Monday, February 22, 2021

Some of my Art

 So for the past year I should have been writing but put much of my focus on learning graphic design and art.  My goal was to design better book covers to help other authors, become better at a craft and finally it was fun.  Most important thing in life, if you are not having fun than don't do it.

Here a piece I did which falls in the genre of flat design.  This kind of art is popular in advertising.  This piece is totally vector art.  I call it Gnome Home.


This next piece is Pretty Woman.  Just a portrait with some color tossed in.


This is the last one for the day.  The elements are available on line, the arrangement is mine.  Here is Go Ask Alice.


That is enough to leave you with.  Best to all!





Thursday, February 11, 2021

I’m Back!

 

A lot has passed since I last wrote here.  The world now has Covid.  People stay at home more.  We wear face masks in public.  The unemployment rate has skyrocketed.  The stock market is in a bubble with no signs yet it will burst.  The national election has come and gone with a change of leadership.  We even had an insurrection to overthrow the government though some may call it a mob action.

In 2020, my wife and I had targeted moving to Florida no matter what! We stayed on track. Got the house ready and put it for sale.  Sold and bought a new house in the Sunshine State.  Now I live on the 6th floor of a condo complex overlooking the 5th hole on a golf course and a marina with Tampa Bay just to the right.  It’s Feb 11, 81 degrees outside, and I am not shoveling snow.  Yay!!!

I have been getting into graphic design. Something I will share here in the future.  My series Writing the Killer Mystery has been doing modestly well.  I have helped a few authors publish their books.  I need to get back to basics and write another murder mystery.

For today I will leave you a promo video for Book 1, Writing the Killer Mystery: Great beginnings which is available at Amazon.  I plan to create explainer videos like this one for the Writing the Killer Mystery so please stop back from time to time. 

See you around.




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Sunday, November 24, 2019

DIY Book Trailers and Other Video Feats


Old English adage says: “A picture is worth a thousand words.”

Then it follows a video must be worth a million.

Everything these days is video. Facebook. Instagram. Twitter. Video communication is a way of life now.  And its one of the best ways to promote books.

A few years back, the only way to get a book trailer was hiring a professional company and pay a few hundred bucks.  Then prices dropped and people popped up on Fiverr.com who could do it for less than a hundred. But still costs could be a little pricey. I mean for $50 I can have a really good meal out or buy myself some nice duds.

But now comes the do-it-yourself age.  I have recently created some of my own book trailers.  Cost: my time and creativity.  Here is one for my book The Fortune Teller’s Secret.


Like? Okay, I know you can do better.

I created the book trailer at http://invideo.io/

Invideo lets you make your own video for just about anything.  They have all the bells and whistles. Special effects. Music. Stock video and pictures. Titles and text. Enhancements and stickers. Even upload your own pics and video. 

Pricing…$48 yearly for pro version, $180 for business.  I am only pro for now.
Try it out for free at https://invideo.io/pricing/

Here’s another book promo  I made.



Worried you will never be able to learn all this good stuff.  Check out this course at Udemy.


Bottomline: make your book promos and save big time.