Interview With Author And Cover Designer Kathryn Jenkins

 

Welcome!

We know each other for a while now. I know you are not only a very gifted writer, but also an excellent graphic designer and book cover designer.

I know there’s much more, and I’d like to hear about that.

1. When did you start writing?

It is hard to say when I started writing. I remember writing short stories back in elementary school, but that was more for fun than anything. If I had to say professionally, my best guess is when I was in high school. I had a big love for books and you never would see me without one. After living in so many worlds I finally started creating my own.

2. What motivates you to write?

This is a hard question. I guess what motivates me to write is the sheer joy of it. My characters have been like family or close friends for several years now. I know them inside and out. If it comes down to it, I trust in them more than in real people most of the time.

3. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

My chosen genre is fantasy and several sub-genres. I have several works in progress that range from an Epic Fantasy to a Paranormal Romance. So, far I have only published a short story and a few smaller works, but I working on my first novel. I have know idea when the day will come when I will finish it, but I hope it will blow peoples minds away.

4. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

My number one goal of writing is to finish my WIP, the Silver Ryder Legacy series. I have been dreaming up this world for so long, I just want to see it finished. It would be nice to make enough money writing but I don’t ever want to lose the enjoyment I get from it.

5. When did you start your education in graphic design?

I started my education back in January of 2013. It was more of a moment of fate. You see I started out in Mass Communications out at Briar Cliff University, with just a minor in Graphic Design. The idea was to just have a few back ups in case my chosen field didn’t work out. I ended up falling in love with Graphic Design, so I switched the two. Then in December of 2015, I graduated with a Bachelors in Graphic Design and a minor in Mass Communications.

6. Was there a particular time when you felt the need you would like to design book covers and is there anything else you are working on, except book covers?

This one is a hard question. I think my need to do book covers started with my love of writing and reading. I always loved the artwork on book covers, so when I started graphic design and realized that it had a hand in publishing books. I didn’t hesitate at all to jump in full force.
Right now I am working on writing my Silver Ryder Legacy series and being a mom. I have been a mom for a little over a year. The big obstacle I have been faced with is balancing all projects. However, if it takes years to write my series, it will be well worth it in the end.

7. Please, tell us about your work. What is the part you like the most about designing?

What can I say about my work? Hmmm…I would say that I try to make something unique each time I create a piece/cover. Using stock images makes it difficult sometimes, but I try to do things different. I am always trying to get better at different aspects of designing. I have been looking into how to take my hand drawn illustrations to digital art, so I plan to make that jump here in the near future.

The thing I like most about designing is creating a piece of art that captures peoples eyes. I love the fact that I can do it for books, especially indie authors. I aspire to bring each author a cover they visioned, rather than making them settle for something because of price.

8. Would you tell us more about what will happen next within your career?

I am hoping to turn my design business into a full time career. That way I can make my own schedule, spend time with my twin boys and write when I want to. My big step, as I stated before, is to start illustrating covers. I just need to figure out my own design process for it due to it being more complex.

9. You told me about your promotion, what is it about?

In August I plan to have several promotions going on, through my website and social media sites. The #1 promotion is my EBOOK PACKAGE GIVEAWAY. This giveaway will run from August 1st till the 31st and the lucky winner will walk away with the EBOOK PACKAGE that is priced at $199.

The #2 promotion that will be going on will be my FALL SAVINGS EVENT! This will take 40% off, on all custom cover packages offered through my site, KJ Magical Designs. Authors can even prebook slots for services to lock in the savings price.
The final promotion is my $80 premade covers for $69, ending August 31st. This one is active right now.

The promotions above are for the public. I do have a Facebook Group called KJ MAGICAL DESIGNS PREMADE COVER & SPECIAL SALES, by joining this group you will receive a New Member discount along with the chance to enter another giveaway. Members will have access only to specific sales and giveaways, so the only way to find out the details is by joining. Hope to see you 🙂

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!


Connect with Kathryn:

Website: http://kjmagicaldesigns.com
Facebook Page Link: https://www.facebook.com/KJMagicalDesigns/
Facebook Group Link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/639202256453093
Link to public Giveaway: http://gvwy.io/2fsjz1x


Kathryn’s work:

CUSTOM MADE:

 

 

 

 

 

 

This work was a collaborated piece between Alfredo Pachicano (Illustrated the image) and Kathryn Jenkins (photo manipulation and formatting the covers)

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Custom Cover: Print Cover Reveal

Check out Allison D. Reid’s beautiful new cover, designed by KJ Magical Designs and meet a gifted author!
Stay tuned for more Magic Monday, July 30, 2018!

Magical Designs

This evening I put the final touches on this print cover, that I did for Allison D. Reid. The process for this cover was different from my others. That being due to this being a collaborated piece between myself and my fellow designer, Alfredo Pachicano.

Alfredo has been working with me for a few years now, mainly on Allison’s books for her Wind Rider Chronicles series. This cover is the latest release of her series, Visions of Light and Shadows, Book 3 of the Wind Rider Chronicles.

The process behind this cover was pretty easy for myself. You see before Alfredo came into the picture I have worked with Allison for about a year or more, so I have come to expect what she likes. Many designers would find her picky, overwhelming or even hard to work with. However, I love working with her, she pushes me to new heights…

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Books And Where They Come From

 

I purposely didn’t title this post “History of Books,” because according to Wikipedia: The History of the Book is an academic discipline that studies the production, transmission, circulation, and dissemination of text from antiquity to the present day.

