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Beginning a series of interviews with (mostly) indie and self published authors - our first is with WDG's own Richard Levesque.

We're calling the series "Twenty Questions."  When we set out to do this, I didn't want to just set up a bog-standard set of questions we'd send to every author -  I wanted at least half of the questions to be specific to the individual we were talking to, and to their work.  In Richard's case, it was easy, since I've already read most of his books.  With others, I've been reading as much as I can of their works to prep the questions.

Since we expect these interviews will be most interesting to other authors, I figured I'd pose the question here:  is it worth all that extra work, to drill down into the particulars of a writer's themes and subjects and whatnot?  Or would it be just as interesting to use a standard questionnaire, with your typical "How did you get started, are you a panster or planner," etc type questions?

http://corviddesign.com/20-questions-richard-levesque/
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The whole site is pitched to authors - indie and self published writers specifically.  Also, I tend to assume that other writers will be more interested in what an author has to say than the general public would - though perhaps that's a bad assumption - certainly writers do get interviewed in mainstream venues.
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My latest contribution to the Corvid Design blog:  surveying various approaches to creating a book cover, with a few observations about which approaches seem to be popular for particular genres.  Pretty basic stuff for anyone who's been in this game for a while, but newcomers may find it a helpful orientation.
My examples are mostly pulled from the big NY publishers - I tend to agree with +Nathan Lowell  who has several times opined here that self and indie published books need to be virtually indistinguishable from those of the big guys if they want to compete. That doesn't necessarily mean slavish imitation, but it does mean getting a professional looking result.

http://corviddesign.com/the-look-of-your-book/
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You make a valid point, I think. And the article is well-researched, thought-out and pretty comprehensive. I'm keeping it for future reference. Many thanks!
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And the winner of the Corvid Design Stellar Tails Contest is Errick Nunnally, author of "Blood for the Sun."  Congratulations, Errick!

http://corviddesign.com/stellar-tails-2/
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Congrats Errick!
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Contest Deadline Extended...

Okay, so maybe it wasn't the best idea to run a contest for writers in November, when so many folks are doing NaNoWriMo.   Since we got so few submissions, we're extending the contest deadline to midnight, November 15th.  To enter, all you have to do is write a short blurb for an imaginary book.  Winner gets 10% off a cover design from Corvid,  and their blurb and a link to their book or website featured on the Corvid website and all our social media.  Details here:

http://corviddesign.com/stellar-tails/
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So Corvid Design is having a contest for writers....  "Stellar Tails"

Most of us hate writing pitches, back cover copy, Amazon write-ups.  But we almost all find it easier to do for someone else than for ourselves. Corvid's Stellar Tails contest is your opportunity to get in some practice and show off what you can do without the pressure of promoting your own book.  Our premade book covers all have fictional titles (we got tired of using "Title Here" and "Author Name Here," so sue us). Write a blurb for one of those fictional titles and have it featured on the website.

http://corviddesign.com/stellar-tails/
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And, no, I didn't spell it wrong...  it's "Corvid Design," and the contest is named after the Stellar Jay, one of the of the corvidae, along with crows and ravens.
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Well, this is annoying.  It's happened to me before, and I've seen it happen to others:  link to a book on Amazon, and you can't get an image of the book's cover.  You can get any other damn image on the book's Amazon page, all those "People who bought this also bought..." pictures, but not the pic of the book that page is about - just a perpetual "Loading" spinner.  Google+, what the hell is up with that?
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So, just glancing through my feed, here's the first examples I saw: 
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+RickWayne/posts/AU8kLiPBHRi
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+NASA/posts/XCVds1rttu2

