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Covers that didn’t make the cut

This is one of those jobs that I thought was neat and I never heard back. Yes, some of book cover design is a big waste of time. This was also a photoshop challenge in that the ship wasn’t wrecked in this particular photo. The ocean scape is one of mine, but the derelict ship had to be distorted to fit the space, and then there was the reflection. Lots of work for nothing. So, if you’re an author and […]

Those Pullman Blues

This is one of the most challenging covers I’ve ever done, not because of the difficulty, but because the author oversaw every detail. I mocked up more than 20 fonts for the title, all very time consuming, which made it go way over budget. I don’t deal with the money since I sub-contract with Brian Schwartz at ePub Conversions. With all of the hassle, the end result was actually very pleasing.

The End Times Chronicle

Hikes in the mountains here in Colorado often afford such shots, although once again this has been composited in Photoshop. The path was the main attraction. This is one of those covers that went quite easily, but it not what I call eye catching. In design, more often than not it’s just satisfying the client.

Spirit Gate

Here is a case where the author paid good money for a shot of the milky way and was adamant about using it. I prefer my own renditions of the sky, but that’s because I create space art. The foreground image was one of mine. The overall effect is stunning, however I wasn’t fond of the title font, but these aren’t always a choice the designer gets to make.

The Ghostwalker File

This was a setting in the everglades. Since I’d never been there I didn’t have any images, but they types of trees were easy enough to find, and then I did some photoshop magic with a favorite sunset. I then used a filter, watercolor I think, and thus I created my scene. Since it wasn’t a wrap around, I just took one of the colors from the sky to create the rest of the jacket.

Is it Me or the Dog?

This is a winter scene I concocted by compositing a frozen lake, some frosty trees, a background, and a wintery sky. The author and his dog were added, and the shadow was painted in. Thus another one of my images being used for a book cover.

50 Saints Everyone Should Know

I have to admit saints are a big thing with me, but St. Malo’s was a favorite shot of mine while conducting a fieldtrip south of Estes Park, Colorado. It’s always nice when your photography pays off and you can actually put an image to use.

The Abacus Prize

This is one of the images supplied by the author. The colors pop, and the title fits surprisingly well in the layout, like it was meant to be. It’s always nice when that happens.

Hypocrites In His Midst

Because of subject matter, you don’t just automatically get permission to use a product. Manufacturers weigh the consequences. So it was with finding a revolver for the front cover of Donnell Wilson’s Hypocrites In His Midst. The solution, make your own make and model. Is it any wonder that authors that think they might be sued opt for solutions where no one can point a finger. The more you are aware of copyright and liability, the more you see big […]

Robert C. Mowry Series

Sometime you’re lucky enough to do a series. In such cases you already have established a look and a theme, and more often than not, even fonts stay the same. In this series I got to spend my time on artwork, which is always my favorite part. Maybe one of these days I’ll be adding more.

I Walter

Some designs are more of a challenge than you can ever anticipate. I Walter was just my first with author Mike Hartner, who had visions I think of Hollywood productions. Book covers don’t have access to set designs and actors and actresses, or multi-million dollar budgets. But still you do what you can do, and often with a little compromising a compelling cover comes out of the process. Not so with several other attempts on subsequent novels, although Mike was […]

Run for the Money

Sometimes you just have to be crafty. There are so many titles that authors get lost in the melee. A good cover design can make a difference. Of course as I’ve learned, that’s only the beginning when it comes to marketing, and ultimately, marketing is often more important than content. This composite for Jon Gregory was fun because his vision required some ingenuity so as not to go over budget on artwork. Using the tools in Photoshop made a difficult […]

Hot Summer in the High Desert

Fortunately I’m a photographer and have been enough places that I could find a road in country that could pass for the high desert. This is a story that rings American Graffiti, and thus the hot rod. The intense sun is an indication it’s summer. The sky is intentionally blended so that the text shows. In design, there are numerous elements to consider.

God in the Time of the Internet

Not often do I get to be so creative. The background is from my space art, and then the brain was one of those experiments with blending modes that turned out far more compelling than I ever hoped for. The people in the bubble are all connected. I’m always hoping one of my covers will make it to a top one-hundred seller. I’m sure the authors I do covers for wish much the same. I always design as though the […]

A Mad World Order

This is another instance where the author supplied the background image. The chopper and the drone are images from royalty free sources. They are both altered from the original. This is where compositing is very critical to make the images look like they fit. If I hadn’t composted this myself, I couldn’t say for sure that it was composited.

