Friday, December 9, 2011

YA Indie Carnival - Designs & Designers

Coming December 16! You let us know why you've been naughty or nice and enter to win books at each carni's booth all week, from 12/16 to 12/23. On Dec. 23, find out what books you've won.  Good luck! 
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This week's YA Indie Carnival topic is Designs & designers. Early on in my indie author career, the cover was one of the most intimidating aspects of publishing the book myself.  I had no idea how I was going to create the make-or-break, first impression, front for any of my books.  As soon as I began researching my options, I hit pay dirt. 
For the rest of my life, I will be grateful for the stars which aligned and led me to Claudia Bartoli-McKinney with Phatpuppy Creations.  She is an awesome partner and a talented artist.  The best-of-the-best.  I'm not sure Claudia knows how many of her book covers have made it to the bestseller lists, but she has 29 listed on her site.  While I suspect there are more, Claudia has 54 jackets showcased.
Above, I've included two admirable works of her art.  They exemplify her ability to create an entire story through stunning designs.  Sometimes, I want to write stories befitting her art just so I can use them.  Months ago, she created a collage.  To the right, I'm including it as a sample of some of her early book covers. ENJOY!
1.Laura A. H. Elliott author of Winnemucca & 13 on Halloween, Book 1 in the Teen Halloween Series2.Bryna Butler, author Midnight Guardian series
3.Heather Self4.T. R. Graves, Author of The Warrior Series
5.Suzy Turner, author of The Raven Saga6.Darby Karchut, author of GRIFFIN RISING
7.Lexus Luke8.PJ Hoover, Author of SOLSTICE, Blogging at ROOTS IN MYTH
9.Cheri Schmidt, author of the Fateful Trilogy10.Rachel Coles, author of Into The Ruins, geek mom blog
11.K. C. Blake, author of Vampires Rule and Crushed12.Patti Larsen, The Hunted series and The Hayle Coven series
13.Courtney Cole, author of The Bloodstone Saga 14.Amy Maurer Jones, Author of The Soul Quest Trilogy
15.Dani Snell's Refracted Light Reviews 16.Fisher Amelie, author of The Understorey
17.M. Leighton, Blood Like Poison Series, Madly, The Reaping 18.Abbi Glines, author of Breathe and The Vincent Boys
19.Kimberly Kinrade, Bits of You & Pieces of Me, Forbidden Mind20.Madeline Smoot, Missing, Summer Shorts, and The Girls
21.Cidney Swanson, author of Rippler22.Gwenn Wright, author of Filter
23.TG Ayer24.Melissa Pearl, author of Golden Blood