Thank you to all of those who voted. Without further ado—
Here it is!!
This cover was designed by the amazing Jason Alexander from Expert Designs. Here’s the testimonial I wrote:
“I had a concept in mind that I thought was perfect for my book, but other artists I had previously worked with had problems bringing it to life. I checked out Expert Subjects based on a referral from a friend. I got to work with Jason who nailed the basic concept down on his first try.
After some minor tweeks to background and size, the book cover of my dreams was ready to go to the voting stage with two others Jason had come up with himself. Turns out the voters preferred both the images Jason came up with to my own idea by a landslide. When showing friends and family to get them to vote, I saw their eyes light up when they saw his covers. Can’t beat that!
It was truly a pleasure working with Jason. He was patient and responsive and clearly had the better idea.”
So, if you’re ever in need of a book cover, I recommend Jason from expert designs. Check them out here: http://www.expertsubjects.com/covers/
Thanks again for voting.
And look for Communion October 1, 2013
Not sure what everyone else uses for their first blog post, so I’ll take some time to introduce myself:
I’m 25. I’m a graduate of North Carolina State University where I majored in Psychology and minored in Japanese. I currently live in Southern Maryland.
I wrote a lot as a kid. I began a new story (or 3 or 4) every school year but rarely completed them. I finally finish one when I was 16. It was about ninjas. It was really bad.
Communion, my first completed novel worth self-publishing, will be released October 1st. Writing it was a labor of love (sometimes more of a labor), but I’m eagerly looking forward to writing about Les and the other dhampir in the near future.
My values as a writer include:
Write High-Quality Books
Notice I didn’t phrase it as a “writing a good story.” While this is paramount to having a good book, another aspect writers need to think about is the quality of the book. A riveting story can easily be ruined by typos and poor editing.
The Young Adult fiction is in desperate need of more stories from a male perspective. Even more scarce are male protagonists of minority. Communion and my other current project (which is still untitled) both center around African-American males in high school. I use a cast from different racial and religious backgrounds, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.
What does this have to do with writing books? The books that you write say a lot about you as a person. I want my books to have a good message. That doesn’t mean that I always use morally good characters or non-offensive content. But even the worst of us have something to say that could benefit the rest.
If I didn’t have fun writing it, I doubt you’ll have fun reading it.
So that’s all for now. I have a condensed version of this in the “About” section. Let me know if there’s anything else you’d like to know or see added to that section.