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Now we’re talking!

Do you love the arts? Do you think that artists should be paid for their work and that work makes our society beautiful and worth living in? I sure do! (Or else I wouldn’t write.) Well, I just found a site to help artists of all kinds find people who value them and will support their work: Patreon!

Do you love my writing? If you do, become my patron! For just $1 or $3 a month (or more if you rock) you can be just like Lorenzo Di Medici and help artists create. The hairdo is optional.

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Just click this button! (Or look to the right and click on Lorenzo in the sidebar.)

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If you are an artist, poet, musician, or writer, or whatever art form you love, create your own page!
Connect with my link and I will get a bonus!

Here’s my page:

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Do you have a page now? Did you become a patron? Share your link below!

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Fantastic tattoos from the web

I don’t have any tattoos. There are several factors why I never went down that road. But they still fascinate me and I think they look fabulous on the people who love them enough to commit to them so totally. The tattoos below exemplify the term “fantastic” both in their amazing artistry and how much they capture the imagination. Not only are they works of art that transform the wearer, but they have become part of them for life.

I found this surreal leg tattoo on Francis Comugnai’s blog

Dump a day blog featured this cybernetic gem.

This skin art featured on The Chive transforms not just the owner of the tattoo, but also the viewer.

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New Review: The Rag Issue 6

The Rag Literary Magazine Issue 6

Seth Porter , Daniel Reilly , Justin Duerr (illustrator)

Genre: Anthology, Short Stories, Contemporary Fiction, Literary Fiction, Poetry, Magazine

Read my review here: http://katepolicanisreviews.wordpress.com/2014/06/24/the-rag-literary-magazine-june-issue-6/

In The Rag Literary Magazine’s 6th issue, many of the characters you’ll meet are living disappointing lives, whether through their own poor decisions or because they were dealt a bad hand, or a combination of the two. When painful and often mundane reality clashes with their hopes and dreams, they struggle to stay afloat.

The Rag publishes short stories and poetry semi-annually from today’s best up-and-coming writers, with a focus on gritty and transgressive work.

Contents:
“Someone in the Room Will” by Falcon Miller
“Where the Butterflies Meet” by Timothy Ghorkin
“many many plumbers” by Daniel Fuginski
“Elevation” by Andrea O’Rourke
“Ayesha Miller” by Royce Brooks
“An Affair” by J.A. Bernstein
“Floaters” by Benjamin Soileau
“Swimming with Sharks” by Don Boles
“Croton Falls Still” by Kara Delavoye
“Kuskanax Creek” Jordan Mounteer
“Pneumatology” by Tyler Petty
“Oddly Precious Melancholy” by Janna Layton
“Dog Days and Wet Dreams” by J.R. Hamilton
“Best Work” by Stacey Bryan
“Lightin’ Hopkins Emerges from the Woods at Mooresville, In” by D.A. Lockhart
“Todd’s Mom” by David Joshua Jennings
“On Bread Alone” by Josh Goller

Art by Justin Duerr

Buy on Amazon

About The Rag:

The Rag was founded in September 2011 by Seth Porter and Dan Reilly, who serve as the primary readers and editors. Krissy Marheine designs the magazine and this website. The name The Rag came about both because it speaks to our underlying ethic-we’re independent, and we like our writing on the gritty and grimy side-and because it looks back to the heyday of writing and publishing, when you could read good stories or poetry in just about any old rag, and writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald were able to make a living from writing short stories alone. But the rags that used to publish cutting-edge writing either died off or grew up and turned stale. At The Rag, we hope to be on the front line of a new vanguard of electronic literary magazines with the means and the will to seek out and then support fresh voices.

 We think literature is and always will be important to our culture, and a vibrant literary community requires writers who can afford to write. Bylines don’t pay the bills. So, we always pay our writers. This helps draw in the talent, and that’s the ultimate goal, discovering and publishing talented new writers, and creating a magazine worth reading.

http://www.raglitmag.com

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Another Stab

Did I scare you?

I’ve been working on cover designs to update Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic. This is the winner of this round. What do you think? Any suggestions?

Djabbim cover 4

Is it an improvement over the original cover? (I love this cover but I’m told it looks too Middle Grade instead of New Adult)

Embellished 6 front

 

 

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New Review: The Rag, Vol 5

 

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The Rag, Vol 5

Genre: Literary Fiction, Magazine, Anthology, Poetry

 

Read my review here: http://katepolicanisreviews.wordpress.com/2013/07/02/the-rag-vol-5/

About the Magazine:

The Rag was founded in September 2011 by Seth Porter and Dan Reilly, who serve as the primary readers and editors. Krissy Marheine designs the magazine and this website. The name The Rag came about both because it speaks to our underlying ethic-we’re independent, and we like our writing on the gritty and grimy side-and because it looks back to the heyday of writing and publishing, when you could read good stories or poetry in just about any old rag, and writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald were able to make a living from writing short stories alone. But the rags that used to publish cutting-edge writing either died off or grew up and turned stale. At The Rag, we hope to be on the front line of a new vanguard of electronic literary magazines with the means and the will to seek out and then support fresh voices.

