Archive for February, 2020

New cover progress and ‘The Wishing Shelf Book Awards’ contest update on DART.

25/02/2020 2 comments

Hello again (or just, “Hello” if this is your first visit!),

The new cover for Dart is coming along with color being applied to an updated image. The addition of skin tones in particular is starting to bring the image to life and the introduction of pillars to either side framing the main image is a neat reference to the pillars which hold such significance in the story.

Here’s a snippet of the updated cover:

There are still quite a few changes to be applied to the image but I think it’s worth sharing this important step. Feel free to add your thoughts on how the cover is progressing in the comments below.

The Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2019 is a UK based competition which includes categories for all age groups. DART was entered in the Adult Fiction category, and earlier this week I received confirmation that it has been selected as a Finalist – along with a nice certificate:

This is a great outcome, meaning Dart has been selected as a finalist in both of the contests in which it has been entered so far. Dart also made semi-finals (one of the five selected from hundreds of entries in the SF/Fantasy/Horror category) of Publishers Weekly’s The BookLife Prize 2019. I’ll find out some time in April whether there will be a winner’s medal to accompany the certificate!

Finally – another Dart question with no prize other than the satisfaction of joining Lisa as a smarty-pants:

Can you name the 20th century Earth song and artist that Dart hears in the elevator during his first visit to the library? He refers to it as a “song about lakeside arson”. Leave your answer in the comments.

I’ll be back with more progress on the cover and other updates soon.

New cover for “Dart” is on the way.

13/02/2020 5 comments

For several reasons – all beyond anyone’s control (including mine) – the new cover for DART is still in the pipeline. But the good news is that I can offer a sneak preview right here, right now!

Here are three ‘roughs’ provided by the artist (whose name I will reveal when the final cover is ready to go!):

Roughs for new DART cover.

And here is the selected image with more work done, ready for tweaks and colour to bring it closer to the final cover:

Second stage.

I hope you like the way this is progressing as much as I do! For those of you who have already read DART, one of the interesting ‘tweaks’ still to come will be the introduction of pillars (yes – two of them!) as side borders for the image! If you have any thoughts on how to get the cover ‘just right‘ – feel free to leave a comment.

Keep a look out for further updates on the new cover. Also, once the cover is complete and DART is reissued in its new livery, you’ll find details on here of a reader competition which could result in you (wherever you reside) receiving a signed paperback copy, complete with new cover and a dedication of your choice!

A DART question:

When Lisa tells Dart that the Sylth think Descartes got it wrong – what does she mean? (Leave your answer in comments – no prize, just the kudos.)

That’s all for this post. As Dart would say: “Watch out for assholes!”