Playing with graphics

As an indie author/authorpreneur/self-pubbed author*, I sign up to a lot of newsletters, especially those that have insights into any relevant areas of the book publishing/marketing industry. One dropped into my mailbox today from which stirred my interest.

The email was about a website called BookBrush which allows authors to create images for marketing their books. The Free Plan allows 3 downloads per month, so I clicked the link and spent a happy hour clicking buttons and experimenting. You can view the results below. I'm not a professional, although, I use Adobe photoshop for my book covers and for my ads, and I found this amazingly quick and easy to use.

Here are my results:

I'll tweak these a bit more and, especially in the second one, would like to play around with the font, but next time I won't click the Download button twice on one image as it counted as two downloads! There are 2 plans, the Limted Free plan and the Plus plan which is $8 per month, paid yearly ($96). 

If you like learning new skills and want to give BookBrush a try, check it out here:

And if you're looking for someone to help you promote your books, check out      

Best wishes, 

*self-pubbed, for those who don't know, refers to self-published authors, not writers who choose write their books in pubs (tradition British drinking places).

Special Weekend Freebies!

Hi everyone! 

This weekend I'd like to share these free books with you. Some are mine, some are written by other indie writers and you can download as many as you want. Take this opportunity to fill your ereaders with some great summer reading.

Veiled Planet (a sci-fi romantic thriller) and One Summer in Montmartre (a time-slip Women’s Fiction) are FREE until the 18th August.

Both Smashwords and Kobo have had sales of my three box sets in the last couple of months, and until the 18th August, you can pick up the Kala Trilogy Box Setthe Adept Solutions Box Setand the Saoirse Saga Box Set for $2.99 each on Amazon. So, head on over to your local Amazon website and pick up some free and discounted books.

And if you haven't done so already, then please download these permafree books from your favorite digital retailer.

If you're an avid reader, please check out August’s Giveaways where you can download as many books as you want and fill your ereaders with plenty of summer reading.
Dean Foster’s August promo has a fabulous collection of Sci-fi and Fantasy books, all neatly organized according to genre, which makes finding your favorites real easy.
Check out this brilliant group giveaway for action and adventure in far-flung universes.

 Be kind to yourself and to others and keep reading.
Best wishes,

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