We think literature is and always will be important to our culture, and a vibrant literary community requires writers who can afford to write. Bylines don’t pay the bills. So, we always pay our writers. This helps draw in the talent, and that’s the ultimate goal, discovering and publishing talented new writers, and creating a magazine worth reading.

About this volume:

What defines an action as good or evil? What drives a person to act immorally? These are some of the questions underlying the selections in our 5th issue.

Contents:

“Memento Mori” by Stefanie Demas
“No Sleep Since 1903” by Nick Mecikalski (poetry)
“Monolith” by Petros Karagianis (poetry)
“Yes, Officer” by John Woods
“Not Giving to the Alumni Fund” by David Blanton
“Putting in the Work” by Steve Russo
“Karl’s Last Night” by Laura Andrews
“The Observer Effect” by Matthew Meade
“The Man Who Wouldn’t Jump” by Isaac Savage
“The Queue” by Ashley Ahn (poetry)
“Citizen of Megabus” by Reina Hardy (poetry)
“Passing Through” by Jack Varvill
“Zeke Stargazing” by Rachel Kimbrough
“Vibrancy” by Marcus Emanuel
“Cats as the Meaning of Life” by Misty Lynn Ellingburg (poetry)
“Digital Desert Camouflage” by Isaac Pritzker (poetry)
“The Girl with Pretension in Her Hair” by Bill Lytton
“Olivia” by Philip Zigman

Cover and internal art by Meredith Robinson

goodreads page: http://goo.gl/QCG2S
amazon page: http://goo.gl/bo92K

 

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Interview with HMC

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Through the magic of the internet, connecting us instantly across the world, I had the opportunity to interview HMC, author of the upcoming book, White Walls, coming June 20, 2013.

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HMC is a freelance writer, teacher and artist who resides on the Gold Coast, Australia. She has a degree in psychology, writes a column for an online magazine and blogs about global issues.

HMC is inspired by many genres, but has always been particularly fascinated by magic, thrillers or books with a twist.

What do you like the most about the act of writing? What do you dislike?

I’m a storyteller.

Writing came second, for me. I’m still perfecting the art of getting the story in my head to translate onto pages. Writing is a way to express these stories, much like an artist wants to express an image in their mind’s eye. It doesn’t always work out as you plan it. You can’t give up, though, because often it turns out better!

What I dislike? Hmmm … I dislike waiting for your book to come out. It feels like an eternity.

How does your art influence what and how you write?

My artwork has actually inspired my next novel, entirely. Three drawings I’d done, a few years back, revealed to me three characters for a childrens’ book. It’s called Robert Mumpkin Myer and the Wish Makers and I’m looking to finish it this year.

Not only does my own artwork influence me, but others’, too.  I use art and photography all the time, to help me describe scenes and characters.

What is it about reading and writing thrillers that reaches you and moves you?

The suspense and the twists.

If you can fool me into thinking one thing, and have the reality (in the story) be another, you’ve got my attention. It’s been that way since I was little. I adore surprises.

Does your writing tie in to your work in a school environment? How so?

Not this book, that’s for sure! This one is very adult.

My next novel is for the kids, and my daughter, Charlotte. It’s written purely with the age-group in mind. I know what gets them excited, and what bores them – you can see it on their faces when you’re reading a story. The ingredients for a good childrens’ book are: humour, quirkiness, characters we love to detest, and a hero that they can relate to.

What do you think makes Australian writers are unique? What challenges do you face in a global publishing environment?

We have all have different experiences because we’re all individuals. No matter what country you’re from, you have a unique perspective. I know that we have talent over here and I would like to see us excel in the arts, just as we excel in sports!

In global market, we face many difficulties. I’ve written an entire blog on this one. You can see it HERE

H.M.C

EXCERPT from White Walls:

Sunlight peeked through the gaps in the canopy. The Australian bushland spread over either side of the road, and above them, like a welcoming arch. The quiet shade and cool air made Jade feel secure. Lawyer vines and creepers twirled around the old Gums and Paperbarks. The ground was covered in native grasses and layer upon layer of leaf litter.

It was breathtaking and it reminded Jade of her childhood. She remembered the smell of rain as she ventured through the undergrowth with nowhere in particular to be. There was no set time to be home, as long as it was before the sun went down. She would watch, delighted, as Angus would throw rocks into the creek, catch tadpoles and jump from rock to rock. A much simpler time – just like her mother and grandmother would profess about their very own childhoods. Were we all doomed to become more and more complex?

This was why she returned to Fairholmes. To try to regain some of that happiness that had been here … just where she had left it.  Angus spoke, and he had to repeat himself before getting her attention.

‘I think they’ve given up,’ he said.

