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)

PREMADE:

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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/

50 Science Fiction Plot Ideas and Writing Prompts – Written By Bryn Donovan

Bryn Donovan provides us with 50 Science Fiction plot ideas and writing prompts. We never know when they come in handy, right? Thank you very much for your support, Bryn Donovan.


One of my most popular blog posts is my 50 Fantasy Plot Ideas and Writing Prompts, so I thought I’d share a companion post for writers of scifi and futuristic short stories and novels.

Some of these may be more along the lines of “speculative fiction” than science fiction. They include prompts about the environment, artificial intelligence, genetics, medicine, time travel, space exploration, alien races, and alternative histories. The real value of any science fiction premise or concept, of course, is the way the author uses it to explore questions about society, humanity, and relationships.

If you’re interested in publishing science fiction and you don’t have an agent, you might want to take a look at my roundup of fantasy and science fiction publishers who accept unsolicited (or unagented) manuscripts.

If you’re not writing scifi right now, but you might be in the future, you might want to pin or bookmark the post for future reference!

1. All citizens are temporarily neutered at birth. Would-be parents must prove to the government that they’ll be suitable caretakers and providers before they are allowed to procreate.

2. All marriages must be approved by a department of the government, which analyzes massive amounts of data to predict the success of the union, its economic and social impact on society, the health and welfare of any children, and so on. It’s such a hassle that many people opt for government-arranged marriages instead.

3. Global warming prompts rapid mutations in the human species.

 

To read all 50 ideas and prompts, go to:

http://www.bryndonovan.com/2018/05/31/50-science-fiction-plot-ideas-and-writing-prompts/

 

 

Discipline & Accomplishment

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Reading the above quote, I was immediately thinking about how disciplined I am; and how disciplined I would like to be.

Me working in a full-time job, of course, I would love to have more time to write. Not that I never take time to. It often seems to me that I barely do anything else in my time outside the office, except working on one of my books. Either I write, or I type one of my drafts into the computer, or I edit, or I work on a copyright, a cover, or anything else that has to do with either writing or blogging.

There were so many days (and nights) I found myself in front of my computer at 2 am and realizing that I should have gone to bed three hours ago considering I have to get up and go to work sometime between 7 and 8 am.

Of course, when I get home, I have to provide myself and the cats with dinner, play with them, maybe have to clean at home, do laundry or get something else done that needs to be done in my daily life.

Occasionally there is just simply no time to do any writing or blogging. On a day like this, I find myself in bed, feeling guilty about neglecting my writing, pushing my passion and obsession to the very end of my ‘to-do’-list.

These are the days I feel I’m not disciplined enough to follow up and do whatever I can to reach my goal.

To this day I have no idea what more I can do to be more disciplined. A plan? A different ‘to-do’-list? I’ve tried it all. In the end, I just had to see: my priorities are set right. But once in a while, daily life needs more attention than expected. And no matter how much I love being a writer. I still need to have a home, pay my bills and get food on the table.

Sometimes I’m asking myself, what more can I do? And I wish I’d be wiser…


When I lately read this quote, I expected this quote to root in the wisdom of a successful and experienced man. And I was right. That’s why I tried to find out more about this man’s life.

Picture courtesy of Wikipedia.com

Emanuel James “Jim” Rohn (September 17, 1930 – December 5, 2009) was an American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker.

Emanuel James “Jim” Rohn was born in Yakima, Washington, to Emanuel and Clara Rohn. The Rohns owned and worked a farm in Caldwell, Idaho, where Jim grew up as an only child.

Rohn left college after just one year and started his professional life by working as a human resource manager for department store Sears. From there he worked through different industries until the early 1960s when Rohn was invited to speak at a meeting of his Rotary Club. He accepted and, soon, others began asking him to speak at various luncheons and other events. In 1963 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, he gave his first public seminar. He then began presenting seminars all over the country, telling his story and teaching his personal development philosophy.

He presented seminars worldwide for more than 40 years. Rohn also coauthored the novel Twelve Pillars with Chris Widener.

Rohn was the recipient of the 1985 National Speakers Association CPAE Award for excellence in speaking. He is also the author of 17 different written, audio, and video media.

Jim Rohn died of pulmonary fibrosis on December 5, 2009. He is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. (Source: Wikipedia.com)