I have some good news and some bad news concerning Beyond the Mist.
The bad news is that it will not continue to be serialized in the new format of Sci Phi Journal.
The good news is that this means that the standalone book will be released a lot sooner, either this month or next.
The Supercalifragilisticexpialidawesome! news is that this is the cover art Cat Leonard has done for the book (I’ll give you one guess as to what had me running around the room screaming with excitement):
Attention all my fellow self-pubbing authors!
I have no idea whether this is still running, but by chance I came across and took advantage of a special promo deal over at dreamstime today, through which I obtained the standard rights (including book cover art rights for up to 500,000 copies) for 5 high-resolution images of my choice from their very extensive paid royalty-free image library for 1.29 Czech crowns (approximately 5 US cents). Two of the images I chose are basically ready to use as covers immediately (e.g. see below), just needing to add the text, two more will require a little framing, and the last one (one I had my eye on for a good six to twelve months) will require a little more work, (probably combining with some other elements), so I’m 80% done with the covers for four of my next five projects, have a good foundation for the fifth, and am very happy.
Simply register an account there (which is free), immediately upon logging in it should offer you a special promo deal (at least it did after I recovered my old password and logged in), if not choose to buy a monthly subscription for 5 images per month, this week they are offering an almost 100% discount, choose your images from their library, download and back up, then go to your account and select ‘no’ to automatically renewing your monthly subscription.
If this promo deal is now over, my apologies for not getting the word out soon enough. I am in no way affiliated with dreamstime or getting any commission for this, I just thought I’d share my good fortune in coming across this deal at just the right time, for all of you who do your own covers.
Below is a low-res version of one of the images I grabbed, which I’ll be using for the cover of a fantasy short story I’m working on:
Issue 8, containing Chapters 14 and 15 of Beyond the Mist is about to enter its final proofreading stage, and a sneak preview of its cover art by Cat Leonard has been released. Looking very good, in my opinion. What say you, fine perusers of my ramblings?
Issue 8 Cover Art Concept
This is a proposed image for the front cover, approved by me, but subject to approval from the printer. Publication is getting closer!
If you have a fast connection (or don’t mind waiting), you can take a look at the full cover art proposal, in all its awesomeness, here (warning: 12.5 MB)