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Tosh’s Book Cover Gallery Addendum

If the title of this post is black and/or you see the fighter-pilot header, click on the title to view the featured-image header. When I began looking for background images to use on the cover for Geronimo’s Bones by Darrell Bryant, my initial search keywords focused on the Superstition Mountains of Arizona. The fifth image I discovered figuratively took my breath away. I immediately emailed the copyright holder and received a reply within an hour, telling me that he had received the email on his cell phone while hiking in the Superstitions on a photo shoot. I obtained a limited-use license and … Continue reading

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Tosh’s Bookmark Gallery Update 1

If the title of this post is black and/or you see the fighter-pilot header, click on the title to view the featured-image header. My latest book design effort has just been published, and as mentioned in a previous post titled “Tosh’s Bookmark Gallery,” I like to offer clients a title-customized bookmark as a standard option. Usefulness of a bookmark can be questioned in a number of ways. Absent the opportunity to attend a continuing series of book fairs and signings, most authors will probably slip very few of them into a signed copy and hand it to a buyer. They’re … Continue reading

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Tosh’s Book Cover Gallery Version 3.1

If the title of this page is black, and/or you see the fighter-pilot header, click on the title to view the featured-image header. Creating 3D images of book covers for advertising purposes is a nice touch, and I’ve been using a softcover template with the pages visible in front and rear quarter views.  But this morning I came up with a way to create images with a visible spine and the look of a hardcover edition in which the edge between the spine and front and back covers appears to be catching the light source, and the “groove” in the cover … Continue reading

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Tosh’s Book Cover Gallery Update 3

If the title of this page is black, and/or you see the fighter-pilot header, click on the title to view the featured-image header. At the end of a previous post subtitled as “Tosh’s Book Cover Gallery,” I noted the titles of three novels currently in work with my interior and cover designs. In Update 1 to the Gallery, I shared 3D versions of the front and back covers of the print edition for one of the three. In Update 2, I repeated that share with another of those novels. This Update 3 is jumping the gun a little, because the … Continue reading

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Tosh’s Book Cover Gallery Update 2

If the title of this page is black, and/or you see the fighter-pilot header, click on the title to view the featured-image header. At the end of a previous post subtitled as “Tosh’s Book Cover Gallery,” I noted the titles of three novels currently in work with my interior and cover designs. In Update 1 to the Gallery, I shared 3D versions of the front and back covers of the print edition for one of the three, and another of those novels has just been published in digital format on preorder with Amazon. Availability of the print edition will be … Continue reading

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Tosh’s Book Cover Gallery Update 1

If the title of this page is black, and/or you see the fighter-pilot header, click on the title to view the featured-image header. At the end of a previous post subtitled as “Tosh’s Book Cover Gallery,” I noted the titles of three novels currently in work with my interior and cover designs. One of those is within a few days of publication on Amazon in paperback and digital formats. I’ve had the privilege of participating in the Novel-In-Progress—Austin writers’ group with Sharon Scarborough since 2005, and we have supported each other through multiple revisions on multiple manuscripts. When Sharon asked … Continue reading

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Tosh’s Bookmark Gallery

If the title of this post is black and/or you see the fighter-pilot header, click on the title to view the featured-image header. I published my debut novel Pilot Error in 2011 and had Red Line in work when a group of us indie authors attended the 2012 Texas Book Festival and displayed our books in a booth, hoping (in vain) to sell out before the two-day event closed down. Having customized bookmarkers to place in each book after signing it seemed like a good marketing tool, so I downloaded a 2″ x  6″ template and designed a two-sided bookmark with the … Continue reading

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It’s Been Over a Year? (also known as Tosh’s Book Cover Gallery)

If the title of this page is black, and/or you see the fighter-pilot header, click on the title to view the featured-image header. I received a comment recently noting that nothing had been added to this website in over a year and asking where I was. I hate to admit it, but I had no idea it had been that long. Reasons abound, all of which can be summarized with the simple fact that there’s never enough time in the day to focus my intention on everything I’ve committed to doing. This post, therefore, will serve to illustrate only one … Continue reading

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