Graphic Designer Secret D’artiste #interview

Please give a warm welcome to graphic designer Evelyne aka. Secret D’artiste

Tell us a bit about yourself… 

My name is Evelyne and I am a freelance book cover designer based in Belgium (Europe). My fantasy adventure started when I laid eyes on the first Lord of the Rings movie in 2001 (I was 14 years old at that time). I was mesmerized, fascinated and loved the epic concept art so much that I started experimenting with Photoshop on my own. Until this day I have developed my own magical style, trained and improved my skills. My works are a combination of photo bashing/photo manipulation and digital painting, combining several stock photos and 3d renders into unique and finalized book covers, with a touch of magic! 😉 Besides design, I love nature, traveling (especially outside of Europe) and discovering new cultures, animals, places, etc … 

Have you always wanted to become an artist/cover designer? 

Actually not, it was something I rolled-in to. I practiced fantasy art for a long time as a hobby and was an active member of the photo manipulation community on Deviantart (before the change to Eclipse). I met some amazing people across the world, sharing interest in the same hobby. Only there I was introduced to the art of cover design and in 2015 I started my halftime freelance business. It’s actually until now, September 2021, that I have quit my main job and decided to become a fulltime book cover designer. And also now, I am still learning new things and that makes it so interesting 😉

Where do you find inspiration for your work? 

My source of inspiration comes from fairytales, myths & legends, fae & fairies, fantasy warriors, witches, assassins, etc … I love watching TV-series and movies in those genres and even in nature (when hiking) I can find the necessary inspiration to fill my creative bank account. I also love concept art books and magazines like ImagineFX to gaze upon epic and breathtaking art from other talented artists from all around the globe. 

What are you working on now? 

I am currently preparing lots of new premade book cover designs (especially trilogies) which I will launch in my Facebook-group in the next couple of weeks. You are all welcome to join if you want Secrets D’artiste premade covers  and you can also join my newsletter.

Do you have any quirks while working? 

I always need music when I work. I can’t work without it … Let’s say, to get into the ‘zone’ I need to close the door to ‘reality’ and open a much more fascinating door to this fantasy world in my imagination. And that’s not always easy … and there comes music into place. Music helps me in the process to allow ideas and concepts for my art. I am quite a fan of movie and game soundtracks, or any other whimsical voice/band that can feed inspiration.

Do you have any advice for new artists/cover designers about the publishing world? 

Yes, for beginning cover designers I would really recommend always purchasing the resources you need through legitimate stock sites and/or 3D render sites, due to copyright regulations. I know that’s not always easy because subscriptions for paid stock sites could be quite expensive and are a big cut in your budget (especially when you are a beginner), but in the end it really pays off. Not only can you make more ‘out of this world’ designs, it also helps you cover possible issues with copyright. One of my favorite 3D shops, where I shop for lots of my resources, is this one (and I can really recommend it due to good service and excellent quality): Fantasy Background Store

What are your hopes for the future? 

To be honest, I really hope I can do what I love doing in life. You only live once and you have to be carefull with the time that is given to us.

Do you have anything to say to your followers? 

If you are interested in going on an epic journey together, please don’t hesitate to get in touch! Or if you want to treat yourself or one of your loved ones with fantasy/gothic bookmarks or prints made by me, you are always welcome to check out my Etsy shop here (I would be so grateful for the support).

Author Alice Ivinya #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Alice Ivinya

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I live in wet and soggy Bristol, UK, with my husband, toddler and dog (oh and an immortal goldfish).

I have loved fantasy all my life. My favourite authors are Brandon Sanderson, Holly Black, Amy Harmon and Robert Jordan.

When I’m not off gallivanting in other worlds, you can normally find me climbing trees with my young son, working as a small animal vet for a charity that treats the pets of people who struggle to make ends meet, hanging out with my church family, or walking the best dog in the world. (And as a vet I feel qualified to say that!)

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I have written stories for as long as I can remember. My first book series was about a group of kids who ran away from home and became rulers of all the sharks in the sea. Worryingly they all got married at the age of 12-14 but that was old to my 8 year old self! 

I wrote my first full length novel at 11. It was about a magician’s apprentice who was bad at magic. 

Throughout my teenage years I wrote epic fantasy after epic fantasy that my poor parents had to read, even when they went over 200,000 words! As a child I was badly dyslexic and struggled with sentence structure and spelling to the extent that many of my early stories were illegible until I typed them up. It took me much longer than all the other children in my class to both write and type, but I just loved to write and have never been able to stop telling stories. Slowly, wth the support of my parents and teachers, I developed techniques to get around my dyslexia and now it never holds me back.

