My Writing Process

Writing

My writing process has changed. A lot.

In the beginning I started out using a few books on the art and craft of writing novels and tried to follow along – often deviating about a third of the way through their recommended process as I got the hang of their method, made changes to suit my own style and my novel’s needs. Most of those craft books aren’t really geared towards writing series either so, even in the best of times, after the first novel was finished the books were pretty much useless to me and I had to find my own way.

Now my process is a culmination of techniques I’ve used before, utilizing software that I’ve found helpful (more about that later I hope) and my own preferences. Here’s a brief rundown of the process, hopefully I’ll explain and expand on each of the sections in blog posts of their own later.

You might notice that cover design and title choice aren’t on the list, those tend to happen at various times that I haven’t really finalized yet. I try to decide the title and finish the cover as soon as possible, it helps with advertising and getting readers excited about an upcoming release.

Another thing you won’t notice on the list is an estimate on how long the novel will take or when it will be released, they vary too much. I have yet to be absolutely certain of a release date more than a week or two in advance – mostly because the second a novel is done, I put it up for sale. I can’t stand making readers wait for a release that could be out sooner but if I set a date in advance based on how things are going at the time – it’s pretty much guaranteed that it will put a hex on the works.

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So You Want to Make Your Own Book Covers – The Nitty Gritty Part 2

I promised I’d be back with some more useful hands on tips for creating your own book covers; here you were, doubting me, weren’t you. The following post will likely be broken into two pars and feature some NSFW bits.

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So You Want to Make Your Own Book Covers – The Nitty Gritty Part 1

I promised I’d be back with some more useful hands on tips for creating your own book covers; here you were, doubting me, weren’t you. The following post will likely be broken into two pars and feature some NSFW bits.

Currently I’ve been working with my graphic designer to redesign my book cover, trying to more accurately capture the feel of of the book, both in genre and in content. Along the way I came up with the brilliant idea to try my hand at some fantasy photo-manipulation and without the guidance of my sainted graphic artist, set out to try my hand at some.

Fantasy Photo-Manipulation

At first glance, photo-manipulation is scarier than it is in practice. You too can create epic scenes and fantastic vistas with a little skill at the image editing software of your choice, a slew of awesome stock art to choose from and a little time and effort. Still not convinced? Well I created the image at the bottom of the post (hidden behind another more tag, to protect the innocent since it features incredibly mild artistic nudity) in less than one day with absolutely no experience in this kind of photo-manipulation whatsoever! To create something similar you’ll need only 3 things (besides Photoshop or a comparable image editing software).

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