Sunday, August 30, 2015

Special Thank You to Adult Coloring Worldwide

I would like to express my sincere gratitude and deepest appreciation to Shelly Durham at Adult Coloring Worldwide for the terrific video review of my latest adult coloring book; Colorings Collection Adult Coloring Book. I have posted a link to it on the right side of this blog under "Adult Coloring Worldwide Video Review". Shelly and her co-founders have a great website and Facebook group dedicated to promoting the work of talented adult coloring book artists and offering news and information, printable coloring pages, and so much more for all of us to enjoy. You can visit their website here: http://www.adultcoloringworldwide.com/

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Kindle Direct Publishing Offers New Platform for Authors - Kindle Scout

I was sent the following in an email from Kindle Direct Publishing. It sounds like a wonderful opportunity if you don't mind them having an exclusive on your eBook. Read and leave me your thoughts in the comments.


Hello,
We believe authors thrive with options. In addition to Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), Amazon is pleased to offer Kindle Scout, a reader-powered publishing program for new, never-before-published books. Jump-start your book and potentially earn a publishing contract from Kindle Press--in 45 days or less.
Kindle Scout helps you connect with readers prior to publication. If your book is selected for publication by Kindle Press through the Kindle Scout platform, readers who nominated the book will receive an early, free copy and be invited to leave reviews. If your book is not selected, readers will have the option to be notified when you independently publish through KDP.
Kindle Scout welcomes submissions for English-language books in the following genres: Romance, Mystery & Thriller, Science Fiction & Fantasy, and Literature & Fiction. Action & Adventure, Contemporary Fiction, and Historical Fiction will be accepted within the Literature & Fiction category. Any adult age 18 or older with a valid U.S. bank account and a U.S. Social Security number or tax identification number is eligible. Check out the Kindle Scout Eligibility & Content Guidelines for more information.
If chosen for publication, you receive:
  • Guaranteed advance & competitive royalties: A $1,500 advance and 50% eBook royalty rate.
  • Focused formats: Kindle Press acquires worldwide publication rights for eBook and audio formats in all languages. You retain all other rights, including print.
  • 5-year renewable terms: If your book doesn't earn $25,000 in royalties during the initial 5-year contract term, and any 5-year renewal term after that, you can choose to stop publishing with us.
  • Easy reversions: After two years, rights in any format or language that remain unpublished, or all rights for any book that earns less than $500 in total royalties in the preceding 12-month period, can be reverted upon request--no questions asked.
  • Early downloads & reviews: One week prior to release date, everyone who nominated your book will receive a free, early copy to help build momentum and customer reviews.
  • Amazon marketing: Your book will be enrolled into Kindle Unlimited, the Kindle Owners' Lending Library, and will be eligible for targeted email campaigns and promotions.
Learn more about this new opportunity.
Kind regards,
The Kindle Direct Publishing Team

Friday, August 21, 2015

Christmas Ladybug for Grown-ups Who Love to Color

Someone called this design a Christmas Ladybug. I love that. While coloring, it reminded me of the year my best friend and I spent Christmas in two little Mexican border towns. The weather was warm and Feliz Navidad was playing in every shop for days. Bic markers, Crayola colored pencils, and a white pastel pencil for highlights were used. It's from my latest book: Colorings Collection Adult Coloring Book.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Amazon Changes Rules Regarding Coloring Pages eBooks

Apparently, Amazon has changed their rules and no longer allow the publication of eBooks that are intended for coloring via a link to downloadable pages or the taking of a screen shot. They have removed six of my "Ready To Color" eBooks with the following explanation.

"During a quality assurance review of your KDP catalog we found that the following book(s) you have published are intended to be interactive but require additional resources aside from a Kindle device or Kindle application (phone/Mac/PC). The game or app experience must work entirely inside the Kindle reader, without the use of the browser or manual work such as a copy machine or screen capture program. As a result, the following books have been removed from sale in the Kindle store.

Title name:Ready To Color Animals Coloring eBook (Ready To Color Coloring eBook 1) (ASIN:B007P4XAU6)
Title name:Ready To Color People Coloring eBook (Ready To Color Coloring eBook 2) (ASIN:B007P5KLES)
Title name:Ready To Color Doodles Coloring eBook (Ready To Color Coloring eBook 3) (ASIN:B007RFRVMG)
Title name:Ready To Color Landscapes Coloring eBook (Ready To Color Coloring eBook 4) (ASIN:B007SNW1F4)
Title name:Ready To Color Flowers Coloring eBook (Ready To Color Coloring eBook 5) (ASIN:B00872OHO8)
Title name:Ready To Color Birds and Flowers Coloring eBook (Ready To Color Coloring eBook 6) (ASIN:B00C0FOVBM)

If you are interested in providing games or other interactive content, please consider applying for our Kindle Active Content program:
http://kdk.amazon.com/gp/public/gateway?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0"


I make no judgement on their decision. From what I gather, people have to go to too much trouble to print from an eBook and some others don't work at all or are not compatible with all devices. I will rework my eBooks and publish them as printed books.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Markers and Colored Pencils Storage Tip

My studio is always in a constant state of change. The coloring area got a face lift today thanks to the Tupperware snack tray I found at a thrift store. Turned it into a color wheel of markers. A pill bottle fit perfectly in the center for the grays and black. Colored pencils along the side in cups sorted by color, of course. Love thrift store finds.


