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A Short Break From Losing My Mind

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I’m on the home stretch to finishing Sex and the Single Devil. Yay! (Well, the first final version, anyway…) (searches for brain) (cannot find)

But sometimes, I just have to take a Photoshop break. ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s the latest cover. This is the classy, subtle one. The next one will have naked male torsos, of course. ๐Ÿ˜‰

No cookies from the book today– but more soon!

The Horrible, Very Bad, Not Good At All Cover: Text Problems

So we’re talking about what makes a bad book cover bad to the bone. Just to recap from the last post, this is an extremely bad cover for a book:
bad cover example

So what’s wrong with this picture?

Maybe it would be better to ask whatโ€™s RIGHT with this picture, but the story begins here.

First of all, it is not exactly 6×9, which is a very popular size. But weโ€™re not going to count that because it was quickly put together for an example. So every day, we’ll cover a different category of.. well, of this cover. ๐Ÿ™‚


This cover has a good sampling of some of the most common offenders. To wit…

1.) Spelling mistakes in the title. If you ever actually see “thirlling, “teh,” and “nucular” on a cover, the appropriate response is OMG WTF I DONโ€™T EVEN. The point is, thatโ€™s pretty bad. Spellcheck doesn’t catch everything, but it’s a good start.

2.) The existence of the Comic Sans font. Nobody should ever use Comic Sans ever again FOR ANY PURPOSE unless theyโ€™re trying to be funny. This is not that time.

3.) Different fonts are used. It’s tricky to mix fonts, although we obviously do see it done. But we have to choose compatible fonts. Comic Sans, Jokerman, and Mesquite Std are bizarre enough in themselves. But looking at them all crammed together on a page is kind of like being bounced down the stairs by a bunch of people wearing clashing plaids and playing big cymbals. Not good.

4.) Design and spacing problems. We’ll get more into those later.

5.) A hideous pink (#e20b6b) is used for the type. Not a good thing at all. We’ll also be talking more about color later on.

Coming up next: Color and photo problems!

Anise Is Back! She’s Alive! Yay!

Unicorns Everywhere Are Happy.
Unicorns Everywhere Are Happy.

Hi all! (waves)

I know it’s been horribly hideously long since my last post, but I’m in three writers’ groups, and in the novel writing group, Sex and the Single Devil is due on March 25!!! But miracles still exist in our time, and it WILL be done in its entirety. It’ll be more like 60,000 words, and the reason is that it’s now the first book in a trilogy. ๐Ÿ™‚ Death Train is actually the second one, and I’m still playing around with ideas for the title of the third. So there WILL be more posts, and most of them will be about writing and related subjects. Case in point: The next post. Y’all seriously want to read that one.

Oh, So Much News to Share

It’ll Happen.
Okay… I have an AMAZING story to share stemming from the mean, awful, icky, not-nice-at-all article written in the WW about our writers’ group by the dishonest Laurie Novato. It involves karma and happy endings and the Portland Mercury… but more tomorrow. For NOW, I have an announcement to make…

(or eggroll)
(or jelly roll. Whatever floats your boat.)

I’ve decided that I’m going to finish my Harry Potter parody at the same time that I’m working on Death Train! Yay! Much more tomorrow, and it’ll get its very own page.

ETA: And, oh yes! The NC-17 page has been updated. Head on over there to find: MoM 6: The NC-17 Chapter We’ve All Been Waiting For! Yay!

The kids really, REALLY should not read this one. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Fun Facts About Copyright Law– COMPLETE!

Yes, that page is finally up! And you REALLY do want to check it out, trust me. If you are fanfic author who is even remotely considering publishing a work that has anything at all to do with your fanfic, you MUST read this– I mean it! It’s for your own good. For everyone else, you should just read it because it’s interesting. ๐Ÿ™‚

Fun Facts About Copyright Law!