Author Resources: Cover Artists, Book Formatters, Editors/Proofreaders, and Book Promoters

Below is a list of  professional cover artists, editors, proofreaders, and book promoters.  I’m going to divide it up according to category to better help you find what you’re looking for.

Cover Artists and/or Other Graphic Designs

Anya Kelley Designs – ebook, paperback, and website banners, business cards

Blue Valley Author Services – ebook, paperback, Facebook/website banners, business cards, audiobook covers, logos, and animated covers

Bonnie Mutchler Covers – ebook and paperback

C. M. Wright’s Author Services – ebook and paperback

Children’s Book Covers – cover art for children’s books

Children’s Books Illustrations – for interior illustrations in children’s books

The Sazzy Reader – custom design ebook and paperback, pre-made ebook and paperback, and social media graphics, postcards, and book markers

Book Formatters

Blue Valley Author Services – ebook and paperback

C. M. Wright’s Author Services – ebook and paperback

The Forge Books  – ebook and paperback

The Sazzy Reader – ebook and paperback

Editors and/or Proofreaders

C. M. Wright’s Author Services – editing and proofreading

Devil in the Details Editing Services – copy and line editing

The Forge Books  – content editing and proofreading

Book Promotion Services

C. M. Wright’s Author Services – blog tours, promotion on all social media sites, Facebook hosting event, media production kit, author commercial, teasers and trailers, author branding, and more

The Sassy Reader – landing page for your book  with book release countdown

Personal Assistants

C.M. Wright’s Author Services – short and long-term assistants

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Prepare for a Writer’s New Year

I love this post and wanted to share it with you all. It’s a great idea for writers to say hello to the new year by saying goodbye to the old year.

Bane of Your Resistance

52800366 - man hand writing new year fresh start with black marker on visual screen. isolated on sky. business, technology, internet concept. stock photoThe New Year promises a fresh start, but only if we truly bring the current year to a close. If you don’t resolve the physical and emotional “incompletes” in your life, January 1 will look remarkably like December 31, with the possible minor difference of needing to clean up after the party.

One of the paradoxes of creative polarities is that the only way to finish is to get started. And the only way to get started is to finish.

Let Go of What Should Be

One of the hardest things to be done with is the idea of what your writing (or your reality) should be:

  • I should write this new piece the way I’ve written before
  • I should invent a new way to write every piece
  • I should write for x hours
  • I should be able to just show up when I feel inspired
  • I should always write…

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Calling Authors: Anthology Time!

The Legends of Ol’ Man Wickleberry

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Ol’ Man Wickleberry, rest his soul, died in the 1920s, attacked by a bear…or was it a zombie? I heard he was rabbit hunting…or was he prospecting? Or maybe he was defending his cabin from wild squirrels? At least we can all agree he died in northern Michigan – or did he? Maybe he was in California and his body was brought back to his family, and so now his ghost walks the beaches of lake Huron. Or maybe he spends his everafter trolling guests at a vacation lodge, or interrupting writers who stay up too late, or…

That’s the trouble with Ol’ Man Wickleberry, there are just too many legends! Heck, we’re not even completely sure when he died! In an effort to find the truth, Book Born, in conjunction with the Ink Slingers League, has decided to gather those legends into a single volume – an anthology if you will – where the proceeds benefit the Book Born 2017 Retreat Fund.

AUTHORS:

1) You do NOT have to be a “published” author to join us! Even if you’ve never published before – whether indy, self, or traditional- you can still submit a story

2) All stories must be between 1,000 words and 10,000 words.

3) All stories must be about Ol’ Man Wickleberry. They can be in his PoV, or anyone else’s – someone he is haunting, his dear old mother, whatever you can think of. They can be about how he met his end, or they can be about his ghostly afterlife (though they should at least mention what led to his grisly demise).

4) Stories can have adult components (such as language or violence) but please no erotica or heavily sexual stories. Ol’ Man Wickleberry doesn’t seem like the type to be gettin’ it on.

5) You MUST have a Smashwords author account. Smashwords’ rules, not mine. You don’t have to sell any books on Smashwords to make this account – it’s free and easy – but you have to have one for us to link to in the metadata.

6) We don’t guarantee any editing, so make sure you’ve done it before you submit. If a story has a lot of typos or errors we will reject it. We will also not update your story later. If you write a “better” version or a new author bio, or anything else. Once it’s published, it’s published, so make sure it’s the way you want it before you submit it.

7) You will NOT be paid. Though the anthology will be for sale, all proceeds will go to the Book Born 2017 Expo & Retreat Fund. This fund helps offset the cost of the first ever Book Born Expo and annual Book Born Retreat, which is currently set for October 2017 (pending finalization). If you’d like more information on either, please join the Book Born Facebook group where more it will be posted.

8) We do NOT require exclusive rights. It’s your story, and if you want to publish it elsewhere, go ahead. However, because there is money involved I will send you a basic contract that just says yes we have the right to use it and no, you know you’re not getting paid. You can get a copy of the contract here – it’s a word document, so please fill your info in and include it with your story. You must sign the contract for the story to be used.

9) All entries are due by January 1st, 2017. This gives us a month to compile the anthology and have it ready for a February 1st release on Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.

9) Cover, formatting, etc. will be provided by the Ink Slingers.

10) The only file types accepted will be .doc, .docx, .txt, and .rtf. We will NOT accept .pdfs.

11) Send your short story of no more than 10,000 words to joleene(at)joleenenaylor.com and include:

  • the signed contract as a separate attachment
  • your smashwords link
  • your author name and story title
  • a short blurb/synopsis of the story
  • your author bio
  • your website or blog link (optional)
  • a short blurb/synopsis of another work available for download (optional)

If you have any questions, please leave them here or drop me a line at Joleene(at)JoleeneNaylor.com.  Thanks and I’m looking forward to what you come up with.

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