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Ask Kat: How can I tell if stock images allow me to use them in book production?

Seek out the policies page on the stock site. Or on the specific stock’s page. Or if in doubt, contact the creator of said stock. I use Fotolia, because they have a great range of stock and policies that protect you. If your photo manipulation style is more filter heavy, Photoshop is your program. If your photo manipulation style is more illustrative (like mine), Corel Painter is your program.

Ask Kat: What tips do you have for designing covers in a series?

There are two ways I would suggest doing series or trilogy covers based on the content in the books. For single POV books: I’d recommend using the same model or character design for each cover but using different colors, situations or background elements for each. For example, the covers I created for LM Preston’s The Pack series, featured this type of design. If instead you are using symbols or other non-human design element such as Veronica Roth’s Divergent series, all the covers should use similarly important symbols. Color isolation, like that used in the Twilight Saga covers, is another good example.

10 ways to make your cover stand out in the crowd

There are bad covers out there; we have all seen them. The ones with the glaring, eye-searing colors, painful design, and horrid photoshopping that should be a crime against humanity. I could go on for days about the horrors I have seen lurking in the dark corners of bookshops, but I’m sure you’d all rather I talk about what makes a good cover. The kind that stands out on a crowded shelf and demands you buy it.

Calling All Authors: Free Advice, Chats, and Prizes, Oh My!

Hi my Indie kitties, if you’re an author (or want to be), you must make plans to attend the Indie Revolution Conference, or as we like to call it: Indie ReCon – making Indie publishing a mission possible! While the conference focuses on Indie publishing, there will be tons of advice that will benefit writers who utilize all publishing styles. And during the conference, our presenters and partners will be giving out loads of prizes – including new kobo e-readers. Some of the conference highlights include:

Ask Kat: What made you decide go the indie route?

Most little girls play house or with dolls, I played store. I think I’ve wanted to own my own business since I was five. I come from a long line of people with that entrepreneurial spirit, so it was inevitable, really. I have nothing against traditional publishing, I have a lot of friends who work in the industry. But for me, it was more important that I do this myself, than hand my project over to someone else. I really like the idea that this is mine; that I made this. My words, my art, my design, my drive, moving it forward. That my readers get one complete vision, one story, one voice. Pure, the way it was meant to be.

Ask Kat: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? The question is what don’t I do, really. Well first and foremost I create art, being that it’s my day job. I read a lot of books and manga and watch TV shows or movies and anime. I make cosplay, micro origami and miniature hand bound books. I take a jazz dance class once a week and perform in it’s two yearly shows. I’ve actually been in dance for the majority of my life. I also perform in the world famous historical re-enactment event The Great Dickens Fair every year. If you’re ever in the SF Bay Area during the winter holidays you should come check it out. Lastly my husband convinced me I should join their Pathfinder tabletop role playing game, so I’ll be starting that soon.

The Next Big Thing [Bloggity Hop]

Thanks Ashe Marshall for tagging me to be a part of this blog hop! I’m SUPER excited to share my latest novel, the second book in The Marked Ones Trilogy, with you all. In case you didn’t know, THE NEXT BIG THING blog hop, is designed to raise awareness of new works, or works in progress. Basically an author answers a set of questions about their current project and posts it on their blog along with the names and links to the blogs of a few other authors they’re tagging (in my case one, because everyone is/was still gone for the holidays). Then, the following Wednesday, those authors post their answers to the questions along with the authors they are tagging and so on.

DITM Virtual Book Tour

Hello my fine feline friends, the Daemons in the Mist Virtual Book Tour kicks off tomorrow Saturday June 9th and runs through June 23rd. We'll be joining a lot of fabulous bloggers, so be sure to check out the blogs below on their tour dates to find some awesome...

Daemons in the Mist 2nd Edition Release

Hello my fine feline friends, Guess what releases today? If you said Daemons in the Mist, you're correct! That day is finally here! The second edition of my debut novel is now out there in the world complete with new editing, new design, new cover, but featuring the...

Now Available

Daemons in the Mist Finally getting the girl of your dreams; what could possibly go wrong? eventeen year old Patrick Connolly has been hopelessly infatuated with Nualla for years but he is all but invisible...

Daemons in the Mist Tour

Hey awesome followers, the Daemons in the Mist Virtual Book Tour will kick off Saturday June 9th and runs through June 23rd. We'll be joining lots of fabulous bloggers, so be sure to check out the blogs below on their tour dates to find some awesome...

DITM Second Edition Cover & Trailer Reveal

At my good friend LM Preston's awesome virtual book launch party for Explorer X-Beta this past weekend, (you may remember the cover I did for the book last October) I unveiled the cover and trailer for the second edition of Daemons in the Mist. For those of you who...

Explorer X-Beta Virtual Release Party

Explorer X-Beta Virtual Release Party March 31st, 2012 12pm-11pm EST Facebook Hi Everyone I will be one of the 10 special guests at LM Preston's virtual book release party this Saturday. The release party for Explorer X-Beta is an 11 hour marathon of Spotlight...

Stop SOPA and PIPA

SOPA and PIPA aren't just bad news for internet companies and creators, they're bad news for us all and disastrous for this country. SOPA and PIPA are the wrong way to combat internet piracy. They're the digital equivalent of fixing a roach problem by burning down the...

Stop SOPA

SOPA and PIPA aren't just bad news for internet companies and creators, they're bad news for us all and disastrous for this country. SOPA and PIPA are the wrong way to combat internet piracy. They're the digital equivalent of fixing a roach problem by burning down the...

Separated- Nothing is Ever So Hopeless

Nothing is ever so hopeless that you cannot succeed. This week's Illustration Friday word was Separated and this is the first thing that came to mind. Bleach is one of my favorite anime/manga's and there are some truly beautiful and heart wrenching lines in the story....