From One Artist to Another

Pam Rice is a frequent contribute to ACN Books and we simply adore how she helps fellow authors with their cover art.  In her latest installment she shows how the most simplest of changes can make or break your book in the eye of the reader.  Especially when that reader is a 5 year old in love with a raccoon!

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KidsShelf Books specializes in diverse children’s books. There is quarterly book cover contests for children’s books.

Many covers are submitted and one of the offerings for ‘Honorable Mention’ winners is a critique.

“Promoting great design for great children’s books.

Does your book have that visual appeal that makes 

your work stand apart from the rest?”

Kathy Perry has given us permission to make suggestions on her cover. (The cover above)

Perry’s copy The series heading (Bandana Acres) is bold, but could be smaller to allow the actual title “Rascal’s Trip” to be more prominent.

The illustration could be much larger to put more focus on ‘Rascal’. It’s okay to bleed the graphics off the cover…and it is okay to overlap the heading over the illustration…. as you can see it just adds more drama’.  (the image below)

 

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As you can see Pam Rice doesn’t go overboard in changes, but a few simple adjustments make the world of difference in showcasing the entire story!

 

We thank Pam Rice and Kidshelf Books for showing us that one small step, can be that giant leap into getting an audiences attention.  And we congratulate author Kathy Perry on her honorable mention award in 2018 for Bandana Acres-Rascal’s Trip cover art! You’ll can find everything that happens at Bandana Acres on Amazon.

 

If you are an author, reader, or person in the industry and would like to contribute a feature piece to ACNBooks please submit your topic idea to: mkf.acnbooks@gmail.com

 

2019 Resolutions

2019 holds a vast amount of new prospects for ACN.  Between the release of book 3: Another Word for Ledge sometime in the spring, other writing projects, and our office’s never ending wish list, we have decided to put EVERYTHING on hold and make sure all our ducks are in a row.

Our goal is to be a center for authors-a place for not only readers to discover their new favorite book, but a hub for authors on any publishing platform to connect.  To learn.  And to grow from one another.

In order to do this we have put the Indie Beginning Podcast on the back burner-not gone-just on hiatus for the time being.  For the long list of authors who have submitted to Indie Beginning we thank you for your continued patience, and promise the changes would be beneficial to all of us.

With all this being said-we want to hear from you-authors and readers.  What would you like to see come to ACN?  How about a bulletin board where you can find an editor, a graphic designer, cover artist, or BETA reader?  Or a cafe where we tell you what coffee or wine pairs best with the excerpt you are about to read from a new author?  Book club? Author interview? Author take over? More articles from the people who are sitting in the same seat you are now with their own pieces?  How about a discussion-a place to throw a clip out there to the world and get feedback from readers and writers alike?  Or a virtual library?

In the final days of 2018 we would love to hear from you-and if you could have anything from us; what would it be?  What would ACNBooks look like for you next year?

 

2019

Character Development as a Discovery Writer: An Interview With Indie Author James Wymore.

This week we spoke to James Wymore about his tale Theocracide and character development traps. If you missed last week’s episode where Marie introduced Theocracide head back to episode 42. He has a great take on discovery writing and some sound advice for those who have always wanted to write, but felt it isn’t practical. Stay tuned after the episode for a message from Marie and Ben about the future of Indie Beginning and ACNBooks.

Author Bio:

Born with the unfortunate talent of lying, James Wymore spent his youth explaining things he said before thinking. He studied science to add believability, until he discovered writing justifies untruth with meaning. His published works contain almost every genre, including the best-selling Actuator series. Find out more at http://jameswymore.wordpress.com

Theocracide: An Audiobook Introduction

Theocracide: An Audiobook Introduction

Aliens bent on conquering the world are closing in on a weakened America. Epidemic alien-flu leaves people afraid to go outside their homes. The Undying Emperor is drafting Americans of all ages despite the plummeting population.

Nobody really cares.

Jason, like everyone else, lives in a fantasy facilitated by computer glasses that project images right over the parts of the world he doesn’t like. With a sports scholarship and an amazing new girlfriend, he leads his college team from one victory to another. As long as they ignore the constant barrage of terrible news, their lives would turn out to be perfect.

Until the government discovers his father’s secret. Until his artificially perfect world comes crashing down. Will Jason and his allies survive the manhunt long enough to finish his father’s work – to commit theocracide and set the world right?

Author Bio:

Born with the unfortunate talent of lying, James Wymore spent his youth explaining things he said before thinking. He studied science to add believability, until he discovered writing justifies untruth with meaning. His published works contain almost every genre, including the best-selling Actuator series. Find out more at http://jameswymore.wordpress.com

Next week we discuss the introduction and also learn what inspires James Wymore as well as traps in character development.

Also next week Marie and I will be discussing the future of Indie Beginning and ACNBooks. Let us know how the podcast has played a role for you. Leave your messages on our facebook, twitter, or webpage. All readings in this episode were performed by Marie Kammerer Franke with permission from the author. All production and editing was done by myself. I am your host, Benjamin Franke asking everyone to read more books, be the best possible you, and to simply enjoy this wonderful life. Thanks for listening.