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Writers' Cafe / Re: Image tweaking services?
« on: April 04, 2017, 02:31:52 PM »
You can email me if you like.

plumstonebookcovers AT

Just send me what you have and what you're trying to match and I'll let you know if it's doable. =)

Edit: Just a heads up that I will be away from my computer for a few hours, but I'll try and get back to you tonight.

Couple of new premades:

These and more The Book Cover Designer. Sale still going until April 15th!

If you have questions or want to check my availability, you can email me at

Thanks for looking!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Help for fantasy blurb
« on: April 02, 2017, 11:49:36 AM »
I laughed in a good way. That blurb makes me want to read the first page to see if the fun tone carries through the story. I'd suggest "... reduce HER people..." to make it a bit more personal.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Blurb Help for Urban Fantasy Romance
« on: March 31, 2017, 05:53:12 AM »
I prefer the second blurb, too. I did get tripped up on the dark prince. On my initial skim, I read that as a reference to Luc. Can you introduce the dark prince when you mention the Netherworld? "....Where elemental guardians are the only thing preventing domination by the dark prince of the Nether world."

Writers' Cafe / Re: Photoshop experts - help!
« on: March 28, 2017, 02:12:54 PM »
Mark F -- The screengrabs help a lot. Thank you!

Doglover -- In the third screenshot above, the Mode option for your gradient is what I'm talking about. If you've got it set to anything other than Normal, you might have issues getting the gradient to show up on an already solid white/solid black layer mask. The gradient will draw, but the Mode will tell it to interact with the pixels beneath, and will affect its appearance. It's also a really easy setting to fidget with when you're first learning how to use Photoshop because most tutorials tell you to try out each Mode to see what it does. =)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Photoshop experts - help!
« on: March 28, 2017, 11:13:50 AM »
Is your Blending Mode for the gradient tool set to Normal? This will be in your tool settings up at the top underneath the Menu Options, if you have the gradient tool selected.

Your "how its done" posts are really neat. Thanks for sharing!

I'm glad people are enjoying them. =) Thank you!

You have great covers here! I really like the hooded figure and the castle. You really have a great understanding of lighting, congrats!

Thank you so much! That means a lot to me. =)

Starting this update with a few commissions for my portfolio:

COMMISSIONS ARE CURRENTLY OPEN! If you have a tight budget, tell me what you can afford, and I'll tell you what I can offer. =)


My older covers are on sale from today until April 15th, 2017. I'll also have these premade covers available soon:

My premades are available here:

Or you can email me at:

Thanks for looking!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Editing 'Smart Object' layers in PS CS6
« on: March 23, 2017, 11:12:56 AM »

Thanks so very much! That worked perfectly!

And thanks to everyone for chiming in! :)

Glad to help. =)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Editing 'Smart Object' layers in PS CS6
« on: March 23, 2017, 08:14:43 AM »
Think of your Smart Object as a container that protects the contents you place within. You put your cover image in the container and then pull the container into the mockup file. You can move the container around and distort it to fit the 3D mockup, without destroying your original cover image safely tucked inside.

So, when you open a Covervault file, you'll see a layer in the layers window that has a little grey square in the corner of the icon. That tells you it's a Smart Object container. Double click on the small grey square and your Smart Object "container" will open up. You might get a pop-up window. Just click Okay. Now, you'll have a second Photoshop file open. Put your cover into this file, and hit save. Close the file. Go to your 3D mockup file and your cover should be positioned correctly.

