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Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
« Reply #90 on: January 24, 2013, 09:30:45 PM »
Awesome. Thanks, Man. Let me know what you think!
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Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
« Reply #91 on: March 23, 2013, 03:24:23 PM »
Guys, here is the cover for Book four! it is due out mid April. What do you think?

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Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
« Reply #92 on: March 23, 2013, 04:37:36 PM »
Only note I would give is that his face doesn't seem evil or maniacal enough.


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Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
« Reply #93 on: March 23, 2013, 04:41:46 PM »
He is just getting ready to explode a guy. Then he'll start laughing.
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Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
« Reply #94 on: March 24, 2013, 08:54:43 AM »
I'm.... never a fan of photomanip covers.


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Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
« Reply #95 on: March 24, 2013, 12:19:33 PM »
There are no Man Nips. I made sure he was covered.
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Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
« Reply #96 on: March 24, 2013, 12:47:52 PM »
Hey. Not cool. Robert Pastorelli died back in 2004, man.

Actually I am not much of a fan of photo manipulation covers myself. I actually kind of hate the whole genre of random models in sexy poses photoshopped into mist thing. But Renu does, is much different than most. Here's her site http://www.thedarkrayne.com/. She takes these photos and instead of just slapping them onto a new background, creates a real fantastical atmosphere and environment and in the case of this cover it tells a story.

The villain on the cover is a pretty ridiculous over the top kind of guy who wears an artifact that gives him power but makes his fingers writhe out of control whenever he uses it. He is only menacing if you know what he is going to do to you with those powers.

Here is the original photo for you to get an idea of the transformation she did.

The guy in the chair is my brother.

I am an independent author and I can't afford to pay the kind of money necessary to get a really talented artist to create the cover I need. Every time I have tried, it comes up a mess. If you look at the other independent kindle books out there you'll see that a good cover is hard to come by. Most of them look pretty crappy. Whether you like the style or his facial expression or not, Renu is a professional and puts out professional quality work.

I know it has some problems bit I just hope it draws the eye and helps sell the book. So far, the reaction from fans on the facebook page and elsewhere has been overwhelmingly positive.

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Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
« Reply #97 on: March 24, 2013, 04:07:14 PM »
 I thought the fingers were good, pretty close to how I imagined them looking.
 I pictured him with a bit older looking face, so that's probably why he doesn't look evil or menacing enough to me.


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Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
« Reply #98 on: March 24, 2013, 04:26:03 PM »
Imrahil,
That's okay. It's a forum and you are offering your opinion. I'm not offended. I was just trying to explain why things are the way they are.

Marty,
That's the rub when you put a face on your cover. People have spent three books building their own image of the character in their minds.

I do think it will be hilarious though when thousands of people pick up the book and start seeing my brother's face when they read Ewzad Vriil. I laugh every time I think about it.
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Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
« Reply #99 on: March 24, 2013, 05:39:25 PM »
As photomanipulations go, I'm not saying it's badly done either. I just don't care for them much. But it is, at the very least, a much better-looking book cover than probably 90% of the Amazon self-published titles I've seen.


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Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
« Reply #100 on: March 24, 2013, 07:38:07 PM »
Which at this point is all I can hoe for. Or at least afford.
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Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
« Reply #101 on: March 24, 2013, 07:41:11 PM »
Yeah, you've done a pretty solid job so far, I'd say.


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Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
« Reply #102 on: March 24, 2013, 08:59:40 PM »
True. If this doesn't work out, I could try my hand at farming.
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Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
« Reply #103 on: April 06, 2013, 02:25:26 PM »
By the way, the release date is April 10. This Wednesday. This book is the largest one so far at just over 500 pages. Also, a friend of mine helped me finally put together a map. Check it out. More info here:http://trevorhcooley.com/?p=1967
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Re: Finally took the plunge and published my book on Amazon
« Reply #104 on: April 11, 2013, 11:37:59 AM »
Book Four is out! Right now Ranked #33 in Fantasy New releases and #50 in Epic Fantasy overall.
Check out my epic fantasy series, The Bowl of Souls in Kindle and Paperback editions!
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