Sunday, April 15, 2012

Do you need a cover artist?

    Before I begin, let me first start off by giving Elisa a big huge fat THANK YOU, for letting me guest post (ramble) on her blog.
Seriously, it is so awesome be on here, so thanks girl!
    You guys may be wondering what I’m doing on here today.
Well, wait no longer! Let me indulge you.
    Today is the LAST DAY before you have to file your taxes (if you haven’t already).
    I hear some groans but hopefully, for most of you, this is going to be a good thing and you are going to get some cash back.
    Now, let me tell you how to spend it.
    Elisa has quite a large reach and audience of blog followers and I noticed that some of you are aspiring authors.
    As a person who does marketing for authors and is also a reviewer, I’m going to give you a few free tips.
    Let me pull out my soap box first….

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     Ok, if you’re going to write a book and be successful, your very first line of defense is going to be about presentation.
     By that, I mean you NEED to have your book edited by more than just a friend.
     This is a MUST!
     Even if you are looking to get picked up by a publishing house, you need an edited piece of work that represents the best “you”.
You also need to set up a blog, get a facebook account, start interacting with other people out there to make your presence known.
     There are various things that you can do, but I’m not here to get into all that.
     Well, then what am I going on about?
     YOU NEED A WICKED AWESOME COVER!!!!!
     THIS IS A MUST!
     No, though it seems I’m yelling at you, I assure you I am not.
I’m just trying to express to you how terribly IMPORTANT it is to have a FANTASTIC cover.
     It’s your “best foot forward”, it’s how you are going to stand out, grab attention…DEMAND attention.
     Yeah, I know they say that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover but it sure as heck helps if you have a good one.
     I’ll be honest and say I am a cover coveter.
     That’s right, my name is Jenn and I lust after covers.
You can bet your left arm (let’s be honest, it’s not as good as the right one anyways) that if your cover grabs my eye, I’m gonna grab your book.
    In all honestly, there have been great books that I would’ve normally passed on because their covers did not intrigue me but someone came along and said I would have to read it.
     Word of mouth saved some but great covers saved way more.

     With that being said, let me now put on my pimp hat…..

 
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What? Not the hat you were expecting?
Ok, here’s the other one….
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Much better.

     Now, I’m here today to tell you about a FANTASTICAL and FANTABULOUS cover artist named Regina Wamba.
     THIS CHICK IS EPIC!!!!
     I could go on all day long about her, her covers, pictures, drawings and just how great of a person she is in general as well.
Which is why I am posting and she is not.
     She is modest and doesn’t brag, so I’m here to do that cause SHE ROCKS MY FACE OFF!!!!
     Seriously, take a look at some of these covers!

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     And these are just a select FEW of some of the astounding work that Regina is capable of.
     THESE ARE SHOW STOPPERS.
     THESE will DEMAND attention.

     I know what you are thinking….what will it cost me?
     Don’t worry, no need to auction off kidneys here, Regina is super affordable.
     I’m not gonna lie though, she isn’t cheap and it’s with good reason.
     Her work is flawless, Regina works incredibly hard to make your vision a reality.
     Like most things in life, you get what you pay for and with covers, it’s the same.
     Only, got twenty five bucks to spend, good luck.
     Even, if you are not getting money back this year, you can claim it on this year’s taxes and recoup it next year!
     Regina is also constantly offering specials on her facebook account so you would do well to hit her up there!

     I’m  IMPLORING you to please consider it, save the money if you have too, if you are serious about your work, don’t you WANT the best?

     If you do, you need to hit Regina up because she is awesome and while I run the risk of sounding cheesy, her work is nothing short of majestic.

     Don’t need a cover?
     How about a little photo manipulation?
     Ever wanted to be air brushed?
     She’s EPIC with that as well.
     Wanna see?????

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     The first time that I saw this picture, I was floored, speechless and in complete awe.
     This is a pic she took of her daughter and then “manipulated” it.
     Is this not the most gorgeous thing you have ever seen???
     Ever wondered how this type of work is done?
     Lucky you, I made Regina make a video! (time lapsed of course)


Seriously cool right?
Fine, don’t need a manipulation?
How about a web design? Banner? Blog Button?
Yep, she does those, too!
If after all this, you STILL aren’t impressed, then I can’t help you. (but thanks for hangin on)
However, if you ARE you can reach Regina at the following places:
https://www.facebook.com/reginawamba
https://www.facebook.com/MaeIDesignandPhotography
http://www.maeicreateart.com


As  you can tell, I HIGHLY recommend her whether it be for cover art, bookmarks, manipulations, or just general photography, you will not regret it!!!
So, thanks for letting me ramble on in probably the longest post ever and don’t forget to DEMAND ATTENTION!!!!!