The artist I had contacted and exchanged a few emails with, and even a concept drawing, backed out of it. So, I am now without artist / illustrator again. Anyone know anyone that does these sorts of things? I’m trying to find an artist / illustrator willing to get paid to do cover art, to create a picture that looks more or less the way I want it, rather than the way they like drawing spaceships. I’m looking to commission a piece because none of the “stock art” I’ve looked though looks like what I want, or even close enough to say “good enough” if you squint just right in poor lighting.
I can’t pay a lot, but I can pay. So, anyone out there know any friends, nephews, nieces, cousins, coworkers, or something that has some bit of talent and wants to draw some spaceships colliding in space, at least one of which looks like the ones in the book (not just any old random spaceship)?
Thanks to Paul, I’ve simple engineering drawings , some images of Taj, even a simple animation, takeoff, so I don’t just have to explain what she looks like, but can show the artist. It should be, or at least CAN be, a pretty simple, clean image. No people. Smaller spaceships colliding with and splattering on Tajemnica, another of the smaller ships being “grabbed” by the glowing drive field. Background planetary and moon stuff optional.
Anyone out there?
Looks like I may have found an artist to create the cover art. The best image idea I have is the collision between Tajemnica and the Hussein’s interceptors. If anyone has any better ideas, let me know.
The “elevator pitch” for a product is what you say if you find yourself in an elevator with a potential buyer or investor. It is something that has to get to the core of the item, pique their interest, and be very brief. It has to grab the attention, give enough to make them want more, not give away to much, and it must not misrepresent the item. I’ve been working on it a little bit, trying to get it “just right,” with enough mystery and enough “feel for the story” in a few brief lines. The current version is over on the main The Stars Came Back topic page, and below. Let me know what you think of it. Continue reading Elevator Pitch
I added a small bit to the story. Painted high on the doors inside the cargo hold are two old style flags, signal flags from the days of sail. They represent Admiral Nelson’s final order to the fleet. I also added the flags to the Graphics page.
On a daily basis, this site doesn’t get a lot of traffic. But the last two Sundays it jumped considerably, from ~5 a day to over fifty. Did I get found by a web-crawler just tracing links, or are people starting to check in once a week to see how close things are to finishing, and just dropping by for a moment? Drop a note if it’s the latter.
Editing is moving, but never as fast as I’d like. Cover art is even slower, but I’m ever hopeful. Any volunteers out there want to help it along?
Update: Looks like it’s web-crawlers. Sudden spike to 30 page views in a very short period of time.
I added a new menu item, Latin. In the book I use several Latin phrases and words, and I thought having one place with proper translations and pronunciations would make sense. Thanks much to Paul for his help with some of them.
I found an editor that I think I can work with. She’s edited the first 25 pages or so, and I was astonished how many minor things got changed, and what I missed. So, now we send stuff back and forth for a while, making changes, approving them, fiddling here and there. Our current working calendar date is no later than the end of October; that’s a lot further out than my idea of this last mid-summer, but she’s also got a full-time job, and this is being done after-hours. Continue reading Found an Editor