How to Make a 3d Digital Mock-Up of Your Book

Adding Depth To Your Covers

You've got your kick-ass cover design.  You might have even gone that extra step and created a wrap around cover like the ones in this post on cover make-overs.  But flat images aren't ideal when it comes to marketing your book. Instead, what you'll normally see are photographs of books in elegant piles, or books standing on a nice reflective surface.  

The intention with this type of image is to show the product aesthetically framed "in the real world."  Apart from looking nice, this simple trick subconsciously lends credibility to whatever you're marketing: "Look it's real!  I have photographic evidence!"  Ironically, these types of "photographs" are almost always digitally recreated (ie: fakes), and anyone with basic photo editing know-how can pull off the techniques.

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The Path Less Taken...
Non-Linear Ways To Get From A to B

Q&A with Non-Linear Designer, Ryan Fitzgerald

We all crave stories. The art of storytelling is one of humanity's oldest traditions. From paintings in caves and hieroglyphs on papyrus scrolls to the invention of the printing press and the advent of the internet... What's evolved over time isn't necessarily the narrative itself, but the sophistication of the platform used to share that narrative and immerse ourselves in it.

Ryan Fitzgerald works as Lead Designer / Lead Narrative for Evodant Interactive, a group of "transmedia artisans that are fanatical about revolutionizing the interactive experience." And his job takes "writing" to a whole other level.

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I See A Pattern Emerging...

The 5 Stages of Querying

At the end of each year, I like to look back on the previous years' posts to see how my perspective and my goals have changed over time. One year ago, I sent my first submission to a real, live, honest-to-goodness agent. It was nerve-racking! It was exciting! Oh, but was it ever glaringly and gloriously premature. :)  I was bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, and naive as all hell. I was also squarely in the first stage of querying: DENIAL.

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