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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Author beware: 'Custom Cover Design' does not mean 'Original Cover Art'.

This article was also posted on the 4RV Publishing Blog.

So, you've decided you want an unique book cover for your book. You don't want it to look like every other book on the shelf or web browser.

You hop on Twitter or Facebook and put some feelers out, searching for a cover artist or designer. You get dozens and dozens of responses, from both amateurs and professionals. How do you know you are going to get what you want and that it's unique?

 First you must learn a few key term.

1- cover designer

A designer is typically trained in typesetting and photo-manipulation. Rarely are they traditional artists. Technically, it is an accepted concept, that once an image is altered, it is a new work, and by law, that is true. All it takes are three distinct changes to make it a new work. If you are looking for something more original than manipulated parts of stock photos that could potentially be used on another book cover, be sure to tell the cover designer you are not interested in using stock imagery. A cover designer may or may not be trained for what you are looking for.

2- cover artist

In years past, publishers hired a cover artist to do the visual art work and a cover designer to do the typesetting and layout. In today's tough job market, more and more designers are doing both the cover art (again, most likely photo-manipulation) and the design under one job. On that same note, more and more illustrators or cover artists are tackling the job of design as well. It is prudent to verify, before trusting you book to anyone, that the people putting your book together are trained and skilled to do what needs done to give you a quality cover. After all, your cover is the first impression.

3- custom vs original

Many designers and websites that boast cheap 'custom' cover designs or art can really be misleading. Again, let's look at the laws regarding art. By law, if an image, including a design, is altered in three ways, it is a new work. If an artists manipulates just two images by combining a figure from one and changing the color of something from another, then all you have to do is ad text, then by law, that is a custom cover. If that is acceptable to you, by all means save money and use a cover like this. However, some authors want a more detailed, more story-relevant cover, that does not include mixing existing stock imagery. If you are in that group, be sure to hire someone who insures the art is original, not simply custom. You'll pay a lot more, but like the old saying goes, you get what you pay for.

If anybody has questions as to what is considered original vs custom, or the difference between cover design & cover art, please leave comment or contact me at my signature links.









Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven
http://WillowRaven.weebly.com





Friday, December 7, 2012

Book Cover~Tear Stained Beaches


This latest cover was such a challenge ... lol. As a result, I am very proud of it. :D

The casting of the shadows and the breeze blowing of the lace dress was much harder than I initially anticipated. I also had to imply a certain mood regardless of not being able to see the character's face or even the full gesture of the figure. Not as easy as one would think ... lol.

I don't have a blurb, as of yet, but as soon as I do, I'll edit this post for everybody. :D





Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven
http://WillowRaven.weebly.com





Monday, December 3, 2012


When I first shared these covers, book one, Kainan, was the only one available, and it was only available for Kindle. Now, the first two books are available in print for those who prefer paper to code. :D

I am currently working on the cover for book three, so more is definitely to come, and it's the sexiest composition, yet ... lol.

I have placed widgets and blurbs on my website for those who wish to find out more:

Kainan
Meladrom





Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven
http://WillowRaven.weebly.com




Monday, October 15, 2012

Walking Through Walls takes the Silver!

Remember back in March when I announced 'Walking Through Walls' had earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval?

I just found out this morning that it took the Silver Award in the Preteen Fiction for 2012.

I'm just ecstatic how many of the books I've worked on are earning awards this year :D








Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven
http://WillowRaven.weebly.com



Sunday, October 14, 2012

WillowRaven's Comprehensive Portfolio ~ Fall 2012

I try to keep my VidFolios updated with my newer or more popular works. Sometimes my VidFolios are genre specific, or type specific, like just cover creations, or children's illustrations, or line art. This time, I wanted an over-all view of my work as it is right now, more digital, even though my website and portfolio also holds traditional medium, and I still do work by hand when preferred.

Let me know what you think of my Fall 2012 Comprehensive VidFolio:









Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven
http://WillowRaven.weebly.com





Tuesday, October 2, 2012

MWSA Award for 'Aldric & Anneliese'

Wow ... Has it really been August since my last post? I really need to remedy that. Between illness, computer issues, and work, I really have not had time to update my blog.

