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So, I'm curious...

Most of the writers I know IRL - both those who publish with the big guys, and those who self-pub - tend to cross genres a lot.  Few of them stick to just fantasy, or horror, or SF, but move happily back and forth from one to the other.

Granted, there's bound to be some crossover within many books - a fantasy frequently includes elements of romance, and SF may have horror aspects, and so on.  But generally, with most books, one genre is their predominant tone.

This group is specifically for fantasy writers, but I'm wondering if the same thing holds true for most of us.  Do you also write SF, horror, romance, or something else?  Or do you stick pretty strictly to fantasy?
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I write fantasy and I write completely mainstream fiction, frequently with 'crime' elements, and keep the two completely separate, not only in content but in voice. Of course, both are about humans and humans do somewhat the same things wherever they may be found, have the same concerns, fall in love, etc.
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Posted on the Corvid blog a brief description of the process of designing and painting the cover for Dan Foley's new book, "Wolf's Tale."  
(Aside from the name, this "Wolf" has no connection to the "Wolf" who's the protagonist of my Darkwalker novel.  Just sayin').

http://corviddesign.com/magic-in-the-bayou-evolution-of-a-cover/
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Next week, we'll have an interview with Dan...
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Continuing our series of interviewing authors we've created book covers for:  http://corviddesign.com/cover-stories-interview-ash-krafton/
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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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Jack London.  Loved the way he wrote, but his private life turned into a real mess.  Many of his short stories were fabulous but released without proper editing.  Still a writer I admire.  Love the book MARTIN EDEN!
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I enjoy Dan Foley's books a lot (and not just because his first story collection was titled "The Whispers of Crows."  No, really. Stop smirking.)  Last week, I got the opportunity to interview him for the Corvid Blog::

http://corviddesign.com/cover-stories-author-interview-dan-foley/
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The folks at The Nerd Recites interview me on Sandman, art, writing, masks and more...

http://thenerdrecites.com/we-interview-artist-duncan-eagleson-about-the-sandman-comics-designing-horror-masks-and-more-2580/
In our one on one interview with artist Duncan Eagleson, he sheds light on how he feels about The Sandman failing to make it to the screen, who he would cast in the titular role and more.
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I'll work on that. ;) I think you'd be an amazing GoH. I used to work as a liaison for GoH, but now I take photos at the photo booth. I have a blast getting shy geeks to come out of their shell and become their characters they dress up as. And because I volunteer, I get in for free and keep fed. As for G0H, they like local artists too because it's cheaper than shipping huge art across country. However, that said, the art show has had amazing strides in the last two years. But I will post this with political hints to a possible GoH idea.

Sometimes people just need a reminder of how awesome an artist is. In anycase, it was good to see you folks at Morwen's party. 
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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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+Nathan Lowell
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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Writer, painter, sculptor, and digital artist
Introduction
 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.