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It’s All About the Book Cover…

August 18, 2014
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articles Some of you may know I’m in the midst of working with an illustrator for my upcoming children’s chapter book, Ockleberries to the Rescue. Each chapter will have a drawing of the animal or event that is within the narrative. I count myself lucky to know my artist from within my writing group. Not only is he the current President but a good friend. Joe McKnight’s pencil drawings are similar in style to Bernie Brown’s wonderful pictures. This is the reason I choose him, I want realistic drawings of the animals. As most of the internal pictures are completed, my thoughts have turned to the cover. I have a specific image in mind, which will reveal the woodland sprites home, however I am not including an image of the sprites, I want the children to imagine them.

When we work with an artist it is paramount to have good communication and be able to describe the ‘vision’ we have for the illustrations. With Joe, I can have face to face discussions as well as email communication and have supplied him with sketches/images to assist him. When I worked with Matty McClatchie on Rumble’s First Scare, we only had the option of email as he was in Australia and I was in Canada. His style is wonderfully stylized and suited Rumble’s world so well. We frequently underestimate the power of technology but this is proof it can work to our advantage. No matter where our artist may be situated we can work together to create our ideal images.

With a cover we must take into account the initial response of our potential readers and ensure it has its own style. Ask yourself:

Does the cover reflect the story?

Is it eye catching?

Does it reflect the genre?  

As you can see from these revised covers for the Harry Potter saga, covers can evolved.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/harry-potter/11000405/Harry-Potter-covers-then-and-now.html

It is interesting how much more ‘action’ there is in the new covers and the style is more dramatic. Understand you can change your cover at any time – feedback from readers is important in ensuring the book cover encourages more people to purchase it. You can have a re-launch, an anniversary re-issue or upload a new cover for an e-book. Just because your book is published doesn’t mean you should forget about it. Constant promotion and revision will keep it fresh and engage new readers.

A cover is an important part of any book and time should be spent in creating it. Here are some useful tips for cover design:

http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2014/08/judy-probus/

How did you decide on your book (s) cover?

Did you use your own photographs, commission or draw you own drawings or manipulate images some other way?

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New outlet for my book…

November 23, 2013
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Just a quick note my fantasy, The Rython Kingdom is now available at Barnes & Noble.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-rython-kingdom-mandy-eve-barnett/1112817382

The famed troubadour, Guillem, attends the king’s court to recite a marvelous tale but his suspicions are raised by a strange servant. With the help of a wizened old woman and her beautiful granddaughter, Guillem attempts to outwit a witch to save the kingdom from murder and mayhem. He then finds himself part of a ritual for life everlasting with the entrancing and mysterious Juliana.

Other sites you can purchase it are:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/214247

http://www.amazon.ca/Rython-Kingdom-Mandy-Eve-Barnett-ebook/dp/B00AUBP2SO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1385223634&sr=8-1&keywords=the+rython+kingdom

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Rython-Kingdom-Mandy-Eve-Barnett/dp/1927510236/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1385223708&sr=8-1&keywords=the+rython+kingdom

https://ebookstore.sony.com/ebook/mandy-eve-barnett/the-rython-kingdom/_/R-400000000000000791166

 

I Got Interviewed..!

August 23, 2013
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Subservient – definition: serving or acting in a subordinate capacity

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Today the tables were turned – Kelly Samarah returned the favor and interviewed me! Take  a look. And no, today’s word has no real connection to me (now-a-days anyway!) I found my way a while back. I emerged from a shy, quiet school girl into the independent woman I am today.

http://kellysamarah.com/2013/08/23/author-spotlight-mandy-eve-barnett/

 

 

 

 

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