Well, today I have some great news: One of the books I helped bring into the world last year has been recognized by the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) 2012 at last week's (27 -29 September) book awards.

Aldric & Anneliese, an action-adventure novel published by 4RV Publishing in 2011, won the First Runner Up Award in the Historical Fiction category for 2012.

I know Harry is tickled as punch, and so am I. :D 

Not only did I create the book cover for Aldric & Anneliese, I also created three visuals inspired by scenes from the book and put together a book trailer. Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlpzZKtsv9s&feature=share&list=UUhNMufXN-hTsopUhnCR5DNg  

Fitting that I get this news just a week after Harry commissions me to create six custom art works for the trailer for his upcoming book, A Wandering Warrior



Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven
http://WillowRaven.weebly.com




Friday, August 3, 2012

Sequel to Kainan, Meladrom, Is Ready for Show:


The second book in the Deragan Sword Prophecy, Meladrom, is heading for the printers. I am really pleased with the art for this series. I've really gotten attached to these characters and this world.


Blurb for Meladrom:

After making an amazing discovery within the castle of Malgar, Kainan and Arweyn dare to go beyond the boundary to seek out the truth.

With the help of the dragons they re-discover their past lives, and the hidden Groundling Empire.

To their horror they also find their arch enemy, the evil dark Lord Gemini, destroyer of the old world, is still alive and ruling their lands.

Once again the fate of Malgar is in their hands.

I'll announce when/where book two can be purchased, but first, pick up a copy of book one, Kainan:







Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven
http://WillowRaven.weebly.com



Sunday, June 24, 2012

Kainan has a new cover!


The cover art & design for Kainan is a re-vamp of the original cover for the first book in the epic fantasy series, Deragan Sword Prophecy, by Rosemary Lynch.

In one night Kainan's life is destroyed; everyone and everything he has ever known gone. Tricked into stealing the magical Ardor Crystal, the life force of the world of Malgar he is then left to die by the evil Gorzars.  Rescued by a young groundling female Kainan must now seek out the truth about his heritage and who he really is.

Embarking on an epic journey they find themselves torn apart by murder, lies and treachery as they battle against mythical creatures that they never knew even existed whilst discovering magic, power, friendship and love in their epic quest to return the Ardor Crystal to the world of Malgar, and stop the return of the Gorzar Empire.

Time is running out…..

 Look like a book you've gotta read? Here's my Amazon widget:




More purchase links can be found on my website, here.






Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven
http://WillowRaven.weebly.com




Saturday, June 23, 2012

Introducing 'Strawberries & Sweetgrass'


The cover art & design for Strawberries & Sweetgrass, a First Nations middle grade novel by Nadine Labelle, is ready for show. 

This cover challenged my abilities with this medium in so many ways. Lighting, hair, wind, reflections, gesture, you name it. I learned so much!



Nine-year-old Bayley D’Amour couldn’t think of anyone she’d rather spend more time with than her grandmother. Gokomis with her twinkling eyes and long white hair was her best friend. The only other friends she had were Gokomis’ two horses, Aankwat and Odeh.

When school started, everything changed and Bayley was left without her best friend, with two missing horses, and decisions to make as she stood under a spirit tree. Where did the horses go? How could she bring them home? Who could help her? What would she wish for if she could choose to be almost anything?




Nadine Labelle lives in Massey, Ontario and is an Ojibwe, mother of two from Serpent River First Nation.

I'll be maintaining a page on my website with info on this book. When it's ready for orders, I'll  let ya'll know. :D

^ UPDATE:

Buy Strawberries and Sweetgrass on these online sites:
$12.00 USD + shipping and handling
Where to find Nadine …
Twitter: @TweetMeNadine





Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven
http://WillowRaven.weebly.com





Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Oubliette


With several graduation ceremonies out of the way, it's time to get back to work. ;D

Oubliette - (n) French for "a place of forgetting."

Ever since I watched the movie First Knight, years ago, the romantic horror of an oubliette stayed with me.

The idea of there really being a place where people were put, not to be tortured, but simply left, to be forgotten, with no hope of escape was beyond my comprehension.

Imagine, no light but what enters from above, if that, a place you can never visit again.

