Happy Throwback Thursday, friends! As I’ve mentioned recently, when my Lupus health complications have kept me from being able to devote my time and focus to writing or editing, or even sometimes reading (much less blogging), I’ve found that I could sometimes take on small projects. One such project has been in helping other authors format their manuscript for self-publishing, and then either designing a cover for them or tweaking a design they already have in mind.
One such author is your friend and mine, Mike Steeden. You may recall in 2015 when I helped him format his first book “Gentlemen Prefer a Pulse” and designed the cover out of a photo of his wife Shirley that he sent me.
You may also recall when that same year, our esteemed buddy Craig C. S. Boyack allowed me to create the covers for his “Will O’ the Wisp” and for “The Experimental Notebook of C. S. Boyack.” (While Craig did his own book formatting, it was an honor to help him with his covers — They were both a lot of fun! Though I do have to bow to the phenomenal artist he has been using for his more recent publications.) [[Be sure to check out all of Craig’s work for sale on Amazon!]]
The following year, I went back to working with Mike who was kind enough to allow me to format and create the cover for “The Shop That Sells Kisses.” His son George came up with the cover concept and Mike allowed me to run with it. It, too, features Shirley on the back cover.
In 2017, came Mike’s “Notoriously Naked Flames.” Mike had a friend who had previously made the art that he allowed Mike to use on the front and back covers, so my job there was just getting the title formatted as well as formatting the book.
Also that year, Mike’s son, George Blamey-Steeden, known to his followers as Zoolon, got in on the family’s book-writing pastime, and allowed me to format and create the cover for “The Words and Thoughts of a Dyslexic Musician,” to help promote his music business. This was a particularly fun project because I was just sent a couple of photos of George and got to run with them however I was inspired. (I thought adding the guitar patent drawings in the background was a cool touch, and the word DYSLEXIC is written [according to my research] such as the way a dyslexic person may see letters.) [[Be sure to check out Zoolon’s book on Amazon!]]
In 2018, Mike surprised me with two titles ready to publish: “Fanny, I Think of You Often,” and “The Elastic Snapped.” With each of these, he located a public domain image that he wanted to incorporate, so I altered them extensively to be more of what he was looking for.
In early 2019, Mike was at it again, but this time had co-written a novel with his lovely wife Shirley Blamey. Once more, they sent me a public domain image that they wanted to incorporate into “Whatever Happened to Eve?” and this time, I knew from the content and type of book it was, I knew I needed to add a chapter graphic that went with the story’s theme.
By 2019, Mike referred me to his buddy Clive who we all may know better as the satirical Danny Soz. While the main artwork for “The Whitechapel Welk” was pretty much done by the time it was sent to me, I added the text to the front and back covers and helped format the book for publication. [[Be sure to check out Danny’s book on Amazon!]]
As soon as Sire Soz left through my revolving door, good buddy Mike walked back in through the other side with his latest completed work, “The Blue-Eyed Cat.” Once again, he located a few photos in public domain that he wanted to incorporate, so I got to run with those and add my own touches to the front and back covers. [[Be sure to check out all of Mike’s work for sale on Amazon!]]
So, if you have a book you’re just itching to publish but could use a little help with formatting or cover design, I would be more than happy to offer you my services. And even if you don’t have a book you want to publish, please take a moment to peruse the works of these fine gentlemen and the products of their hard work, skill, talent, and boundless imaginations.