Inked Imagination Author Services

Please give a warm welcome to Inked Imagination

Inked Imagination is an author services business focusing on covers, graphics, and interior formatting for both e-books and paperbacks. The covers are done by Jarica James who has produced her own covers since she started her publishing journey while interior formatting is done by A.J. Macey.

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Jarica James and A.J. Macey started Inked Imagination randomly one day after a discussion about how difficult and expensive formatting was when they started writing and publishing novels. After learning the ins and outs of both programs they use for formatting they started up Inked Imagination to offer affordable options for other authors.

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New Covers for Eva Chase’s The Dragon Shifter’s Mates #CoverReveal

Gorgeous new covers for The Dragon Shifter’s Mates.

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Dragon’s Guard

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Dragon’s Tears

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Dragon’s Desire

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Dragon’s Fate

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Dragon’s Joy

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The Complete Series

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Eva Chase’s Minions of Magic

Graphic Designer Maria Spada #interview

Please give a warm welcome to graphic designer Maria Spada

Tell us a bit about yourself

Hi, my name is Maria, a 28-year-old graphic designer from the tropical island of Cebu, Philippines. I’m also a book and music collector, and a lover of green tea 🙂

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Have you always wanted to become a designer/artist?

I knew I had it since I was a child. My father was a very good watercolor artist, and my mother is a grade school teacher, so I was lucky enough to have the resources and materials needed to develop my talent. I joined a lot of art competitions, until my interest in art just slowly disappeared. It wasn’t until 2005 when I discovered Photoshop by accident. I learned by myself, and then used the knowledge and skill to support my local arts and music scene, made invitation cards and posters and other stuff for friends and family. In other words I only considered it a hobby. After college (I took Political Science), I landed a part-time job at a publishing company where I learned a lot about book cover design. I found out that I could make a living with my skills so I decided to become a full-time book cover designer. 🙂

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Where do you find inspiration for your work?

Fantasy movies and TV shows, children’s books, folk and symphonic black metal music, and Asian myths/folklore

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What are you working on now?

My website, and a couple of fantasy covers that has dragons in it 🙂

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Do you have any quirks while working?

I don’t know if listening to metal while working counts. It gives me energy X)

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

It takes a lot of effort and patience to develop a skill. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, to try new things–experiment, and don’t be afraid of failures. Learn from them instead. Also in the publishing world you must pay attention to details and be informed with the technicalities and legal stuff, including copyrights, etc. I know it’s boring, but it’s a must.

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What are your hopes for the future?

A better world where there is equality, and love, and new inventions are more helpful than destructive.

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Do you have anything to say to your fans?

I have fans? Hehe. Hi! I love you!

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Artist Nichole Witholder #interview

Please give a warm welcome to artist Nichole Witholder

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Have you always wanted to become a designer/artist?

I’ve been making art since I could hold a pencil. I’ve taken lessons in drawing and painting. My father was strongly against my becoming an artist since he saw family members with similar talent struggle so much.

I also happened to be immediately in love with computers. At 5yrs old in 1986, this wasn’t as common as it is now lol. I quickly realized that making art on a computer didn’t require me to ask my father for art supplies.

I never planned to make money from my art. I was worried about adding the stress of money to something that’s so important to me. But I happen to be an avid reader. When the indie author world blew up and I had access to more and more awesome books I noticed that the talent for writing wasn’t always well represented by the cover art. I thought to myself, “Maybe I could help out there.” May 10 marks my one-year anniversary.

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Where do you find inspiration for your work?

I people watch. I’ve studied artists techniques in every piece of art I look at. I pay attention to how light interacts with everything. I’m constantly listening to music, constantly reading, and keeping a close eye on pop culture. I think a lot of my inspiration comes from there.

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What are you working on now?

Several covers, a logo, and researching new techniques I can use in my artwork. It’s important that I’m discreet with my client’s info so I can’t say more than that lol.

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Do you have any quirks while working?

I can’t handle unsolicited advice or critique lol. Like someone leaning over my shoulder saying, “hey you should do this”. And this may be part ego. Though I think that mostly, it’s my needing to focus. I have plans upon plans in my head when I finally get out of my mind and start to do actual work. When someone tries to edit while I’m in the middle of that, I tend to lose my temper. This is good and bad. I should definitely be more open to listening to other ideas, however, my ego insists that I’m the artist and I’m the one who knows what I’m doing. It’s a struggle lol

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

Become involved in the community.

Read the books you’re trying to design for.

Interact with author groups.

Join the design marketplaces and research pricing.

If you design a flop that no one wants, keep making new art. Art is a constant process of growing and learning. You can’t expect everything to be a masterpiece.

Study marketing techniques used by new businesses to gain a customer base.

Work with integrity and good morals. Karma exists.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to expand on my techniques and skills to include more, always. I’m no good at staying still and I want to grow until I drop lol. Rainy Day may possibly be branching out even more toward promotion in the next year or so.

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Do you have anything to say to your fans?

