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What are the odds?

Some may call it a coincidence, others could call it serendipitous or even spooky. But I think it was meant to be.

Last week I received three links for articles from three different people on three different topics. This is not an uncommon occurrence, but what made them stand out is that they all came from the same site.


Literary Agent Rachelle Gardner has put together a fantastic site chock full of great information on a variety of publishing related topics. These topics include: Advice for New Authors, How to Get Published and How Do I Decide? An information guide on traditional vs. self publishing.

Taking a closer look at my own computer, I noticed that I had at least six more pages from this site saved. This site is a fantastic resource.

So if you are new to publishing or just searching for the current trends in this ever changing industry, be sure to check out Rachelle’s site. I think you’ll be glad you did.

Happy Writing,

Suzanne Santillan

Writing on the Sidewalk


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In my real job, I am a freelance graphic artist. I have been doing this job for more years than I’d like to count. The beauty of the job is that I am able to work from home and I have the flexibility to write in my spare time. The not so beautiful part is that I can’t ever leave my work, and I don’t always take advantage of the opportunities to write (It’s that procrastination thing and I won’t get into that today.) In the past I have designed charts and graphs for library reference books, websites, logos, letterhead, and lots and lots of tourist items for a client in Alaska.

Recently, I have been working for an e-book publisher designing covers. This has been one of the most challenging and rewarding jobs I have done in quite a while. In traditional publishing, the art department is responsible for designing the cover of a book. Very rarely does the author have input into what is placed on the cover. In self publishing, the author is the art director and it is up to the artist to help facilitate their vision. The one thing I have learned through this process is communication is key. Some people choose to self-publish because they have tired of going through the traditional publishing route. Others are authors whose published work has now reverted back to them from their publishers. Authors who have had their work published traditionally also choose to publish some of their stories that their editors have passed on in the past.

The challenge for me as an artist is to try to create a cover that will appeal to readers, but also convey the authors vision. Sometimes it’s a fine line between what the client wants and what I know as an artist will work visually. It takes a little creativity, but usually we find a way to make it work.

The satisfaction comes from taking a stock image such as this:



And turning into a cover like this: Hersheycover2

This is what makes it worth it in the end. And knowing that the client is happy with my work is the greatest reward.

I am happy to say that the book I posted above is now available on Amazon.com and it is available free today only (12-10-12) for a free download.  So if you are interested in cute dog stories, be sure to download your copy today.

Happy Reading,

Suzanne Santillan


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