I’m pleased to reveal the cover of the sequel to Luminous entitled Prism, available as a Kindle ebook on Saturday, June 28, 2014. My graphic designer, Joanna Bishop, worked her magic on this book cover and I’m thrilled with how it looks. Featuring the character, Adante, she brings drama and intrigue to Prism. I’m a total font junkie and I love the customized font used for the title, Prism. Self-published authors and publishing houses alike agonize over their book covers knowing that they are the visual representation of the story inside. Book covers are one of the first and best marketing tools an author has to reach their audience initially, despite the adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. It’s hard not to do, especially since human beings are largely visual. For a self-published author like me, I feel like jumping for joy every time I see the cover of Luminous and this newest one of Prism because they are my dreams come to life, so to speak. Seeing my name attached to an actual book cover is one of the singular joys of my life. For all you aspiring authors, that’s what you get to look forward to and all those published authors, you know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s surreal. So over the next week, I’ll explore this topic of book covers in depth and share my own experiences with you as I get ready to release Prism.
This post continues the spotlight on the Artists of Luminous and today I’m introducing you to the ever-talented, amazingly-creative Joanna Bishop. The story of how I met Joanna starts where the post on Abigail Sloan left off. Abigail and Joanna had become friends years earlier and had bonded over their many shared interests including their love of creating art. Joanna holds a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Brigham Young University-Idaho and has worked in graphic design for a number of years. When I began the search for a graphic designer to create the cover of Luminous, I was at a loss. I knew I needed someone who shared my love of fantasy and who could inject the right amount of magic into the project. When I asked Abigail if she knew of anyone who fit my criteria, she immediately recommended Joanna. After my first meeting with her, I knew Joanna was the perfect choice to give my Psyne novel a proper home. Her professionalism and expertise was, and is, unparalleled. Collaborating with her was such a phenomenal experience and the cover she produced was light years ahead of my wildest dreams. She took the image of my Ilauria painting and created the kind of book cover that will rival any best-selling cover out there! One of my all-time favorite elements is the ethereal font she custom created and it is true to its name—absolutely luminous. She also designed an incredible website which I’m hoping will go ‘live’ later this year as well as promotional materials for Luminous. I can’t say enough about how pleased I am and I’m super excited to begin working with her on the cover of the sequel, Prism, in the very near future. Her vision is truly magical! Not only do I have a simply stunning book cover to enchant readers with but I’ve gained a cherished friend as well. Check out this fantastic artist and designer at her websites:
This week I’m spotlighting the Artists of Luminous! Tonight I’m going to introduce you to Abigail Sloan and tell you how the art featured on the cover of Luminous came about. It was five and a half years ago that a dear friend and I decided to take a beginning belly dance class together. The class was made up of maybe ten or twelve women and was taught by Fvorboda of Desert Journey School of Dance who is completely phenomenal and changed my whole perception of belly dancing and is a topic for a magical blog post at a later date. Abigail was a sophomore in high school at the time and the youngest in the class. I took several of Fvorboda’s classes that year including a few intermediate classes as well as a veil class which I loved and Abigail was also present in them. We were friendly with each other in class but didn’t really get to know each other until two years later when Abigail, then a high school senior, asked me to attend a Regional Art Competition she had entered. I went to support a budding young artist and was absolutely blown away by how amazing her watercolor painting was. This was no budding artist, she was a rare talent and I commissioned her to do a portrait of Ilauria from my Psyne Series that spring. She agreed to work with me and within the hour, she won not only first place in her category but first place overall! Over the months that she worked on the Ilauria painting, we became fast friends and she did no less than pluck the image of Ilauria from my head and bring her to life in ‘living color’. The portrait meant so much to me and fueled me to continue writing the Psyne Series. Every time I’d look at the painting, Ilauria was telling me to keep writing her story, to keep persevering and to never give up. I wouldn’t have had that motivation staring me in the face if it hadn’t been for Abigail Sloan’s immense talent. She is a truly fantastic artist and a treasured friend. Looking back on it, I can only shake my head because during all those months of shimmying in the same dance class with Abigail, I had no idea she was this phenomenally talented artist. It just goes to show, you never really know what kind of extraordinary people are in your midst until you get to know them. I’m excited to report that she and I have begun collaboration on the artwork for the cover of the sequel, Prism, due out next summer. At present, Abigail is an art student at the University of Utah and you can follow her on Facebook at:
We’ve all heard the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”, but it’s human nature to choose the most visually appealing book with the most interesting cover. With that in mind, I knew I wanted the cover of Luminous to be true to its name and to forecast to the reader that they were in for a narrative treat filled with enchantment, intrigue and mesmerizing characters. Abigail Sloan is the amazingly talented artist behind the incredible artwork on the cover. Years prior to the publishing of Luminous, I commissioned her to do a watercolor painting of one of my Psyne characters, Ilauria (pronounced “Ill-lore-ree-uh). The end result speaks for itself! Joanna Bishop is responsible for the absolutely stunning cover design and she took the rich watercolor of Ilauria and transformed her into a bonafide fantasy book cover. I couldn’t be happier with the end product. I’ll be blogging more this week on both of these extraordinary artists and what a privilege it is to be able to collaborate with them on the Psyne Series projects.