Evelyn Chartres Author

New Image and Lady Shade

Dressing up the Cover – Part 3

This is Part 3 of the Dressing up the Cover tutorial and previously we covered Caveats and Workarounds.

Before creating a cover, look at best-sellers within your genre. They showcase trends and expectations, such as the location, placement and style of image. After some research, I created a series of covers including the Bravo variant.

We know that Amazon.com requires their covers to be of a certain size. This guideline informs us that a resolution 625x1000px is the minimum resolution. From the File menu, click on New, which will open the New Image Window.

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We are going to create an image that is bigger than required to maintain detail:

  • 6250 pixels wide;
  • 10000 pixels high;
  • 300 Pixels/Inch for resolution; and
  • Transparent.

Once you are satisfied with the settings, click on OK, which will create a new image base. Now that we have a blank slate, it is time to start adding in elements.

For this particular version, we are going to use Lady Shade without the Ethereal background. Open up your fully rendered version of this image then copy it into the New Image. To copy a Background, select the Background Layer then use the CTRL-C keyboard combination. Alternatively you can click on the Edit menu then select Copy.

Click on the Tab for your New Image. Then use the CTRL-V combination or from the Edit menu select Paste As New Layer. This will drop in Lady Shade which takes up more than the allocated space. The end result should look like this:

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Lady shade is currently not in position, we want her closer to the centre, even if that leaves a blank at the top.  From the Tools Bar, select the Pick Tool then drag it down for a bit.

Note

Do not worry if the image moves off the confines of the image.  This has no effect on the layer being moved.

Resize and adjust as necessary, until you get the result below:

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In Part 4, we will Play with Borders and Text.

Not yet Time to Pull out the Bubbly

I came across an article on the National Post by Colby Cosh titled Books gain a surprise victory in the war against bits.  To me, this seems to be an unexpected turn of events; print books have sold more this year than last year whereas eBooks have levelled off.  There are a few points I noticed.

A lot of the new sales have to do with new markets.  Adult colouring books being a prime example.

Related to the above, there appears to be a backlash by some groups against new technology.  Books have people who need to feel the grain of paper and apparently younger people are more likely to go retro.  See the National Post article by Andrew Coyne titled Making sense of the analog counter-revolution for more information.

Publishers spend more time making covers look better to get more attention.  This may raise the bar dramatically for Indie authors.

Also, publishers are moving away from discounting hard covers.  Instead, they aim to create the perception of their books being worth the full price.  Much of this is related to the physical nature of books making them ideal for collections.

Some books also do not work well on a KindleThe Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe, the author of the XKCD comic is a good example.  This book is built on a series of large detailed diagrams that are hard to reproduce on dedicated eBook readers.

This article implies that at least some publishing companies are not incompetent.  So we will need to wait a few more years before breaking out the bubbly.

French Canadian Sugar Cream Pie

Sugar cream pieSugar cream pie is a single-crust pie filled with a homogeneous mixture similar to caramel.  Other names that are common to this desert are Sugar Cream Pie and Butter Tarts.  This dessert is delicious when served with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Ingredients

  • 1½  cups (350 ml) of brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (230 ml) of milk
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 x 8 inch (20 cm) pie crusts

Preparation

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400°F (205°C).
  2. In a pot mix brown sugar, flour, milk and butter.
  3. Heat on medium until mixture begins to boil then reduce heat.  Cook for an additional five minutes while stirring.
  4. Once time has elapsed, remove and let cool for 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Lightly whip the egg then mix with the cooled brown sugar mixture.
  6. Divide then pour mixture into pie crusts.
  7. Place in the oven for 15 to 25 minutes or until the crust is lightly browned and mixture is bubbling.

Journey Though the River of Reviews

Journey through the River of Belief has been updated on Wattpad and Google Docs. This completes the review of the Grand‘s core chapters and leaves the coda next!

As with previous reviews, this process is aimed to tighten up the writing so that it reads better. Once done with this initial run through, more review cycles will be done before getting the work professionally edited.

The Google Docs version of this chapter will allow you to propose corrections and leave comments.  Feel free to make use of this collaborative tool!

The Grand is a Gothic Horror novel using a Grand Hotel as a backdrop during the Roaring Twenties focusing on victims of the hotel’s guests.  Ever wondered what happens in a hotel catering to Things That Go Bump in the Night?

The Ethereal Nights Review

Ethereal Nights has been revised and updated on both Google Docs and Wattpad.  This is the first major revision of this chapter since The Grand has been consolidated for an overall review.  The Google Docs version allows for both comments and change proposals so readers are encouraged to use these capabilities.

The Grand is a Gothic Horror novel using a Grand Hotel as a backdrop during the Roaring Twenties focusing on victims of the hotel’s guests.  Ever wondered what happens in a hotel catering to Things That Go Bump in the Night?