Tuesday, July 19, 2016

New Cover Designs: The Last Letter and The Road Home


Bestselling author Kathleen Shoop has brand new covers for her award-winning Letter Series, designed by yours truly! Kathie already had lovely covers for these books based on the real-life stories of her ancestors, but she worried they weren't conveying the right tone. Too many readers were expecting romance and happily ever afters. While these stories do have romantic elements, they are part of a larger family saga filled with the hardships of life on the prairie and the struggles of coping with failure and change. So in an effort to lift them out of the realm of historical romance and into the realm of historical fiction, we opted to take them a little darker. Check 'em out!

Before & After:

 

Katherine wouldn't have believed it if she hadn't found the letter... 

In the summer of 1905 Katherine Arthur's mother arrives on her doorstep, dying, forcing her to relive a past she wanted to forget. When Katherine was young, the Arthur family had been affluent city dwellers until shame sent them running for the prairie, into the unknown. Taking her family, including young Katherine, to live off the land was the last thing Jeanie Arthur had wanted, but she would do her best to make a go of it. For Jeanie's husband Frank it had been a world of opportunity. Dreaming, lazy Frank. But, it was a society of uncertainty--a domain of natural disasters, temptation, hatred, even death. 

 

Ten-year-old Katherine had loved her mother fiercely, put her trust in her completely, but when there was no other choice, and Jeanie resorted to extreme measures on the prairie to save her family, she tore Katherine's world apart. Now, seventeen years later, and far from the homestead, Katherine has found the truth – she has discovered the last letter. After years of anger, can Katherine find it in her heart to understand why her mother made the decisions that changed them all? Can she forgive and finally begin to heal before it's too late? 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

I'm Interviewed by indieBRAG!


I am so excited to share this interview! The B.R.A.G. Medallion is a hallmark of quality in self-published books, and several of my awesome clients have been awarded this honor. I was honored to receive an invitation to appear on the blog to talk about my book cover design business. I'm sharing a handful of questions here, but there are many more, and I'd love for you to head on over to the indieBRAG blog and check it out!

How did you get into Graphic Design?

I’ve always been an extremely visual person. Even as a child I was tearing pages out of magazines to hang on my walls and making collages out of pictures. My love for design began about eighteen years ago when I started scrapbooking. That was back when we worked with actual printed photos and paper, scissors, glue, etc. A few years later, I started working in the advertising department of my hometown daily newspaper. As an outside sales rep, I met with local and regional business owners and helped them create print and online advertising campaigns, and I worked with our team of graphic designers to bring the ads to life. I learned more about the process then and the collaborative relationship designers have with their clients. Then I moved into real estate and began designing marketing materials for my brokerage. When the economy collapsed and advertising and real estate both collapsed along with it, I turned my attention and my skills to self-publishing.

What are your goals as a graphic designer?

My goal is first and foremost to design a cover that sells books. That sometimes means that I need to coax an author into considering another approach to what they envision on their cover.  My years in marketing and advertising and my in-depth knowledge of the genres I work with have given me a pretty good eye when it comes to figuring out which elements will work best. I also have a huge competitive streak, and it’s really important to me that my covers are able to hold their own standing alongside those coming out of the Big Five houses.

What covers have you designed that are B.R.A.G. Medallion Honorees?

Sebastian’s Way by George Steger, Tales of Byzantium by Eileen Stephenson, Murder by Misrule, Death by Disputation, and The Widow’s Guild by Anna Castle, (all of which I also edited), and Reconstructing Jackson, Red, White & Screwed, and Romancing Olive by Holly Bush.

Click here to read the full interview!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Best I've Come Across Round-up: The Historical Fiction Edition III


You may be wondering why this post looks a bit different today. Regular readers know that I'm pretty good at finding writing resources, tips, and fun stuff and passing them along to my followers on social media, and every couple of weeks I compile the best of what I come across in a recap post for this blog. But this edition is special! It has a theme near and dear to my heart: Historical fiction! Historical fiction is one of the most difficult genres to write, yet guidance can be hard to come by. Browse through the writing section of your favorite bookseller and you'll find dozens of titles on writing romance, mystery, sci-fi, memoirs--but you're lucky if you find one title on writing historical fiction. So when I come across a good resource online, I save it, and I've been earmarking my historical fiction finds for a post just like this! Without further ado, here they are:

5 Ingredients of Favorite Historical Fiction

The 1870s in Fashionable Gowns: A Visual Guide to the Decade

The Stakes are High When the Stakes are Small

On Historical Fiction: How Accurate is Accurate Enough?

7 Ways to Make Your Historical Novel Come Alive

History Isn't a "Useless" Major

3 Recent Essays About Historical Fiction

Monday, July 11, 2016

New Cover Design: Tenacious Love


Please join me in congratulating Ramona Flightner on the publication of Tenacious Love, Book Four in the Banished Saga! I had the privilege of helping Ramona design the cover of this tale of two strong women and their fight for a brighter future. Here's the book description:

Shattered 
By personal loss, Clarissa and Gabriel McLeod fear for their marriage. Blinded by anger, grief and remorse, Clarissa is unwilling to forgive Gabriel, a man who believes he does not deserve forgiveness. 

Devoted 
To her beliefs, Zylphia McLeod defies society’s acceptable role for women. As a suffragist, painter, and volunteer at the orphanage, she clings fiercely to her independence. However, her budding friendships will challenge long-held beliefs and fears. 

Resolute 
In their determination for women to receive the vote, the McLeod women march on Washington. After suffering a brutal attack, they remain committed to their cause. From Newport to Boston to Montana, they continue the struggle to ensure the enfranchisement of all women. 

