Clip2Comic – An app that made all the difference.

For a long time, I’ve wanted to write children’s books.  There were stories I wanted to share. However, the artist in me wanted to illustrate these stories as well.

Along came these magical apps that could change pictures into comic-style or watercolor pictures.  It was not until I tried Clip2Comic created by Digital Masterpieces that felt I had struck gold.  This easy-to-use app allowed me to input pictures from my iphone and then use a variety of styles to change them into comics.

I loved the results, so I went to work.  First, I wrote the story, then created a type of story board where I connected pictures with a particular sentence or paragraph.  Once done, I needed models willing to act out the story while I took pictures using my iphone.  I mean MANY pictures. For example, in my first book, A Gift at the Door, I took over 200 photos in order to get about 30 to use. If you wish to do this, make sure you have willing and patient models.

The picture above of my granddaughter and my husband were taken with an iphone and have 72 dpi (dots per inch).  It’s important to state that because Kindle’s print on demand (KDP) requires 300 dpi.  Something I had to figure out.

The live shot was then, using the Clip2Comic app, translated into the style “Cartoon.”  This was one of the fourteen different styles offered in this app.  I made sure all my pictures used the same style.  I loved the look, but the picture was still 72 dpi and would not be accepted by Kindle. So, I still had a ways to go.

Here was my work-around.  I printed out all thirty of my chosen pictures (not the 200)  on good quality photo paper.  I then scanned each picture with a dpi of 400. I used my Epson ET-4750 for both printing and scanning. I had to do a bit more color editing to make sure it looked as good as the original. Once that was done, I had my illustrations.

I’m hoping that if folks out there want to be their own illustrator, my process may help them accomplish their dream.

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Announcing New Book

Delighted to announce my new children’s book, A Gift at the Door.

Holding my book, hot off the presses, are the two models: my grandchild, Evy and my husband, Robert. Next week I’ll explain how I did the illustrations. Until then, I’m pleased as punch to share my book.

Clicking on this link will take you directly to my Amazon Author’s page.

Radio show CC

I announced this week about a radio show I was on talking about my new book, “Double Take.”

Feedback:

  1. Good show, clear audio
  2. How can Deaf and HH people access the same information???

For #2, warning….sharp learning curve for me. I leaned how to download a mp3 on YouTube and then used 1/2 auto captioning and 1/2 editing. So, -Fingers Crossed!!! Here we go!

Click on the link Radio Show, transcription, and you should see a one picture youtube video with rolling captions. I notice I do say “hello” to myself (oops) but most is okay. I made sure I showed when Dave spoke (DD) and when I responded (BB)

Enjoy!!

Business Cards…

(Or how I got my techno-groove on)

I have an opportunity to meet with someone about my new young adult mystery, Double Take. While thinking about what I would say, it suddenly occurred to me that I didn’t have a business card. Yikes.

So I started designing one. While looking up ideas of what others had done, I ran across a cool QR code creator called QR Code Monkey

I designed the front of the card to match my more playful side and the back to satisfy that part of me that loves to geek out. With a regular QR reader app, you can hover over the left side and *bing* you are transported to my Amazon author page. Hover over the right side, *bing* you’re looking at our Pyrofuse website.

A good Epson printer, medium weight linen paper, and a good cutter did the rest. I now have my first author business cards.

Let me know what you think or if you have suggestions. Would appreciate the feedback.

Promote or Produce?

I’ve had four writing projects stalled for the last few months.  The first project, my YA mystery “Double Take” has been published. (Let the blowing of celebratory horns begin!)

Now I need let people out in the readerverse know that it exists and I think it’s rather lovely.  But I have these naggy other projects that want to see the light of day.

So, you lovely people of the internet, do I spend my time promoting my book (which you can find on amazon ) or get the other projects done?  50/50? 25 promotion 75 projects?

What would you suggest?