Archive | November, 2011

Sam & Emily: A Romance from the Underground, Tales from Earth's End III

11 Nov

THE SEQUELS TO THE ANGEL & THE BROWN-EYED BOY ARE COMING! Sam & Emily: A Romance from the Underground. Tales from Earth’s End III.
You never know where you’ll find love. Sam & Emily found it in the least likely place of all: the underground bomb shelter at Piermont Manor.

Earth has been destroyed by a nuclear Armageddon. People have sought refuge wherever they could. A few found it in an echoing cement city three hundred feet below the planet’s poisoned surface.

Can anything live there?

A story of love beyond time and hope.

Award-winning Book, Award-Winning Cover

9 Nov

I’ve got a great article from designer Lewis Agrell about what an award winning cover needs already posted on Your Shelf Life. You can read it here. Lewis says that the most successful book covers are the most beautiful. I think so.

They’re a few other things winning covers need as well. Here are some guidelines for award-winning covers, illustrated with covers of award-winning books.

The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy
The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy–This book won four national awards, including the Gold Medal in the 2011 IPPY (Independent Press) Awards in Visionary Fiction, the Visionary Fiction Category in the 2011 Indie Excellence Award, and New Age Fiction in the Best Books of 2011 (USA Book News). It was also a finalist in Fantasy/Sci-Fi in the Best Books Awards. This cover achieves dominance by being light and airy. It’s theme, the transcendent dancer, carries out the theme of the book. It is a beautiful cover, meeting Lewis Agrell’s standards. (It should: He designed it.)

The text on your cover should be visible from six feet away. Some designers are in love with the notion that “small is beautiful.” Maybe, but not on book covers. If the type on your cover is tiny, blurred, or unintelligible, your sales and saleability will be impaired.
“Achieve page dominance.”A concept from telephone book ads. For a quick tutorial on commercial design, let’s look at phone book ads. Open the yellow page ads in any phone book. Scan the page quickly. Where do your eyes land? Note the ad. Do it again on another page, and another.In all probability, the ad that draws your attention is simple. Uncluttered. Either black, white, or mostly empty. The ads that grab your eyeballs and hold them have attained page dominance. People hire consultants to create dominant ads for them.

The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy Wins Four National Awards!

1 Nov

The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy has now won four national awards:

1. 2011 IPPY (Independent Press) Awards Gold Medal in Visionary Fiction: The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy The oldest and largest contest for independent presses. Almost 4,000 books were entered in the IPPYs this year.

2. 2011 National Indie Excellence Award Winner in Visionary Fiction: The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy The Indie Excellence Award looks for a book’s overall excellence. Content, cover design, interior and exterior, and everything that goes into the production of a book are evaluated.

And the new wins noted above:

3. Best Books of 2001 sponsored by USA Book News: The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy is an AWARD WINNER in the “Fiction: New Age” category.

4. Best Books of 2001 sponsored by USA Book News: The Angel is also a FINALIST in the “Fiction: Fantasy/Sci-Fi” category.
THE ANGEL & THE BROWN-EYED BOY HAS BEEN ENTERED IN THREE CONTESTS. IT HAS WON FOUR AWARDS IN NATIONAL COMPETITION. IT’S WOWED THE JUDGES, CRITICS, AND REVIEWERS. If you like Fantasy, Sci-fi, Visionary Fiction or just a good, engaging read, check out The Angel.

Not only is The Angel an incredibly inventive book with a message and a heart, two sequels are in the process of being published. Find out what happens after the world blows up.