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New cover for 'An Anthology of Worlds' - October 2012.

New cover for 'An Anthology of Worlds' - October

After disaster and disease wipe out the world we know, powers carried by right of ancestry act as a sixth sense for trouble in a ruined city. Can she be the only one to have survived?  Old Magic is one of the short stories that will be included in An Anthology of Bloodlines.

After disaster and disease wipe out the world we know, powers carried by right of ancestry act as a sixth sense for trouble in a ruined city. Can she be the only one to have survived? Old Magic is one of the short stories that will be included in An Anthology of Bloodlines.

STEP 14: With this anthology, I designed the main cover first. I decided on two pictures for the main cover. This was where I played with sizing of imported images, as well as pivoting them for better effect. It's not hard, but can be a bit fiddly as you work out picture in relation to words. Here was also where I worked out the 'bring forward' and 'send to back' features in PowerPoint.

STEP 14: With this anthology, I designed the main cover first. I decided on two pictures for the main cover. This was where I played with sizing of imported images, as well as pivoting them for better effect. It's not hard, but can be a bit fiddly as you work out picture in relation to words. Here was also where I worked out the 'bring forward' and 'send to back' features in PowerPoint.

Step 16: Keep playing and experimenting with different effects.

Step Keep playing and experimenting with different effects.

Step 14: Add your title, sub-title and by-line.

Step Import pictures to program you are using to create cover. Position them first and then think about where you would like to put the title and author name.

A Vignette for Rashkah opens as Rashkah’s mother is mourning the death of Rashkah’s last surviving brother. When raiders attack their village, Rashkah's life is changed. This short piece explores the start of that change. Approximately 1,200 words long, A Vignette for Rashkah is included in An Anthology of Battle, which contains additional material.

War’s End is an non-rhyming poem describes one way to end a war. It is included in An Anthology of Battle, which contains additional material.

Axes, swords, knives, cursed, blessed or from the Otherlands, this anthology is all about things that cut, slice, dice or amputate. From a buried blade housing one of the protagonists of an ancient battle, to axes wielded by a barbarian at the crossroads of destiny, all the short stories and poems contained in this anthology have one common theme—they are some kind of blade.

Axes, swords, knives, cursed, blessed or from the Otherlands, this anthology is all about things that cut, slice, dice or amputate. From a buried blade housing one of the protagonists of an ancient battle, to axes wielded by a barbarian at the crossroads of destiny, all the short stories and poems contained in this anthology have one common theme—they are some kind of blade.

Even banshees have a place in the universe. Screams for the Dying takes the banshee myth to the stars. Approximately 2,500 words long, Screams for the Dying is released in early September 2012, and is the fifth short story in the fourth Simpson Anthology - An Anthology of Worlds.

Two Worlds Collide is a non-rhyming poem about seeing two worlds at once. Two Worlds Collide is released in mid-August and is the second poem in the fourth Simpson Anthology - An Anthology of Worlds.

Step 18: Repeat the process for any other covers you are creating. The concept behind the individual and anthology covers is that they will be linked by similar images, but that the anthology cover will contain more images and the individual covers will be simpler. Note that the script used for the title, sub-title and by-line are also different, but that the same script is used for each anthology title, and each individual title to give all the works a similar look and feel.

Step 18: Repeat the process for any other covers you are creating. The concept behind the individual and anthology covers is that they will be linked by similar images, but that the anthology cover will contain more images and the individual covers will be simpler. Note that the script used for the title, sub-title and by-line are also different, but that the same script is used for each anthology title, and each individual title to give all the works a similar look and feel.

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