I have a confession to make. All writers, no matter their success or failures face the same inner demon. Even now, it is difficult to put into words the occasional bone-deep, mind-numbing fear we have to write. Crazy isn’t it? Our greatest passion and the thing that drives us to become the one thing we struggle most with. I’ve known and heard of a similar thing happening to other artists and musicians. It is an age-old struggle, where genius and madness blur the lines. Not coincidentally, those with the most genius face the worst inner demons.

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I am not a genius by any stretch of the imagination, but like so many authors and artists before me, I feel very deeply. Since I was little I’ve always been able to sense other people’s emotions and empathize with their struggles. I looked at the world around me, in all its beauty and ugliness, and clung to the dream that lived on inside my head. And while this trait has often helped me navigate tricky reality, it can also be my greatest enemy.

If you can relate to this, you’re in good company. There are more of us than…

Working with Bella DiCorte is some of the most fun I’ve had in 10+ years in cover design. There’s something about having a strong creative connection with a client that really makes a huge difference with any project you do together. With Bella, our team does what we always aim to do, which is to make sure the author has fun with the cover process, as well as be involved as much as she/he wants to be. And that’s what we did with the Fausti Family covers (or any cover we make for that matter).

Our journey to creating the…

Tired of digging through the internet heap for the right info? If you’ve been writing for some time, but haven’t published. If you’ve been publishing for years, but find your career growing stagnant. If you have a dream and haven’t found the means to make it a reality, look no further!

The Women in Publishing Conference has a massive lineup of experts in the industry — over 70 women providing their best tips, tools, resources, and insights.

Over the course of the next 5 days, we have a huge mission to achieve. 40+ interviews and training sessions with 70+ women who really want to share their passion for writing and publishing and selling books!

This year’s theme is The Power of Your Words. You really can make a huge impact in the world with your writing. We want to help you do it.

We recognize there is a LOT to learn and know. Writing and publishing a book is a huge time and monetary investment. We want to provide you with information that will help inform you…

Three years ago, I decided that being a prolific author was a worthwhile goal. In 2018, I published nine titles under two pen names (I also contributed to a shared world series). The following year saw fewer books published, but I made a plan. I created a schedule that would allow me to simultaneously draft, revise, and edit manuscripts. In a nutshell, I drafted a new book every thirty days. Then I printed the document, placed it in a binder, and then let it “marinate” for up to six months while I worked on the next one. I had a…

Since its inception, Qamber Designs has had the opportunity to work closely with the team at Black Spot Books to help bring many of their books to life. For those of you unfamiliar with the publishers of award-winning titles like Seven Jane’s The Isle of Gold and Sam Hooker’s Terribly Serious Dark series, Black Spot Books is an author-centric, traditional small press publisher of bestselling and award-winning speculative fiction, and an imprint of books-to-film multimedia corporation, Vesuvian Media Group. Today, we are excited to discuss their recent anthology release, Dead of Winter with editor and publisher, Lindy Ryan.

Qamber Designs: Lindy, thank you for allowing us to pick your brain today about your recent book release! To begin, could you tell us a little about Dead of Winter and the story behind how it was conceived?

Lindy Ryan: Absolutely, it’s my pleasure! Dead of Winter is the second seasonal holiday anthology from Black Spot Books, following A Midnight Clear in 2019, which won the 2020 International Book Award (anthologies) and was a finalist for the 2020 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Readers’ Choice Awards. In the new collection, we’re bringing eight new chilling tales of holiday horror to readers…

At Qamber Kids, we focus on illustration, but many of our artists are proficient in different mediums. Danielle Styles, illustrator for Millicent Marie and Aidan and the End of the World, recently shared how she plans to branch out with her own glass designs. We hope you enjoy reading as Danielle shares a bit about the glass-working process, and shares a bit on how it works!

“The glitter of the sea was like a glass in my eyes.”

- Steve Erickson

On the Journey

I actually never did anything with glass, not even at the art school I graduated from, until I got…

The QK Process as Told by Isko

Meet Isko the Storytelling Tarsier!

Have you ever wondered how a picture book comes to life? ⁠

Qamber Kids (and Isko) invite you to learn some of the in’s and out’s behind the picture book process. ⁠⁠We’re sharing how we take an author’s manuscript and concept, and bring it to life with our fantastic illustrator team. ⁠

“The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places. But still there is much that is fair. And though in all lands, love is now mingled with grief, it still grows, perhaps, the greater.”

J.R.R. Tolkien

Dear Friend,

We wanted to carve out a moment at the beginning of this new year, this hopeful year to share our hearts with you.

This year has been hard.

We have watched and endured right alongside your tribulations. At times, we have wished we could simply escape somewhere special and safe, and to take you with us. We wish…

This past week was the cover reveal for SKIN HUNGRY, my new age gap romantic comedy play that’s releasing on Audible on November 30th. Today, I thought it would be fun to take you behind-the-scenes this week and show you how this particular cover came to be. Sound good? Let’s go!

First of all, let it be known that THIRTY-SEVEN emails went back and forth between me and the brilliant Najla Qamber of Qamber Designs & Media. (Seriously, I checked my inbox just now. Thirty. Seven.) So it’s definitely a process! This was our 5th collaboration and we have many more to come over the next six months. She delights me to no end with her talent and creativity and her sensitivity!

I started by telling her about the play and the images that were floating around my brain for the potential cover. The play centers on a romantic relationship between…

I love nothing better than a good character-driven story, but I haven’t always been the best at writing them. The first novel I ever penned, I wrote a heroine so perfect, she was entirely unrelatable. Thankfully, I had an early reader who was kind enough to tell me so. After all, nobody likes perfection. Not only is it unrealistic, but the worse sin for a story is that it’s boring. So, much as I loved her, I chucked her and started from scratch.

That’s when I began to discover, with the help of my incredible editor, how to write dynamic characters.

When it comes to introducing characters to readers, my editor gave me this piece of advice, so…

Qamber Designs and Media

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