Now Accepting Submissions for issue #2 – Fear



This issue will be guest judged by artist Jason Grim.

“My name is Jason Grim and I am an illustrator, graphic designer, and photographer based in Jacksonville, Florida. I graduated from the University of North Florida in 2013 with a Bachelors in Fine Arts. Photography was my main focus in college, but I am also self taught in digital illustration.

The artworks I create are inspired by cinema, literature, video games, the horror genre, and life events.”

More submission info:

You can also share your #felanfear on twitter and instagram for a chance to be featured on the blog!

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Branding your Books into a Series – Episode 4 of 4…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog


See Episode 1 HERE.

See Episode 2 HERE.

See Episode 3 HERE.

This final episode deals with themes that link your covers. For this, I have to thank Madelaine Bauman for letting me use her covers. She has yet to publish her first book, but has finished the covers, so there may still be some minor changes as she gets closer to her big day.


The Divine Warriors” cover is the first in her Order of the White Lion Trilogy. Note that she has three elements – one ephemeral (the flame), one solid (the coliseum), and one environmental (the ominous sky).

As the trilogy comes out, these three elements remain the same presenting the promise of something that comes and goes (the ephemeral element), something that has a physical presence in the story (the solid element), and where the story takes place (the environmental element.)

The also…

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Branding your Books into a Series – Episode 3 of 4…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog


See Episode 1 HERE.

See Episode 2 HERE.

Welcome back. Now that you’ve had your introduction to using color to mark your books as a series, I’m sure you see that all over the place. About like noticing a particular make/model of vehicle once you’ve purchased it, or you’ve driven in it for longer than a test drive.

This episode is devoted to branding your series with patterns. For that, I’m going to turn to my own covers from the Followers of Torments Saga.

Though I use abstracts, I have also seen this done with more complex covers through borders, frames, even watermarked images that provide a backdrop to the main focal point. I chose this route because throughout the series, the spider and spider web are a central theme for the main character, and I wanted something to indicate that.


This is the cover for “Out of the…

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Branding your Books into a Series – Episode 2 of 4…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog


See Episode 1 HERE.

Welcome back. Today, we’re going to discuss using color to indicate which of your books belong to which series. For this example, I’ll be highlighting Tanya R. Simon’s Vengeance of the Fallen series.

Tanya writes thrillers and thriller/horror mashups. This genre typically is represented by dark, muted colors and lots of blood/gore in the cover image. Tanya went a different way. She elected to go with a simple cover design from Createspace and used color to brand the books into a series. She uses some other elements to help with this, as well.

So, what do her covers look like? Let’s take a look:


This is “Mystery’s Choice” the first book in her series. Note the light purple background, the muted purple blocks, and the purple tone in the skin of the woman.

The secondary elements she uses are the contrast between the eyes, lips and…

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Branding your Books into a Series – Episode 1 of 4…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog


A while back, Chris was kind enough to let me run a multi-part series about making book trailers on a shoe-string budget. In the comments of one of the episodes, someone asked about branding book covers to indicate a series. It’s taken me a while to get everyone’s permission, because I wanted to highlight a couple of different ways you can do this, and that meant finding someone with either a completed, published series, or someone like myself who had their covers completed, and was just filling in the stories to go inside.

I still don’t have my final cover finished, though I will show it when I get to that point. There is a massive amount of work to finish getting it ready for publication. However, I needed it to make a point. (So, when you see it, don’t laugh. It’s still kind of pitiful.)

With that, here…

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Author Tip: How to Brand Yourself

More needed information. Hope it helps others as well.

Mundus Media Ink

How to Brand Yourself

by Michelle Rene Goodhew

Your author platform will be based on your brand and your brand stems from who you are, how you present yourself and how you are perceived.

Your platform begins with you and you ultimately define your brand. Your brand must start with you and stay true to you.  Your brand is you, heart and soul.

Some people find this part of branding the most difficult. Figuring out how to see yourself as a brand can seem hard to grasp at first but is actually really easy.

You are a fascinating person with all kinds of interesting aspects of yourself that are unique and can be added into your author brand.

What you look like, what you wear, how you pose for pictures, these all can be inviting portions of your brand. Are you fun, are you approachable, and are your interests interesting. What you read makes…

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Scrivener workshop – using a writing target word count

If I can get around to actually learning to do this, it will be a great asset to me. Hope it helps others, too.

G.L. Cromarty

I am typically not a great planner when it comes to my writing work. I get the job done in a random fashion that bounces about from the start, to the end, to the middle, and all over the place. As a poor planner, scrivener has a number of features I have found invaluable to assist me in getting on with the task of writing a book. The project target feature is a great little prompt to help you keep on track with your writing targets, and to celebrate your progress along the way.

Accessed via the menu. Project | Show Project Targets

scrivener - show project targets menu

When I am writing, I have no pressing deadlines other than the ones I set myself. I usually pick a date and see how it comes out for the daily word count.

I write scifi, so I always pick a genre specific target for the whole book of 90K. Generally, I…

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#Newbook ‘The River’ by Patrick Jones (@PatrickJones56). You’ve been warned!

I read the sample chapters on Amazon and added them to my list of books to purchase.

Just Olga

Hi all:

It’s Friday and day for new books. And today it’s time to get scared, really scared.

I met Patrick Jones and family (they are great supporters of his writing) on Twitter and I’ve been following his career ever since. He blogs about writing, shares fascinating videos of his garden, and is generous sharing other writers’ work.

Author Patrick Jones Author Patrick Jones

Pat Jones was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. His special interests include the science of paleoanthropology and archaeology.  Woodworking is one of his favorite hobbies, with special emphasis on the unique grains and textures of various species of trees. He and his wife, Sandy, thrive on designing and creating a flower garden of perennials, second to none! Constantly evolving, the garden began as a way that he could surprise his wife on her birthday. The rest is history! The garden now spans one forth of an acre!

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Guest author: Howard Kaplan “Damascus Cover”

These books sound intriguing, as do Mr. Kaplan’s experiences in Russia. I am reblogging and sharing.


Today I have the pleasure to introduce an author whose book was made into a film (and with such great actors, too). Since I just returned from Jerusalem and have been to Damascus and Syria in the early 90s I’m particularly interested in this book.
Howard Kaplan has kindly agreed to write a blog post to tell us about his book and success story.1505663_873254849412787_3428435138121261288_n

When I was in my early twenties backpacking through Europe, a friend and I flew on a lark to Lebanon.  In Beirut, we learned a shared taxi service—nine seat diesel Mercedes Benzes—ran regularly between Beirut and Damascus and Syria routinely issued visas at the border.  Damascus is the oldest continuously inhabited city on earth, an oasis surrounded by apricot orchards as underground rivers from Lebanon come up there.  So we went.  Among the places we visited was Marjeh Square, where the Israeli agent, Eli Cohen…

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