03 May 2015

Why Are Independent Authors Using Stolen Art?

I’m fairly new to the world of self-publishing, and one of the first things I noticed was the startling amount of stolen art that is occurring without our writing community. Now, I’m not talking about copying story ideas or plagiarizing, but something much more insidious and damaging. This type of theft can be so blatant at times that it risks substantial harm to the thieves themselves. Case-in-point:   The above is promotional material presumably for a romance novel. Here is where the author snagged it: Did the author know this is copyrighted material? Was the hired artist a professional? Had they Read More

20 Apr 2015

Man Reading Romance, Vol. I

When I heard my publicist had published a contemporary romance novel, Inside the Lines, I had a multitude of reasons to read it. First off, she’s been revising and refining so many other people’s work, I wanted to see what she herself produced. Secondly, she writes in a genre I am largely unfamiliar with, so I saw it as a chance to grow outside of my comfort zone. Last but not least, Ally suffers reading my shit, so turnabout is fair play. So, here goes… WILLIAM GALAINI READS ROMANCE! I hope the huge, echoey voice wasn’t overkill. Anyhow, my closest foray into romance would Read More

22 Mar 2015

Judge a Book by Its Cover: Part 3

As independent authors, we face the following challenges in regard to our covers: Shackled by budget Desperate for distinction Questionable art quality But some of us have managed to produce serviceable, if not excellent, book covers, despite those confines. We can still produce eye-catching book covers despite being “indie.” Here are some examples: 1.) Public domain photographs go a long way. All right, so the title font is low resolution, and the font selected for the author’s name needs to have an intervention with other, more sober fonts. You’re right on both those accounts. However, consider that the cover has an Read More

16 Mar 2015

Judge a Book by Its Cover: Part 2

Hello again! If you missed the first little bit of this segment, click here to gain a closer look. In short, we’re discussing what has worked and what has NOT worked in regards to the covers of independent novels. Today we have a guest! Amalie Jahn’s covers struck me the instant I saw them. She clearly knew what she was doing and was producing her covers on a budget without them looking cheap. Her cover art asked questions of me, and I was intrigued enough to find some answers. Her Clay Lion series is clear proof that you can make Read More

08 Mar 2015

Judge a Book by Its Cover: Part 1

I remember being told in kindergarten to “never judge a book by its cover.” I continued to believe this bold face lie for decades. Finally, after being turned down for coffee by the infinitieth girl, I decided that people do, in fact, judge us by our “covers.” Fine—I submitted to finally bathing and changing my clothes on occasion. If my kindergarten teacher wanted to be accurate with her wisdom, she would have said something like “never END your judgement of a book by its cover.” This is true, and I have found myself heartbroken over the self-harm independent publishers are doing Read More