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Offline SugoiMe

Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #255 on: January 25, 2018, 02:54:44 AM »
Epic cover for an epic fantasy. It's beautiful, really, sets the tone of your book without even having to read the blurb (I read the blurb after).
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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #256 on: January 26, 2018, 02:32:18 PM »
Thanks, all, I'm very happy with it!
I had a surprising amount of input into the cover artwork, and you don't get that with most publishers. I'm quite blown away by Angry Robot's efforts at involving me in the whole process and taking my thoughts on board, right from the ideas stage, through rough sketches and onto the final artwork. It was a really interesting process to go through.

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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #257 on: January 26, 2018, 02:52:36 PM »
I'm quite blown away by Angry Robot's efforts at involving me in the whole process and taking my thoughts on board, right from the ideas stage, through rough sketches and onto the final artwork.

It's almost as if they believe that fully capturing the author's mood, character, and plot ideas - and all of their nuances and undertones - might lead to a better product vs. a corporate committee :)  So glad you're feeling confident moving forward.
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« Reply #258 on: January 29, 2018, 05:45:26 PM »
The cover looks superb, Cameron.

I look forward to reading it. :)

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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #259 on: February 07, 2018, 08:15:49 AM »
I finally got word from Albedo One (the publication that runs the competition I placed third in). Apparently, the guy responsible had had problems with illness in the family, but he informed me that things were now back on track, and asked me for my PayPal so he could send me my prize money! It'll be months yet before I'm actually published, but I'm much relieved to find out it's still happening.

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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #260 on: February 07, 2018, 10:09:14 AM »
I finally got word from Albedo One (the publication that runs the competition I placed third in). Apparently, the guy responsible had had problems with illness in the family, but he informed me that things were now back on track, and asked me for my PayPal so he could send me my prize money! It'll be months yet before I'm actually published, but I'm much relieved to find out it's still happening.

So, woo!
Hurrah! Glad to hear they got back to you and it's all moving again.

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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #261 on: February 07, 2018, 10:22:47 AM »
Thanks! It makes me a realise how much I've hung myself up on this one thing (hint: too much). But yeah, it's my first step into the world of "real writers", so it's a pretty big deal to me. I just need to relax and GET BACK TO WRITING MORE STUFF LIKE THAT. Ahem.

Move along.  8)
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« Reply #262 on: February 07, 2018, 06:42:24 PM »
Great stuff. :)

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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #263 on: February 07, 2018, 08:48:23 PM »
Thanks, all, I'm very happy with it!
I had a surprising amount of input into the cover artwork, and you don't get that with most publishers. I'm quite blown away by Angry Robot's efforts at involving me in the whole process and taking my thoughts on board, right from the ideas stage, through rough sketches and onto the final artwork. It was a really interesting process to go through.

Sounds awesome. I'm guessing publishers that aren't huge see the value in giving writers more input. That's one of the big advantages of self-publishing; controlling all the aspects of your book and PR. I'm guessing the more successful self-publishers we see, the more publishing houses will adapt. I think it's quite inevitable that they will have to adapt.
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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #264 on: February 08, 2018, 01:47:24 AM »
@CameronJohnston and @Magnus Hedén  Really pleased to see good news in this thread after long hard climbs and disappointments. ;D 

You do realise we are all enjoying your excitement and glory vicariously here? Please keep us informed of any more publicity steps or links and ways we can spread the word. ;D
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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #265 on: February 08, 2018, 05:52:51 AM »
Nice! So happy for both you guys.

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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #266 on: February 08, 2018, 08:03:02 AM »
You do realise we are all enjoying your excitement and glory vicariously here?
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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #267 on: February 08, 2018, 09:01:18 AM »
Sounds awesome. I'm guessing publishers that aren't huge see the value in giving writers more input. That's one of the big advantages of self-publishing; controlling all the aspects of your book and PR. I'm guessing the more successful self-publishers we see, the more publishing houses will adapt. I think it's quite inevitable that they will have to adapt.

I'm not so sure. At the end of the day it's the publisher's money gambled on the book's success so they will most certainly do their best to give it a good cover, and big publishers hire professionals in art and marketing to do all of that - many authors have atrocious artistic tastes when it comes to cover designing. Fortunately I think mine coincided perfectly with Angry Robots on this one :)

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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #268 on: February 08, 2018, 09:04:00 AM »
@CameronJohnston and @Magnus Hedén  Really pleased to see good news in this thread after long hard climbs and disappointments. ;D 

You do realise we are all enjoying your excitement and glory vicariously here? Please keep us informed of any more publicity steps or links and ways we can spread the word. ;D

Glad to hear it!  :) But there will be so many blog posts, interviews and bit and pieces coming up in the lead up to June that I couldn't possibly post every little bit here - I want to see what everybody else is up to here!  I'll mostly be posting those things on my website and Twitter.

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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #269 on: February 08, 2018, 10:28:25 AM »
@CameronJohnston and @Magnus Hedén  Really pleased to see good news in this thread after long hard climbs and disappointments. ;D 

You do realise we are all enjoying your excitement and glory vicariously here? Please keep us informed of any more publicity steps or links and ways we can spread the word. ;D

Glad to hear it!  :) But there will be so many blog posts, interviews and bit and pieces coming up in the lead up to June that I couldn't possibly post every little bit here - I want to see what everybody else is up to here!  I'll mostly be posting those things on my website and Twitter.

What if you made a running list in a single post you keep updating as a reference so we could look it up as a reference?  I love reading interviews with people I know (virtually), and I for one would find it educational to see how the whole marketing experience goes for new authors. Or will that all be consolidated on your website?