The good news:
The good news:
Deeds of Honor is now available for the Nook direct from Barnes & Noble:
Looks like the powers that be have approved a cover design, and I like it.
So, here ’tis. There might still be changes, but I suspect this is it.
Got a call today from my agent’s office, that the cover copy person is working on cover copy (the enticing description of what’s inside) for the short fiction collection. The cover design itself is “somewhere” having “something” done (I don’t know where or what yet, so the quote marks are just a hint at that.) However, this is progress. Things are moving. No schedule yet and probably won’t be until the cover’s done and approved.
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The short fiction collection has a new title: Deeds of Honor. Remember how I said the cover design for the short fiction collection was tentative? It was indeed, and that design has now vanished from mortal ken (well, not exactly…) and a new rough has been shipped out for work. You’ll see it when it’s done. Some things will be the same, and some things won’t. The stories are in the hands of those who will prepare them for the collection. I am alternately working on new fiction (not ready to talk about it yet) and the head-notes for the individual stories, which I should have done in another day or so (the new title has suggested changes in the head-notes.) Read the rest of this entry »
First, the warning: This is not the final, approved cover design. We may be tweaking it in several ways before sending it off for approval (which may not be given.) Shifting things up, down, sideways a few pixels. Fiddling with the “shine” on the letters. Etc. People should not get attached to it yet. For that reason, I’m putting it below the cut, and I’m not calling attention to this post on Twitter. Although this is my design idea, working with Illustrator ™ is not in my skillset, so all the actual manipulations of design elements to get to this point were done by my very talented friend Ruta, at Willowbrook Designs. So this is not a picture to be shared widely. I’ll post a final cover design when it’s all tweaked and has been approved.
What you’re getting is a Private Preview Director’s Cut kind of design. Read the rest of this entry »
Years back, when I first set up the Paksworld website, I drew the border design I wanted as a header for it, and then–because I didn’t know how–hired a friend of mine who had worked for Richard Garriott on Ultima Online to render it as a vector image I could use in various ways. When the notion of doing some short-fiction collections related to Paksworld came up, I immediately wanted to use that design–modified to be a book cover design, not a website header design–on the covers. Read the rest of this entry »
Quite often, and especially with long books, writers are up against tight deadlines. Yes, we proofread. Yes, we try to find every continuity error, every awkward phrase, every less than perfect word choice. And we hope Editor and Copy-Editor and eventually the proofreader for the page proofs will find the ones we miss (though sometimes we need to correct their corrections. The CE who wanted me to have a ship’s weapons “staffed” instead of “manned,” for instance.) But once a writer is hooked into a traditional publishing workflow, there’s a limit to how many drafts, how many re-readings, how much polishing can be done in the time alloted. Read the rest of this entry »
Rancherfriend-E, recruited as my editorial assistant on this project, took far less time than I would have to act like a Sorting Hat and divvy up the stories-so-far between the two proposed collections. I made one change about the time she was emailing me “You could do this instead…” and her this and my that were the same. Then I threw a couple of other things into the first group (partly because I wanted to and partly because it would even up the wordage between the two) and she said “Good idea. I think I’ll take a nap now.” Read the rest of this entry »