NEW COVER for WIP

Short update -new cover design for a work in progress – a look at the sequel to “Venom” by Skyler Kane, this one entitled “Lust”. A reminder that if you want to get in touch with me about covers, email me at cyrusnarcissusfaust@gmail.com ! Will publish a preview of my refurbished “Netherearth” cover very soon, as well.

 

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WIP Update 001 – Netherearth

I had to take a break from the Mahtradors, I just had to. Smack in the middle of the Bitch King I just decided I need a break. Then the question begged – “Well then, what the hell do I do?”

The answer, of course, was “demons”.

Don’t get me wrong, I am still writing for the Mahtradors and The Age of Waking Death series is NOT on an indefinite hiatus. Alongside this WIP I have continued writing the Bitch King but my inspiration well was running dry. I did not want to finish it just for the sake of it being done. I want the damn thing to actually be good.

I have found my salvation in my latest WIP entitled “Netherearth”. My story content has returned with renewed richness, my characters feel alive again, and I might actually have a plot to this one. (LE GASP).

There are a few things about this story that I feel my faithful readers will connect to instantly. For instance…

  • It takes place in Dragoloth
  • There is a Mahtrador character (a brand new one)
  • It is as dark and intricate as my former works, just served up in a new way
  • It features some characters you have met / will meet in The Hollow Living / The Bitch King / Baron of Blood.
  • There is, of course, all of the gay relationships.

In other words, the territory is not entirely unfamiliar. This is not another one of my alien, standalone projects. It is relevant to the Age of Waking Death timeline and to Dragoloths’s history.

What I think will appeal to both faithful and new readers alike…

  • You see a different side of Dragoloth (I actually ventured out of the castle for this one)
  • Almost none of the characters are noble or royal (only 2 so far, I believe), a brand new experience for me in this universe.
  • Only one of the characters is Verian. There is much more racial variety amongst this cast (faeries, elves, humans, demons, etc…)
  • At least three characters so far are transgender. While I myself identify as trans*, this is the first time I have ever written for trans* characters in Dragoloth so explicitly.
  • It is full of surreal dreamscapes and hellscapes, something I’ve never before explored my full potential for.
  • DEMONS!
  • As I have ventured from royalty in this book, I have also ventured from the mainstream pantheon. Saldon, Morre, and Azrael have brief mention in this work. But there is more mention of minor more folklorish gods (i.e. Tieres, the god of the sea).

So there you have it. I will try to keep better progress updates about this story here, since I haven’t had a lot to talk about lately and I’m completely obsessed with this story now that I’m nearly past that initial first 20,000 word hump. By the way, I feel it worth mentioning that I have been maintaining a consistent writing pace through an elaborate (not really) connection between my computer word documents, Dropbox, and Jotterpad on my phone. So once again, if you’re an especially busy author (or you’re just like me and you don’t feel like toting your computer around the house or juggling it while feeding a baby) then consider Jotterpad for your phone or tablet.

It may sound like a joke but I have seriously clocked in 1,000 words on my little Android phone in a sitting, so it’s a legitimate tool for making serious progress.

AND BEFORE I FORGET you can keep track of my progress further by reading all of my chapter updates for free on Wattpad . I will be updating it at least once a week if not more often. Cheers!

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GUEST POST: How to Choose the Right Cover Art for Your Book by Saoirse O’Mara

This guest post is right in time and on topic for what has been at the forefront of my mind lately! Enjoy these excellent points from the fabulous Saoirse O’Mara!

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Some writers already know exactly how their book cover should look like before the book is even finished. If you are one of them, congratulations!

If you are not, then you belong to those writers this blog post is for.

So you have written a book, and you want to publish it. You did your homework and know that a good cover is your number one sales tool. But how do you go about choosing a cover that’s just right for your book?

1)      Genre: Do you write in a particular genre? Most genres have certain cover trends that make genre books easy to spot in a shelf (or on a website). Check out the latest releases of trad publishers in your genre. Can you make out common elements, colour schemes, styles? Maybe similar-looking fonts? If yes, try to implement those elements into your cover too. Make it easy for genre fans to notice your book!

2)      Series: Do you write a series? Then make sure that readers can easily recognise your books as part of one. Maybe add the series title and volume number to the cover. Definitely use the same “look” for all your covers in that series. Stick with your font(s), your cover style, your layout.

3)      Professional Look: Are you a cover designer? If the answer is no, go find one to help you with your cover. True, some people just have the talent, but chances are you’re not one of them. At least get professional feedback.

4)      Your Book Theme: You think this point should be at the top of the list? Sorry to break the news to you, but catering to the readers’ “sensors” sells more books than to nail your book’s topic on the cover. Of course, your cover should still fit your book, but keep in mind the other three points when you’re deciding on your cover. If you’re not writing romance, for example, think hard whether your main prot really needs to kiss the half-naked warrior queen on your cover. Misleading cover art is a good way to collect negative reviews from disappointed readers.

That being said, choosing the right cover art isn’t always easy. If you’re unsure, a good cover designer should be able to work with you to find exactly the right cover for your book. For fantasy, I can highly recommend my own cover artist, Svenja Liv. Check out her website http://svenjaliv.com and then just send her an email, she’s easy to work with and delivers top quality covers!

