I've spent the last few weeks muddling with Photoshop files of book covers sent to me by my daughter-in-law, Elizabeth. Her new cover drawings are beautiful, but the printing process sometimes requires that artwork be extremely vivid in order to reproduce well on a cover. She and I are both learning, and it took time to get a digital file that printed the way we wanted it to. Yesterday, the test prints that I ordered came in the mail, and I selected what I thought was the best one of the bunch and used it to order a print run for Bruce and the Murder in the Marsh.
Although it took over a month of playing with contrast and brightness, using filters, and more, the end results are beautiful, and I think you will like them, too.
Murder in the Marsh is the first book to get a new cover drawn by Elizabeth, but all of the Bruce and Friends books will have new covers before too long. I'll be sharing the artwork in detail as the books are reprinted.
I also have to share with you something I've also worked hard to achieve: my books are now available on the shelves in the Phoenix area Barnes & Noble stores. I have to hope some of you may send friends to go there and buy them, because otherwise they'll end up on the sale table with so many others, but I'm excited to see them there.
If you ever have questions about how I write books, how they're made, or anything else, please send me a note. I love hearing from you.
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