I now have ten published full length books and seven short stories.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My current series starts with Feathers of Snow and is inspired by the German fairytale, The Goose Girl. I always loved how the original tale coupled gentleness and beauty with brutality and ruthlessness. To me, it is a very powerful tale of the power of goodness and perseverance. Though my tale flips the characters on their heads!

What are you working on now?

I am currently putting the final touches on Feathers of Blood which is the sequel to Feathers of Snow. This book has a lot more action and angst and has been great fun to write!

Do you have any quirks while working?

I often feel the need to pull the expressions my characters are making as I write them to try to work out how to describe them. I must look very strange, so it’s probably a good thing I don’t write in public!

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to keep on doing what I love, which is being a mummy, writing and saving animals as a vet! It would be my dream to be able to earn a little more through my writing so I can devote whole days to it once my son is old enough to go to school.

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

My advice to authors who want to write fantasy is to read loads in your subgenre and keep writing. Never give up! Get as many fantasy lovers to read it as you can before you try to publish. Also start simple and master basic concepts in shorter books before your epic 12 book masterpiece!

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I love you all so much! Every time I gain a follower or reader, I do a little happy dance. I couldn’t do it without you!

#Preorder Make Me Lie by C.R. Jane & May Dawson

Make Me Lie: A Dark Enemies to Lovers College Romance (Rich Demons of Darkwood Book 1)

The world knows me as the Demon’s Daughter.

He’s a famous serial killer. And I may have been his accomplice.

But no one knows for sure except for me.

The dangerous, cruel men of the Sphinx secret society intend to uncover my secrets…and break me.

Stellan, my childhood crush who lost his sister to the Demon.

Cain, the boy with the face of an angel to who manipulation comes as easy as breathing;

Remington, the playboy soccer star full of secrets.

Pax, the dark psycho who hides behind his fists.

I hoped for a second chance at Darkwood University, only to have my dream ripped away the first time I kissed one of the handsome bastards.

They know who I am.

And they’re determined to make me pay.

They should have thought twice about who they were playing with.

Because I am the demon’s daughter. And just because they have the power, the connections, the faces and bodies of gods… do they really think they’ll win?

I wanted a new life, not a war.

But if they insist, we’ll see who ends up playing.

September RH Book Releases #amreading

September 3rd

Breathless: An LGBT+ Ménage SFR Short Story
September 4th

Supernova (The Portal Series Book 2) PNR RH Scifi-Romance
September 6th

Jacinth: A quirky fated mates romcom (Jewels Cafe Book 1) RH
September 8th

FEARLESS: A Charity Anthology
September 8

Plaything: Make Me Duet Book One (Seduction House World) Dark Reverse Harem contemporary
September 10

Merciless (Steel Demons MC Book 9) PNR, Dystopian, RH
September 11th

Good Girl: A fated mates paranormal romance (The Season Book 1) RH
September 13th

Insurrection (Monarchs of Hell Book 1) RH/why choose PNR
September 14

Queen Takes Darkness 2: A Their Vampire Queen Novel, RH
September 14th

Eff Immortality: A Real-Death Adventure (The Real-Death Adventures of Lorelai Byrne) PNR RH
September 15th

The Bone Wolf (Cedar Mountain Pack Book 1) Rejected mate, RH
September 17th

Smuggler’s Run (Mea Lupus Series Book 2) Sci-fi romance, RH 
September 20th

Venus (Solar Mates Book 1) PNR, RH, Romcom
September 21st

Best Wishes Box Set One: Extended Editions of Books 1-3 (War of Power Series 1: Best Wishes Series) PNR Academy RH
September 24th

Broken Beasts of Beauty: A Dark, RH, PNR, Romance (Sinister Fairytales)
September 24th

Homecoming Homicide : Magical Bureau of Investigation book 1 (Magical Bureau of Investigantion) PRN RH slow burn trilogy
September 25

Best Wishes Box Set One: Extended Editions of Books 1-3 (War of Power Series 1: Best Wishes Series)
September 27th

Mafias Revenge (Lethal Beauty & Smoking Steel Book 3) Contemporary Mafia RH
September 28th

Twisted Sinners (The Preacher’s Daughter Book 2) Contemporary Romance RH
September 29th

Despicable (Reject Island) PNR
September 30th

Broken Wolf: A Fated Mates Paranormal Romance (Savage Book 2)
September 30

Curse of the Gods: Jackals Wrath MC (Operation Isis) a Paranormal MC Reverse Harem Romance
September 30th

Fae’s Torment: A Dark Fae Mafia Romance
September 30th

Make Me Lie: A Dark Enemies to Lovers College Romance (Rich Demons of Darkwood Book 1)
September 30

The Magic of Eternity: Emerald Lakes Book Five, PNR RH

⬇️The books below will be live released.⬇️

September

Summer Blues: Episode 1 (Little Pink Book: Season 1) Contemporary RH

September Book Releases #amreading

September 1

Ever After M.C.: A Fairy Tale Retelling
Red:Wolves Den MC#1 (A Modern Day Little Red Riding Hood Retelling, Ever After MC Anthology, MC Fairytale)
September 3rd

