Sunday, September 6, 2009

Getting Art

Part 1

This is what I hope will be a series of articles on a very exciting project. Read on!

Back in May of this year, I participated in a very worthwhile cause known as the Brenda Novak Online Auction for Diabetes Resarch. Brenda Novak is a New York Times Best-Selling Romantic Suspense Author who has a son with diabetes. She has been holding these online auctions since 2005, and every year they've grown by leaps and bounds. So far, her efforts have earned well over $700,000 for diabetes research. For writers and readers, the auctions offerings are amazing. Lunch with your dream agent? It could happen. Books signed by your favorite authors? Take your pick. Critiques by published authors, editors and agents, you got it. There's also jewelry, clothing, artwork, special baskets, and some amazing finds (like a guitar autographed by a famous rock band last year). It's fun, it's exciting and it's all for a very good cause.

I've participated in the auction the last couple of years, but this is the first year I was the highest bidder on a couple of items. I was very excited that one of the items I won is cover art for a novel!

I wasn't able to get started on this before now due to both me and the designer having a very busy summer, but we finally connected and the first thing she requested is a synopsis of my novel, the genre, and any ideas I had for the design.

So, my first decision. Which novel?

That was pretty much a no-brainer, since I only have one novel at the point of being marketed, and that's P2PC. So P2PC, it is. (Though my muse had a field day trying to throw "Planets" and "Draxis"--both currently under construction--into the mix.)

I sent her some image ideas for the cover I had in my head (though admittedly, I think the designer can probably come up with much better ideas) and a 5-page synopsis of P2PC, as per her request.

Okay, the process has begun.

Stayed tuned as I take you along on this journey of Getting Art, and, hopefully, I'll have a final unveiling here on Spacefreighters Lounge at some point in the future. This should be a fun and educational process. :)

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