Here’s something I’ve been working on this last week or so. I’ve been playing around with various comp photos and photos found on Pinterest to compile a tentative book cover mock-up for Falcon Heart. Don’t worry, I’ll be seeking the pic rights even though my sister is just going to use the mock-up for a rough model for her artwork. Then I’m hoping to get the artwork colored so it looks like a traditional fantasy book. But what I really wanted to ask you is what you think: 1) It’s been suggested that I try the falcon flying in, wings outspread, through the the center of the arch, and 2) That I have my sister shorten the sword handle because it distracts the viewer from the model’s face. What’s your opinion? Click twice on the pic to see a larger version. Thanks for your help!
For my readers or soon to be readers: Falcon Heart is scheduled back from my editor (professional editors do have their own editors) within the month. After corrections, Falcon Heart is in queue for formatting in InDesign for e-book and print, and to have a cover of art work designed, with interior art added. The art work and cover are in progress.
Falcon Heart is in the works, and I plan to release this title by December 2014 or earlier.
Meanwhile, the sequel Falcon Flight is going chapter by chapter through my crit group, then it will go through another revision, then off to beta readers, then my editor, and back for a final revision.
If you like historical fantasy and want to join my beta reader team, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep alert for upcoming sneak peeks of Falcon Heart.
Now an Author’s thought for the day:
There is a purity to the writer’s work. With concentration, it can drive away all kinds of ill winds and disturbing thoughts.
Others have written better than you. Still others will surpass you in the future. Would you want things to be otherwise? Better to accept that we all get our turn at excellence.
This acceptance makes your turn draw closer.
It is deadly to compare ourselves to other writers. Those writers have not lived our lives. They cannot tell our stories.
The telling of your own story is an act of complete absorption. It leaves no room for nibbling, negative thoughts. It drives away everything but what is true and right for this story.
Today, I’ll let my work provide relief from envy and self-doubt. It is ready to sweep me away to a place where comparisons do not matter.
–A good quote from Susan Shaughnessy’s Walking on Alligators, pg 53