The smell of death and remains of others who were condemned to starve in not only their own waste, but that of the previous residents as well.

Not even screams of other prisoners being heard.

Nothingness.

Forgotten as if to be erased. No burial. No acknowledgement that you ever existed.

Don't ask what I was saying, here. I couldn't tell you. I do know I did not want to show despair. I wanted a quiet strength. An awareness and acknowledgement that only comes from a place of inner resilience and peace.

Something tells me she's not afraid.

Something tells me her captors are.






Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven
http://WillowRaven.weebly.com





Thursday, May 10, 2012

Nemesis cover is ready for publication.


The design is finally finished for the novel Nemesis, by Kaamil Garyson, and ready for publication. The website is still in the works, but I do have some cool links to share.

    Twitter - bit.ly/KaamilOnTwitter
    YouTube - bit.ly/KaamilOnYouTube
    Blog - http://sinistreproseonline.biz
    Radio - bit.ly/KaamilOnAFW

Check out the description I pulled from the synop: 

During sleep, a young soldier struggles with a haunting demoness, who eventually drags him into damnation. The US Army is calling it PTSD; Private Bishop knows it is something far more sinister.

Passionate about his job and equally aroused by the opposite sex, Private Kyle Bishop has been tormented by Lilith—the female demon associated with sex and death during sleep—leading Bishop to attempt suicide to avoid this harlot. After recovery in the mental ward of the post hospital, Kyle’s problems are compounded as a result of his self-medication.

After his near-death experience, Private Bishop’s drinking binge and pill-popping habit catches up to him as he passes out on his bed and is again tormented by Lilith. Once Bishop learns of the demon’s motives, both he and his buddies will be forever changed.
  
I hope to have signed prints available through my ImageKind gallery, as well as cool products that feature the work in my Zazzle shoppe soon. I'll give ya'll a head's up when they are ready for sale. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven
http://WillowRaven.weebly.com
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Where to get a copy of 'Spacecarrier' by Veradance


I promised to share more info about Spacecarrier once I had it, and here it is.

Short description

 
 
 
She had to steal a prototype from the most feared division on the spacecarrier, avoid being assassinated by her commanding officer and hope her new found love did not have her executed. 
 
That was only the beginning.





 

Extended description

The universe was at war.
 
The spacecarrier was the size of a moon with more sentient beings than the colonies it was sent to protect.

On the spacecarrier First Lt Starfield was fighting her own battles.

She had to steal a prototype from the most feared division on the spacecarrier, avoid being assassinated by her commanding officer and hope her new found love did not have her executed. 

That was only the beginning. 


So far, Spacecarrier is available in eBook at Smashwords for $2.99. Print copies should be available soon. Once they are, I'll let ya'll know.

Also follow Veradance on Twitter, like the profile on Facebook, and subscribe to/follow Veradance's blog on WordPress :D





Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven
http://WillowRaven.weebly.com





Saturday, May 5, 2012

Meet Lilith ... again ... cover art for 'Nemesis'


Another one of those images that I thought was done when the author goes: "You know, I think if we add ..."

So, here is Lilith, again, the protagonist for the novel Nemesis, by Kaamil Garyson. The website is still in the works, but will likely go live by the time I finish the design that goes with this work. Check out the description I pulled from the synop: 

During sleep, a young soldier struggles with a haunting demoness, who eventually drags him into damnation. The US Army is calling it PTSD; Private Bishop knows it is something far more sinister.

Passionate about his job and equally aroused by the opposite sex, Private Kyle Bishop has been tormented by Lilith—the female demon associated with sex and death during sleep—leading Bishop to attempt suicide to avoid this harlot. After recovery in the mental ward of the post hospital, Kyle’s problems are compounded as a result of his self-medication.

After his near-death experience, Private Bishop’s drinking binge and pill-popping habit catches up to him as he passes out on his bed and is again tormented by Lilith. Once Bishop learns of the demon’s motives, both he and his buddies will be forever changed.

So ... what do ya'll think? I will have signed prints available through my ImageKind gallery, as well as cool products that feature the work in my Zazzle shoppe soon. I'll give ya'll a head's up when they are ready for sale.


Until next time... Aidana WillowRaven
http://WillowRaven.weebly.com