Sunday, 17 February 2013

Marcy Rachel’s Colorful Indie Blog Tour

Marcy Rachel’s Colorful Indie Blog Tour


Tour Dates: February 1st- February 28th
For: Marcy Rachel Designs

Today I have a little something special for you. I know I always do reviews or Book tours, but I felt that we could all learn a little something from the Artist's behind the Authors. The cover artists get very little credit for their wonderful works of art. I was lucky enough to grab hold of Marcy for a fun little interview. I hope you enjoy it. But first a little bit of Media regarding Marcy and how it all came to be.

The Graphic Designer
HOW IT STARTED
In 2011, for NaNoWriMo, Marcy Rachel didn't finish what she was writing. Instead, she decided to make MOCK covers for other authors that were writing to inspire them to finish. After that, people loved what she was doing and they told her that she should sell her covers. Marcy took up on their word and now has her page Marcy Rachel Designs. Every November is a reminder of why she started doing this -- indie authors. Marcy keeps her prices very low by keeping Indies in mind. Not only does she make book covers, but also designs other things.

ABOUT MARCY
Marcy takes pride in her work and will work with you until you are satisfied with the art.  It's always been said "Don't judge a book by its cover" and, although this is very true, a nice book cover can catch the eye of more readers.  Marcy will always use her skills to her highest to provide you with the best cover she can possibly give you so you can be satisfied. Along with being a freelance designer, working for anyone who needs a great cover, Marcy Rachel is also the official graphics designer of AltWit Press.

About Marcy, From Marcy-
“Since my teenage years, I always liked to look at paintings and sculptures. I loved visiting museums. When I went to college, I enrolled as Chemistry major due to lack of knowledge about degrees and programs offered. I failed Chemistry and moved to Business Administration, where I finished my degree as an Administrative Assistant. While in college, I found out that I could’ve pursue a degree in arts but it was already too late. When I was doing my internship, I discovered a TV show that I loved. I met other fans and learned about fan fiction and graphic design. This was my first encounter with graphic design and video editing and I loved it. I started doing it and taught myself some Photoshop and Movie Maker and I’ve been doing it ever since. Supporting the amazing indie community, whether it be a book cover design, a banner, a logo or even a bookmark is my constant ambition. They are the reason that I now I have my “indie business”, Marcy Rachel Designs.

So this is me, Marcy Rachel, providing just a little insight into how I was inspired and why I design.” 

My Interview with Marcy

  1. Have you ever gone out in public with your shirt on backwards, or your slippers on, and when realizing it, just said screw it?
I actually don’t think that’s ever happened to me, lol.

  1. Do you prefer fuzzy or tub socks?
Fuzzy!!  They’re so fluffy and soft.

  1. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?
I’d like to make my bed in the morning.  This is a complicated question, I’m gonna pass, lol.

  1. Be honest, how often do you wash your hair? I wash it once a week.
If I do it more, my hair gets extra dry.

  1. Do you get road rage? What pisses you off the most about other drivers?
I hate it when people don’t use their blinkers to turn.

  1. Do you go out of your way to kill bugs? Are there any that make you screech and hide?
I don’t think I’m the stereotypical girl that’s scared of bugs.  I mean, I don’t scream when I see a roach or a mouse, but I certainly don’t want them to touch me.  I have no problem killing spiders, roaches, etc., as long as they don’t touch me, lol.


Blast Round... I give you the word you tell me first thing that comes to mind.....


Light or dark chocolate - light
favorite color - black
dogs or cats - cats
tea or coffee - NONE
light side or dark sideuhhhh……
Flowers  - tulips!
Heart  - red?
Love  - kiss
Gift - ribbon
Drink  - water
Chocolate  - almonds
Tongue  - wet
DoggieVader (my brother’s dog)
Hands - cold
Stripchicken strip
Sexwhat?
Bed - warm
Wet - cold


Thank you so much Marcy for taking the time to answer my silly and fun questions. It was so nice getting to know you. For more about Marcy and her art please keep reading!

Just a taste of what Marcy Rachel does for Cover Art!





HOW SHE DOES IT
Marcy Rachel Designs obtains most of her resources from stock photo web sites.  She first looks on websites that have been researched and that have images that are completely free.  Unfortunately, most of these websites do not offer good quality pictures worthy of being in a book cover or any design.  This is when she turns to paid images, though royalty free, trying always to find a website where the cost of the graphics is low compared to others.  The cost of these images depends on which, and how many images she ultimately uses in the creation of your cover and/or design.  The cost of the images is paid by the client and it's not included in the labor of creating the cover.  You will always have the option of choosing a less expensive (or more expensive) image. Marcy must have your approval on all the images before finalizing the cover.

