Tamara wears many hats as a writer, editor, and Indie Author Hub leader. In this interview, I ask Tamara about the organization of Indie Author Hub and their plans for the future.
Hi, everyone! I’m Mary Gray, young adult author of marygraybooks.com. Some of you know that I’ve jumped into the foray of audio books. I wanted to make THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM available on audible.com, and that meant hiring a voice actress through ACX. I have signed with a magnificent talent, and she is recording the audio book even now. In the meantime (and I hadn’t entirely realized this when I began this endeavor) I’ve needed to create a new cover for THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM since I would be considered the publisher. I contacted Spencer Hill Press to be sure that I couldn’t use my old cover, because I love it, but they verified what I feared: that I needed a new cover for the audio book.
So, I went to my sister, Cammie Larsen, who so happens to be a very talented artist. Her work was recently published in THE FAITHFUL CREATIVE MAGAZINE and she worked up something that knocked my socks off!
So are you ready to see it? After I reveal it to you, I’m going to invite Cammie to join me to share a little about what she did to make it.
As you can see, audio book covers are actually square-shaped in design. I didn’t know that. And Cammie found the perfect stock image that would jive with my book. I love the blue color, the model is stunning, and the font just FITS.
*Split-screen with Cam*
Hi, Cammie! I just want to say that I love what you did with my cover. I was wondering if you could share a little about what went through your mind when you created it?
(Her answers include: how we initially chose a different photo, but it was black and white and very limiting, how she chose the font, and a little about the layout.)
Hi, everyone! I’m Young Adult author, Mary Gray, of marygraybooks.com and I’m here today with the multi genre author, Katie Coughran. She is the multi-genre author of YA fantasy, Inheritance Aflame, the Cookie and Broden chapter books, and Happy Scoops, a clean and quirky romance. I met Katie last summer while my family stayed with my husband’s parents in Washington, and when I thought I was helping her learn about learning how to land a traditional writing deal, she’s turning out to be one of the key people to help me find my footing on the indie author track.
One of the tricks throughout all this, though, is learning how to shift from traditional publishing to the indie author mindset. Instead of twitter stalking agents or editors, I’m slowly learning to spearhead my writing career myself. Katie’s been an excellent example of this “diving in.” And I’ve invited her here today to discuss what she’s doing to make this shift in mindset really work.
So, Katie, I was wondering if you could share with us what you’re doing to embrace this shift in mindset to pursue the indie author route?
(Katie’s answers include relying on other indie authors, like Joanna Penn and Nick Stephenson, relying on the Lord, and believing in herself.)
I want to thank everyone for watching. Please visit Katie’s website, Katiecoughran.com. See you next time!
Hello, everyone! I’m YA author, Mary Gray, of marygraybooks.com and I’m here to reveal the cover of my upcoming novel, OUR SWEET GUILLOTINE, which will be published at the end of April! OUR SWEET GUILLOTINE is about a young executioner who falls for the daughter of a woman he had to kill—and the daughter who wants to murder him. It’s a Young Adult gothic romance, in the vein of THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER by Megan Shepherd or GRAVE MERCY by Robin LaFevers. Feel free to visit marygraybooks.com to read the full jacket blurb.
So, ready? Here’s the book cover!
Dane Low of ebooklaunch.com created it, and I have to say he did an awesome job portraying the creepy, romantic tone. Gabriel, the young executioner, is actually very sweet and longs to escape his job, and Tempeste is a headstrong girl.
So if this sounds like something you would like, please comment to let me know that you’re interested in being advance reader! I would email you an ecopy of the book at the end of this month in exchange for an honest review.
And if you’d rather wait to purchase the ebook or print copy, that is always great too.
Thank you all so much for watching. I hope you all like the cover. Don’t forget to comment if you’d like to be an advance reader. See you next week!
In this interview, Vanessa is kind enough to answer the following questions:
- Can you tell us more about your writing background?
- What inspired you to start THE FAITHFUL CREATIVE magazine? What have been some of your obstacles, and what are your dreams for this magazine?
- Tell us more about your books and where we can find them.
Don’t forget to buy a copy of this beautiful magazine at http://www.vanessakeccles.com/thefaithfulcreative.html!