The Stellar Quest

It is not unusual to go through a number of iterations to reach a final product. So it goes with creating book covers that will help sell a book and give the reader something to ponder. I like book covers that help tell the story, and so many covers out there do nothing but give you the title and the author. Sometimes that’s enough if you’re James Patterson or Clive Cussler. Still, I’d rather see a scene from the novel […]

The Future Shaper

Although written, I like to put my stories to rest and revisit them after I contemplate what I’ve done. In The Future Shaper, I’ve set the world at war while my protagonist works in a sanctuary on the edge of the Atacama Desert in Chile. He is there for his passions and his visions, and he is a part of an experiment aimed at reinventing the human genome and the technologies that will secure mans place in the cosmos. It […]

The Future Teller

Freedom is an ideal, and one that many Americans are proud of. Just how free are we as individuals or even as a society? We’re free to make money so we can pay taxes and buy groceries. We’re free to buy insurance. We’re free to build houses and buildings that meet government rules and regulations. We’re free to try and live off the land as long as we obey more rules and regulations. Truth be told, we as a group […]

Resurrecting Terra

With a little luck the aliens would have abandoned Earth, but to our trios dismay, a mothership crashes and aliens survive. Eventually they have no choice but to deal with the aliens as they began to recover and build a city while dismantling their mothership. The alien toil night and day, and soon hatch their offspring, increasing their numbers and seemingly begin to transform Earth back to a humid, highly oxygenated subtropical environment suitable to their liking. Not all is […]

Harvesting Terra

If aliens have the technology to colonize worlds, what worlds will have the defenses to stop them? Tavis Hunter is convinced Earth does not as the harvesting begins, and he out of sheer luck becomes one of a handful of survivors. All oxygen breathing organisms are vacuumed from the surface, and Earth transmogrifies into a sea of purple plants that quickly alter the ecosystem. Tavis meets up with Dana and Bree, and they soon come to the realization that survival […]

Planet Passing

What lurks in the universe? For the moment we can only pray that the dice are in our favor, for there is no escape from Earth, and no means of survival if the ecosystem is destroyed. Astronomers have an eye on the cosmos, and although there are some concerns of an astroid impact, no one has envisioned a passing planet that will drag the moon into an elliptical orbit so radical that its return will wreck havoc on the world, […]

Silent Trek, The Trilogy

The illustrated version of Silent Wave, Silent Rising, and Silent Landing is now available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes in a single download at a substantial savings. With 51 photo realistic illustrations, visit the world of Michael Atman in a new and exciting way, and be sure to enjoy the preview at Fiction with Foresight Home Page.  

Silent Landing

Trecking into space and searching out a new beginning is a risk Justin Larson never fathomed as the inventor of force fields, but leaps in technology have given him the tools, and a hope for survival has given him the fortitude. As luck would play out, he and his crew are given directions to a habitable world they name Viridian. Creating a new sanctuary and starting over with an idealistic vision of preserving the world they are given proves to […]

Silent Rising

Life on the run was never something Justin envisioned, but having his wavecraft has given him and his family a distinct advantage. He realizes that once the technology is fully developed that no threat on Earth can ever put them at risk as long as they are airborne. They have the ultimate escape vehicle, and soon enough they will have the ultimate fighting machine. It was never something he hoped for, but he is a realist and a visionary, and […]

Silent Wave

Technology is changing life for the masses for sure, but mostly it’s convenience gadgets like computers in watches, tablets and cell phones that help people search the web for restaurants and motels or look for answers for tidbits of trivia. Too much of technology is geared toward personal convenience, and Justin Larson knows that an invention like force fields capable of levitation will change the future of humanity. The significance of personal flying machines that are surrounded by a protective […]

Silent Trek, the Illustrated Version

My first foray into creating illustrations came from creating a trailer for Silent Wave. The process is painstaking. Photo realistic images that are believable are a challenge to produce. Creating scenes that have to be composited because only elements exist can take hours, even if you have all the elements. People are a problem since the people you might envision might be described to look similar to a given actress or actor, and you can’t just grab their image off […]

Silent Wave: Writing Fiction

As I’m sure all writers do from time to time, we stop and evaluate what we are doing, like some revelation has hit us in the face and we can say oh well, I guess my writing was a big waste of time, so I think I’ll just stop. But then I realize that writing really matters. This sort of introspection is good for us all, writers and readers alike. Why now? Well, I reread a review of my first […]

The “Fiscal Cliff” and why you should read “The Future Teller”

When I wrote “The Future Teller” there was no talk about the “Fiscal Cliff”. However, the message in “The Future Teller” was all about being prepared for the crash. Unfortunately, too few have read the message, and no one is building OsumPODS. As the author of “The Future Teller”, I would be the logical person to start building prototypes, but I’m afraid I don’t have the energy or the money. The first OsumPODS are going to be quite expensive until […]

