• Challenge,  Cover Fun,  Smiths Monthly

    Last Bits of Smith’s Monthly #63

    Just Finishing SMITH’S MONTHLY #63 Up Tonight… Fun thing to do on a Friday night. As many of you know, I do all the layout of the magazine, and every month I have a blast with it. There are four original stories in this issue, plus another collection of stories and the novel that is the header of this web site. MELODY RIDGE, which is a combination Jukebox Novel and Thunder Mountain Novel. It is the origin story of all my jukebox stories. So I wanted to put the collection of the short stories, with how the jukebox stories came about, and how thirty years after I started them I…

  • Challenge,  Cover Fun,  running

    All the Art

    Took Me Two More Hours Today… I found all the art for eighteen more book covers this afternoon and evening. Finding art I feel is the hardest thing about doing covers, and since I had gotten behind doing covers for all the January stories, I just decided to look for it all at once. So I would created a folder for the story that said say “Story 10 The Galactic Missing” Then I would move the word.doc of the story into the folder and open it, glance at it to remember the story, then go to find the art. In the case of “The Galactic Missing” which is a Seeder’s…

  • Challenge,  Cover Fun

    Monthly Cover Fun

    At Least Fun for Me… Every month with Smith’s Monthly I get to do all the covers for the short stories in the issue, plus the exterior cover. And sometimes I put the covers here. This month was fairly easy, actually. There are ten short stories in this issue and one novel. But the six of the short stories are in a collection I put together, so I had already done the covers and the cover for the collection. (The entire collection is in the issue.) And one of the short stories was in an another collection I just put out, so that cover is already done as well. So…

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    Cover Fun for #52 of Smith’s Monthly…

    Five Short Stories and the Issue Cover… I was having fun working on these covers, stopped for dinner, came back and my InDesign had blown a fuse. Not kidding. It wanted me to sign up for a seven day free trial. Well, I had been using InDesign for decades. I tried everything, and considering this is Saturday, I was going to be out of luck until I could get help from Allyson and Josh at WMG on Monday. But Kris convinced me on late Saturday night to call Allyson, that she was still up because Kris had just gotten a text from her on another matter. So I did and…

  • Challenge,  Cover Fun

    Some Covers…

    Just For Fun!! Since I might have had the hardest workout today moving since I ran that marathon in November, I have no brain for anything tonight, so since I had not displayed Smith’s Monthly #51 covers yet, thought I would do so. Cover for #51 and #52, as well as all five short story covers. #51 is the July issue and will be out shortly, meaning the next day or so. The move pushed it back in the month. All short stories each issue will be up for sale about the time the next issue comes out. And The Big Tom short novel is also now in a cat…

  • Challenge,  Cover Fun,  publishing

    Short Story Covers for #50…

    With The Help of Angel… I did these five short story covers for the short stories in #50 in about 1 hour and 45 minutes. April demanded some pets along the way and some attention and there is a new picture of her after the covers. Turns out four of the five covers were tough art choices which also took me a little longer. All stories are in my regular series, so I went back to styles I had done before and stayed in cover style. Of course, tonight all five were in Smith’s Stories branding form. Sorry these came in so large. Something messed up here in my media…

  • Challenge,  Cover Fun,  publishing

    Smith’s Monthly Magazine Covers

    Doing Paperback Layout for #48 Yesterday and Tonight… That is the April Issue. So I had to do a cover for #49, the May issue, because, you know, coming-next-month kind of thing. #49 is the May issue and I still haven’t figured out what I am doing for #50. But got some fun ideas. #49 issue will have the full novel Bottom Pair: A Cold Poker Gang Novel. It will go out to the Kickstarter backers in April and then in early May will appear in Smith’s Monthly. So had to do the cover. So figured tonight, since it is Saturday night, I would take a moment to show you…

  • Challenge,  Cover Fun,  publishing

    Covers for Issue #48 of Smith’s Monthly

    Short Story Covers… This for Smith’s Monthly #48 which is the April Issue. I did these five covers tonight, took me about an hour and a half total, again the longest time was looking for the art. Just as with every month, the short story covers are all different in the issue. That’s a good thing. There is an original Marble Grant story, which has a different look to the cover using Pop Art. The other four all used the template. I have original stories from Bryant Street, Sky Tate, Cold Poker Gang and a reprint of a Pahket Jones story from the cat anthologies. So five very, very different…

  • Challenge,  Cover Fun,  publishing

    Some Short Story Covers

    Just Having Fun Tonight… Yes, I will do a wrap-up of the 15 days of tracking time, but next week. I want to do something else now. So since I am laying out the paper edition of Smith’s Monthly #47 that will be out in a week or so, I had to do the covers for the five original short stories in the volume. And since I was still in a keeping track of time mode from the challenge, I can tell you that including finding the art, these five covers took exactly 1 hour and 45 minutes with InDesign. And cost me exactly $5.00 in real cost. Four were…

  • Challenge,  Cover Fun,  Smiths Monthly

    Short Story Covers In #46

    Laying Out the February Issue of Smith’s Monthly And I need short story covers. There are five short stories in Smith’s Monthly #46, so I started about 11:30 tonight after Allyson saved me earlier in the evening from my own stupidity with DepositPhotos. So from 11:30 until 1 am, I did five short story covers. Four are in my Smith’s Stories branding look, and Poker Boy stories have their own branding. But I had templates for both, so the longest time it took was for me to find the art that would fit the story. And in the Poker Boy story, the branding. The hardest story was the story titled…