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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 […]

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 Monticello Project

Sometimes an image is supplied by the author. Sometimes it’s difficult to know what to do with the image. In this case it seemed that turning the image into a a work of art somehow made it more compelling. The Monticello Project was one of those covers that went together like a snap. The colors, the fonts, and the feel seemed to fit the story right off.

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 […]

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 3)

I confess I saw something similar when I produced this cover, but the art work I saw wasn’t actually art work. I’m pretty sure it was an image from Hubble. In my eBook cover sample, I painstakingly created the Sombrero Galaxy. It was a time consuming Photoshop project, but the kind that helps you learn how to blend layers. Sometimes I wish I had a full time job doing art scenes for futuristic movies. Creator, which I hesitated to use […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Robert J. Sawyer’s Flash Forward, a scientific snafu

To say I don’t buy into time travel, even in the unconscious state of Robert J. Sawyer’s novel Flash Forward, is an understatement. Do I believe CERN could be responsible for a worldwide blackout? Perhaps that’s possible, and certainly enough of a premise to drive a story. Do I believe that survivors would all visit a destined future in some sort of 21 year time shift, and come back thinking it was a vivid hallucination they couldn’t explain? Sorry, no, […]

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 […]