Changes and a sale

We are going to start watermarking premade covers rather than use the tiny size because I just hate seeing how fuzzy they look on the facebook site. Watermarks aren’t part of the finished book cover. They are removed after purchase.

And… we are raising our prices. It will be gradual, but after 12 years at the same price, it’s time. I’ve made a point of keeping my prices low for many reasons, one being that I sometimes benefit from the generosity of other artists, like photographers and their CC0 licenses, and also because I know what its like to try and make a living within a creative career, but that includes me as a creative as well. I get bartered down often, and sometimes that takes a toll on one’s sense of self worth, so I also need to say no more often. You may have noticed the price tag on some of the premade designs are now marked higher than the usual $40 mid-grade price. There still are some at $40 and still some under $40, it all depends on images used and time spent creating the cover.

And, to soften the price increase, Starting November 19th and ending November 25th, 2018, Fantasia Frog is holding a sale on all covers over $20.

Most cover are a flat $10 off (except the $20 ones, which are $5 off).

 

Imogene is entering Miss Elspeth’s Desire in a cover contest

Imogene Nix is entering Miss Elspeth’s Desire in the
AusRomToday online digital magazine in Aussie Romance and they’re running their annual comp for the Cover Of The Year.
 
If you can spare a moment, would you help her out with a vote?
 
It’s simple, all they need to do is follow this link:
 
 
Thanks!!

I discovered a new Promotional tool for authors, publishers and cover artists

It might not be new to everyone, but Authors database is new to me (as of yesterday) and I’m excited about it.

I just listed FFD, so I’m setting my page up. I plan on entering the cover art contests for one.

https://authorsdb.com/community/profile/16876-tara-fantasia-frog-designs

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Sale!

I’ve been adding more premade covers over the past week, and I’ve noticed some could work for multiple genres. If I have one in mysteries, it might also work for fantasy, for example. Like this one.

 

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Or covers I post in contemporary, could work for romances, or poetry, or things I haven’t thought of.

For an idea of how the sale works, it’s $10.00 off all premades $25.00 and up. If you like a $25.00 cover, it will end up being $15.00, and a $40.00 premade will be $30.00 🙂

The sale starts tomorrow, November 1st and ends November 15th.

Thanks for visiting my site, and a special thanks to those who have shared news of my premade sale.

 

Tara

 

Announcement: want to know when I’m holding a premade sale?

For those who miss my premade sales, I now have a mailing list to notify people when they are coming up. If you’d like to be added to the list, just leave a comment, or email here and i’ll put you in the premade Sale know 🙂

 

Also, do you find this wordpress template easier to navigate than that last three column one?

Changes to 3D package

We are making changes to what you get when you select a 3D bookcover from FFD.

We have decided that it is a good idea to pair a 2D cover along with a 3D boxed set so you have something to post on Smashwords. For those who don’t know, 3D covers don’t seem to be compatible with the Smashwords site, and I like Smashwords, so it’s just makes sense to have something you can put up there to show off your multi-packaged books 🙂

 

Cheryl Douglas has generously allowed me to use her covers – because we’ve done two design styles.

 

Here we have a five book boxed set (I have other styles featured below as well if you need other book postures)

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and directly below is a 2D book cover – formatted to Smashwords size and resolution

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or, there is this format done up from Cheryl’s Nashville Nights series

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And here are a few other 3D book cover examples.

CD-landscape-#1-book This one can have any background you want. I went with a beach because the hot dude is standing in front of a stormy ocean 🙂 If your book is a Galactic drama, you might be looking for a stellar constellation.

Here is a single 3D book facing spine out

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This is a view of a back and front cover from a premade design, and if you aren’t shy, you could put a picture of you holding this book 🙂

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And lastly, here is another 3D boxed set with the image that covers across all spines. These sets can be reversed it you need them to go in the other direction.

