T. A. Bradley Announces New Title

Author T. A. Bradley is pleased to announce the release of his new horror thriller, Primordia.

Scientific ambition, a mutated virus and a case of mistaken identity plunge a family and their community into the depths of a horror that no one could have imagined. The nightmare begins with a simple virus infection. Ross Clayton, a scientist and dedicated family man receives an experimental pacemaker. When he is murdered, the pacemaker fuels the mutation of the virus and he is reanimated in a near primordial state. In an attempt to save his daughter, Ross unleashes an unfathomable terror. And it just might be unstoppable.

Primordia was released on January 2, 2013 and is currently available from Amazon.com, Amazon UK, and Smashwords.

Mistakes I Made So You Don’t Have To

Guest post
by Mark Hamner

I learned a lot from my first foray into novel writing, to say the least. Most of these various lessons were, I hate to say, learned the hard way. Let’s take a look at two of my…learning opportunities…in the hope they may help some new writer somewhere to avoid the mistakes I made the first time out. Continue reading “Mistakes I Made So You Don’t Have To”

Your Own Graphics Factories

One salient fact about doing graphic design–in this case making your logos and covers and other pictures writers need to go with their thousand words–is that you need to have a graphic program to do it with. This is actually not a problem, but it’s not hard to run into advice and situations that make it seem like a problem. As with so many other things that writers have to learn aside from writing these days, a main issue is knowing what to avoid.

As promised, I’m going to tell you about the programs to do this stuff with, and a bit on how to maximize your use of them. The programs I suggest are all free, or at most very cheap. Let me say a word about programs that aren’t free and cheap. The first thing you always hear when asking about doing your own artwork (or googling for suggestion on how to do something) is Adobe Photoshop. This is a professional program that costs anywhere from $300 to $1000. Most would say that getting what you need runs around $700. That should be enough to convince you to skip it and look elsewhere. But it’s worse than that. It’s a hard program to use, and is set up kind of awkwardly and bassackward. I used to use it and considered it a pain in the butt. For awhile I only used it to bevel type and the “smudge” tool. Now I don’t even have it installed. Almost anything you need to do can be done easier with free programs, and often better. And PS has some glaring problems for people like us. For one thing, its vector structure makes it really bad at shrinking picture size. As one example of what I mean, on Paint.net I can just keep hitting Ctrl Z (just like in all Windows programs, notice?) and delete changes one by one, all the way back. In Photoshop you get one “redo” then have to go into the history and fool around with that. Not a huge human sacrifice, sure, but something you have to learn. There are big thick books on how to use Photoshop. It’s got learning curve like Rosie O’Donnell has hip curve. Continue reading “Your Own Graphics Factories”

Featured Author: Ralph L. Angelo Jr.

Ralph L. Angelo Jr. has contributed to such magazines as Backroads Motorcycle Touring Magazine, and Motorcycle Consumer News among others. Ralph has written both fiction and nonfiction books, including Help! They’re All Out to Get Me! The Motorcyclists Guide to Surviving the Everyday World, and the upcoming Sword and Sorcery epic Torahg the Warrior-Sword of Vengeance. Ralph has a love of writing only equaled by his love of his other two great passions, motorcycling and skiing. Ralph lives with his family in suburban Long Island, NY. Redemption of the Sorcerer is his first novel.

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