Monday, August 17, 2015

Colorings Collection Adult Coloring Book

This is the palm tree mandala from my Colorings Collection Adult Coloring Book, colored with Bic Markers and Crayola Colored Pencils.



Saturday, August 8, 2015

New Colorings Collection Adult Coloring Book for Grown-ups Who Love to Color

I'm so happy to announce the publication of my newest book, Colorings Collection Adult Coloring Book. It has themed mandalas, a hippie puppy, a mermaid and lots more. It includes a special dedication to all the members and administrators of the adult coloring books Facebook groups who have given me so much encouragement. There are 24 drawings with each printed twice to allow for experimentation with color schemes and the back of each is blank to cut down on bleed through. I hope everyone enjoys coloring it as much as I enjoyed designing it.

You will find a link to it on the left sidebar of this blog or click HERE.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Wacom Cintiq Affordable Alternative - Yiynova msp 19u Review

For years I have wanted a Wacom Cintiq but could not justify the expense. I used a Wacom tablet for many years and while it was adequate for doing digital illustrations, I longed for the day when I would be able to draw directly on the screen. Well, I started doing some research to see if there was a more affordable alternative to the Cintiq. Some of the brands I looked at had very poor reviews.

The reviews for the Yinova line of digitizer monitors had better reviews so I invested in the Yinova msp 19u. At about one fourth the price of a Cintiq I had to give it a try. Well, I have a Dell Optiplex 990 computer which happens to be one of the only computers on the planet that ships from the factory without the ability to use dual monitors. My little HP laptop took the addition of the new monitor with ease so I put the Dell in the shop to be upgraded.

Now, I have a regular monitor on the Dell as well as the Yinova hooked up as a second monitor and I absolutely love it. It did take a bit of time to install the two drivers it requires but once that was done I was off and drawing. The ability to draw directly on the screen and have variable pen pressure in Photoshop, and other programs, is nothing short of awesome. I feel like I've been drawing in the dark ages all this time.

If you are looking for a more affordable alternative to the Wacom Cintiq, I highly recommend the Yinova. You will find a link to it on the left sidebar of this blog. Below is an illustration I did with it for Sammy the Silent Songbird, a children's book. I have been using the Yinova for more than a year now without any problems. As I recall, when I was first hooking it up, I did have one problem and called customer support. The tech guy was quite nice when he told me I didn't have the monitor turned on. Must have fell on my head that morning.


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Admiring and Promoting the Work of Other Artists

Just because I am an artist and author doesn't mean I can't admire and promote the work of others. In fact, when I was a little girl, my mother would take me to Northpark Mall in Joplin, MO. At that time, there was a little old man who wore a french beret and would set up his easel and do pastel portraits. He seemed to be off in his own little world amid the hustle and bustle of the busy mall.

I would watch him for as long as my mother would let me. I admired his talent and his intense concentration. Watching him is one of the things that inspired me to become an artist. So, not only will you see examples of my own work on the sides of my blog, you will see the work of artists and authors that I find to be exceptional and outstanding. If you see links to your work on my blog, know that I am a fan.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Discover Tips and Tricks for Shading With Colored Pencils

This post is for all of you grown-ups who love to color. Be sure to check out my coloring books for adults that are available on Amazon. You can see links to them on the left sidebar. Enjoy!



Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Free Accounting Software for Freelancers

As a freelance artist, I don't need a full blown, expensive accounting software program. For years, I have use Express Accounts for free. As long as I certified that I was using it for a business with fewer than 5 employees I could use it for free. Well, today I opened it and tried to post income received and got a pop-up telling me I had to purchase the full blown version for $99 with no way around it.

I was upset, to say the least. Thus began my hunt for a new accounting program that I could use. The one I decided to go with is Manager. It's totally free, has great customization and lets me record income and expenses, accounts, etc. and generate an income statement for tax purposes. It's exactly what I needed. It may suit your needs, too. You can download it here.

http://www.manager.io/desktop/download

Needless to say, I uninstalled Express Accounts after printing out an income statement and transferring the transaction information to my new Manager program. Freelancers have to cut costs wherever we can and Manager let's me do just that. Thank you Manager developers.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Announcing Colorings Collection Store for Adults Who Love to Color

Who doesn't love to color? It's not just for kids anymore. Coloring is a great way to relax and unwind. I have become quite obsessed with making designs to color so I have opened a new store to share my designs. I add each new design to my store and make it available on shirts, greeting cards, and totes. Each time I have 24 new designs I will compile them into a new coloring book.