PRICING
E-Book covers start at $50! For a full list of services and prices, please visit her website!

REVISIONS
Most cover designers only allow a few revisions.  Marcy Rachel Designs has been allowing unlimited revisions, but this takes a lot of time and it's not fair to other people she am working with simultaneously; it slows down her turn-around time for everyone.  SO, now she is offering 10 free revisions.  Additional revisions will incur in a $5.00 fee per revision.

She will be sending you drafts of the cover as you guys go along and make changes; feel free to suggest any changes you think might make the design better and she will try them!!

WHAT IS NEEDED FROM THE CLIENT
Most authors send a synopsis of their book and/or the first two chapters so that Marcy can get an idea of the concept to portray.  Sometimes an author will send her the whole book and allow her to scan it for exciting scenes to get her imagination going. That’s totally up to you! Some pitch in some ideas they already have so she can work with those as well.

*A note about content: Marcy does not read pornographic material in preparation for designing a cover.  (Romance novels are ok, even if it has sex scenes, but not actual pornography.) She can use images that depict artistic nudity, but none that portray hate or cruelty towards animals or people.

WHEN THE DESIGN IS CREATED
Marcy Rachel works as quickly as possible, often working nights and weekends to complete a commission.  If you have a deadline coming up and need a cover as soon as possible, let Marcy help you out!

WHAT WILL THE CLIENT GET
Marcy Rachel Designs will supply you with two cover files for the web; one for Amazon Kindle's with the new size requirement (2500px on the long side) and a smaller size to use as thumbnail.  If you need a custom size, please let her know before work begins. She will include this file size on your package at NO cost.  When the design is final, Marcy Rachel Designs owns the rights of the final design and will use it to promote her work.  If you want full ownership of the rights, it will require an additional fee.

QUESTIONS?? COMMENTS??
If you have any questions or comments for Marcy, don’t hesitate to contact her at any of the links below or e-mail her at contact@marcyracheldesigns.com

CONNECT WITH MARCY RACHEL DESIGNS
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MarcyRachelDesigns
Twitter: @MarcyRDesigns
Website: http://www.marcyracheldesigns.com


The Schedule
February 1
Tyffani Clark
http://www.tyffanickemp.com/

February 2
Caitlin Hensley
www.authorcaitlinhensley.blogspot.com

February 3
Melissa Lynn Simmons
http://lissalynnsreviews.blogspot.com/

February 4
Tich Brewster
http://lovesallthingsbooks.blogspot.com/

February 5
Candy Smith
http://purpleshadowhunter.blogspot.com/

February 6
Ann Snizek
www.annsnizekauthor.blogspot.com

February 7
Ren Reidy
www.alittlebitofrnrreviews.com

February 8
Sarah Princess Graham
www.FaeBooks.co.uk

February 9
Mera Sampson
http://merasyabooklist.blogspot.com/

February 10
Teresa Gabelman
www.teresagabelman.com

February 11
Jacqueline Driggers
http://jdslzone.blogspot.com/

February 12
Anna Dase
http://www.rbtlreviews.com/

February 13
Cassie Chavez
http://cassiesreviewsde-la-mazing.blogspot.com/

February 14
Ashley Ryan Snyder
http://caughtinasnyderwebb.blogspot.com/

February 15
Pauline Jim Creeden
http://altwitpress.weebly.com/

February 16
Sadrina Cassiopeia
http://booksandtheirwordlyrealm.blogspot.com/

February 17
Christina Condy
http://www.recentread.com/

February 18
Christina Baker Irelan
http://intoxicatedbybooks.blogspot.com/

February 19
Delphina Miyares
http://www.delphinareadstoomuch.com/

February 20
Tawnya Peltonen
http://onemorechapterreviews1.blogspot.com/

February 21
Sara McCluskey
http://www.serendipity-reviews.com/

February 22
Jennifer Martinez
http://booksnbrownies.com/

February 23
Brianna Lee Reviews
http://www.briannaleereviews.blogspot.com/

February 24
Andrea Coventry
http://andisyoungadult.blogspot.com/

February 25
Beth Calloway Edwards
http://curling-up-with-a-good-book.blogspot.com/

February 26
A Page Away
http://apageawaybookreviews.blogspot.com/

February 27
Becky Johnson
http://bexnbooks.blogspot.com.au/

February 28
Tejasvini Rao
http://www.curiositykey.blogspot.com/


1 comment:

  1. Thanks for hosting this stop, Christina! I had fun with the interview!! <3

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