The Official Blog of Author Tristan Vick
Good news, everyone!
Due to the re-acquisitions of my copyrighted works and the republishing of past titles under my exciting new Regolith Publications imprint, I am once again an official mirco-publisher!
All that means is I published 5 or more books this year.
That said, being a micro-publisher doesn't do anything for me other than force me to fill out extra information on my taxes. Yippy!
This year I redesigned many old covers to help the rebranding not only get notices but look sexy. I want my imprint Regolith Publications to make a statement. I want people to look at my books, and my body of work, and say that this guy is at the top of his game. As such, I went back to make everything as professional as I could make it. And I'm proud to say the final products look more professional than the publisher I was with! But that's understandable. Big publishers want to churn out books and make a profit, which means if there's a minor error that slips by and they don't catch it before going to print they let usually will let it slide.
With Indy publishing, however, and the print on demand (POD) model of self-publishing, if I find a mistake, or want to tweak something, I can have it done over night. I prefer it this way. After all, I was hugely embarrassed by the dissimilar subtitle fonts on my BITTEN covers when released under Permuted Press. And when I pointed it out that they were using two different fonts on an ongoing series title, I was told they'd fix it when it went to print. It never went to print so the mistakes remained.
That's one of the reasons I took the rights back to my books. I just kept seeing errors left and right. Errors that I wouldn't tolerate as an Indy publisher and which no serious publisher should allow. After all, when I signed with Permuted Press they were making the transition from digital POD style of publishing to the classic brick and mortar style of publishing, which means they should have been on the look out for minor discrepancies in cover art to begin with. But I"m not complaining. It's all water under the bridge and I have the rights back now, so there's only onward and upward from here on out!
That said, here are the covers I newly designed or else redesigned this year. The BITTEN cover (at the top of the page) is of course designed by the talented Glendon Haddix over at Streetlight Graphics. I, of course, took the liberty of changing the back cover's content some.
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By day I am an educator and a cultural ambassador. By night I entertain notions of being a literary master. In reality I am just a family man and ordinary guy who works hard and loves writing just about as much as I love my family. Just about.