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Another Beautiful Cover

Coming November 2012

I’ve found a real talent in designer Brandon Stout. He’s finished the second of four new covers, for The Flatirons, for the new digital editions of my novels. It’s another beautiful design. Before he begins designing, Brandon reads the entire novel to get a full sense of the story, characters, theme and mood. Only then does he begin experimenting with typography and images. For this cover, Brandon found this haunting photograph of the Flatirons shrouded in mist. The Flatirons are an outcropping of the Rocky Mountain foothills that overlooks Boulder, Colorado where the novel is set. The photographer is Joshua M. Hill. He, along with his identical twin brother Jason, capture this picturesque corner of the world through photographs with the aim of sharing the experience of the outdoors. Check out their work at Silent Landscapes.

In terms of process, Brandon doesn’t show me any of the early design attempts; I only see the cover once he’s happy with a design. It’s a process that works: He’s two-for-two in hitting the mark and perfectly capturing the essence of each book on the first attempt.

Going Digital

Coming November 2012

Ah, how the world has changed since I began writing professionally in 1991. Back then floppy discs and fax machines were high technology.

To that end, I’m currently in the process of creating digital editions of my four novels: The Flatirons (1995), ZigZag (1999), The Rules of Action (2010) and deep wicked freaky (2012). To do so, I’ve hired my go-to editor Jim Moore to help me polish the text.

Professional designer Brandon Stout is creating new covers for each of the new editions as well. The image for this cover is from Photographer Javier Vargas who lives in South America. The dramatic shot is at a park in Argentina.

All the new digital editions will be available in November. Two of the four (“The Flatirons” and “deep wicked freaky”) are coming out of the vault, i.e. previously unpublished. Stay tuned!