Scroll down and look on the right to see my latest designs or click on this LINK to go there now. Happy coloring everyone!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

The Truth of Turning Off Pen Pressure on Samsung Galaxy Note

When I purchased my Samsung Galaxy Tab 12.2 tablet I actually thought I was getting the note version with pen pressure. Apparently, I clicked on the wrong button at some point in the purchasing procedure. Well, I kept the tab and downloaded several drawing apps from the Google Play Store. I really enjoyed them but still had that craving for pen pressure sensitivity. Biting the bullet, I ordered a Samsung Galaxy Note 12.2.

Now, I could have sold the tab but I decided to keep it for watching Netflix, web surfing, checking e-mail and use the note strictly for doing digital drawings and paintings. The note is awesome for use with apps such as Artrage, Sketchbook Pro, Scribmaster, etc.

When I started using vector programs on it to do coloring book pages, I found that I needed a way to turn off the pen pressure sensitivity in order to get uniform lines. Why don't I just use the Galaxy Tab for that, you may ask. The answer is, the tab uses a conventional stylus and it is nearly impossible to start and stop a line in the exact spot you want it to. I haven't completely solved this problem of getting the S pen to produce uniform lines but I seem to get the best results when using the Scribmaster app. If any of you have found a good way to deal with this problem, please post a comment. Here are links to the articles I found most useful in my quest to find the truth of turning off pen pressure on Samsung Galaxy Note.

Android Central Forums
Phandroid 
WonderHowTo

Some of their suggestions were beyond my bravery factor. Implement them at your own risk and let me know about your results.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

New Adult Coloring Book

Just finished approving the proof for my second adult coloring book. Here's a sneak peek at the cover for Fashion and Food, Relax in the Shade Adult Coloring Books, Vol. 2. Of course, I will post a link to it when it is available on Amazon. Update: It's out! Click on the link on the left sidebar to get your copy today. Let the coloring begin!


Thursday, June 11, 2015

At Last, Play apps on Windows 7

Have you ever wanted to play your favorite apps on your computer or laptop but you have Windows 7 and don't want to upgrade to Windows 8? Well, now you can. I found this really cool program that let's me do just that. It's called Blue Stacks app player. You can learn more about it and download it here. Best of all, it's free (for now anyway). http://www.bluestacks.com/about-us/app-player.html

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Announcing: Adult Coloring Books

My latest book is now available on Amazon. It's an adult coloring book full of flowers, animals, birds, and still lifes. Coloring has become popular among busy grown ups as well as the elderly. It's a great stress reliever and quite relaxing. I wanted to do a different take on the coloring experience so I added values and shading to my line drawings. That allows the colorist to create depth and volume to the drawing by using darker shades of the main colors in the places that are darker in the drawing. You can see this effect in the example page from the book below.


I am working on the second volume of this series now. To see this first one, look on the left side of this blog and click on the picture of it. Let me know if you have suggestions for subjects and themes in future volumes. I published this one through Blurb Books because their templates are so easy to use but I may try Amazon for the next one to see if their cost is any lower. Hope everyone enjoys my Relax in the Shade coloring books.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Do You Watch The Bachelorette?

I've watched every season of the Bachelor/Bachelorette since it began. At the end of each season I tell myself I will not watch it next time. After a long day of editing images for my next book, I turned on the TV and, guess what? The Bachelorette. Yep, they sucked me in again. A few minutes is all it takes and now I'm doomed to watch it all the way through to the final rose. Oh, well. There are worse things I could be doing. Beautiful nightgowns, handsome men, exotic places, not a bad way to spend my evenings. Only thing is, I think they should have a seniors version of the show. Why should young people get to have all the fun? Who's with me on this?

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Discover Special Needs Children's Books

I have written and illustrated more than 100 books and eBooks but this is the first time I have done a 32 page children's book. Sammy the Silent Songbird was inspired by my son who was born with hydrocephalus, is learning delayed, and has a seizure disorder. He constantly amazes me with all the things he CAN do. I really enjoyed working on this book and hope it provides inspiration to children and their parents. I plan to do a series of Differently Abled Books. To see a preview of the book, scroll down and look to the left or just click on this link. Sammy the Silent Songbird

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Do You Need a Paperback Book Cover Designed?

Congratulations to Linda Holmes-Drew on the publication of her first novel. I am honored to have designed the cover for it. It's available on Amazon and other retailers as an eBook and will soon be out in print. Contact me if you need a cover designed for your next book.


Monday, January 12, 2015

EPUB and MOBI formatting

EPUB, MOBI, and Kindle fixed layout formatting services and eBook/book cover design services are available. Email me with "eBook" in subject line and we can discuss your project. tanyaprovines@yahoo.com