I hope that's understandable. If it's not, let me know.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Beta Reader
« on: March 19, 2017, 04:48:31 PM »
Sent you a message =)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Help me Brainstorm a Cover CONCEPT
« on: March 15, 2017, 10:53:19 AM »
Is this part of the same series as the two in your signature? If so, Amanda's suggestion (which I believe is not a final cover, but I might be mistaken =P) would be adaptable to match those. I'd suggest a silhouette with gesturing hands, though.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Camp NanoWriMo April 2017 - Join my cabin
« on: March 14, 2017, 07:33:32 AM »
Me, please! My username is GoldenSongbird, and my goal is a paltry and pitiful 25K... But if I reach it, it's 25K I didn't have at the start of the month!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Cover and Blurb Help, Please?
« on: March 14, 2017, 06:03:50 AM »
Is this a menage novel? Otherwise, I'd change the paragraph about Prince William. Keep the focus on the main couple. "When a rival prince sets in motion a diabolical plan and sets himself up as Vincent's betrothed, Alex must blah blah blah." Good luck!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Blurb feedback, please? New UF series
« on: March 13, 2017, 03:01:31 PM »
I'd want to read that! Should it be "And if only Arthur's current host WASN'T so cocky yet distractingly good-looking"? I'm not sure. My grammar is awful, but something about that line is throwing me.

Thank you, Shawna Canon, Patrick Urban and brkingsolver! If it was within my means, I'd send you each an Edible Arrangement.

New version of the blurb in the original post! Thank you all for your help.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Blurb Help...Would love your thoughts!
« on: March 12, 2017, 10:35:50 AM »
From the way the second paragraph opens, I expected it to focus on Avey and her story. Yet it seems that the entire blurb is about Dot ("... a woman who refuses to give up hope...") Maybe rewrite that paragraph to keep the focus on Dot?

It's got a nice strong fantasy feel, plus it has branding potential. You could do a profile with ice powers for the first one. I think the font could be a little clearer and larger. Possibly lighter, too. Others have mentioned the typo.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Help a Newbie Blurb Like a Pro? (urban fantasy)
« on: March 10, 2017, 06:13:22 AM »
Alex Owens - Thank you! I'm going to see if I can inject more personality (and some intrigue) into the 3rd person blurb. =)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Help a Newbie Blurb Like a Pro? (urban fantasy)
« on: March 09, 2017, 06:02:37 PM »
N. D. Iverson - Thank you!

Felicia Beasley - The secret is shown by chapter three or so, though the Why and How are only revealed at the midpoint.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Help a Newbie Blurb Like a Pro? (urban fantasy)
« on: March 09, 2017, 01:54:00 PM »
Thank you, JaclynDolamore, brkingsolver, TromboneAl and Shawna Canon! I am grateful for your advice and appreciate the critique. =)

EDIT: New version of the blurb! I hope this one has more intrigue in the second paragraph. Thanks again for your input!


Disgraced werewolf princess Poppy Stavros can't catch a break. Years ago, she abandoned her small-town pack for the big city. There, she embraces partying and pretending to be human, until life kicks her in the tail. An unknown enemy starts leaving gory parcels of internal organs on her welcome mat. Worse yet, her ex-boyfriend shows up bearing devastating news: Poppy's mom has been murdered, making Poppy the new Pack Alpha.

Knowing she’s the next target, Poppy turns to the werewolf community she rejected. Yet home isn’t how she remembers. With outsider werewolves vying for her mother’s crown, the pack is paranoid and uncertain. Not everyone is happy to see Poppy return. Not everyone wants her to rule. Poppy’s only ally might be the one werewolf she should never, ever trust. 

With the full moon fast approaching, Poppy has to sort her friends from her enemies if she wants to live to see the dawn.


Here's the cover for reference:

Thank you for your help!

Writers' Cafe / Re: The Canadian Authors Support Thread
« on: March 09, 2017, 06:25:04 AM »
Can anyone recommend a Canadian PO Box rental that complies with CAN-SPAM? Perhaps a virtual PO Box? Canada Post and the UPS store are a little out of my budget right now. Thanks!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Plumstone Book Covers -- Offering Premades, Commissions
« on: February 26, 2017, 10:27:02 AM »
Latest premade:

You can find these, and more at:

If you have questions, you can message me here, or email me at


Writers' Cafe / Re: Help with covers!
« on: February 25, 2017, 02:31:31 PM »
I made them smaller so they're easier to see. Just message me if you want me to delete them. =)

I also vote for the originals. I like the typography on these, but the originals have more personality.

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