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I'll Be Home

A Father's Promise

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A novel about a father's journey back to his family and a promise to a son that crosses the boundaries of time.

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cover help

hi,

I need help with the cover please, I would give full credits for your contribution. I need a dramatic and unique cover for the novel... thanks
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Created: October 29, 2012, 4:09 pm
  • Diane Carter
    November 8, 2012

    Nick & Tamian, thank you for adding your thoughts to this conversation. Having advice from two graphic designers who are active in the profession is fantastic, thank you.

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  • Nick Kaufman
    November 2, 2012

    Just wanted to weigh in here and agree with Tamian, she is pretty much spot on in her assessment of just how important the cover is, and gave great suggestions on how to get started doing it yourself as well as good advice on both image and font use.

    My only suggestion beyond what she has stated would be to get something up for us to look at in the Cover Design Help Desk Diane mentioned. There are few of us over there happy to give out advice and critique on whatever you have.

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    • Norbert H. Yap
      November 5, 2012

      I appreciate all the advice coming from all of you, this would be my first novel and I am excited and at the same nervous about it. However, I am confident about the outcomes because of the inputs that I am getting from all of you.. wish me luck and best regards

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  • Tamian Wood/Cover Designer
    November 1, 2012

    Hello Norbert,

    With all the self published books out on the market today, it's more important than ever to have a compelling cover design. Whether you are a self published author, or a New York Times best selling author, your book cover art should grab your reader and tell them, in an instant, "Take me home! I am just what you need!"

    If you can't afford a cover designer, you might want to do a little research into similar books in your genre to see what the pros have put out there and try to mimic it (while still being unique of course.) Each genre has some standard elements that are there for very good reason. People looking for Romance books expect to see romance on the cover. If you stray too far from what's expected, you may miss your audience.

    Look for an image or images that tell a bit of the story, but don't try to include every concept or your cover will get busy and distracting.

    Words of caution: You'll want to make sure that you purchase the rights to use any images or fonts that you decide to incorporate. The safest bet for images is to use a stock photo site like shutterstock.com or bigstock.com. Be sure to read the license before you purchase to make sure you are not violating any copyright laws by the way you intend to use it.

    There are lots of free fonts available on the web, but again, check the license, because some are only free for personal use. And I would advise that you use caution. It's easy to get taken in by some delicious funky font. (I'm a delish font lover myself. Guilty!) However, the funkier the font is, the harder they are to read. And be sure to choose fonts that are easy to read when they are shrunk down to thumbnail size.

    If there's anything I can help with, feel free to contact me.

    Kind regards,
    Tamian
    Professional Cover Designer
    www.BeyondDesignInternational.com
    designer@tamianwood.com
    See cover sample Trailer at http://youtu.be/UcigbHKr3ds

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    • Norbert H. Yap
      November 5, 2012

      I am also thinking of doing my own photo shoot for the cover..that way I would be confident that my cover is unique . what do you think about it?

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  • Diane Carter
    October 31, 2012

    Good day. I have two groups where you can find help one is called, 'Cover Design Help Desk' [CDHD] and the other is 'Foboko: Empowering Your Creativity' [FEYC].

    CDHD has several discussions and a graphic designer willing to talk to you. Check out the group discussion titled 'graphic designer' and you will find Nick. Post a summary of your book and ask for help.

    Then review the other discussion topics while there. They'll give you some ideas to build on, on your own. Self-empowerment! Good Luck.

    Diane Carter
    Digital Director
    Paradise Publishers

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    • Norbert H. Yap
      November 5, 2012

      thank you for the inputs.. appreciate it

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  • segun sonusi
    October 30, 2012

    in my opinion, i believe the cover should have a clody background from which appears the man coming out and walking home with a full stride.

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need help with an appropriate and dramatic cover for the novel... thanks
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Created: October 29, 2012, 4:07 pm
  • Tamian Wood/Cover Designer
    November 1, 2012

    Hello Norbert,

    With all the self published books out on the market today, it's more important than ever to have a compelling cover design. Whether you are a self published author, or a New York Times best selling author, your book cover art should grab your reader and tell them, in an instant, "Take me home! I am just what you need!"

    If you can't afford a cover designer, you might want to do a little research into similar books in your genre to see what the pros have put out there and try to mimic it (while still being unique of course.) Each genre has some standard elements that are there for very good reason. People looking for Romance books expect to see romance on the cover. If you stray too far from what's expected, you may miss your audience.

    Look for an image or images that tell a bit of the story, but don't try to include every concept or your cover will get busy and distracting.

    Words of caution: You'll want to make sure that you purchase the rights to use any images or fonts that you decide to incorporate. The safest bet for images is to use a stock photo site like shutterstock.com or bigstock.com. Be sure to read the license before you purchase to make sure you are not violating any copyright laws by the way you intend to use it.

    There are lots of free fonts available on the web, but again, check the license, because some are only free for personal use. And I would advise that you use caution. It's easy to get taken in by some delicious funky font. (I'm a delish font lover myself. Guilty!) However, the funkier the font is, the harder they are to read. And be sure to choose fonts that are easy to read when they are shrunk down to thumbnail size.

    If there's anything I can help with, feel free to contact me.

    Kind regards,
    Tamian
    Professional Cover Designer
    www.BeyondDesignInternational.com
    designer@tamianwood.com
    See cover sample Trailer at http://youtu.be/UcigbHKr3ds

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Brainstorming

I'll Be Home

please help me come up with a good crucible.
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Created: October 17, 2012, 8:14 pm
  • Bobby Lee
    October 23, 2012

    A mans flight crashes in the wilds of canada,he comes to and he is the only survivor, his cell phone battery is almost dead and he calls home getting his son,he promises to make it home and his battery dies,he doesnt know where he's at and a blizzard rolls in.

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    • Norbert H. Yap
      October 25, 2012

      sounds like a good idea,... I'll use that idea to incorporate in my own scenario .. I will post my synopsis here soon and see if you can add a little more flavor to it..

      thanks again.

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  • Bobby Lee
    October 18, 2012

    I have several ideas and scenarios in mind. Feel free to contact me.

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    • Norbert H. Yap
      October 23, 2012

      Hi,

      I am so glad about your offer to help and I would really love to hear more about it, I will give you enough credits for your contribution.

      thank and best regards

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