What I’ve Been Up to

So this week I started/continued some new projects.

  1. Of course, I’m still working on my SF comic. It’s being uploaded on dA.
  2. I’m working on a book for my mother’s church. I’m also illustrating it. I’m not so confident in my art skills, but I’m moving forward.
  3. I’m working a new ministry/volunteer project. I don’t want to give details until at least next year, but if you have suggestions for any type of children’s, YA, and MG books, please let me know. All genres, please–including non-fiction.
  4. I’m working on two crochet projects. One is: http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/persian-tiles . It’s nice.

The other is this one:Week 3 CAL

It’s part of Dearest Debi’s Crochet-a-long  here: http://dearestdebi.com/garden-romp-crochet-along-2017. She’s also uploading the pattern a week at a time on her youtube channel. It looks even more amazing in real life. And it’s gorgeous even though I messed up. By far, it’s the most intricate thing I’ve ever crocheted, and it’s so interesting to work on.

Anyway, so that’s what I’m up to.

-*heart* M.R. Anglin

 

Ideas and Doubts

So I’ve started to prepare for the release of my book . . . just doing research and planning what to post about, where to go, people to speak to–things like that. To that end, I tried to think about things I could post on instagram that will connect with my teen girl readers.

For instance, some adorable diy galaxy jewelry I remember watching a tutorial on.

diy-jewelry-galaxy-necklace
From: http://youdiyinfo.com/diy-galaxy-necklace-ring-pendants/

That set me off on so many ideas I could tie in to my book’s theme! Cute diy bleach moon shirts. Pretty diy galaxy notebooks. Maybe I could make some to use as giveaways during my launch party! I was so excited thinking about it all!

Then the doubts kicked in.

“That’s not how book promotion is done.”

“No one’s going to want to see that.”

“You’re doing it wrong.”

*sigh!*

It’s daunting. But I won’t give up. Maybe it’ll work, maybe it won’t. But it won’t be for lack of trying.

So go away doubts! Sink or swim, I’m not listening to you anymore!

-*heart*M.R. Anglin

 

Jessica!!–New Book Art.

So I’m in the middle of revising the next book in my Silver Foxes series: Celebrity Dish. It features pop singer, Jessica! I’ve started drawing again and so I came up with this:

(The blue of her tail feathers are a bit off, so I’ll have to adjust the colors)

Jessica is a bird of indeterminate species. She loves to take inspiration from all bird species and put them into her in-public costumes. This particular costume is her new look that will be unveiled in the book. It’s based off of the peacock, the male Spatuletail hummingbird, and the female Raggiana Bird of Paradise. Here are some links to pics of each of those birds.

http://www.bitlanders.com/blogs/marvellous-spatuletail/3130378

http://www.peafowl.org/

https://www.beautyofbirds.com/raggianabirdofparadise.html  –> Scroll down until you find the female one.

I love the pic, and I think it will make a perfect book cover. In the past, I’ve had Tazia Hall help me, but I’ll be tackling this one myself—with my own art. Sort of a leap for me. I want to make this cover look like it’s the cover of a magazine.

One problem: I’m not so good with my photo editing software. I’m passable, but . . .

My vision for Jessica is to have her outfit all sparkly. I’m not sure how I’m going to accomplish that.

But that’s a post for another day.

Book 6 will be coming soon. Stay tuned!

-:heart: M.R. Anglin

Book Covers

No updatage last week because I couldn’t think of anything to say. But this week, I’m thinking about book covers.

Now I feel like I’ve done a blog on this before, but I’m not sure. In any case, I will write on it again. Perhaps I’ll say something new.

So, what makes a good book cover? I couldn’t really tell you as an expert because I’m not an artist and I haven’t been trained in graphic artistry (I think that’s what you learn to design things like covers). However, I have a few ideas.

First, I think a book cover should say something about the book. I’ve noticed that many covers lately tend to have a model on the cover that depicts the main character. That’s good. Other covers have a logo or something that’s important to the work (Hunger Games, for example). Also good. My favorites (although I do primarily read and write YA and middle grade fiction) are drawn covers rather than portraits of a person or place, but that’s my preference.

I also think the cover should have meaning. For instance, book I’m currently reading has a blue, snowy background with a red dragon claw on it. The title? No Such Thing as Dragons. You can pretty much tell what that book is about just by looking at the cover and the title.

Color is also an important aspect. Between my friend who is an artist, the few art classes I’ve taken, and watching HGTV over the years, I gleaned a little bit about color and mood. Red is harsh, passionate, aggressive and powerful; blue is cold; yellow is cheerful, etc. The primary color on the cover can set the mood of the picture and perhaps the mood of the book.

Although, there’s one thing I’ve noticed . . . I hardly ever see any black book covers. I’m really not sure why that is. Or maybe I have, and they’re reserved for older books . . . hmmm . . .

A cover should also engage the reader and make him pick up the book. I’m not sure how that works, though.

Anyway, all this is my opinion, and I may be wrong about all of it. So let me have your opinion.

What do you think makes a good book cover? Do you like portraits of the characters, an important symbol in the book, or a drawn cover? Are there any other styles/themes you like? What about comic/graphic novel covers? What part does color play in designing a good cover? In your opinion, how can a cover engage the reader before they even pick up the book?