Last Saturday, I released a new short story. Well, both new and old, as it was originally written in the 90’s and never published until Galaxy’s Edge picked it up recently. Even though this is a 99¢ short story, I still wanted a cool cover for it. The one I ended up making reminds me of the 80’s mass market fantasy covers I loved so much in High School. So I thought it would be fun to show you how it was done. The longest part of the whole cover creation process is finding the right image or images. In … Read more
Hey all! I’m releasing a new short story – “Chinatown” – next Tuesday, and thought it would be fun to take you on a behind-the-scenes tour of how I made the cover. I started with a search for the right images. The story takes place in a future version of San Francisco, where Chinatown is the newest part of the city, run by Chinese invaders, and the rest of the city is in ruins. So I was looking for something dystopian. it took about an hour nosing through sci fi images on Deposit Photos, but eventually I found this image: … Read more
I’ve started doing covers for my own releases, and thought it would be fun to share a bit of the process with you – in this case, for my trans-elf San Francisco climate change story Cailleadhama. The first step (and often one of the most time-intensive ones) is to find an image that suits the story. In this case, I was looking for something to represent a partially drowned city of San Francisco, along with a seawall to hold back the waters. Bonus points for a gondolier… After a bit of searching, I found this image, which I immediately loved: … Read more
I can finally share the new Skythane cover with you. Put together by the fantastic Anne Cain, it’s just what I wanted for the book – a great mix of hotness and sci fi. 🙂 See it here! Tomorrow I’ll post it on this blog directly.
Elizabeth Noble hosts a great guest post for Myths Untold: Faery by August Li – all about the cover evolution process: Hello everyone, and thanks for having me on the blog today. I’m happy to be here. My name is August (Gus) Li, and I’m here on behalf of my fellow authors J. Scott Coatsworth, Skye Hegyes, and Brandon Witt to talk about the cover art for our anthology, Myths Untold: Faery. One standard approach to choosing an image for a book cover is to represent one of the main characters. In an anthology containing four novellas, obviously I couldn’t do … Read more
Great news! My latest novella, just released in November as part of the Travels Through the Scarlet Equinox anthology from Mischief Corner Books, will soon be out as a stand-alone book! The release date is January 27th, and I should have a cover reveal in the next couple weeks – the cover will be designed by the talented Catherine Dair. Woo Hoo!
Hey all… just got an amazing review for The Gomecoming from Melanie Marshall’s blog – thanks to Paul B.! An excerpt: This book clicks on just about every level. The heartbreak Aldiss feels at the loss of not only his home planet but his ex (even though he states there is nothing romantic between them anymore) is palpable. The hope of a new home world is quickly set back first by the crash landing and the dangers that caused but also with the troubles of Cat’s illness coming out of stasis. Add in the inter clan squabbles about what to … Read more
OK, my second cover reveal – for my forthcoming novella from Dreamspinner Press. It’s called Between the Lines, and it’s a magical realism story about Brad, a gay man who works as a chief of staff for a state Senator, and Sam, his intern. Hope you like it. No pre-order link yet… will post that when I have it. –Scott