Run VT! Making a simple book trailer

It's been ages since I wrote a how-to post - although this one is more of a how-I-did, and not necessarily a how-you-should post. So, I'd been thinking about making a fairly simple trailer to introduce The Case of the Black Tulips, the first book in the Caster & Fleet mystery series I've been co-writing with …

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Cover reveal! Coming (fairly) soon – A Fete Worse Than Death!

Ready to see what the third Pippa Parker mystery looks like? On the count of three... One... Two... Wait for iiiiiit... Ta-daaaaah! I've been wanting to post this cover for a while, but I resolved not to until I'd sent the book out to beta readers. However, as I finally packed A Fete Worse Than …

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It’s cover reveal time again! Please rise for Murder in the Choir!

Drumroll... To be honest I feel slightly fraudulent making a song and dance about this cover, because it's one of the quickest so far. Never mind, eh. May I introduce you to the cover for Murder in the Choir, the second book in the Pippa Parker Mysteries series! If you've seen the cover for Murder at the Playgroup …

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X marks the spot! A map of Much Gadding

I spent quite a lot of time yesterday drawing a map. This is writing-related, believe it or not, because it's a map for the new book. I love maps. Simon Garfield's On The Map is one of my favourite non-fiction books. Atlases, jigsaws, maps in books. When the kids had to do a treasure map for homework …

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And the winner is… Murder At The Playgroup cover reveal!

The results are in! I'd like to say it was a close call but it really wasn't. Even after a late surge from the other cover, the cover above, with a big splashy MURDER on, got over three-quarters of the votes. I liked both versions, so I win either way 🙂 My next job is …

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Choose my book cover!

So I've been messing around with graphics again... This time it's for the cozy mystery book I plan to launch next month, Murder At The Playgroup.  To cut a long story short, after downloading a ridiculous amount of vectors from Vecteezy.com, moving them all over the place, and switching most of the layers off again, I started …

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What makes a book cover?

I've been posting the cover of A Jar of Thursday quite a bit in social media lately - Whoops, sorry, finger must have slipped 😉 Anyway, while I've put a credits section in the back of the book, it struck me that to be fair I should also share the credits via social media. And as the …

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6 things I learnt while making my book cover…

Yes, I admit it. In spite of all the advice about not making your own book cover and getting a proper designer/cover artist/using an appropriate stock photo/getting a quality premade cover, I went ahead and designed my own. Here's why: I had a very strong idea of how I wanted the cover to look. The …

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Introducing…the Secret Notebook Pinterest board!

I had a lot of fun researching The Secret Notebook of Sherlock Holmes. Something I wanted to do as part of the book was provide links to a few of the sources I used, and information for anyone who might want to explore further. I present...*drumroll*...the Secret Notebook Pinterest board! It's hyperlinked at the back of the ebook, …

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Roll credits! Ether Flash Fortnight image credits

Here are the credits and attributions for all images I used in the making of promotional images for my flash fiction collection on Ether> I have also included a credit for non-standard fonts. In My End Is My Beginning: the original photo is by photophilde and is called Stormy sky at the beach. I found it via …

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