Monday, October 26, 2009

Radio Interview: "Coffee with an Author"

I just did an interview this morning where I talk about novel writing and my journey as a published author. You can listen to the interview at this link:

Just scroll down to the bottom left corner and look for the BlogTalk Radio player.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Evolution of a Book Cover

When I self-published my first novel, Shadows in the Mist, back in 2006, I formed my own publishing company and switched from being novel writer to being publisher and art director of a product I was bringing to the market. My novel is a supernatural thriller set during World War II. I was an unknown author at that time. So I decided the cover had to be good enough to compete with all the other novel covers out there grabbing people's attention. I also wanted bookstores and readers to take my self-published book seriously. More than anything I wanted a book I was proud to share with the world, so I invested most of my publishing money into the cover design. The investment paid off. My book not only won a gold medal in an international contest, within one year it got bought by Berkley/Penguin for a small paperback deal and also by a German publisher to be translated in German. For any writer considering self-publishing, my advice is hire the best in the business to design and illustrate the cover. Here you will see the various stages my covers went through from initial sketches to final products. Read more . . .

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Interview #4 for the Examiner

Here's my latest interview for the Examiner. I had the honor of being interviewed by Gabrielle Faust, author of the vampire series Eternal Vigilance