Thursday, October 16, 2014

Best I've Come Across Round-up: The NaNoWriMo Edition

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 what I've been compiling over the past two weeks for those who are preparing to participate in National Novel Writing Month:


Get Ready for NaNoWriMo: How to Prepare to Write Your Book in 30 Days

Get Ready for NaNoWriMo: How to Fit Writing into Your Busy Schedule

Get Ready for NaNoWriMo: To Edit or Not Edit While Writing a First Draft

30 Days to Your Novel: An Awesome Book Bundle from Writer's Digest

5 Tips for NaNoWriMo: Getting Started

7 NaNoWriMo Survival Tips

30 Days of Tips for NaNoWriMo

Monday, October 6, 2014

New Cover Design: Romancing Olive


Romancing Olive by Holly Bush has a brand new cover designed by yours truly! Holly has been very successful with her Prairie Romance series with sepia-toned covers, but she felt it was time to offer them in print and bring them to life in full color. I read Romancing Olive before Holly and I started working together, and it's on my list of best indie romances. Check it out!

Before & After:



What do you think? Here's the book description:


1891 . . . Spinster librarian, Olive Wilkins, is shocked to learn of her brother’s violent death at a saloon gaming table and her sister-in-law’s subsequent murder, traveling far from her staid life to rescue her niece and nephew, now orphans. She arrives to find the circumstances of her brother’s life deplorable and her long held beliefs of family and tradition, shaken.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

New Cover Design: Blood on the Snow

Congrats to David Cook on the publication of the third book in his Soldier Chronicles series, Blood on the Snow, with a cover designed by yours truly! Here's the book description:

Winter, 1794, Flanders, and the British are retreating. 

Faced by appalling weather and pursued by an overwhelming enemy, the very survival of the British Army is at stake. 

With little supplies and ammunition, Lieutenant Jack Hallam of the 28th Regiment must prove himself by leading his company through the full horrors of the withdrawal, where morale is desperately low, and where looting and ill-discipline are rife. 

The men must endure freezing temperatures, disease and battle if they wish to see home again, and if any officer can accomplish this feat, then that man is Jack Hallam. 

Blood on the Snow is a gripping tale of honour, bravery and self-sacrifice in the darkest of times. 


Blood on the Snow is available for Kindle on Amazon for only $1.29, and the first book in the series, Liberty or Death, is FREE on Smashwords! Check out David's website for more on the other books in this series and his work-in-progress about Robin Hood.

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

Monday, September 29, 2014

New Book Release: Libby Morgan: Reunion


Congratulations to Leah Zieber on the publication of her debut novel, Libby Morgan: Reunion, the first book in the American Heritage Quilt Series! I am so excited to finally be able to share this book with everyone! Leah is an award-winning quilter and quilt historian. She travels the country attending quilt shows and presenting workshops and lectures on preserving America's rich quilting traditions. This book has been a true labor of love for Leah, and I am honored to have been a part of her journey. I performed a copyedit, and I designed the cover.

Finding historically accurate models in stock art can be difficult, but it's especially difficult to find children or young adults. Fortunately, Leah has a daughter who fit the bill and a group of friends happy to lend a hand and their nineteenth-century clothing! Yes, that's Leah's daughter on the cover, who also served as inspiration for Libby Morgan, a young woman embarking on a personal journey to learn more about her family's history through quilting and the love and sense of community surrounding quilt-making. Here's the book description:

Coming from a long line of seamstresses, Libby has yet to sew anything more than the rudimentary button or hem, but on a visit to Connecticut she learns more than just how to sew patchwork. Set in 1855 New England and London, this tender story, Libby Morgan: Reunion, follows tenacious Elizabeth (Libby) Jane Morgan through her thirteenth summer of new adventures at home and abroad. She is given a birthday gift of sewing tools and fabric, as well as old family letters to use as templates for making her first quilt. Her decision to first read the letters results in questions that only her Grandmother Morgan’s stories can answer—stories of true love, horrible loss and family connections to London nobles. Her keen eye and inquisitive nature draws her family into a mysterious investigation that tests their faith, challenges their ability to forgive, and results in a resurrection and reunion of lost hearts.

Libby Morgan is available now in print on Amazon (Kindle book coming soon) and as an ebook at Barnes & Noble and Smashwords, and you can add it to your shelves on Goodreads. And if you have an interest in America's quilting history, you've got to check out Leah's website, where she blogs about quilting and has tons of gorgeous photos, including more from the cover photo shoot!

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

Monday, September 22, 2014

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 Mistakes Writers Make (and How to Avoid Them)

99 Essential Quotes on Character Creation

5 Quotes on Writing from Elmore Leonard

How to Map Out Your Hero's Adventure

3 Things Your Novel's Narrator Needs to Accomplish

Free Download: Exploring Character Development in Your Writing

How to Destroy Your Initial Idea & Make Your Story Better


Friday, September 12, 2014

New Cover Design: The War Nurse


The War Nurse by R.V. Doon, a historical family saga and epic military romance set during WWII, now has a brand new cover designed by yours truly! She had a perfectly nice cover before, but she felt that it didn't really get across the time period and tone of the novel, and that's where I came in!

Before & After

 


What do you think? Here's the book description:

This historical thriller begins on the eve of WWII in the Philippines. Katarina Stahl an American Red Cross nurse, is the happiest she’s ever been in her life. She’s making love and playing music with Jack Gallagher in an idyllic paradise. Their medical mission is over, the boat tickets to home are purchased, and all that remains is to fly a sick child to the hospital at Clark Air Field. 

She never expected to witness bombs falling out of planes. In those terrifying first minutes, she frees a German doctor accused of spying and saves his life. She turns to nursing the injured, unaware she’s unleashed an obsession more dangerous to her and those she loves, than the war she’s trapped in. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

New Cover Design: Corral Nocturne

Congrats to Elisabeth Grace Foley on the release of her newest Western romance, Corral Nocturne, with a cover designed by moi! Here's the book description:

A short and sweet retelling of the beloved Cinderella story set on the Montana prairies.

Life on her brother's ranch is lonely for Ellie Strickland. Ed's ungracious manners and tight-fisted habits keep visitors away and his mother and sister close to home. But when Cole Newcomb, son of the wealthiest rancher in the county, meets Ellie by chance, he is struck by an unexpected impulse to rescue her from her solitude--and Ellie's lonely summer is transformed.

When Cole asks her to go with him to the Fourth of July dance, Ellie is determined that nothing, from an old dress to Ed's sour temper, will stand in her way. By the time the Fourth of July fireworks go off at midnight, will they herald only more heartache, or maybe--just maybe--a dream come true?

Corral Nocturne is available for pre-order on Amazon for $1.99! And be sure to stop by Elisabeth's website where she blogs about everything Western!

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