In book news Life Reader is now available on Amazon, but remember I’m offering it for free June 6 through June 10!
Today I’m going to shine the spotlight on one of our community members: my cover artist. Her artist name is Myrrhlynn (pronounced Merlin) which suits her perfectly because she works magic with photoshop.
Working with Myrrhlynn is both eye opening and a blast. I usually have a vague cover idea and relay it to Myrrhlynn. Myrrhlynn very graciously does not scream at my total lack of graphic artistry and whips up a sample cover of her own design–which is a million times better. (Believe me, you do NOT want to see the original cover of My Life at the MBRC. That is a painful memory.) She usually uses a royalty free stock photo as her base and works from there. Sometimes, as is the case with Life Reader, she does a great deal of manipulation to make the graphic perfect (In the original photo the book is not positioned where my cover has it).
A fun thing about Myrrhlynn is her passion for fonts. I enjoy the benefits of this passion as it makes my covers a million times better, but Myrrhlynn is very specific and purposeful with the fonts she uses in her work. A cover font sets the tone of the book, she says. I gave her a few headaches with the title Red Rope of Fate. She had a horrible time choosing a font that didn’t make the book look sleazy, which is pretty funny considering it’s nothing but a sweet, fluffy love story.
I owe a lot to Myrrhlynn and her fantastic covers. Good cover art is an important step in attracting readers, so in a way, Champions, you are all here because of Myrrhlynn. So this is a shout out thanks to Myrrhlynn: the wizard of photoshop!