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Celebrating 1 year in print today

for You Had Me at Meow. Thank you to all who have told someone about the book, purchased or left positive feedback.  I hope it has helped at least one person and in turn helped some wonderful cats find a loving forever home.

YouHadMeatMeow Kimberly Maxwell

http://youhadmeatmeow.com/

Sharing in a different context than intended

I bought a few Photoshop actions thinking they’d be useful for a client’s cover someday.  On the way home from the grocery store I was first in line to wait for a train to pass. As the red and white bar crossed the road I wiped my cell phone, pressed it to the windshield and waited to snap. When I got home I used the actions, then continued to edit and tweak them. I spent WAY to long on them and in hindsight should’ve closed everything except Photoshop because these massive files chugged along on my computer, all along with me praying my CPU wouldn’t crumple under the strain.

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The making of the covers for the Appalachian Journey series by CC Tillery [part 2]

The first cover I designed for CC Tillery was for the 3rd book in the series, Beloved Woman.  10897032_708790489228596_6732235385032332412_n  The second cover was a re-design of the 2nd book in the series Moonfixer.MoonFixer 96dpi (Small)

Moonfixer went a little faster because we had a theme to follow, the series logo and the publisher imprint, plus to keep with the series theme I used the same text style and layout. This book would have a custom photo shoot, be a full flat and front only for an ebook and audio book.

MoonFixer Style sheet (Small) In Moonfixer, Bessie is a teacher so we used her teacher’s bell that Fletch gave her plus the photo that was on the original cover. The background is from a pie safe. I shot it on slate rocks for some added texture.  We had roughly chosen the color theme for the books but after I got started on this one I changed it from green to yellow to better go with the moon photo I took on the back cover. Again we incorporated a painting by the authors’ father, John Tillery and he graciously allowed some color editing to flow with the cover colors.

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The biggest challenge on this one is the fact that the bell and the photo were almost exactly the same size. The way I ended up arranging the objects gave the photo quite a bit of depth and helped break the same size look.

The next book, Whistling Woman was the hardest for me- in part because it was already an internationally published best-seller and had been picked up in two additional languages. Look for a post on that soon. Just like the first book, I have to say that Cyndi and Christy gave me almost total freedom and plenty of time to work on their cover.

Check out the Appalachian Journey series by CC Tillery, but remember this is the 2nd book in the series and they’re better if you read them in order. http://cctillery.com/tag/appalachian-journey-series/

If you are interested in having a cover designed click http://coversby.maxwell.kim/ for more info.

You Had Me at Meow…Now in Print

I have been working on book covers for other authors so it took me a tad longer to proof, make changes and release my new book in a print version but today, two months after the ebook hit the virtual shelves, the paperback is available.

You Had Me at Meow; Considerations before Adopting your Cat on Amazon www.atMeow.com http://tinyurl.com/atMeowPB paperback and ebook http://tinyurl.com/atMeow You do not need a Kindle to read it. Use free Kindle reading apps to read on your computer, tablet or even your phone.

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The making of the covers for the Appalachian Journey series by CC Tillery [part 1]

I met Cyndi, one of the authors of CC Tillery at a writers group. I thought we connected as we have several things in common. We are both authors, we both love animals, we both enjoy where we live and we both value family.

UA BA (Mobile)I don’t remember how many titles Cyndi had out when I joined the writers group, just that she was a member and an author long before me and had experience in areas of writing I didn’t even know existed. Some of the gals from the group started meeting for lunch before the meetings and she mentioned she wanted a new cover for one of her angel series books that she pulled from print. She described it and I started working on it. She liked what I came up with.

I’m not sure of the sequence of events because we were both working on our own books and I was hired to do a cover for another group member but when it came time for Cyndi and Christy to release Beloved Woman they gave me the opportunity to design the cover.

Style sheet BWBW title fonts (Mobile)I’d read Whistling Woman and I think Moonfixer at this point so I had some idea of the mood of the series. Starting an idea board or style sheet was my first step. Pinterest works great for this too especially if the author and I are collaborating long distance. Choosing a text style came next. I looked at this title and book #4 Wise Woman in case I was hired for that cover also. I listened to what this third book in the series was about and bounced ideas off Cyndi.

BW chip card (Mobile)The biggest request was that Bessie, the main character in their series be on the cover. She showed me some photos of Bessie in the right time frame over lunch and I knew I wanted to work on the one that was actually a postcard. Since this book was the third in the series I wanted to keep the old look but wanted to start more of a theme with the series.

Not sure why ‘beloved’ made me think of blue but it did. I made one proof in blue and one proof in brown and they let their readers choose. Hands down the brown won. Not quite being ready to throw in the blue completely I used it with the brown. This was an old small family photo postcard that needed editing. It needed people removed, damaged parts repaired and contrast added. I added part of the postcard on the front and a photo their dad John Tillery painted to the back. The front texture behind the photos is leather and the back texture is from a photo I took of Queen Anne’s lace because Bessie uses herbs, flowers and such in the books in her Cherokee medicine.

I designed a series and imprint logo to complete the design.spring creek press (Custom) (Custom)AJ series logo (Custom)

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Both Cyndi and Christy are very generous in the freedom they give me to create a cover.

They also typically give me plenty of time to let my ideas stew. After the cover for Beloved Woman, they hired me to redesign the second book in the series Moonfixer.

Look for a post on that soon.

Check out the Appalachian Journey series by CC Tillery, but remember this is the 3rd book in the series and they’re better if you read them in order. http://cctillery.com/tag/appalachian-journey-series/

If you are interested in having a cover designed click http://coversby.maxwell.kim/ for more info.