Author Blog Challenge – Day 12 – Cover Creation

Describe your process for choosing and designing your book cover. Who created your cover? How did you find him/her? What do you love about your cover? What might you do differently next time?

When it was book cover time, I had absolutely no idea what I wanted. My only directive that I gave my designer was that it must have stars on it. Simple really, open slather, every designers dream?

My designer is my very tech savvy daughter, nice to keep these things in the family! When it comes to anything requiring any graphical ‘stuff’, she always come to my rescue. Thankfully kids are taught so much computer skills at school these days, that it is just second nature to them.

I think she did an amazing job, and I am very happy with the end result. For my next book I am actually going to have a go at doing this myself. I have had a few ‘lessons’ from my daughter and I have a few idea’s, so it will be very interesting to see what I manage to create, but that’s what this is all about, creating, and that is what I love doing….

Author Blog Challenge – Day 10 – Critically Challenged!

Have you participated in a critique groups? If so, how did it work out for you?

If not, why have you avoided them to this point?

Well I am definately challenged with this prompt, as I have never heard of critique group before!

I could figure out what they were, the name gave me enough info to figure that, but I will be honest, the thought of other authors reading my book and giving me their verdict is a little lot scary!

More often than not, I am my worst nightmare/critic, with all the little voices telling me things I don’t want to hear, but I am learning (slowly) how to silence the critic and allow my happy (you can do it) voice to have more power. I am not sure if I am strong enough to handle a critical attack just yet.

I am going to start searching for a critique group, one that has similar values to me, if there is such a thing, and maybe I will have the nerve to join, maybe I won’t, but the thought of interacting with such a group could be a great learning curve for me………

Any recommendations will be gratefully received!