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Writers' Cafe / Re: The get-it-right-this-time new series launch
« on: September 14, 2017, 12:01:02 PM »
Go go go!!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How much do you pay for book covers?
« on: September 09, 2017, 06:12:48 PM »
$350 - $1k. Lower end was the best result.

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The new release period for ebooks only counts when you publish the ebook :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: I'm a Published Author - Thank You!
« on: September 02, 2017, 01:13:13 PM »
CONGRATS TO YOU!! It was a pleasure helping you get your book out, Paul, even if there was a 'work tail' haha :D

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Cover Reveal + Big shout out to our amazing illustrator!
« on: September 02, 2017, 12:03:48 PM »
Wow. That looks cool! I love the map. The artist did a great job!

That's some fantastic work. Each piece is great. I concur that Alberto is not only talented, but great to work with.

Thanks, both of you! Yes, we enjoy working with Alberto so much we made sure to schedule more work with him before I posted here.  ;D

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Writers' Cafe / Cover Reveal + Big shout out to our amazing illustrator!
« on: September 01, 2017, 04:27:28 PM »
Hey folks! I just wanted to take this moment to give my partner's illustrator, Alberto Besi, a HUGE shout out for doing an amazing job on a whole host of art for her new trilogy.

As my partner, T.A. Miles says, "It has been a joy to work with an artist of such capability and vision." He's done a fabulous job, so please...

BEHOLD UNTO YOURSELVES....

-A town map!
-Book 1's cover on the left, and the prequel cover in the ereader
-The world's logo!
-A country map developed off of our previously drawn map. Note the lovely corner ornaments!



Not only is Alberto a pleasure to work with, responsive, polite, and open to suggestion, he was incredibly intuitive to what we wanted. Results not typical, but he got so many details RIGHT on these covers without us having to ask for any of it. How does the man perceive elements in the story that we didn't ask for? I have NO idea. But he did it! And he did it wonderfully!

There are three more covers but I can't reveal them yet. Which pains me! Argh!! Oh well, I'll show them later :)

What I do love about these covers is that they're getting polarized reactions. That probably doesn't make sense but these books are horror, dark fantasy, and that's EXACTLY what they say. Diablo fans? Castlevania fans? Ravenloft fans? Vampire Hunter D fans? Dammit, this book's for you. Don't like that stuff? Then GREAT, don't worry about it. I really appreciate that, and I think they're kick-ass.

SO! BIG THANK YOU TO ALBERTO! You did a great job, good sir, and we're glad we've reserved more time in your calendar for the next trilogy!

Hey, he also has a kboards post already. Awsomes! http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,250549.0.html

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Which typography do you like best?
« on: August 31, 2017, 08:08:38 PM »
This one is the only one where I can read any of the text in thumbnail size.

Love the artwork. The aspect ratio seems a wee bit squat, though. It's not off by much, but it's noticeable.

I suspect that's because the illustrator did it in an 8x11 size, which is pretty typical. Should be easily mended by cropping some of the sides out :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Which typography do you like best?
« on: August 31, 2017, 07:15:53 PM »
None of them honestly. I know that sounds harsh, but have they considered moving the title to the lower part of that thing below the four figures? The base of it? There's tons of text room there.

ETA: More like this, maybe?


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Magelight Press Formatting Services
« on: August 21, 2017, 04:56:54 PM »
Maybe the deposit was to buy Vellum, and the two weeks was to learn how to use it.



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Writers' Cafe / Re: Magelight Press Formatting Services
« on: August 21, 2017, 04:49:49 PM »
The turnaround time also shrunk from 2 weeks to 72 hours. How are they making up 11 days of effort with their new prices? Or are they now planning on depending on Vellum?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Magelight Press Formatting Services
« on: August 21, 2017, 11:08:59 AM »
We go into as much detail as you need/want including:
  • Custom embedded fonts for headings, subheadings, quotes/verses, and body fonts
  • Image placement for chapter heading decoration, and throughout the manuscript as needed
  • Large font for print books if necessary
  • Spacing control
And more.

Very cool. What software are you working with? :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Magelight Press Formatting Services
« on: August 21, 2017, 10:58:00 AM »
Hey there! How much detail do you do in your typesetting? :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: If you had to do it all over again...
« on: August 19, 2017, 05:58:42 PM »
MUCH cheaper.
MUCH better customer service.

The first is an indisputable fact.
The second is the only experience I've ever had.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: If you had to do it all over again...
« on: August 19, 2017, 05:08:44 PM »
Not much. I only learn from my own mistakes and have a hard time learning from other's. I mean. I try. But really, that sense of devastating failure drives it home better than anything else.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: My Career's About to Go Down the Toilet
« on: August 19, 2017, 03:32:06 PM »
I think we should let the OP alone, they've had a hard time recently and this was a straw and camel's back kind of thing.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Cover ....
« on: August 16, 2017, 08:30:05 AM »
THis makes my historical fiction brain so happy it's ridiculous. Ridiculous!

For the heraldry symbols, could you pick out the three most accurate (if there are any), or the three most constrast-y from each other (like the blue/yellow, red/green, and one of the others), and focus on them, enlarged and in the center?

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WoW!!!  :D
I've just read some of the fantasy categories from the link you sent, Write. Dream. Repeat.  I never knew there were so many. It's fascinating and so useful.
Thank you ever so much. I always assumed  my books were plain Historical Fantasy, I know better now.
 There are so many  wonderful sub genres it'll be fun matching each series to a different sub genre.
Thank you

You're very welcome. I'm glad it was helpful!

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Likewise. I write UF but I'm not a big fan of vampires and werewolves, and at the moment this seems to be the extent of what UF readers want. And I can't see why anyone above the age of 12 would even buy into the concept of "magic" :)

This is kind of hard for me to understand. Are you saying you're writing in a genre you find absurd? Or were you just kidding?

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You're welcome! I needed a guide myself around this time last year when I realized that there was more than just, you know, books with magic that must mean fantasy :p

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On a similar note, can anyone suggest some reading on the subject of fantasy subgenres? Apart from the TV Tropes site (which can be very rambling and confusing), I don't seem to be able to locate anything. There doesn't seem to be a single book about subgenres, categories, their respective tropes, etc etc. Blog posts, maybe? Something?




http://bestfantasybooks.com/fantasy-genre.php There you go :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Relaunch a la Chris Fox - covers
« on: August 08, 2017, 08:49:54 PM »
Typography. :)

But typology makes it sound like a SERIOUS specialty :D

Hello, I'm a...typologist.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Relaunch a la Chris Fox - covers
« on: August 08, 2017, 02:38:03 PM »
IDK how you feel about hiring someone very affordable, but Shayne Rutherford at http://www.wickedgoodbookcovers.com excels at this genre and may be able to work with you on something affordable. She covers Dawn Lee McKenna and Wayne Stinnett, and well, just go look at their ranks :p

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Format for maps
« on: August 07, 2017, 04:30:55 PM »
You won't be able to swing the transparency in the ebook, so I'd just use what I'd guess is a jpg. You can use the one with transparency in your print, though, without issue. :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Slapped in the face by a homophobic phrase
« on: August 06, 2017, 07:38:52 PM »
The problem is that when you tell people they are not worth respecting, they ARE going to take it personally.



That, and I've never heard anyone say that bald people are barely people or naturally emotionally or psychologically dysfunctional.

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