• Challenge,  publishing

    Cover Fun For #49

    Five Short Stories in The May Issue… So figured I would do the covers tonight. Started around 11 pm and finished about 1 am. Two hours. And it would have been faster than that but got held up on a couple pieces of art. Anyone who does covers knows that finding the art is the most time consuming part of all this, especially when I have a template like I do, and all the stories this issue fit in the template. I also spent some time last night searching through the big pile of stories I wrote, let Kris read, and then tossed on the pile. A little over fifty…

  • 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

    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…

  • Challenge,  Cover Fun

    Started On #45

    Actually Started Interior Layout on Smith’s Monthly #45… Ran into a few problems that I will solve tomorrow with a little help. But minor. The real issue is going to be getting all the ads and such I do throughout the book for my own books, rebuilding a lot of them, making sure the art is linked, and so on. That will take a few days and it will get easier as I go along with every issue I am sure. So tonight I decided to fire up my rusty short story paperback cover skills. Been most of a pandemic since I had done too many of them, if any.…