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Behind the Scenes – The Rovers

This is a cover for Melange Books. For this cover, the author already had an idea of what image he wanted used for both the front and back. However, the stock image we looked at initially was marked “editorial only,” so that one wasn’t available. However, we did find a similar photograph on the Library of Congress website that didn’t have any known restrictions, in part due to its age.

So, though it was black and white, I retouched the image and filled it in with color, along with sharpening the picture. (Ironically, while I retouched the back cover image as well, I removed the color from that one). We also found a free font that resembled the baseball logo of the referenced team. This was the result:

Book Cover - The Rovers

I changed the border a bit for the front and back of the print covers, due to the trim lines.

Book Cover - The Rovers - Print Edition

Back of Book Cover - The Rovers


Primary stock images from the Library of Congress: https://www.loc.gov/item/91725980

We had a modern-day image we considered using, but couldn’t due to licencing restrictions.

Post Card Border from The Dollar Photo Club (Now Closed)

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photos-quinn-abbey-image18602883 – Churchyard

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Thoughts on Everything – A Cover Contest, A Giveaway, And A Bit of Twitter Fun

Today I’ve got a few various bits of news to share, from a fun cover contest, a Goodreads giveaway for Magic’s Stealing, and a bit of fun that can be had on Twitter. 🙂

Starting off…

Author Shout Cover Wars Contest

Last week, Paul Ferrante’s book, The Curse of the Fairfield Witch (which I did the book cover for), won the Author Shout Cover Wars contest and is currently this week’s Book of the Week.

Cover Wars is a fun contest that pits book covers head-to-head to see which can get the most votes for the week. It’s mostly for fun, but it’s neat to see all the options, and it hopefully affords authors a bit more visibility for their books.

SBibb - The Curse of the Fairfield Witch - Book Cover


Speaking of visibility…

Magic’s Stealing Goodreads Giveaway

If you’re in the US and looking for a chance to win a free, signed paperback copy of my YA fantasy novella, Magic’s Stealing, I’ve got a Goodreads giveaway going on from now until January 24th. I’m trying to promote the book, and I figured a giveaway would be a good chance. Not sure if it’ll help promote sales or not, but we’ll see how it goes. 🙂

In the meantime, if you want to see a Goodreads Giveaway from me but you’re not in the US (as I know several of my blog readers aren’t), let me know which countries you want to see a giveaway in, and I’ll run by the post office and see where I can feasibly ship review copies to. I’m hoping to do another giveaway later in the year if this one goes well, and I’d like to open it up to more than just the US. 🙂

Click here to enter the giveaway!

SBibb - Magic's Stealing Cover




Every Wednesday there’s #1lineWed fun on Twitter. Basically, there’s a theme posted every week, and you try to find a line to match that theme from one of your current works-in-progress. It’s a lot of fun, and a good way to meet another writers and see some really awesome lines.

This week, the theme was “Old.” These were my tweets:

“Her face revealed only parsimonious wrinkles, what he fondly referred to as marks of wisdom.” (The Multiverse Chronicles – written by both me and Isaac)

“Faint cracks ran along their stone skins from a long history of mortal fingers stroking the statues for favor.” (The Shadow War)

If you haven’t done so already, put it on your to-do list for next week. They usually announce the theme several days in advance, so if you’re not around for Wednesday, you can still schedule tweets (I use Tweetdeck) to go live at a later date.

That’s it for now. 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this post, and you can look for information about Battle Decks: Trials of Blood and Steel and The Multiverse Chronicles release dates to come very soon. 😀

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Behind the Scenes – The Curse of the Fairfield Witch

A cover for Melange Books.

For this one, the author and publisher already had a few of the stock images chosen that they wanted to use for the cover. I took what they had, tweaked the placement, added the title information, tinkered with coloring to give it the spooky graveyard look, then did the retouching.

Since they already had the model chosen, and already had the full-sized stock image, I went ahead and did the major retouches on the proof image. It saved time in the long run, especially since I made that image into a smart object so that I could easily move it around.

The author later found the background he liked, which I retouched and manipulated (removing the lampposts) to fit better with the graveyard in the story. We played with the idea of adding headstones in the background, but they proved to be too distracting on the near-final, so we removed those. Sometimes less is better, especially when you’re trying to design a cover that will catch the eye and not make the potential reader sit there trying to figure out what a particular element is. (Unless you want that particular surreal effect, then go for it).

For the back cover, the author requested we use one of my first proofs for the background, only edited to work as the back.

This is the result:

SBibb - The Curse of the Fairfield Witch - Book Cover

SBibb - The Curse of the Fairfield Witch - Back of Book Cover

Stock images from Dreamstime:






See the previous books in this series: Spirits of the Pirate House and Roberto’s Return


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Roberto’s Return – Update

I got an email today from the author of Roberto’s Return, (sold by Melange Books, LLC), and he informed me that he got his latest book into the  National Baseball Hall of Fame Gift Store’s Bookshop. The below are a couple pictures he sent me. I thought it was cool and decided to share (with his permission in regards to posting the photos).

Just goes to show that it helps to keep your target audience in mind while marketing. In this case, Paul Ferrante’s story centers around a famous baseball player, and h e was able to get a bookstore that focuses on baseball to carry it.

Awesome, right? 🙂

Paul Ferrante - Roberto's Return in a book store

Paul Ferrante - Roberto's Return in a book store

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Behind the Scenes – Roberto’s Return

This is a cover for Melange Books, the next in the T.J. Jackson Mysteries.

For this cover, the author already had a pretty good idea of what he wanted, and he even had images of the park he wanted used for the background. However, since it was a recognizable building, I did have the author check on the need for a property release. (Just like models, many buildings and areas require property releases. It’s a good idea to check before shooting in an area to see if you’ll need one). The author was able to get permission, and so we were able to proceed with that image.

I also ended up doing a bit of digital illustration (Photoshop CS6) to piece everything together. Since we wanted a very specific pose, and the author had the outfit necessary, he had a friend model for him and shoot the image, and then I picked out the stock images of the man’s head to best fit the character. I added in a different sky, since we wanted sunset, and we tried to mimic the baseball text for the title itself.

Side note: Since most of these covers have been revealed by the time I post them, and since I usually try to post behind the scenes information when I reveal the covers on my blog, I’m going to start calling these posts “Behind the Scenes” instead of “Cover Reveal.” Sorry for any confusion. 🙂

SBibb - Roberto's Return - Book Cover

Stock Photos from Dreamstime:


All other images provided by author. Photograph of Doubleday Field used with permission.


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Cover Reveal: Spirits of the Pirate House

This is another cover for Melange Books.

SBibb - Spirits of the Pirate House

Stock Used:


Putting this cover together was a doozy. While many of my previous covers have been 2-4 stock images, plus textures, this is an example of using digital manipulation to create an entirely different character. Take a look at the different stock images used, then look at the final product. The palm tree was shorter, the pirate consists of several different stock images, a bit of photoshop to make him look angrier, plus doing the color changes and removing the trinkets in the hair. Plus changing lighting. So if you like seeing how you can piece-part an image together, this is the one to look at.

Overall, though difficult to make sure everything was placed as desired, this was a nice review to photomanipulation for creating a new image. 🙂


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