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My Claw is Quick
by R. S. Pyne

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Kindle Edition published 2017-08-29
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A hard-boiled detective story with a difference - Grimalkin is not your usual PI. Four legs, whiskers and a tail, perfect night vision and a talent for breaking and entering .... and a track record of crazy dames trying to kill him. He is also the only cat in history with a clown phobia. The case takes an even weirder twist when it becomes clear that a power-crazed parrot is calling all the shots. Sam Spade never had to deal with hysterical gerbil witnesses, pirate assassins or death by custard.

At 10,250 words in length, this is the first in a series of short stories featuring a very unconventional Private Investigator....

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That is expensive but I can definitely see why!!

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Yeah, I wouldn't recommend going to those lengths for everyone.  It was just the only way I could get exactly what I wanted, but I'm pleased with the results and the response from my readers has been good so far.  That was the most important thing for me is to grab their attention since this will be the start of a new series.  I'm nervous about how well it will do, but I'm hoping if the cover grabs them they'll give the book a try when I release it.

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For those who want to see what Jeff's final artwork looks like I just posted my cover reveal yesterday.  He did the dragon and background.  I had a separate photo shoot done to get the model shot (we had her pose so it looked like she faced the dragon) and a different designer added her there in as well as handled the typography.  Love how it turned out!



Awesome work!
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Fantastic work and worth the price.


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Top notch artistry and craftsmanship.

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Re: $450 Professional Cover Artwork for Fantasy and Sci-Fi by Jeff Brown
« Reply #80 on: May 09, 2015, 08:30:29 PM »
Awesome work. Hope you snag a few customers! You definitely deserve it!

M. Stephen-your covers are awesome! Who does them??

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Love these illustrations! You're a wonderful artist. :)

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For those who want to see what Jeff's final artwork looks like I just posted my cover reveal yesterday.  He did the dragon and background.  I had a separate photo shoot done to get the model shot (we had her pose so it looked like she faced the dragon) and a different designer added her there in as well as handled the typography.  Love how it turned out!



Thanks for sharing it!
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Here's another new book cover!
« Last Edit: May 30, 2017, 11:01:22 AM by Betsy the Quilter »
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Great covers, but show of hands: Who sells enough to justify $450 for cover art?

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Great covers, but show of hands: Who sells enough to justify $450 for cover art?

A Good cover can have a serious positive effect on sales: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/30/book-cover-design-indies_n_3354504.html
Just like a good editor can help generate a good review and reader loyalty.

$450 is not really a lot of money for high quality illustration like this and probably barley puts the artist into minimum wage territory.

"According to Mark Coker, R.L. Mathewson, a romance writer, went from selling five or six copies a day of her novel, Playing for Keeps, to over 1,000 a day simply by updating her cover image." From the article.

I understand that for indies that level of investment can seem daunting but then so does the time a writer invests in the writing in the first place -in the end can you really afford not to have a good quality cover?
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I'd recommend that here, and on your web site, you have samples of covers with the text. The title and other text is an important part of any cover.

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Wow. You shot up to the top of my list for covers. Every one of these just feels epic
War and Peace with magic. A world where monsters rule the frontier and armies of line infantry and cannons settle squabbles in the civilized world. Heroic adventurers are pawns used by powerful nobles in their constant struggle for dominance.
The Sword that Forged a Man series.
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That is cool. I guess if its high-detail at that scale it will be high-quality when it is smaller.


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Great covers, but show of hands: Who sells enough to justify $450 for cover art?


Raising hand. Personally, I think cover art and editing are the two places authors should never skimp. Your cover is your first impression to readers.

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Some fantastic pieces there! Great work.

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I am trying to learn the basics of Blender 3d, enough to throw up a space background, put planet a skin on a sphere and add some sort of space vessel... At least I could make some kind of generic stuff. Maybe. or maybe not. It looks pretty complicated to tell the truth.

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I am trying to learn the basics of Blender 3d, enough to throw up a space background, put planet a skin on a sphere and add some sort of space vessel... At least I could make some kind of generic stuff. Maybe. or maybe not. It looks pretty complicated to tell the truth.
Check out Turbosquid, you can purchase models of  pretty much anything you'd ever need usually for very reasonable prices and even free sometimes. Then you just arrange, light and render them (sounds easy doesn't it, not so much really but there are a lot of good tutorials on line if you can spare the time).
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I am doing everything the way all the tutorials say and I can't even get the background to load. jeez

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Check out Turbosquid,

I'll give it a look

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"I am trying to learn the basics of Blender 3d, enough to throw up a space background, put planet a skin on a sphere and add some sort of space vessel... At least I could make some kind of generic stuff. Maybe. or maybe not. It looks pretty complicated to tell the truth."

Check out Daz Studio.  The program itself is free and models for basic things are affordable. 

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Maybe we should not have a discussion about how to make your own covers in the middle of a professional artist's thread? Maybe? :)

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Funny story that relates to a cover Jeff did. My tween-age boy wanted a particular book that Jeff has recently completed a cover for. I bought the print copy (Fantasy), a month ago. Haven't seen the book since.

Friday he comes home from school and pulls out a green plastic box and runs off... I asked what was in the box? It was the book. He didn't want to ruin the cover by putting it into his bookbag, but he wanted to share the book with all his friends in middle school. He'd cleaned out a pencil box, dumping the contents and wiping it down, before putting the treasured book inside.

He's 12. Never treated a book like this.

Can't buy this kind of advertising... Good job, Jeff!

Btw, he loves the story too. It's Conservation of Magic, by Indie Michael W. Layne. Good stuff, according to my tweenie.

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Maybe we should not have a discussion about how to make your own covers in the middle of a professional artist's thread? Maybe? :)

oooohhhh.... great point... That is a bit embarrassing now that you mention it.

We need a face palm emoticon

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