Half Week Round Up


I downloaded GIMP, a free photo/image editing program on Monday. It’s similar to Photoshop but free. Oh, how I love that word. My friend Chelle gave me a quick and dirty over-the-phone tutorial and I made my first ever cover art! I wrote this short story nearly a year ago and I think I might change the title. I’m just not happy with it. If you happen to read it and have suggestions for a name, by all means please let me hear it.  But here it is, a $6 image from Fotolia and a free editing program and I have, what I think, is a fairly professional book cover.

As you can see I have a new pen name. Which isn’t really that much different from my regular name. In fact it is my regular name but I chose to make it genderless, something I’ve read can be important in fiction writing. Still, I bet 99% of the people that read this will pronounce my last name wrong. I debated that too, going with something more non-ethnic but I like my last name. So, there you go.

Now I need to figure out how to upload these to Scribd and possibly Smashwords. If you are looking at creating your own book covers, this blog post at WebDev-il lists out all the different sizes for cover art for all the different electronic devices out there. That site is chock full of information for all different electronic applications. And here is a post that talks about the issues of 300 dpi book covers and sizing issues. Good stuff.

Chelle also helped me set up a domain name so www.cmcipriani.com will be live sometime soon and will -hopefully not long after- redirect to this blog. I also changed my screen name on Scribd and set up Smashwords with the new name.

Tuesday I worked playing around on GIMP with the two other book covers. The art I chose for them is perfect but it needs to be changed a bit more than the one above. I’ll post those for review when I have them ready.

For my ROW80 update – Monday I wrote nearly 3,000 words on yet another story. But I have to come to my own defense and say that this is a story line that I’ve written out to 10k words about three times but never found the right voice. It just never came together the right way. I think (which I’ve thought before) that this will be The One. We’ll see.

Tuesday was my day off writing. I organized the homeschool stuff and bought school supplies. Funness!

Today I have my son’s speech therapy which takes up the entire morning. Even though the appointment is less than an hour the drive time to and from eats up another hour and 45 minutes. I’m going to try and write today but we’ll see what happens.


7 responses »

  1. Wow, I LOVE the cover art! Crisp and clean and quite professional-looking. 😀

    Glad to hear that the ROW80 progress is happening, even if you are working on a different WIP. I am juggling 3 of them because I have a notoriously short attention span, lol.

    Have a wonderful week!

    • Thanks! I have to do a few tiny adjustments to the other cover art but I’ll have that up shortly. Trying to format them in Word for Scribd is about to make me hang myself. Auto format is so frustrating.

      Have a wonderful week too!

  2. I think it’s great that you tackled your own cover project! And FREE is a word I can deal with. I’m sure there is so much to learn within the cover design realm – good luck!

    I’m nearing the date for my upload to the various formatting processes, and I’m quite nervous. I’m not the most computer savvy person, so I’m sure it’ll be an adventure. (I’m just hoping it won’t be a nightmare…..ha!) Best wishes for a swift, easy, non-stressful run.

    Without reading your short story, it’s hard to comment on your title. But as titles go, Artistic War sounds interesting. It doesn’t hint at the genre – per se – but, to me, it invites all sorts of ideas as to the story. After I post this comment, I’m going to look to see if you have a blurb up to get a better feel for the story.

    Posting a new cover is so exciting – Congratulations! ~ Nadja

    • Yes, there is a lot to learn on just that alone and I am definately not a professional. I’m sticking to the KISS method on book covers for now!

  3. Great job on the cover art, look professional to me 🙂 The blue is eye-catching. And congrats on 3,000 words – that is worth some serious snoopy dancing! Best of luck that you’ve found the right voice this time for your story 🙂

    • Thanks! It seems to be working this time. I’m trying to detach from the outcome and focus on the characters telling their story.

  4. Good job on the cover. And the more you do this, the better you’ll get. Some authors have no artistic abilities for covers. You’re one of the lucky ones. I played around with Gimp a little bit, but I didn’t have time to figure it out. (I got frustrated.) So now I just pay my cover artist. LOL

    Congrats on word count!

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