Friday, February 27

For Sale: PreMade Romance Book Covers

Romance Authors looking for high-quality PreMade Book Covers, here's a selection of what I've been designing this fortnight. There's a mix of modern and historical and I had such a fun time creating these graphics, so I really hope you like them.

If you're interested in a cover just note the reference number and Contact Me via email or Twitter. Let me know what title, subtitle and author name you want instead of my placeholders.

For more info about my PreMade Covers and How to Purchase please read my FAQ or feel free to contact me, all your questions are welcome.

Have a great day and Thanks for stopping by :)


PreMade Book Cover - Designer Kura Carpenter

(Belle) Reference ID: 207 -AE 
Pricing Information:
Ebook: $100

Optional Extras:
Print : Front Cover only: $25
Print : Front, spine, back: $75
Please note: All Pricing is in US Dollars.


PreMade Book Cover - Designer Kura Carpenter

(Jake) Reference ID: 208 -BE 
Pricing Information:
Ebook: $75

Optional Extras:
Print : Front Cover only: $25
Print : Front, spine, back: $75
Please note: All Pricing is in US Dollars.

PreMade Book Cover - Designer Kura Carpenter

(Your Title) Reference ID: 209 -BE 
Pricing Information:
Ebook: $100

Optional Extras:
Print : Front Cover only: $25
Print : Front, spine, back: $75
Please note: All Pricing is in US Dollars.


PreMade Book Cover - Designer Kura Carpenter

(Wild Hearts) Reference ID: 210 -BE 
Pricing Information:
Ebook: $50

Optional Extras:
Print : Front Cover only: $25
Print : Front, spine, back: $75
Please note: All Pricing is in US Dollars.



(Good to be Bad) Reference ID: 211 -BE 
Pricing Information:
Ebook: $75

Optional Extras:
Print : Front Cover only: $25
Print : Front, spine, back: $75
Please note: All Pricing is in US Dollars.

For more info about my PreMade Covers and How to Purchase please read my FAQ 
or feel free to contact me, all your questions are welcome.

Wednesday, February 18

Interview with Dunedin Author RL Stedman

I custom designed the ebook cover for RL Stedman's re-releasing of her award-winning novel "A Necklace of Souls" late last year, and today I'm pleased to take time and chat with her about writing.

Dunedin author RL Stedman
Kura: What genre, and what is A Necklace of Souls about?

RL: A Necklace of Souls, a fantasy, is set in a parallel world. It's about a Princess, called Dana, her friend Will, and the necklace that protects their country. Without the necklace, their land would be overrun by an evil Emperor; the necklace is their protection and its wearer the Guardian. But Guardian's do not live long; eventually, the necklace takes its wearer's heart. In A Necklace of Souls, Dana is to be the next Guardian.

What sort/age of readers would most enjoy it?

Ages 13+ . It seems to be enjoyed by two groups - fantasy buffs of any age, and teens aged 13+. If you enjoy fairy-tale retellings, dystopia, or epic fantasy, you'll probably enjoy Necklace.

Where did the idea for the story come from?

A dream. A cliche, I know, but true. I had an image of a girl fighting in a forest. I wanted to know more about her, so I wrote her story. In a sense, the whole book leads up to that one scene.

Which character do you most identify with and why?

Probably Will, the other protagonist in Necklace, is my favourite. He's had to overcome hardship, he's resilient, he's a survivor. He also has a very interesting view of the world. I enjoyed writing from Will's point of view more than Dana's.

What was your favourite and least favourite part in researching for the novel?

Favourite was researching sword fighting and martial arts. I loved watching all these amazing videos on you tube. You can access some of these videos from my pinterest board

My least favourite is still the proof reading. I hate proofing.

"A Necklace of Souls" author RL Stedman, Cover designed by Kura Carpenter A Necklace of Souls was initially published after winning a novel writing competition - the Tessa Duder Award for YA fiction - what tips/advice would you offer other writers entering the same or similar comps?

Competitions are good if a) they come with a review or a critique or b) they aren't too expensive! They also provide a good discipline - nothing like a deadline to get you writing :)

Tell us about the award A Necklace of Souls won.

The Tessa Duder Award for YA fiction is sponsored by Storylines. It carries a cash prize and offer of publication by a major publisher - in my case, HarperCollins NZ.

You have to be unpublished, resident in NZ (the criteria is on the website) and the work has to be a full-length novel suitable for a YA audience. Storylines sponsor a number of awards each year. I won in 2012 and was also shortlisted for the Tom Fitzgibbon Award (for middle grade fiction, ages 9 - 13) in the same year. Winning the Tessa Duder Award gave me a foothold into publishing and an understanding of how the process works that I would have never had otherwise. I am a huge supporter of Storylines; they are an amazing institution.

After success in mainstream publishing, why did you decide to venture into self-publishing?

I'm interested in self-publishing because I like knowing I'm writing directly for my reader.
Self-pubing allows me to present work that I think is innovative and different without having to jump the very very time consuming hurdles of slush piles and acquistions meetings. (these can take a year. I'm not kidding. Twelve months for a rejection is not at all uncommon). Personally, I think self-publishing will end up dominating the mid-list; the statistics certainly suggest that market share of self-pubbers is increasing.
It's slow to be accepted in New Zealand but it's becoming more accepted overseas.

What has been the hardest part with promoting your work?

Time. And money!

What tips would you give to others considering self-publishing that you wished you knew when you started?

Don't expect to get rich overnight. If you get any sales at all, you're doing well. it's a very crowded market. Unless you're lucky or famous, I think best to aim for breaking even at about 5 years.

