Note from Fay: Banff is on my Bucket List Top Ten. One look at Patrick Latter’s photograph “Vermillion Lakes Sunrise” will show you why. Patrick captures breathtaking images–and sells them, too. Check him out.
Today I found the blog of “Ink Slinger in Inner Space” Karen Gadient. She is both author and graphic designer. A single post on her blog stimulated this entry. Karen designed the cover jacket for a recently released science fiction book.
Stimulating Thought Number One: Here’s another source for an illustrator for either cover design or for the innards of a picture book. Mark this post for future reference. Karen has a portfolio tab on her blog. I loved the quality and detail of her art. The art on the book cover shows another dimension to her style–her diversity–since the cover is completely different from the illustrations in her portfolio.
Stimulating Thought Number Two: Karen provides a link to the young author’s promotional video trailer for his book. What?! Promotional video??? I thought video trailers were solely for hyping movies or rock albums. What do I know? Not much, evidently. Now young authors are using YouTube and such to distribute promotional videos touting their books. Brilliant. Free Advertising. And if you are clever or creative enough, you sell books!
Stimulating Thought Number Three: An author can ask for money for marketing from the public. Karen introduced me to Kickstarter, a web site devoted to connecting artists of all sorts with persons interested in funding the arts. Indie authors needn’t starve to promote a quality project. But I’ll write more about Kickstarter in a future post.
Wow, Karen! All those great ideas from a single post! Thank you!
Indie author M. S. Fowle struggled getting covers for her own eBooks, so she learned the craft of photo manipulation and the art of cover design to meet her own needs. Then others began to turn to her for help with creating unique book covers.
Thus, Melchelle Designs was born. The business offers premade and custom cover design. If you want to look at a couple of samples of her work, go to the following link:
A good book cover catches the eye of a potential reader. That element of marketing is priceless. Here is a business that can help you.
Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.
Twice I have stumbled onto an illustrator’s website and twice I have been pleasantly surprised. It isn’t difficult to find an illustrator by using a traditional Internet search.
Today I am including a link to a blog other than the artist’s because the blog has a better collection of the artist’s illustrations than the artist’s website. But the blog provides a link to the artist, in case your need for an illustrator is immediate.
Personally, I would use this artist for a children’s book. Her work appears primarily in magazines, but I love the simplicity of her designs.