Michael Atman, My Spock Persona

I put my faith in reason, logic and truth before Spock became my hero. As a Trekkie I take an agnostic view of religion, but I fall short of the collectivist views of Gene Roddenberry. What works on a starship doesn’t necessarily work in society. I am also a fan of Michael Crichton and Carl Sagan, who were brave enough to express controversial views in their fiction. I have an idealistic view of the future while remaining realistic about human […]

eBook Covers (part 8)

There are things in Photoshop, like spacecraft, that are a little hard to produce. I’m always curious what tools they use when making movies like Avatar or Prometheus. For the ships to really look real, I’m sure they are engineered with CAD before they even get to programs like Photoshop. In Hope Landing, the spacecraft is actually a mulifacited model with numerous blending modes applied. I must confess, it looks more real than many of the ridiculous models you see […]

eBook Covers (part 7)

It is important for covers to convey a feeling. It would make no sense to have a book about an ice planet and see a sunny beach on the cover. This should hold true for any book. Ice Planet is a composite that uses a group of frost covered trees, a frozen lake, some hills for a backdrop, and a sky at sunset with a ringed planet. The two girls with their dog are seemingly in awe, which is a […]

eBook Covers (part 6)

In this image the 3D may be a little over the top, but if you put this cover side by side with current best sellers, it will certainly stand out. Few best sellers have a very compelling image, some no image at all, and most covers relay nothing about the content of the book. Beyond Infinity, which suggests what we may encounter beyond the universe we can even perceive, allows the reader to imagine beauty and wonder beyond the imagination. […]

eBook Covers (part 5)

So, this series is about art, and specifically about cover art. However, it’s a little difficult at the moment to concentrate solely on art with the direction this nation is headed, so since this is my blog I’m going to rant a little bit at the end, which you can skip if all you want to do is look at pictures. Guardians is another of my favorite composites. As far as sci-fi goes, the title can certainly fit a scenario […]

eBook Covers (part 4)

I’m always reluctant to add too much, too soon, but when you’re in the middle of projects, it’s best to just get done. So, more to share. Solar Dimming is one of those composites that worked way better than expected. The Photo Art was created from mountains in Nevada, a frozen lake in colorado, and a planet created from a loaf of bread. The distant sun is just a spot of light on the horizon, not a picture of our […]

eBook Covers (part 2)

Photoshop CS6 extended is awsome. Maybe Adobe will notice my work an endorse me someday. 3D is a little intimidating, but having used Photoshop for so long, it wasn’t overwhelming. I often think though that software producers should ask users how they would like to interact with the program, then perhaps they’d be more straightforward. I already have a lot to share with my creations. My original Photo Art works quite well for producing cover art. Ominous Wind has always […]

eBook covers

Part of what I have been doing lately is creating eBook covers, mostly for the Kindle Expert, Brian Schwartz. Few of the covers are really up my alley, but fun nevertheless. Now that I’m using Photoshop CS6 extended, I have options I never had before, so it’s even more fun whipping out experimental covers using some of my digital space art. Andora Beacon is my first attempt using 3d. Man do I have lots to learn. If someone gave me […]

Resurrecting Terra: Ethics in Writing Science Fiction:

There are probably lessons to be learned about being open and honest when writing, be it a novel or even nonfiction. Offending your reader will probably get you on someone’s shit list. It’s true that science fiction is given some leeway due to the very nature of exploring new ideas, worlds, and societies. As a reader, I’m quite often amazed at how gutless authors can be that are fearful they will have to defend what they believe or at least […]

Resurrecting Terra eBook coming soon

I’ve read you should start promoting as soon as you have an idea. Well, I’m not that brave. Resurrecting Terra is the sequel to Harvesting Terra, which is available from Amazon and Barnes & Nobel for $2.99. Keep an eye out, because I’ll put Harvesting Terra into KDP Select and it will be free before the launch of Resurrecting Terra. Although Resurrecting Terra is now written, I’m going though final edit, and then it has to be formatted into an […]

Facebook Timeline

As a writer, social media can seem like a big waste of time. Still, it seems you can’t afford to ignore Facebook. I don’t know how many times Facebook has changed its format, or how well received these changes have been, but at least we now have a banner that can say a little something about us. There are of course warnings about how we use it. You aren’t supposed to use it to sell, but apparently you can use […]

Happy Holidays from Michael Atman

Sometimes it’s a little hard to be upbeat in a world with so many problems and so many fatalists declaring the end of the world. Oh no, 2012 is coming. Maybe we can rapture the nuts to the psych ward. Even though I’m getting old I have way too much living to do to not try and make the world a better place to live. Much of my fiction writing is about man moving forward. Sometimes I feel I should […]

