• Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing

    More Cover Information

    Someone Asked… How long does it take me to do these covers? On the short story paperbacks, I use the same art I used when I first did the story, but the template is brand new and the art is sometimes interesting trying to make it fit. All the novels that represent the novel in Smith’s Monthly have been redone over the years, so I am using that new art for them. But I am going ahead at decent speed, so I decided to time how long it took me to do these new covers. It took exactly 15 minutes to put in the new art on Smith’s Monthly #2,…

  • Cover Fun,  publishing,  workshops

    One Time Science Fiction Cover Branding Workshop

    BRANDING SCIENCE FICTION COVERS WORKSHOP… We did a form of this workshop back in May for four weeks that filled almost instantly and another one on Fantasy Covers in July that also filled. So Allyson had fun on both workshops and I didn’t get killed by the writers, so I talked Allyson into doing the workshop for branding a science fiction covers and series. Any type of science fiction. So here are the details… Allyson Longueira, the publisher of WMG Publishing has offered to design a cover and help brand a science fiction series for a limited number of writers. For those of you who don’t know her, Allyson is an award-winning…

  • On Writing,  publishing

    Writing A Novel From a Cover

    Yes, An Old Pulp Trick… But I did it a number of times in the hundred-plus books I wrote in my days of traditional publishing. And I am writing a book now from a cover. And having a blast with it. What do I mean by writing a novel from a cover? Well, exactly that. The cover exists and I look at the cover and write the novel to fit the cover. The history of this tends to flow through many writers and far over a hundred years. In fact, at one point or another, most pulp writers were assigned to do this for a short story or a novel…

  • Cover Fun,  publishing,  workshops

    One Time Branding Workshop

    THIS IS THE ONLY TIME THIS WILL BE OFFERED… (Added note: Now full. Sorry.) Allyson Longueira, the publisher of WMG Publishing has offered to design a cover and help brand a series for a limited number of writers. For those of you who don’t know her, Allyson is an award-winning designer who also happens to have a masters degree in design. Over the years, Allyson helped writers with cover design in coast workshops here and for a short time we did a basic cover design workshop to help writers learn how to do covers. But this one-time short workshop is different. Working with you, Allyson will design a brand for your series and…