I was curious what was the first book ever published and did some research on this question. It seems there are some similar opinions about that, in particular since historians disagree on the term “book.” While some say, written text on parchment, papyrus, wood or different other material, a collection of pages between two ‘covers’ are a book; others insist that a roll of parchment or even a collection of rolls or pages are not a book as long as the pages aren’t bound.

Now, it seems the first written language that we know of was archaic cuneiform. What we know it was dated around 3400 BD during ancient Sumerian civilization. (located in current Iraq). The first written story that we know of was The Epic of Gilgamesh, a ruler of the Sumerian state of Uruk. Gilgamesh was believed to have lived between 2700 – 2500 BC. It seems there are several fragmented versions of the story, they were written at different times, the oldest dated around 2100 BC. The most complete version was written on clay tablets and discovered in the ruins of the largest library in the pre-Hellenic ancient world, Nineveh in Assyria. These clay tablets can be viewed in the British Museum.

The first book published in North America was The Whole Booke of Psalmes. It was printed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1640. It seems eleven copies of this first edition still exist.

I discovered several lists of the oldest, still existing ‘books’ in the world. These lists are quite similar, even though there is a protest that the one or other ‘book’ is missing. But I guess this might be an interpretation of the term ‘book’ once again.

• Etruscan Gold Book – approx. 2,700 years old
• Nag Hammadi Library – approx.. 1,700 years old
• St. Cuthbert Gospel – approx. 1,300 years old
• Siddur, Jewish Prayer book – approx. 1,200 years old
• Diamond Sutra – approx. 1,150 years old
• Celtic Psalter – approx.: 950 years old
• Gutenberg Bible – approx. 560 years old

Of course, there are so many examples I cannot mention here at this point. These were just the ones that were the most noticeable during my research.

Over the past millennia, the bookbinding industry has progressed. First slowly, then faster. I’m talking about the clay tablets, the manuscripts, the parchment rolls, the first codex’, the first books, illustrations, hardcovers, paperbacks, e-readers, and of course books we can read on every existing tablet.

When I thought about this evolution of books all of a sudden, I burst out into laughter. Did you notice, in my recital, I used the same word twice to describe two completely different ‘things’?

I admit, this fact caused a certain cheerfulness in my heart. “Retro.” Even the book industry is affected.

          BACK TO THE ROOTS

 

          TABLET vs. TABLET

 

How To Grab Your Competitors Long Tail Keywords And Use Them – Written By Derek Haines

Derek Haines not only provides us with a recommendation on using our competitor’s long tail keywords; he also delivers a complete ‘user manual’ on how to manage that. Thanks so much for all your work, Derek!


How to find the best long tail keywords and get your blog post to rank, immediately.

Have you noticed that some bloggers always seem to rank high on Google?

If you are blogging, or content marketing to make money from advertising, affiliate marketing or selling your products or services, you know that keyword search is vital.

Writing a long article and creating content without thinking about SEO keywords first is a hit and miss affair.

Perhaps you might get lucky with a few words and phrases that make it to a search engine results page. But usually, it doesn’t work very well.

To continue reading this post, go to:

https://justpublishingadvice.com/how-to-grab-your-competitors-long-tail-keywords-and-use-them/

…AUTHORS… why do YOU write?…

Master Seumas Gallacher tells us why he writes!

Seumas Gallacher

…I’m led to believe that in a protracted game of chess, from start to finish, there may be possible combinations of moves amounting to billions… given the number of books that have been written since Man first discovered how to put WURDS on to stone, paper, typewriters , and computing devices, that figure of billions could easily be surpassed by the aggregate combinations of stories and narratives produced over the millennia…

…it’s not a difficult step from that suggestion to surmise there are prob’ly countless reasons why anyone in particular may want to ‘write’… when this ol’ Scots Jurassic scribbler first began to write seriously, about a decade ago, never having written a novel before, my primary urge was merely to see if I could actually produce and complete a whole book… little did I know what lay in store… the first time I wrote ‘The End’

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Targeting Readers: Audiences Have Evolved & So Should Marketing – Written By Kristen Lamb

Kristen Lamb, author, teacher, blogger, and my favorite “Social Media Jedi” informs us about ‘targeting readers’. This is a very educational blog post, definitely worth reading!


How many times have we been told we should be targeting our readers, audience, and customers? Am I the only one disturbed by this advice? Targeting seems like it should involve a Predator Drone…or at least a trebuchet.

For the record, I imagine many authors would view sales (and targeting) with far more enthusiasm if book launches involved a trebuchet.

#MaybeJustMe

In the olden days—before Web 2.0—the world was vastly different. It was a horrible existence rife with uncertainty, anxiety and dread.

Case in point, for most of the 20th century, if the phone rang? WE HAD NO IDEA WHO WAS CALLING.

Planning a Friday night? Want to watch a movie at home? You had to bribe that pimply-faced kid at Blockbuster to squirrel away the NEW RELEASE of Speed 2 before they were all gone. Then, after you watched Speed 2 and wondered why Hollywood didn’t just…STOP?

YOU COULD ONLY COMPLAIN TO PEOPLE YOU ACTUALLY KNEW.

To continue reading this article go to:

https://authorkristenlamb.com/2018/07/targeting-readers-ineffective/