Shadow Unleashed : A Rejected Mates Romance (Tainted Demons of Shifter Syndicate Book 1) MF PNR
September 3

Saving Her Soul, Wicked Warriors MC North Carolina Chapter: Bleeding Souls Saved By Love (Wicked Bad Boy Biker Motorcycle Romance Club)
September 9th

Coerce, contemporary M/F standalone
September 9th

Crossed (PNR)
September 13th

Beautifully Crushed (Candied Crush Book 20) Contemporary Romance MM
September 13th

Thorrn: Starlight Highlanders Mail Order Brides #1 (Intergalactic Dating Agency)
September 15th

Bleeding Souls Saved by Love!
Izabella – Beneventi Crime Famiglia, New Jersey Mafia (Fabled Wars A Dark Mafia Romance) A Fable Retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses
September 16th

Biting Mr. Darcy: A Paranormal Vampire Romantic Comedy (Oxford Paranormal Book Club 1)
September 19th

Abandon Hope : Tale’s From The Hope’s Shipmen
September 20th

A Killer Welcome (Haunting Avery Winters Paranormal Cosy Mystery Series Book 1)
September 27

Poisonous (The D Book 2) Contemporary Romance MM
September 28th

Shifters for a Cause: A Shifter Auction Shared World Collection
September 30th

Snaring the Drummer: A SciFi Alien Abduction Romance (Ravishing the Band Book 1)

Deena Rae eBook Builders #interview

Please give a warm welcome to Deena Rae Schoenfeldt from Ebook Builders

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’m a stage 3 cancer survivor, mother of 3. I have started doing ebook adaptation for my Mom’s publishing business in 2009 then opened up to independent authors and publishing houses. I have taken over all of the book – print and ebook – design of my mother’s business.

How long have you been a book designer?

I have been doing ebook adaptation – aka ebook building – for almost 12 years and have book doing the complete book design – paperback/hardback typography/layout and ebook adaptation for 7 years with a 2 year break while I underwent cancer treatment.

Have you always wanted to be a book designer?

Heavens, no. I wanted to be a lawyer, a dictator, a serial killer….anything at all to be different than my mom. But I am good at making a book fit with the author’s vision. Plus, I have a really bad temper and if I was a lawyer I would end up punching the opposing side.

What do you do as a book designer?

I take the author’s manuscript and flow it into InDesign. If the author wants the book to be branded to the storyline, I add page graphic backgrounds, images, etc to make it stand out from the majority of other books being sold. I then export it to epub (ebook) and tweak it so that the ebook and print editions are as similar as possible.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I cannot work in silence. Usually I have Fox Business on (during stock market hours since I also swing trade the market). But I have been know to work while I stream Law & Order. I also do not read the manuscript as I am doing the design. If I did it would add hours to the time it takes me to do the layout.

What are your hopes for the future?

World domination, always. I will settle for staying busy.

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Do you have any advice for new book designers?

For people wanting to do what most people call ‘formatting’ learn the industry specifics. Know about rules to paragraphs and headings.  Nothing irritates me quite as much as seeing a book that has been ‘formatted’ by someone who is just out to make a buck. Chicago Manual of Style is your friend. Always be learning more and improving your skills so your clients are thrilled and don’t get ‘dinged’ in reviews on the finished product. My advice for authors and really everyone is to have a tribe of professionals you can go to for advice or help. I have a group of people involved in publishing – authors, cover designers, book designers, editors – that I go to when I need help, advice or to bounce ideas off of.

Are you available for new work or booked solid.

My schedule is flexible. I can usually have 10-15 book projects in the various stages of completion during a week. I can do up a draft for an author then send it to them for approval then immediately start on another while I am waiting to hear from the previous author. I usually have no problem working in a rush job.

Deena and Tiffany M. Fox created these awesome notebooks for authors.

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With pages to detail your locations, characters, scenes, plot points, etc., this workbook organizes all the prewriting, writing, and post-production aspects of getting a book into print.

110 pages of plotting worksheets to help flesh out your characters, keep your timeline straight and keeps your book consistent and flowing

Each workbook contains:

  • 4 2-page spreads Main Character worksheets;
  • 6 2-page spreads Secondary Character worksheets;
  • 10 2-page spreads Location worksheets/visual ticklers;
  • Space for up to 84 scene breakdowns;
  • Book budget to track payments to each of your publishing team members and miscellaneous expenses;
  • Project production / publishing schedule;
  • 2 2-page spreads to list beta readers and reviewers for feedback tracking;
  • Lined pages for notes and ideas.

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