Blind Sympathy – Cover Reveal!

Hello Fabulous Followers! I’ve been hard at work for the past half year or more on several new endeavors which has left me little time to focus on my love for all things abandoned, though it’s still one of my greatest passions. The same goes with writing stories. My muse has switched gears and I must go where she takes me. 🙂

Blind Sympathy by Roberta Bombonato | Cover by Melissa Woolard

Creating covers for author friends has led to the realization, I love every step of the process from scouring the internet for suitable images I can manipulate, to tweaking and adding until the cover transforms into a complex work of art. It’s easy for me to spend countless hours (I have no idea how many this cover took, but probably around sixty) to get one as close to perfect as possible. I now want to live for the feeling I get when an author says, “It’s amazing! You are amazing!” And, “I think you’re incredibly talented with an enormous knack for this!” And, “You are an artist extraordinaire!”

Custom Book Covers by M.Woolard

So I’m hanging out my shingle! If you need a book cover or know of someone who does, please email Melissa at []. We’ll start with your vision and then collaborate on bringing your book’s outer shell to life. The old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” is a bunch of hooey. We ALL judge books by their covers. Let me help you turn yours into a masterpiece that accurately represents the story inside. 🙂

Manuscript Services by M.Woolard

Also, I’ve discovered I love formatting manuscripts for print and ebook! Only fiction and non-fiction rated G or PG, please! In romance, no erotica. In non-fiction, no legal or technical mss. If you need your ms critiqued, I can do that, too! I can edit/proofread/copyedit, but have found I hate causing people angst when I find plot holes, poorly formed premises, and writing styles that leave the reader confused. So, if you have a really tough hide, you might want to utilize my services in that area, but if you know you’re sensitive to constructive criticism, it would probably be best to stick with my book formatting and cover creation services! 🙂

Consultations are free!

Simple ebook covers start at $20 if you already have an image you want on the cover. Full print covers start at $50 depending on the level of complexity. A cover similar to Blind Sympathy would be $150-300. There are over a dozen images in this cover that have been customized and manipulated to create the whole. The basic demon was sent off to a professional artist, Robert Tribby of Grim Reflections (instagram @robtribby), for enhancement and then was further digitally shaded to match the moonglow.

Other Services: Custom Logos, Business Cards, Bookmarks, Postcards, Banners, Website & Social Media Headers

Formatting a Romance Manuscript

Update 4/16/13: It’s now acceptable to use italics and other “smart” features of all the Microsoft Word versions, unless otherwise noted by the agent or editor one is submitting to. The basic rule of thumb is, 1″ margins all around, exactly 25 lines per page, start each new chapter 1/3 of the way down a new page. Page breaks at the end of each chapter help to keep them intact no matter how much editing is done to each. 🙂 Continue reading

The Importance of Punctuation

Do you have any idea how torturous it is to judge a contest submission littered with incorrect punctuation? One or two misplaced commas are no big thing, but too many and the story is lost in a sea of run-on sentences that make no sense.

Many RWA chapter-sponsored contests don’t take off points for improper formatting. Every one of them should. It would make it easier for their judges to base their scores on only the quality of the story. All contestants hope to final so their ms will be read by the final judge–usually an agent or editor. Imagine the final judge has two manuscripts, but only one can be the winner. Both stories are equally compelling, but one is formatted correctly and all punctuation is perfect. The other drove him/her insane with errors. Which will the A/E choose?