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Death By Lingerie Cover Art

February 04, 2015 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Awesomesauce, The Craft  0 Comments

I’ve always been a big fan of Oliver Wetter’s work, so when I heard that he still does cover art, I sent him a query and funds and with a sense of the setting along with the direction to make the wrap-around dark, disturbing and sexy.

This was the result for Death By Lingerie:

Death by LingerieClick here to get a larger, glorious view.

I love working with a great cover artist. The prior two cover artists, Eve Venture (book one) and Duncan Long (book two) produced unique art, which is one of the benefits of commissioning your own artwork. Eve set about capturing a Japanese, feminine esthetic while Duncan managed to say a lot of things in his portrayal of Lexus in a simple setting that turned out to be anything but.

Commissioned artwork is not cheap, but it lasts the lifetime of the book and the lifetime of the book for all intents and purposes, is forever. Admittedly, I am a cover slut. I love a great cover and I so when I deliver  a book, I set about to both reward the reader and also entice the reader.

Book Three is dark, more so than the previous two books. Lexus finds herself in a bad place, mentally, and if you’ve read the first two books you know that she wasn’t all there to begin with. Sometimes the fog of war drops not on the battlefield, but onto a soldier long after the war is over.

Oliver’s cover captures that feeling perfectly. Lexus may be a mental mess, but she is the Goddess of War. Even at her most feminine, she’ll never escape her past because the past was hers to shape. Oliver’s post-apocalyptic scene brings that to life, and I’m really happy with it.

The Wælcyrie Murders Production Update

November 09, 2014 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: The Craft  0 Comments

I have submitted the final revision of The Wælcyrie Murders to the editor. It will take her about two weeks to do a line edit, give or take a week.

What’s next:

  • I have the cover art all ready to go (I’ve sat on it for a long time!). My graphics designer is cutting the Kindle cover now
  • Once I have the Kindle cover, I will put the book on for pre-order on Amazon
  • When the book comes back from line editing, I will process the edits

At this point the book is in release production:

  • I format the book for Kindle (2 hours)
  • I format the book for Print (2 hours)
  • I get back a proof from the printers (2 days)
  • The proof-reader goes over the print proof (2 days)
  • I correct the found typos (4 to 6 hours, which includes final interior layout work)
  • The Kindle and print version are published (2 hours)
  • Stay tuned for the pre-order link and then the cover reveal for book 3!

Note the Kindle version will go live before the print version (hint, hint) but I won’t officially “launch” the book until the hardcover is available from Amazon. That usually is a day or two lag, followed by another day for the titles to be linked properly.

The end is near!

TWM cover art (web)

The Wælcyrie Murders Last Draft: Done

October 23, 2014 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: The Craft  3 Comments

Two years in the making!

Here’s the play-by-play

  • Draft 1: The core of the story: Lexus goes undercover. As first drafts go, it was much better than the Armageddon’s Princess first draft.
  • Draft 2: I decided to change the end of the book–dramatically. Action fans will love the new ending. I also ran the manuscript through AutoCrit, which was helpful in tightening up the prose. I sent this to my editor, who produced an editorial letter for the things she wanted me to change
  • Draft 3: This is the draft based on the editorial letter, and I then sent the manuscript off for line editing. Unfortunately, I had to let my editor go and find a new one
  • Draft 4: Sending the somewhat line edited manuscript to the new (and fabulous, woooooo!) editor, she sent me an editorial letter on what she would like me to change. Draft 4, which I finally finished, is the result. The first third of the book is new, with a distinctive police procedural mystery focus, moving the story to a solid science fiction murder mystery

I apologize for those waiting so long for book two in the Lexus Toulouse series. My focus is quality.

There are a few little things in book two that is shameless fan service:

  • If you ask readers who their favorite character is, other than Lexus, most of them will respond with “Vash and Juan.” Vash and Juan it is! You want the big bad boys, well, there you go
  • Now that I know how audio books work, I made sure the book was as audio-book friendly as possible
  • Somehow I reveal more detail about the Empress yet make her more mysterious
  • I have received personal commentary and read research that eBook readers like 150K science fiction books and bigger if they are fantasy! While The Wælcyrie Murders won’t reach 150K, it will be close

What’s next:

  • I have the cover art all ready to go (I’ve sat on it for a long time!). My graphics designer is cutting the Kindle cover now
  • Once I have the Kindle cover, I will put the book on for pre-order on Amazon
  • I’ll run the book through AutoCrit again, to cut down on the little mistakes for my editor
  • The book will go back to line-editing
  • I’ll get the manuscript back and process the line-edits

At this point the book is in release production:

  • I format the book for Kindle
  • I format the book for Print
  • I get back a proof from the printers
  • The proof-reader goes over the print proof
  • I correct the found typos
  • The Kindle and print version are published

As soon as the pre-order goes live (in a few days), I’ll let everyone know!

Thank you again for your patience. This book means a lot to me, and I wanted to make sure it was worthy of your hard-earned dollars. I appreciate all of my readers immensely.

TWM cover art (web)

Armageddon’s Princess Audio Book in Final Production

February 09, 2014 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Awesomesauce, The Craft  0 Comments

The audio book, Armageddon’s Princess, is in final production. Deep Mountain Studios will exclusively publish it via the ACX platform, which is Audible, iTunes, and Amazon.

I finished listening to the entire book today. It is exquisitely intense and May Ling Su’s reading is wonderful and an emotional journey.

This is all rather surreal. If you would have asked me two years ago if I would have an audio book for my novel I was wrapping up, I would have laughed. But with some time, some effort and a lot of hard work on May Ling’s part, here it is.

The ACX platform is easy to use and a focused on quality. I determined that there is an underrepresented market for science fiction on Audible. I believe the expense and effort is well worth it and I’m now a big fan of the audio book platform.

Stay tuned for release details. I don’t have an exact date, but the changes we need to make are small.

Hold on to yer butts’, folks. I’m just getting started!

Armageddon's Princess ACX Cover