Join the McLeod family as they battle loss, celebrate family, and discover that love must be tenacious if it is to survive. 

Tenacious Love is available now on Amazon in ebook and print format. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Ramona's website for the scoop on all of her books!

Need a cover designer?
Email me anytime to chat about your project!
jennyq@historicaleditorial.com

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

New Book Release: Tempest


I'm a little late in sharing this, but please join me in congratulating David Cook on the publication of the latest installment in The Soldier Chronicles Series, Tempest! I had the pleasure of working with David on a copyedit of this exciting tale of military treachery, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description:

Fishguard, February 1797: HMS Britannia anchors off the Pembrokeshire coast in the dying days of winter. Two armed companies of soldiers row ashore, led by the charismatic American, Colonel William Tate. They are met by the local Welsh Volunteer regiment, who, unlike the suspicious locals, has been expecting them. 

But one man has been secretly shadowing a small flotilla bound for the same destination. Major Lorn Mullone, a shrewd Irishman employed by the British government, considers that their arrival is more than fortuitous. 

Is this just a mere coincidence or perhaps a ruse de guerre? Mullone has to uncover the truth, and, with every step of the way, he must tread carefully if he is to survive. 

Tempest is available now in ebook and print format on Amazon and Amazon UK. Add the book to your shelves on Goodreads and check out David's website.

Need an editor or cover designer?
Email me anytime to chat about your project!
jennyq@historicaleditorial.com

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

New Book Release: The Vaudeville Star

Please join me in congratulating Nicola Italia on the publication of her newest historical romance, The Vaudeville Star! I had the privilege of helping Nicola with a copyedit on this tale of love and obsession in the theater world at the turn of the twentieth century. Here's the book description:

On a Mississippi Plantation, Ruby Mae Sutton throws herself into the arms of the only man she has ever loved, Ford Rutledge. At fifteen years old, she has given her heart away and is not ashamed to brazenly declare her love to the twenty-five-year-old man, who is also the fiancĂ© of her sister. 

But Ford has no intention of taking advantage of the blond beauty, even though her reckless behavior causes his engagement to be broken. Ruby is sent off in disgrace to a boarding school in Connecticut, where she remains for the next three years. 

Once in Connecticut, Ruby discovers her singing voice and decides to leave after graduation for the bright lights of New York and the vaudeville stage. 

Ford also decides to make his home in New York and suddenly finds himself face-to-face with Ruby Sutton, the very grown and very beautiful rising star of the vaudeville stage. 

As Ruby’s star ascends, she makes a huge conquest with the King of Manhattan: William Parker. King Parker begins to take an interest in Ruby’s career, and more importantly Ruby herself, as Ford finally realizes he is in love with her. 

King finances a tour to Europe as his interest in Ruby takes a turn toward the more obsessive. Ruby finds herself torn between her true love for Ford and the obligation she owes King. She must tread carefully between the two men, and the brutal murder of someone they all know causes everyone to wonder who had the motive.

The Vaudeville Star is available now in ebook format on Amazon for $2.99! Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and get the scoop on all of Nicola's books on her website.

Need an editor?
Email me anytime to chat about your project!
jennyq@historicaleditorial.com

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Best I've Come Across Round-up

In a perfect world, this blog would be full of writing and editing tips, research assistance, and all other kinds of good stuff you'd expect an editor to come up with. But the truth is, between editing and cover design gigs and maintaining my first love, my book review blog, I'm just too busy to devote as much time as I'd like to this blog. But I am pretty good at finding resources, tips, and fun stuff and passing them along to my followers on Twitter and Facebook. So I thought I'd compile the best of what I come across on the world wide web every once in a while in a recap post for this blog. Here's the latest:

5 Things That Should Be On Every Writer’s Bucket List

The Joy Of Genre Mashing: 5 Tips For Writing Cross Genre

7 Surprising Things I Learned Self-Publishing a Book

The 5 Biggest Fiction Writing Mistakes (& How to Fix Them)

5-Minute Book Marketing for Indie Authors

4 Writing Routine Myths That Kill Creativity

How to Ruin a Romance in 5 Easy Steps

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

New Book Release: Moriarty Meets His Match


Please join me in congratulating Anna Castle on her newest release, the first book in her Professor and Mrs. Moriarty Mystery Series, Moriarty Meets His Match! I had the pleasure of working with Anna on a developmental edit and a copyedit of this clever mystery featuring Sherlock Holmes's favorite villain, and I designed the book's cover! Here's the description:

Professor James Moriarty has but one desire left in his shattered life: to prevent the man who ruined him from harming anyone else. Then he meets amber-eyed Angelina Gould and his world turns upside down. 

At an exhibition of new inventions, an exploding steam engine kills a man. When Moriarty tries to figure out what happened, he comes up against Sherlock Holmes, sent to investigate by Moriarty’s old enemy. Holmes collects evidence that points at Moriarty, who realizes he must either solve the crime or swing it for it himself. He soon uncovers trouble among the board members of the engine company and its unscrupulous promoter. Moriarty tries to untangle those relationships, but everywhere he turns, he meets the alluring Angelina. She’s playing some game, but what’s her goal? And whose side is she on?

Between them, Holmes and Angelina push Moriarty to his limits -- and beyond. He’ll have to lose himself to save his life and win the woman he loves.

Moriarty Meets His Match is available now in print and ebook formats on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Anna's website, where she blogs about her research and writing historical fiction set in England.

Need an editor or cover designer?
Email me anytime to chat about your project!
jennyq@historicaleditorial.com