Quality is absolutely paramount. Reviewers are much much harder on self-published work than on work coming through a trad house. You have to prove yourself with self-published; trad work already has a brand supporting it. So you must write the best work you possibly can.

Formatting, proofing, printing, distribution are a steep learning curve. And you need to be comfortable on a computer.

I have more tips set out on my blog, which you can access through my website: RLStedman.com

Inner Fire by Dunedin author RL StedmanWhat else have you had published, and what is coming up?

I've published two works - A Necklace of Souls and Inner Fire. Later this year (2015) I hope to bring out A Skilful Warrior, the sequel to Necklace. It's darker than Necklace, because in it my characters, Will and Dana, have left their country and have to cope in the wider world. 

If time allows, I'd also like to bring out Ghost School. Shortlisted for the Tom Fitzgibbon Award in 2012, Ghost School is a crazy middle grade adventure about friendship, ghosts and technology. I'm looking foward to that one!! I'm also working on another YA, called Chasing Harsh Light, but that won't be ready for absolutely ages.

Where can we buy your books?

Inner Fire is available on order at bookstores in New Zealand and available through Amazon. 

A Necklace of Souls can be spotted in the HarperCollins version at Paperplus and can be purchased on Amazon

I will be bringing out a print version of Necklace in a few months, which will also be able to be purchased through Amazon and Book Depository, so watch this space.

And currently, the e-versions of Inner Fire and A Necklace of Souls are on special!

 
Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions, it’s been a pleasure chatting today.

And for everyone out there you stay up-to-date by following RL Stedman on Twitter at @rlstedman and on Facebook 










Wednesday, February 11

News: Pre-Made Book Covers are now Available

If you're an author looking for a quality Pre-Made Cover then I'm pleased to say you've come to the right place. At Kura Carpenter Design I have been offering Custom Book Covers as part of my Freelance Graphic Services for the past four years and now I'm branching into Pre-Made Book Covers.

Why? Because I love designing book covers, it's that simple.

I also believe there's a need for high-quality Pre-made covers. Custom Book Covers are great, having a cover tailormade if you have the time really is the best way to go. If you have the time. But if you're short on time as so many of us are in this hectic modern world there are occasions where a Pre-Made will do just as well.

For a Pre-Made cover to be an effective Sales tool for your writing it must:
  • appeal to the target audience, 
  • convey the tone of the writing, 
  • instantly be recognisable as to the genre,
  • and above all it must emotionally engage, create an "I Want this book" type of reaction.
These are the points I consider when I create Pre-Made book cover designs and I hope as an author you'll see a cover I have created an instantly fall in love, because you know what else? I believe for every story, there is a perfect cover design, there is a Cover-Soulmate for your story and I truly hope you'll find it here today.

To start looking for the Cover-Soulmate to your writing please click on the label "Pre-Made Covers - Available" to see what I currently have on offer.

I will be aiming to offer 5 to 10 Pre-Made Cover designs a month. If you like my style but see I haven't tackled your genre then feel free to contact me kura.graphic.artist[at]gmail.com and nudge me in your direction.

Pre-Made Book Cover Design For Sale


If you're a Author looking for a Pre-Made Book Cover this design may be exactly what you're looking for. I would recommend this cover design either for a horror or crime/thriller novel or collection of short stories.

Pricing Information:
Ebook: $25

Optional Extras:
Print 6in by 9in format : Front Cover only: $25
Print 6in by 9in format : Front, spine, back: $75
Please note: All Pricing is in US Dollars.

If you like would like to purchase this design, please contact me,
and reference this ID number: 203-AE.
Remember also include: Your Title, author name, and any subtitle you would like.  

For more info, please check out my PreMade Covers FAQ.

Pre-Made Book Cover Design For Sale


If you're a Horror Author looking for a Pre-Made Book Cover this design may be exactly what you're looking for. I would recommend this cover design either for a novel or collection of short stories.

Pricing Information:
Ebook: $50

Optional Extras:
Print 6in by 9in format : Front Cover only: $25
Print 6in by 9in format : Front, spine, back: $75
Please note: All Pricing is in US Dollars.

If you like would like to purchase this design, please contact me,
and reference this ID number: 203-AE.
Remember also include: Your Title, author name, and any subtitle you would like.  

For more info, please check out my PreMade Covers FAQ.

Pre-Made Book Cover Design For Sale


 If you're an Author looking for a Pre-Made Book Cover this design may be exactly what you're looking for. I would recommend this design to authors of: Memoirs, Short Story and Poem Collections and possibly Romance.

Pricing Information:
Ebook: $25

Optional Extras:
Print 6in by 9in format : Front Cover only: $25
Print 6in by 9in format : Front, spine, back: $75
Please note: All Pricing is in US Dollars.

If you like would like to purchase this design, please contact me,
and reference this ID number: 201-AE.
Remember also include: Your Title, author name, and any subtitle you would like.  

For more info, please check out my PreMade Covers FAQ.

Pre-Made Book Cover Design For Sale



If you're an Author looking for a Pre-Made Science Fiction Book Cover this design may be exactly what you're looking for. I would also recommend this design to authors of YA action/adventure.

Pricing Information:
Ebook: $70

Optional Extras:
Print 6in by 9in format : Front Cover only: $25
Print 6in by 9in format : Front, spine, back: $75
Please note: All Pricing is in US Dollars.

If you like would like to purchase this design, please contact me,
and reference this ID number: 101-AE.
Remember also include: Your Title, author name, and any subtitle you would like.  

For more info, please check out my PreMade Covers FAQ.