Book Cover Art Chapter 6: UNMOVING tutorial continued

Posted by on Oct 30, 2013 in Design Advice, Series | No Comments

If you’re just now joining us on this cover designing adventure, I’d suggest picking up from Chapter 5, where we begin the tutorial, or Chapter 1, to see how far we’ve come. Last week we ended off with a good starting base of a color-adjusted and textured bench: And again, the basic design elements The […]

Marketing Monday: What’s in a Name?

If you agree with Juliet Capulet, that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet (or define a rose just as well), consider the following: Fake client #1: An author named Chester McGrubber writes an erotica novel called HORNY. He wants to market his book to women ages 35-50, because he feels that […]


Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 in Project REUTSway, REUTS | 6 Comments

Welcome to the Most Fabulous Writing Competition of the Season REUTS is participating in NaNoWriMo 2013 – but in typical REUTS “fashion”, we’re going to turn this writing trend around, and make it a collaborative process. Which means, WE WANT YOU, and your fabulous talents! Our goal for this year’s NaNoWriMo is to go above […]

Book Cover Art Chapter 5: Cover Reveal & Tutorial

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in Design Advice, Series | 3 Comments

The time has come. The cover reveal for REUTS Senior Editor, Kisa Whipkey’s WIP, Unmoving. If you’ve followed along from Chapter 1, it has been a long five weeks as we figure out a starting point, mock and then mock-up some more, to the point where we’re finally able to debut the final cover 😀 . […]

Marketing Monday: Self-Marketing in the Time of Twitter

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Social Media | 2 Comments

For methodical individuals with a deep-seated respect for classic methods of communication (i.e. most writers), joining Twitter for the first time can feel like walking into a Gatsby party in full swing. You might find yourself faced with a daunting cacophony of racy avatars and conflicting subject matter, desperately wondering… Where is the helpful—yet obnoxiously […]

Book Cover Art Chapter 4: More Mocking

Posted by on Oct 16, 2013 in Design Advice, Series | 8 Comments

This week’s post in the Book Cover Art series is exciting for me as a designer, because I’m able to show you in a side-by-side view how we use feedback to incorporate and transform the design. As promised, I’m going to recap Kisa’s thoughts on the original cover mock-ups from Chapter 3, and then give […]

Book Cover Art Chapter 3: Mocking up the Mock-Ups

Posted by on Oct 9, 2013 in Authors, Books, Design Advice, Series | 10 Comments

I’m going to preface this week’s blog post in the Book Cover Art Series by saying the inspiration fairy is an interesting critter who sometimes decides to hide away at the most inopportune times. In the case of this week’s post, I honestly didn’t think I’d be able to get it done in time. With […]

Why Rejection Sucks, From Both Sides

Posted by on Oct 5, 2013 in REUTS | 3 Comments
Why Rejection Sucks, From Both Sides

It may seem silly for a member of a publishing company to gripe about how much rejecting manuscripts sucks. Having been on both sides of the email, I feel I have a new perspective that needs to be shared. One I wish I didn’t have to be a part of in either situation, but unfortunately that’s the […]

Book Cover Art Chapter 2: Info Dump to Brainstroming

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in Books, Design Advice, REUTS, Series | One Comment

And we’re back, for another installment of the REUTS Book Cover Art Series. Following Chapter 1: Groundwork‘s success, we’re moving into more of the meat of Book Cover Art design– and by meat we’re referring to charcuterie board type appetizer, because this definitely isn’t the main course! If you’re following the steps I denoted in Chapter […]