 

 

 

 

 

FFD away

Fantasia frog designs will be out of internet range starting June 27th-July 2nd, and then back for a little less than a week and gone again from July 9th until July 14th. I will be away camping – I won’t bring my laptop. A bear might eat it.

I’m also possibly going to working on a construction project this summer, building a garage for my mother in law, but I will be available in the evenings.

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Changes, news, and a poll

Due to a few bad experiences, I’ve come to think it’s best to introduce a new policy for premade and first time clients in regards to payment. I’m sad to say I’ve had a few issues with the coverart equivalent to pump and dash, or, in our case, covers are sent and client disappears with said covers. Basically, this only applies to first time custom order and premade purchases. We now ask that payment is made before final covers are sent. If you’ve purchased a cover through us before (and you weren’t a pump and dash client, lol), then we can continue on as usual.

 

That said; I keep an open mind, and I know things (Bills/illness/death in family) come up – so, if there is ever any conflict in regards to payment, please, just contact me, and we will happily negotiate payment.

 

This goes in to effect as of today (April 30th, 2014)

Love Spanks 2014-Announcement

Fantasia Frog Designs is participating in this year’s Love Spanks!

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We are donating One book cover, plus an author promotional package (high res jpg for Bookmark from cover, An author Banner from book cover, and either a header from the book cover or a high res jpg postcard from the book cover),  for an f/f book. 

I plucked most of this information from here: http://governingana.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/announcing-love-spanks-2014/

Here is the information:

Plus, the first 50 Love Spankers will receive a copy of The Bodyguard by Saranna DeWylde!

 

Free books for all Love Spankers!

  • Vampire’s Bard by Kate Richards
  • First of May by Caitlin Ricci

Many authors also will offer a contest on their individual blogs.  Your comment on their blogs automatically enters you in both the main contest and the individual contests!

What’s the catch?  Absolutely nothing!  We love writing for you and want to thank you for your readership.  Perhaps someone might get a spanking or two, but that’s a reward rather than a catch, right?  ;)

Here are the rules:

  1. Visit each blog between Friday, February 7 and Sunday, February 9 to read the posted stories and excerpts.
  2. Leave a comment answering the story question on each blog.  You will receive one entry per blog for the grand prize drawing.  You will also be automatically entered in that author’s individual contest, if she has one.
  3. If you have visited all of the blogs, visit Ana’s blog to sign up for FIVE bonus entries to the grand prize.
    Deadline is midnight EST (UTC -5) on February 9!!
  4. If you successfully completed a previous challenge (Spank or Treat 2013, Spankee Doodle 2013, Love Spanks 2013, or Spank or Treat 2012), you may add “VIP” to your comments.  You will earn THREE bonus entries toward the grand prize.  (Yes, we will be doing this again.  Yes, if you successfully complete the Love Spanks 2014 challenge you can become a VIP for our next activity!)
  5. If you are an F/F author or thinking of becoming one, please add “FF” to your comments. That way, your name will be entered in the special F/F author prize drawings.
  6. Visit any of the participating blogs on Friday, February 14 to find out the lucky winners.  Will it be you?

 

Contact Head Ambassador Tara Finnegan at tarafinneganromance at gmail dot com, with the subject line “Love Spanks Ambassador” for all the details.

For more information, updates, and a list of participating authors, please visit:

http://governingana.wordpress.com

Like us on Facebook!

Twitter hashtag: #lovespanks

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Fantasia Frog Designs and the holiday season

This year my family has requested I “actually” take time off over the holiday season. How can I resist? Seeing as my husband and son will be done with their school and work on December 20th, the I better say that’s the day I will be taking a break too. So, starting December 20th, I won’t be available for new designs. Before December 20th, I expect I’ll be working like a mad woman trying to get everything done 🙂 That said; Logically, I won’t be able to take on a new project the night before either.

While on holidays I plan to recollect my wits, drink some eggnog, and romp through the snow, but I also hope to take some time for professional development. Maybe I’ll come back with new tricks.

When will I be open for business again? Let’s say January 6th.