Category Archives: Book Design

Coed Demon Sluts: cover reveal #5

Omigod, you guys, I am so thrilled with this sketch for the cover of the final Coed Demon Slut novel that I have to share! My cover guy, Mark Collins of Mark C. Collins Illustrator, normally illustrates kid’s books, but he … Continue reading

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Alma’s Bookshelf: River (and other anthologies)

I’ve put together a bunch of collections of my shorter fiction over the years, into entities I called the “Triads” – three thematically connected stories per book. Several of them still lurk on Amazon these days. I combined a bunch … Continue reading

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Cover Reveal: The Unpleasantness at Baskerville Hall

Today’s cover reveal is … The Unpleasantness at Baskerville Hall by Chris Dolley. Book View Café is thrilled to announce that Chris Dolley’s new Reeves & Worcester novel will be published on February 9th in both trade paperback and digital … Continue reading

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Building a Book Cover: Realms of Darkover

From time to time, people have asked me what steps I go through to build a book cover, so here’s a little show-and-tell. Other artists and designers have their own methods. This example is typical of the way I’m doing … Continue reading

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Found a Cover Artist!

My heroine is lush, rowdy, good-humored, a little bit slutty, and frankly size eighteen. I wanted cartoons that said something not-quite “Hey sailor!” Maybe not that far. Maybe just, “Where’s the party?” Continue reading

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Covers: Trends in Cover Design

Trends in book cover design can be looked at on at least two major levels: traditional trends (which I’ll call genre signals) and current trends, which are much more ephemeral. Genre signals have been used for decades to tell the … Continue reading

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What Makes a Book Cover Great?

The short answer: it’s entirely a matter of opinion. I was inspired to write on this subject by an article I spotted today whilst on my daily social media cruise: “The Best Book Covers of 2014” by Nicholas Blechman, in … Continue reading

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Knowing a Book by its Cover

Four Ways to Forgiveness - Finnish - by Ursula K. Le Guin

Knowing a Book by its Cover by Ursula K. Le Guin This is the front cover of a new translation of one of my books. I want to report as truthfully as I can my first response to it: I … Continue reading

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Inventing a Publisher . . . Part One

A few years ago, I was talking to some people at a local convention and mentioned that I was joining a publishing co-op run by writers. Most said polite versions of “Oh, that sounds interesting,” but one laughed. I said, … Continue reading

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Great Covers: Lady of Ashes

This series will appear at random as I find covers that make me say, “Wow!” This cover for Lady of Ashes by Christine Trent immediately caught my eye. It’s not only stylish, it sets both the era and the mood … Continue reading

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