 

Saoirse O’Mara is a children’s and YA writer and home mostly in the fantasy and mystery genres. Check out her website http://saoirseomara.wordpress.com for more information on her and her books, or become a fan of her two series Miro the Dragon (http://facebook.com/MiroDrakonia) and A Rogue’s Tale (http://facebook.com/ARoguesTale) on Facebook.

Where the hell has Faust been?

Hello my darlings,

I feel like this has been the state of my blog, lately.

As in empty.

Because honestly, I haven’t been around to post anything. It isn’t like I don’t check my blog every day (and if I have time, I try to respond to comments as soon as possible whether or not I am posting) but I haven’t had two seconds to sit down and make a post.

It is partially because Orcs and Aliens has been kicking my ass. Turns out all that laborious revising/editing of the interior was nothing compared to the joy of getting it in a readable format for digital printing (physical copy printing was a breeze. It’s the ebooks that hate me).

BUT we met our deadline and finally got everything out. We are still working the kinks out on all the different avenues of purchase but the point is that it CAN BE BOUGHT. Submissions open up tomorrow and now I have an entire half day to regain my sanity. Maybe in the next month I can take things a bit slower and finish up The Hollow Living.

I have been writing some KILLER scenes for The Hollow Living, I must say. Everyone has just done a 180 on me and NOW they all want to work, and they want to be brilliant. I am not complaining, though Pharun and Adriel Ercole have been competing for attention a lot. I think Pharun is a little jealous about my new, pretty, clever darling.

More good news: the covers AND the illustrations for the series are underway. I am so excited to see how they turn out. Since their KDP select terms are ending, I have been yearning to take the files over to Smashwords and let them roam free on multiple distribution channels, but I have restrained myself thus far. When I re-releaase, I want everything to be perfect.

Your most adored,

C.N.F.

It’s a great day because Pharun has a theme song.

Hello my darlings,

That. Is. Totally Pharun’s theme song. Just … just listen to it, you will see what I mean. I woke up this morning and it was one of the first things Mark said he had to show me. It is too brilliant.

It is an extremely good day. Well, yesterday was an extremely good day that makes today even better. As I made mention of earlier on my Facebook page, I made a breakthrough in The Hollow Living last night. I have been frustrated lately, because Pharun had been reluctant to work and everyone else was just setting up, setting up and not employing much action. Then yesterday, I am sitting in the library and half-heartedly typing out a chapter, when all of the sudden BAM Pharun appears with a plot twist that blows my mind and ties up a million loose ends that I was trying to figure out.

I will give you a hint as to which one I was. It isn’t Jafar.

I haven’t felt this enthusiastic since The Dragon’s Disciples. I feel brilliant again, and I feel inspired to say the least. Of course, the more inspired I feel the more jealous I am with my snippets. So I will probably be reluctant to post more than a few paragraphs at a time until the release.

The other great thing that happened yesterday was I was finally able to make the deposit on the new book covers. The artist sent me some preliminary sketches and they were so beautiful. Pharun was drawn perfectly. I absolutely cannot wait to see how they come out.

So, there is that! I have a lot of homework to do today, but I am also hoping to catch up on Desperate Housewives (we’re way behind) and get some more writing done. At this moment, I am about to head out for lunch with one of my editors so we can talk some about Orcs and Aliens.

Your most adored,

C.N.F.

Happiness will Prevail

Props if you get this reference. If not, then just think of it as me in 50 years.

Props if you get this reference. If not, then just think of it as me in 50 years.

Hello my darlings,

This cover art junkie is getting his fix!

The good news: I have found an artist – and they are spectacular! Check out their gallery through Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/alexowo?hc_location=stream

The great news: They are going to revolutionize the entire look of the Age of Waking Death series, starting with The Dragon’s Disciples, The Heretic Priest, and The Hollow Living.

Will I have to pay for it? Yes. Will it take some time? Yes. Is it going to be worth it? HELLS yes.

By the eye of Azrael, everything is going right!

What does this mean for the series? It means that starting in August and going into the fall months, the entire look of the series is going to change. That is (to me) a great way to introduce them on the Nook and Sony markets, as well as the wider distribution of both paperback and hardcover copies.

The bad news? My Goodreads feed for The Dragon’s Disciples is going to look so cluttered. Rage! I wish they would just delete old editions. But whatever, Goodreads, you can’t get me down!

Dragoloth is ever-evolving, and I’m proud to say so am I. I believe that this sort of change, in the long run, will benefit the entire series. Especially when it emerges as published beneath Future Fantasy Publications.

Your most adored,

C.N.F.

Cover Art Junkie

Hello my darlings,

I have come to terms with this fact: I am a cover art junkie.

I have come to terms with something else: I really think The Age of Waking Death series needs some proper covers.

Conclusion: I think I will have to invest in an artist.

Speculation – what does it say about me that I can’t seem to settle on a look? I am convinced that cover art sells and I don’t think I have hit the sweet spot, or maybe I don’t have the right “look” to get people interested. Whatever the case, I am definitely going to have to invest in a proper artist. Someone I like, someone who is talented. Someone I can afford. And so the search begins.