Indie author and artist CS Marks and a world of Elves

C S (Christine Stuart) Marks is from Indiana and lives in the middle of a state forest in Owen where she loves to ride horses. Elfhunter, Fire-heart, and Ravenshade are classic high fantasy, fast-paced novels that share her passion for backwoods and all the creatures that live there. The trilogy evolves around a formidable villain and the quest of elves to rid the world of him, and his quest to rid the world of every elf that lives. CS Marks admits […]

Self-editing for fiction writers

I have recently decided to convert Planet Passing into ePub and Mobipocket formats ahead of Silent Rising and Silent Landing. Why? Because I knew it needed an edit, and once I started I couldn’t resist going through the entire novel to make sure it was fresh. Enlightenment seems to come in little flashes, and when you write it’s important to reflect on those lessons. When I first began writing seriously in 1995, I thought I’d dread editing my stories. At […]

Lexi Revellian: A rebel with an agenda

Independence is ingrained is some authors. Lexi Revellian didn’t set out to be a rebel, but being an Indie author suits her just fine. While the publishing industry is roiling in turmoil, Indie authors are taking advantage. Amazon, take a bow, not that Amazon set out to destroy the big publishers. (Or are they?) With as few as 120 new fiction authors being published each year by U.S. publishing houses, is it any wonder that fiction authors are writing eBooks […]

B.V. Larson, the Amazon eBook King

B.V. Larson has skyrocketed to success with over 200,000 eBooks sold on Kindle. He’s a prolific writer with a broad spectrum of genre, which is unusual. Conventional publishers would never tolerate such nonsense. They wouldn’t know how to market. Tor would go bonkers if Greg Bear wrote a romance. The game is changing. If you’re your own publisher you decide what is best for you. That doesn’t mean you’ll make all the right choices. My own frustrations in marketing made […]

Michael McCollom, a Pioneer in the eBook Industry

It takes a lot of work and a lot of years for most writers to be noticed. Writers that are serious about their craft must have perseverance. Without, chances are that you’ll fade into oblivion even if you manage to somehow get published. The first thing you notice when you visit SCI FI – Arizona is that Michael McCollum is like a Diehard Battery. Trained as an aeronautical engineer, Michael McCollum writes about spaceships as if they were real. In […]

Insights from Sci-fi Thriller Author Jeremy Robinson

Inspiration comes from success. Most authors, want-a-be or even published can’t help but admire writers like Jeremy Robinson. He has the knack to turn his skill as a writer into a business and actually make a living. It takes hard work, but a lot of us work hard but success eludes us. As an author myself, I decided to ask the questions that might help. Thanks to Jeremy for being a willing participant. Jeremy Robinson is now the author of […]

Kristen James, a Love Affair with Writing

Facebook seems to be a new force in marketing. Kristen James is banking on it. It’s part of her strategy to get fans to purchase her eBooks. She only just started her Facebook campaign the 1st of March and is already getting positive feedback. Another strategy is giving away eBooks through Amazon in hopes of getting good reviews. It’s the spark all writers hope for that haven’t landed a big publisher. It’s the way Amanda Hocking got her start, and […]

The eBook Business and Amanda Hocking

So, I just read this amazing success story about a girl, 26, who writes mostly about vampires and self-published on Amazon. In a year she has probably made more money than the majority of writers that opt for the conventional agent slash publisher route. Amanda Hocking is my hero. Why haven’t I been a success like Amanda Hocking??? Well, I guess I missed the bloggers that blog about books. Why didn’t I think about that???? Here I am world, and […]

Silent Wave Trailer Michael Atman eBooks

Trailer The storyline of Silent Wave is presented in images that represent scenes from the book. The intention is to give readers a glimpse into the story without giving the story away. Since it’s the first book of the trilogy, the end is really just the beginning, and so the final scene of the book is in broad display. watch?v=itsXeAhiEto The scenes include “An Eagle at Hunt” which is the vision that starts the book, then AMT (Advanced Metal Technologies, […]

Silent Landing, the wonders of an alien world

One of the fun things about science fiction is to imagine something more spectacular than Earth. While I didn’t envision Viridian quite like Pandora, it is certainly described as being more exotic and varied than we know Earth, not that there aren’t spots of paradise on our home planet. Viridian is slightly smaller, slightly faster spinning, slightly lower gravity, with mountain 4 times higher, trees 2 times taller, and of course Jurassic type monsters. It is a plethora of life, […]

Planet Passing, a plausible holocaust

Disaster movies come in all flavors. 2012 is a good example, but hardly seemed plausible. How does a shot of neutrinos from solar activity change the weather and destabilize the globe, heat the core of Earth and create massive earthquakes? Far-fetched ideas, myths about calendars, prophecies that have been promoted through religions, and man’s need to invite disaster are mostly fear mongering and pretty bad fiction, yet a fair amount of people love to buy into such nonsense. Do real […]