+Catya Belfer is right that it appears to be less common than it was a year ago. Perhaps Google's link handling has improved. Their photo display from links is definitely better. I suspect that the problem with Amazon links in particular is that Amazon tries to prevent people from linking directly to their cover photos, and is probably blocking access to the embedded photo in a google post. 
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In this week's Cover Stories blog, an interview with science fiction and fantasy author Richard Levesque:

http://corviddesign.com/20-questions-richard-levesque/
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My latest contribution to the Corvid Design blog:  a brief survey of types of approaches to designing book covers, and how I see them being used in various genres.

http://corviddesign.com/the-look-of-your-book/
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Great collection of quotes on writing. I particularly like No.6, from Jack London:
"You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club."

http://thoughtcatalog.com/cody-delistraty/2013/09/21-harsh-but-eye-opening-writing-tips-from-great-authors/
Never use jargon words like reconceptualize, demassification, attitudinally, judgmentally. They are hallmarks of a pretentious ass.
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I've been using Word all this time, but having reinstalled too many times, Micro$oft won't let me install it on my new laptop, so rather than buy a new copy, I'm considering Scrivener.  The program looks way too complicated to me, but then so did Word before I learned my way around it.  Any Scrivener users here?  Recommendations?  Warnings?  Suggestions about using it?  What's the biggest advantage? Or the biggest downside?
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Actually, I tried phoning Micro$oft, and explaining the situation.  They said the software had been installed too many times, and there was nothing I could do now except buy a new copy of Office, or pay them nearly the price of a new copy to issue a new license number.  Apparently I was supposed to have de-registered, or deactivated it, or whatever they call it, each time I migrated from one machine to another, but I never realized that (and suspect most people don't).
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Hope this is appropriate to re-post here...

Corvid Design is having a contest for writers....  "Stellar Tails"

Many of us hate writing pitches, back cover copy, Amazon write-ups.  But we almost all find it easier to do for someone else than for ourselves. Corvid's Stellar Tails contest is your opportunity to get in some practice and show off what you can do without the pressure of promoting a real book - your own, or anyone else's.  Our pre-made book covers all have fictional titles (we got tired of using "Title Here" and "Author Name Here," so sue us). Write a blurb for one of those fictional titles and have it featured on our website, with a link to your own website, blog, or author page.

http://corviddesign.com/stellar-tails/
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I always try to read the books I do covers for if I can, and Richard Levesque's "The Girl at the End of the World," which I covered last month, was one which I enjoyed thoroughly.  Right now Kindle version of  "The Girl at the End of the World," is only 99¢ for the next few days.

The title pretty much gives away the opening:  a plague wipes out most of the world's population, and California teenager Scarlett Fisher wonders if she's the only survivor.  Past that point, though, there are plenty of surprises in store.
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Thanks for the plug, +Duncan Eagleson. I think if you link to the Kindle edition, the cover will show up. The endless spinny loading thing seems to happen with links to paperbacks for some reason.
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Writer, painter, sculptor, and digital artist
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 I'm best known to print comics fans for work on Neil Gaiman's Sandman, and my graphic novel adaptation of Anne Rice's The Witching Hour.  My paintings and cover designs have appeared on science fiction and horror books by authors like Fred Saberhagen, Graham Masterton, Les Daniels, and Robert E. Howard.  I've illustrated magazines, book covers and movie posters like Nightmare on Elm Street & Blademaster, and theatrical billboards for the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Lamb's Theatre, and internationally reknowned magician Jeff McBride. The Who, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Def Leppard, and many other rock groups have used my designs on their tour T-Shirts.

I'm also a professional maskmaker - I create hand-sculpted leather masks, and have won a few awards with them.  Mask clients have included the aforementioned Jeff McBride (known for using masks in his magic performances), Wes Craven, the Smithsonian, The Big Apple Circus, and assorted small theater companies and independent films.
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These days, I'm focused on my writing. I've had one novel and a few short stories published, and have four novels making the rounds of publishers and agents, and others on the way. My novel "Darkwalker" got a glowing review from Charles de Lint (who was also kind enough to give me a cover quote), and Publisher's Weekly praised the "authentic voice" of one of my short stories.
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