So here is my first blog post and I’m pretty excited. I don’t consider myself a writer by any stretch of the imagination, but I try to learn something new every year or get better at something I already do, which is the case with writing. My New Year’s resolution is to write a blog and maybe a short story. The hard part of this task is not necessarily the writing part, but the staying consistent part. The first step is to start the blog, so here you have it. Second, I took a workshop/class to “write your first book.” It was an awesome class and I learned a lot. Am I writing a book??? Not today or this week or even next month, but I’m going to try and make a habit of writing and maybe someday I’ll write a book. If I don’t it’s ok, at least I’m hoping to learn something about good writing and also maybe understand writers better. Since I design covers for books, it can only help, right?
I’m going to introduce myself and give an overview of what I do and what things can be expected. Of course, if you’re reading this blog you know I’m a graphic and web designer, but I’m also a wife and a mom of two. My kids are 21 and 8 (I know that’s a big gap), my oldest is a Sazzy-girl herself that loves make up and fashion and is planning on becoming a paralegal. My 8-year-old is an exuberant boy that loves, loves, loves dinosaurs, NASCAR and, against his dad’s hopes, is a huge Carolina Panthers fan. I’ve been married for 22 years to a geat guy who happens to be a Dallas Cowboys fan, which is why it kills him that his only son is a Panthers fan. I think that’s the basics on the personal side.
On my career side, I’ve been a designer for roughly 9 years and I love it. I’ve worked for small businesses and larger corporations and I’ve done my fair share of freelance. Another thing about me is that I love to read– I always have. While working as a designer for several different companies, I’ve had the opportunity to design multiple book covers and was introduce to formatting e-pubs, but mainly for cookbooks and training manuals or educational textbooks. I’m gonna be honest, I read just about anything with words, self-help books, fiction (romance, horror, paranormal, etc.), non-fiction, biographies, and autobiographies–these are my favorite. I’m fascinated by a person that can document their life and look back and bring to life their memories to share with the world.
At the beginning of this year, I was encouraged to merge my love for reading with my skills for design and I feel its one of the best decisions I’ve made. I’ve had the chance to meet all kinds of interesting people from all over the world, and some of the authors I’ve worked with are based in England as well as other parts of the world. Don’t’ get me wrong I’ve only met them via email, social media and such, but otherwise, I would have never made contact with these wonderful people.
So what are some of the services I offer? Pre-made book covers, custom book covers, I convert books to epub for digital distribution (so you can read them on your nifty e-reader), and layout book for print through CreateSpace and others. I also offer animated graphics for marketing as well as social media graphics to help promote books, authors, events and more.
One of the things I want to do this year is to help self-published authors who are just starting out. I’m offering to re-do the cover of one of their books FREE (maybe their first one) in order to help with sales. I want to help get the word out on an upcoming book with interesting graphics and social media strategy. So if you know someone that can benefit from these opportunities, send them my way. Stay tuned…I’ll be posting more about it here on my blog.