Back Stories

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Turning Back

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I lived in the dark for three years. My whole world revolved around the whims and happiness of three men.
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What, Me Query?

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When life gives you lemons, don’t make lemonade. Nope. Instead, snatch up the biggest juiciest lemon, and you hurl that mo-fo back as hard as you can.
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We're Not in Kansas Anymore

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Two authors talk about the differences between writing for tv vs publishing a book
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Crowdsourcing Cover Design?

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The entire publishing industry is in a state of ongoing change and every passing week brings a new trend and a new set of rules.

Yes, We Really Do Judge Books by Their Covers

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According to Mark Coker, Smashwords' founder, there’s a clear connection between great covers and great sales. “In addition to promising what a book will deliver, the [cover] image also promises (or fails to promise) that the author is a professional, and that the book will honor the reader's time.”

Presenting April’s “Ebook Cover Design Awards”

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Gone are the days when indie books were immediately recognizable via their crappy covers.
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Why it’s best if I let my wife handle my book jacket designs

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It’s difficult to say when my book jacket hobby became a sickness, but it was likely about the time I started writing books simply for the sake of creating covers for them. That’s when I knew I needed help. Again, my wife to the rescue. A professional graphic designer as well as artist, she has wrested from me the tools of my day-glow debauchery.

Presenting March's “Ebook Cover Design Awards”

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Gone are the days when indie books were immediately recognizable via their crappy covers.

Presenting February’s “Ebook Cover Design Awards”

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Gone are the days when indie books were immediately recognizable via their crappy covers.
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Elisabeth Naughton: Romancing the Pages

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My New York Times bestselling novel, WAIT FOR ME, was rejected by several agents (I never shopped it to a traditional publisher) because, as they put it, it straddled genres and was too “category”. I was told no one would want to read about a woman with amnesia. Readers have disagreed.

Presenting January's “Ebook Cover Design Awards”

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Gone are the days when indie books were immediately recognizable via their crappy covers.

Presenting the Latest “Ebook Cover Design Awards”

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Gone are the days when indie books were immediately recognizable via their crappy covers.

Presenting November’s “Ebook Cover Design Awards”

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Gone are the days when indie books were immediately recognizable via their crappy covers.

Presenting October’s “Ebook Cover Design Awards”

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Gone are the days when indie books were immediately recognizable via their crappy covers.

Leaping Into the Abyss of Self-Publishing

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He doesn’t have to wait thirty or so days, for a literary agent with an exclusivity agreement to finally say, “Yes, I see potential in your work and would like to see more,” or, as is more often the case, “While your story is very good, I am not the person to represent it.” This, by the way, could go on for a very long time.

Presenting September’s “Ebook Cover Design Awards”

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Man oh man, when it all comes together it really works. Here the talented illustrator and designer Kyle T. Webster hits it out of the park by really capturing the fun and excitement and hypnotic attachment we have with our smartphones. Powerful graphics and a constant focus on the task of the book cover clearly set this one apart.
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Presenting August’s “Ebook Cover Design Awards”

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Gone are the days when indie books were immediately recognizable via their crappy covers.
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Presenting July's “Ebook Cover Design Awards”

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This cover design uses clean bright bold typography to grab the reader’s attention. The book is funny too, so the confused looking bird was used to capture that feeling. Also, since Twitter can be frustrating, I wanted the bird to show that.

Presenting April's "Ebook Cover Design Awards"

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There are very few authors who can draw well enough to do something like this, but writer and artist Masha du Toit gets it perfect here.
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The Mule Tamer

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My main character is a mule breeder in Arizona and one crucial part of the novel finds him traveling alone in the deserts of Arizona and Mexico. The cover conveys a certain tension, as the landscape is so vast and foreign and lonely. It evokes both a sense of danger and tranquility.
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Ebook Cover Design Award Winners

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When Phoebe’s husband announces that he would like them to start a family she isn’t at all sure that she feels the same. This is a bitter sweet comedy drama of complex relationships, life-changing encounters and the realization that being a mother doesn’t necessarily mean the same thing to every woman.

The Girl Who Came Home

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In honor of the 100 year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, this week's "Cover Me" selection was inspired by true events surrounding a group of Irish emigrants who sailed on the maiden voyage of the ship. The book can also be found on this week's best seller list.
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Ebook Cover Design Award Winners

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Kristian Truelsen submitted "30 Failures by Age 30", designed by Katharine Miller. “In this image author Katharine Miller pays homage to the works of painter Art Frahm.”