’t anywhere to be found, and I’m fairly sure they’ve been murdered… no doubt by that psychopath Ruby. But, If Ruby’s not responsible, my money would be on the crazy grandma who pokes her head in every few days. I mean, seriously, where are social services?



CAILLOU:

Oh how I want this bald headed kid harmed. 

I’ve never met a parent who likes this show. It’s one of the only shows my kid actually LOVES. I mean, he will actually sit and watch a full 15 minutes. That’s 15 minutes I can use to get stuff done, and so I’m grateful for that, Caillou, truly. Thank you. I just want your winy little voice to be permanently silenced.





Feel free to print this image and use it in a gun range

TOOPY AND BINOO

Yep, that’s the name of the show, and just so you’re adequately warned, it's just not possible to listen to the theme song and not want jump into a wood chipper. It’s a rat and a stuffed animal and I wish them both a slow death. You know what, the Halloween version of this show would be brilliant with the inclusion of a wood-chipper.








 
 THOMAS THE TRAIN:
Um, am I the only one who thinks this is already a horror movie? The first time I tried this show on my son I had nightmares about those creepy human faces on the trains. Every time I see that show I want to throw holy water at the TV. 





 

CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG:

I’ll end with this one. We all know the story, and I don’t actually hate this show, but I think it would make a great horror movie. 

I mean, you have a giant dog on a secluded Island. I’d like to see Clifford get rabies and take down Birdwell Island like a … well, like a rabid dog! I want that blue dog, Machiavelli, to be the first casualty. I mean who names a dog Machiavelli? I’ll tell you who. Cat people, that's who.

 *No offense, cat-people, I know you control the internet and I mean you no disrespect, but you have to admit, the name "Machiavelli" belongs to cats (or Italian philosophers I suppose). 

So what about you guys? Any kids shows stand out in your mind as particularly horrifying? Do you remember any disturbing ones from your youth, or from when your kids were growing up? Let’s hear ‘em!