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Virtual Release Party: The Chapter Photos

I’d like to extend special thanks to the wonderful photographers who shared their photos with me for the chapter photos in Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic! There were so many cool shots of the kooky Seattle landmarks that it was hard to choose which ones to use. But these photos were the cream of the crop! Of course, I gave them credit inside the book, and a free ecopy of the book, but I want to be sure to include them in the party as a wonderful part of my book!

See all the photos as they appear in the book here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/katepolicani/sets/72157631371763434/

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Cover Work Continued

I felt like my cover needed something to look more like a professional cover than it did.

Here’s what it looked like after my first round of experiments:

 

This is what I came up with after some more tinkering:

What do you think of my changes? Should I keep them?

 

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Ducks in a Row

My title is chosen and my cover is ready, so it was time to fix up my book page for Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic. Se it here: https://katepolicani.com/works-in-progress/dont-judge-a-book-by-its-magic/

My revised trailer video is there, or you can see it here: http://youtu.be/Ih7yjpv-_bQ

I also started a new Kickstarter campaign. It isn’t active yet but you can see the preview here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/523666041/1337809747?token=bbf91262

This time I worked my project as more of a pre-order program with some extras included. If you wanted to buy my book, this is a fun way to get it, with extras available if you want more than just what you can get on Amazon.

I learned more about how to better run the Kickstarter project.

1. Make your low earnings goal as your project goal, not your maximum amount. You can earn and keep money above your goal amount, but you lose it all if you don’t reach your goal.

2. Don’t run the project too early before rewards will be available. I’m closer to the time when I can give buyers their rewards for contributing.

3. Provide plenty of  inexpensive rewards. If I were thinking of contributing, it wouldn’t be $20 to some stranger’s book.

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Cover Work

 I Seattle-ized this one. Is blue really better?

Been tweaking the cover more! Special thanks to Cynthia Mael, Marc Policani, Tahlia Newland, and Maria Tatham for their input! The back cover will be the same for all, except the first will have a tan back instead of red.

What do you think?

See them all here http://www.flickr.com/photos/katepolicani/sets/72157630198732104/

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New Book Cover

First, I have to say how much I LOVE my cover art! Heidi Barnett did a fantastic job!

What do you think? Is there anything I can tweak to make it better?

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Tale of Three Covers

My darling hubby had yet another fabulous idea: don’t choose which cover I like best. Do them all! My Facebook Peeps all voted for multiple covers, but liked the cream and black one best. On Facebook, my blog, and friends in person preferred the blue cover. Most authors chose the red. I wonder what that says about the different people groups. Nobody really spoke up for the one with the dark blue cover, and I was able to combine the red lettering that some people liked with the design on the blue-gray one.

I added a blue jewel to the necklace partly because that is how I envisioned the jewelry Angelina would wear, and partly because I wanted to avoid any copyright issues with the original necklace.

So  here are the three covers for The Lustre!

 

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Cover Noodling

I have been messing around with CreateSpace Cover Creator, seeing what I might make into my cover! My photos are generously supplied by my Dad, who I hope will let me feature some of his other photographs for my Virtual Launch Party. What do you think? Which is your favorite?

   

   

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The Lustre is Almost Done! Join the Party Planning!

The Lustre edit came in this morning and I burned through the notes! This week, I should have a beautiful file for all of you pre-review rockers. I am really excited about this story, and I’ve read it about 50 times!

Please visit my Virtual Party Planning page, which will become the Virtual Party page on my release date, March 15th. I’m hoping that lots of you want to contribute to my launch! I need pre-reviewers, party host blogs (I’ll supply all your post info for you), and guest books to feature at the party. I would also consider music, art, poetry, and other genres if they fit in with The Lustre and its theme. If anyone has other ideas or suggestions, I am glad to hear them.

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Contracts. EEK!

I know that they are necessary and good, but contracts scare me. There is so much in them and so much that could be hidden in there or left out when it is needed. Also your language could be less specific than it needs to be. Anyway I still do them because even though everybody is nice and reasonable, misunderstandings occur and contracts protect everybody.

When I wanted one for my cover artists so that we all could keep things clear, it was really really hard to find. I could find plenty of lawyer-ish blogs about how to write one, but I don’t know how to do that! I just wanted a sample form letter-type contract that I could adjust and print. I ended up finding one on another author’s site and re-writing it for my own purposes. http://www.vajraenterprises.com/artcontract1.htm Thank You, Brian King and Vajra Enterprises, for posting this for us, the unprepared and inexperienced. I took this (Copy, Paste) and pared it down, taking out his name and company name, removing the conditions that didn’t apply to me and my artists, and then putting in my own.

It is kind of amazing that it is SO hard to get a plain old hard copy of something. Email makes us lazy! Erik, one of the artist dynamic duo, came here to use our camera and we didn’t even remember about the contract. All the more reason to get together and grill!

 

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