It’s in, finally! You know what that means? Just a few more weeks until it goes to print!
The process of making the cover for the omnibus was…very interesting. We went through many different designs before settling on one we liked. Looking back on this particular adventure I thought perhaps you would like to see some of the designs that were rejected. They range from bizarre to ethereal and while they’re all quite good they need a different novel in order to be truly appreciated.
#1: Topsy-Turvy World
To BushMaid’s credit this is almost exactly what I asked for at the time. But then it just….wasn’t quite right. Remember this one, though. We’ll come back to it.
#2: Star Trek
My original title for it was “The aliens are descending!” But then I realized how similar it was to this:
Which appalled the artist despite not being familiar with that poster.
#3: Summer Day
This is an amazing cover, probably one of my favorites. I totally think someone should claim it, give it a new title, and write a novel for it, because it’s gorgeous. The reflections are just the icing on the cake. But in context with action and adventure it makes no sense whatsoever…
#4: Old Standby
I almost went with this. But everyone kept saying: “It looks like a graphic novel.” I kept saying: “Is that a bad thing?” and eventually decided it wasn’t what I wanted. So what did I want?
#5: Death by Book Cover
First of all, I really love this. Second of all, it’s a bit nebulous….so BushMaid said wait, I’m not done, let’s make it more dramatic!
And I said “ooooh.” Because this is probably her best work, right here. Very dramatic. Very gorgeous. Just not quite…
And at this point I couldn’t even remember what I liked or what I wanted or anything. I went back to the earliest design (remember I told you it would be important?) and I said….I still like this one. It’s just…there’s something missing. But I like it. I like the simplicity, and I like the color black.
So I said…back to the drawing board. I said, what if the focus was the title, the cover was black, and you did something with broken glass to imply violence?
#6: We Have a Winner
This is essentially the same cover that will appear on the final book. We made a few tweaks, but nothing significant. It turned out beautifully on the first try and I looked at it and said: aha, yes, this is the one. I can feel it in my bones.
And that, my friends, is how you design an omnibus cover.
A little over a year ago I released my first novella Supervillain of the Day under a creative commons share-alike license. I talked about what that is and what it means. I tried to get the attention of Lew Rockwell and other free information people, to no effect. Most of my fellow authors were like: that’s cool, but why would I do it? I’ll tell you why.
1. It’s based on Supervillain of the Day
2. It’s released under a Creative Commons license.
Joel came to me one day, a few months ago, and said: “I’m going to take you up on that CC-BY-SA license.” (He likes to use the full acronym. It makes him look smart and knowledgeable.) There were a few things that annoyed him about the Supervillain of the Day series, such as the lack of hard science (how do supervillains happen anyway?) and the way the USA is ignored except for when Floyd wants to make fun of them. SHRAID is the DoD’s version of Floyd: the Supervillain Handling, Research, and Intervention Department. But, of course, they do their job just as well as my one man team, if not better. I have occasionally referred to SHRAID as “what SHIELD should have been.”
But the most exciting thing about it, to me, is the license. In order to write a spin off to my series Joel needed to abide by the terms of the license, specifically the “share-alike” part. Which means now you’re free to write a spin off to his series. Which means I can hijack his characters if I so choose, without permission! (Although if I want him to keep speaking to me, I’ll ask permission.) Isn’t Creative Commons wonderful?
And for you SotD fans out there, it gets even better. SHRAID is going to be considered official canon for the SotD universe. Joel asked if I would endorse it, I said yes. There’s even rumours of a crossover next year.
Enough about me! Go read his (beautifully designed) website and like the Facebook page for further updates!
Thursday was Supervillain Awareness Day! Did you help spread awareness? Over on the Facebook page we had an official event. Here are some of our favourite links to posts other people did:
Can’t Say I Didn’t Warn You by Aubrey Hansen
Supervillain Awareness Day by Joel Parisi
A Crisis at Hand by Jayson Lewis
The mad scramble was also a big hit! The final number of books given away is:
Supervillain of the Day: 417
Fire and Ashes: 244
Inspector Floyd: 233
Supervillain Hunters International: 234
Dreams and Shadows: 182
Supervillains of London: 237
That, my friends, is a lot of books.
Now then. All weekend I’ve been talking about a special surprise. It wasn’t ready exactly when I thought it would be, but that’s okay. It’s ready now. I’m getting ready to reveal it to you in just a moment.
Yup, that’s right, we’re on Kickstarter! There are awesome rewards for everyone, so you know what to do. Go read about it over there, support it, and share around! Don’t forget the sharing part, it’s very important. And rest assured that every penny we get will go back into making sure even more people know about supervillains and the immediate threat they pose!
And who wouldn’t want that?
Supervillain Awareness Day is almost upon us! What are you doing to promote supervillain awareness in your community? Here’s a few ideas to get you started!
1. Post on your blog!
2. Put up posters!
3. Host an event!
4. Tell all your friends!
Choose from our amazing selection of graphics to provide a powerful image to accompany your activity! Sign up a few of your friends to receive one of our informational postcards by emailing us their mailing address! (Don’t worry, we don’t spam! Think of it as a greeting card sending service. We can even include your name on the card so they know who sent it!)
Our contribution towards Supervillain Awareness Day is to get your attention through the biggest ebook sale ever. All six books in the “Supervillain of the Day” series will be FREE on Kindle November 20th through November 22nd. Are you missing one or three in your collection? Get them now! Due to the extremely limited time frame we’re calling this event The Mad Scramble. Spread the word! Already own all six? Consider gifting a copy to a friend! After all, it doesn’t cost anything.
And don’t forget to tell us why you love Supervillain of the Day! We’re putting quotes from readers into the omnibus version, and you can be a part of it!
The first two pages of the omnibus will be “What Readers Are Saying:” quotes from readers expressing why they like Supervillain of the Day, how it’s affected their lives, and why they would recommend it to others! Anyone can submit a comment, and everyone who ends up in the book will receive a free complimentary ebook copy of the finished product. Entering a comment is easy. Just follow the guidelines below!
Comments should be no more than three sentences. Remember, these are just short blurbs and we want about twenty of them!
Include a little bit about yourself! Try to keep it to about 20 words. You should not spend more time talking about yourself then you do talking about the book. Common things to include would be your name, your age, and where you’re from! Feel free to also put in a few words about who you are as a unique individual such as: gamer, mom, avid comic book gobbler, aspiring author, or superhero nerd.
Enter your comment by commenting on this post, commenting on the Facebook post, sending us a Facebook message or a Twitter DM, or by emailing us at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing your thoughts!
It’s generally known that I’m good with computers, but this rarely extends to software. And doesn’t really extend to Earth computers. IT is also widely known that my time is limited! So if you or anyone you know is interested in helping supervillain hunters all over the world then please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s the deal. There are 319 Supervillain entries sitting in the que that I have to copy and format up individually, one at a time. This is ridiculously time consuming and wholly unnecessary. What I want is something where I can just click an “Approved” button and have it appear or at worst just have to copy and past.
I also want an email notification when someone submits an entry. And I want to automatically send an email confirmation for the same thing