After being told for so long (by my father) that my art would never amount to anything. That I could never make a living. Every single time one of you supports me, comments on my artwork, buys a piece, I am so incredibly shocked and grateful. Slowly you are all healing that scar on my heart. Thank you ♡

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Rainy Day Artwork

Artist Dani Smith #interview

Please give a warm welcome to my fabulous friend, artist and author Dani Smith

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m an illustrator and book cover designer focusing on fantasy, horror, and romance themes. I have been creating and publishing my own comics and novels through my boutique publishing and art business, QuickDraw Studios, since 2010. I have been on Top 100 Bestseller lists numerous times, outselling select issues of titles like Hellboy, The Walking Dead, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer in digital format.

I currently am at work with my husband and partner, Alex Julian, on numerous novel and comic projects that are projected for publication in the next year. We live in a little white cottage in San Diego, CA. with our boy Ryker, a terrier mix named Arrow, a fat guinea pig named Freckles, and a sassy black cat named Gabe the Prince of Darkness. Our house is full of murals, nude and pinup art, and rock n’ roll. We are the all-American family. 😉

Have you always wanted to become a designer/blogger?

I knew I was an artist from toddlerhood. I never questioned it, though that may not be the popular or “right” thing to do according to the society in which I live. Sometimes you are just born who you are meant to be in a straightforward fashion, no questions asked. I got into book cover illustration during my 2011 pregnancy with my son, and I have enjoyed it ever since.

My favorite book cover projects are illustrated, though I have also created covers using stock photos for authors, if this is requested. I also love doing interior illustration and character design for authors in the romance, fantasy, sci-fi, and horror genres.

What was your inspiration for your current work?

I have always been inspired by folklore, anthropology, fairy tales, film, and music. Lately I have been creating personal works for my Instagram, @daniquickdraw, that reflect my favorite popular characters or portray Instagram models that I find creatively alluring. These personal works have been immensely popular.

What are you working on now?

I am always working on the next comic book project, most recently the next issue of my bestselling Black Dog and Rebel Rose series, and two illustrated novels, ASYLUM and SHALE CITY. You can see examples of work done for these on my Instagram and Facebook pages fairly regularly.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I love to go “sideways”—that is, I drink strong coffee while also drinking a glass of wine or champagne. The alcohol relaxes me while the caffeine stimulates my creative brain and gets the juices flowing. It’s a really great combination. I love to listen to folklore, true crime, and anthropology podcasts while painting, as well as indie soundtracks on YouTube that fit whatever project I am working on at the moment.

What are your hopes for the future?

I currently have a live action film option on the table in Los Angeles for my most popular comic series, Black Dog and Rebel Rose. It has been a long time in the works, and we have had a few hurdles to jump over as time has gone by, which seems to be a fait accompli for indie films. But I remain hopeful that the project will pan out and be a success. Most recently, my producers are planning to film a teaser trailer featuring the five major characters that will be launched worldwide to promote the funding of the project.

Do you have any advice for new designers about the author world?

Make sure your work is top-notch in quality. Try to stand out from the crowd—discover what is unique about your work and focus on that. Let your light shine and the right folks will find you.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I love every single one of you. Without my fans and supporters, I would be nowhere.

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Strange Days

Boobes: An Adult Coloring Book

Skriker: A Boy and His Beast

Black Dog and Rebel Rose: Chapter One: The Road to Hell

Black Dog and Rebel Rose Revamped

Being Ophelia and Other Poems

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Dani Smith International Fan Page

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Cover reveal ~ Savage Rose ~

Here is the cover for my next poetry collection. It was made by the awesome

~ Aeternum Designs ~

http://www.aeternumdesigns.com

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Grief, love, pain, imagination and appreciation for the little things in life. Those are some of the topics the author embraces in this poetry collection, mixed with photo art to enhance the feel of the poetry.
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Hailstorm
In an hourglass
Counting down
Hail by hail
In a steady tempo
Far and beyond
It’s all the same
One by one
They drop through
Life’s hourglass
Counting the years
In light-speed
Only one breath away
From eternal sleep
Fast forgotten

Aeternum Cover Art Design

Check out Aeternum Designs by my wonderful and talented friend Kat McCarthy

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Aeternum Designs is a graphic design company specializing in professional book cover art for fiction & non-fiction authors.

We design covers for ebooks, paperbacks and dustjackets for hardcovers.

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Premade Covers:

If you are in a hurry for a professional cover, we have a few that are already designed and ready to go for both ebooks and Paperback.  If you desire no further customization, we can have them ready for you within a couple days. And by customization, we mean new or additional images, changes in background or fonts. Adding your title and name is included in the price.
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Aeternum Designs is very excited about our startup. To prove it, we have some fabulous grand opening deals available.
We are offering a free ebook cover design once we reach 300 followers on Facebook & Twitter, so stop by the website and enter the Rafflecopter.
Second, for a limited time, we are gifting a free 3D image of your book cover design (value $50) with the purchase of a pre-made cover.
Also for a limited time, we are gifting a free Facebook Cover Image (value $50) to match your new custom book cover designed by us.
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