I’ll admit right off the bat that I’m not an illustrator. I have no drawing or painting talent whatsoever (aside from stick figure cartoons that my kids find mildly amusing). But one thing I’m somewhat good at is digital remixing of other people’s art.
I’m excited to announce my new series on Kindle Vella, Destroying Angel. It’s the story of a young woman who was conscripted into an elite corps of slave-soldiers at age seven. The story follows her training and coming of age, her eventual betrayal, and her struggles to lead a rebellion to free her people. “They … Continue reading Destroying Angel
As a philosophy, Kintsugi treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.
FAQ for questions related to the A Fistful of Demons anthology.
I’ve designed quite a few variant covers for The Widow’s Son, and have run several of them through A/B testing with my target audience. Here are the results.
Finding the optimal cover design can take a lot of iterations. Sometimes you hit it out of the park with the first try, and sometimes it’s the tenth. Sometimes a cover looks great in full size, but becomes lost in a muddy blend of colors in the thumbnail.
Mahalas Press will be publishing a Weird West/Western Horror anthology of short fiction titled A Fistful of Demons from both debut and established authors in the Fall of 2022. We are based in the US, and welcome submissions from around the world.
I have two blurbs for The Widow’s Son competing for my affection, so I decided to A/B test them. The target audience was male SFF readers between the ages of 25–44.
Twenty-two-year-old Jesse Two Crows, grandson of the famous occult hunter Zarahemla, has struck out to make his way in the world as a riverboat captain and leave the family business of monster hunting behind.
I decided to run a A/B test of candidate covers for The Widow’s Son. There are a few sites that let you do this, I chose PickFu.com. It’s not free, and depending on the size of the survey and the targeted audience, it can get expensive. I kept my survey limited to 50 men who … Continue reading Book Cover Smackdown