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Another Cover Reveal #SciFi

Astronomicon 2: Distant Relatives Cover
After creating a new front cover for Astronomicon Book 1, I’m now obliged to do the same for all the other Astronomicon books. Branding is important but I also want it to be obvious all four novels are related.

Today, I am posting my reworked front cover for Astronomicon 2: Distant Relatives. The layout is largely the same, although I’ve moved Earth into the centre of the frame. The titles are now in line with book 1.

I’m doing another proofread and edit of this novel before I upload the cover to Amazon. Readers have pointed out quite a few typos in it, so I’ll fix those at the same time. Another announcement will follow when it’s available on Amazon.

Now I need to get on with the new cover art for Astronomicon 3 too!


Inception Point launches on #Amazon

Inception Point is now available on Amazon! It’s taken longer to get here than I expected and, while it’s a landmark development, it’s not the end of the journey. There will be news posts, a social media campaign, lots of marketing and more to do to complete the job.

Astronomicon Inception Point front coverInception Point can now properly take its place as the first book in the Astronomicon series and I have unpublished ‘Astronomicon: The Beginning’. To be honest, I never liked that title anyway. It’s going to take some weeks to remove all traces of ‘The Beginning’ from the world but I’ll do my best.

Inception Point is not just a revamp of ‘The Beginning’, it’s a rewrite from scratch. The main spacecraft, the Elysian, has been completely redesigned to make the technology hugely more realistic. Almost all of it is based closely on existing technology or on NASA, and other space agencies, research. This drastic change in the vessel’s layout and structure forced a redesign of all the scenes set inside the ship but, most importantly, the vessel’s crash-landing on the surface of Proxima C bore little, if any, resemblance to the original.

The ship’s modular design allowed me to radically improve the pacing of the novel and add some interesting plot elements to the story. Added to that, new characters, better action, different challenges, improved relationship development, more alien life and more make it a more impressive introduction to the entire Astronomicon universe.

Don’t for one moment think you’ve already read this book if you’ve read ‘The Beginning’, this is not the same experience.

Download a free sample here:Link to Astronomicon on Amazon


Revealing Exciting New Cover Art!

After four days of intensive work, I now have new cover art for the first Astronomicon novel. The book rewrite has gone well, creating a novel which is substantially different and much improved from the original. A new front cover seemed like a good way to draw a clear distinction between this novel and the original.

That was enough of a reason on its own, but as the novel has a new name (Inception Point) and the design of the Elysian spacecraft featured on the existing cover art has completely changed, the existing artwork is also completely obsolete. I created a 3D model of the Elysian vessel over a year ago but it was only ever supposed to be a diagram to help me write the novel. Several attempts to improve it enough to work for illustrations did not produce good results, so my only other option was to rebuild it from scratch.

This time, with rendering in mind, I built it again with considerably more detail and appropriate lighting. It was a huge amount of work, but I think the results are more than worth it.

3D photorealistic render of Elysian space craft cover art.

Of course, the big advantage of creating a 3D model is that I can produce shots of it from any angle, at any distance and infinitely vary the lighting. For example, producing a rear-view shot like this took less than forty minutes:

3D photorealistic rear view of Elysian spacecraft cover art(Sorry, I forgot to change the background before rendering that one!)

I am so pleased with the results of this exercise, that I will definitely give it a go for more of the Astronomicon novels. Building the ship models at this level of finish, and matching detail, is certainly time-consuming, but just look at the results! It’s the best cover art I’ve ever created myself. I just hope it helps my sales on Amazon.


Read the new Astronomicon #1 on Wattpad for #FREE!

Inception Point front cover artI’ve already posted the first 27 chapters of Astronomicon: Inception Point on Wattpad and I’m trying to post a new chapter every day! If all goes to plan, I’ll have all fifty chapters posted before this time next month.

I haven’t decided yet if I will leave it up on Wattpad indefinitely but it will be there for at least 30 days after the final chapter is posted. Ultimately, I’ll be publishing it on Amazon. In the meantime, I’m looking for feedback and I’m especially keen to hear what you all like (or don’t like) about each of the chapters. Please don’t feel shy about leaving comments. Feedback can be extremely helpful.

If you like a chapter, please, please vote for it. It helps me target those chapters that need improvement by looking out for those with lower vote ratios.

 

Read Astronomicon: Inception point here for free..

 

All the feedback I’ve received so far has been very positive. Inception Point has the highest vote to read ratio that I’ve ever had on Wattpad and far above the average. I’m hoping that’s a good sign! My own opinion is that this new version of the novel holds together much better, the science is more accurate and the pacing is vastly improved. I’m hoping my readers feel the same way but, if not, please let me know. I’m tough – I can take it!

 

Thank you for reading it and even more if you leave a comment there too!