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I have just noticed that there is an incompatibility issue between Ad-blocker, Ghostery and the text box on this forum. I will try and fix it, but until then, (sorry for asking because I understand why you would have both Ad-Blocker and Ghostery) please pause both to start new threads.
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Cover Advice and Help / Re: Covers in 3,2,1
« Last post by The Fantastical on Tuesday 09, 2018, 06: pm »
That is great! Thank you :)
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Cover Advice and Help / Covers in 3,2,1
« Last post by JR on Monday 08, 2018, 11: am »
I thought I had saved the link to the blog on cover design, but apparently I didn't. I searched the net, and couldn't find it. So. Here's my guide to cover design.

Use only three colors. There can be variety in the lightness and darkness, but stick to the three colors.

Use only two fonts. I have seen this in a couple places.

Have only one written focal point. The author name should not compete with the title. Neither should the series name or subtitle, if you have either one. Keep the title the main attraction.

Have only one visual focal point. That can be a cluster, say two people close together, but have only one visual focal point. And center it!

Draw the eye toward the center. You want folks to give the book attention, so be very careful what goes off the cover. Background stuff like mountains or trees can be chopped off, but not animals or people. Also, we tend to look where others are looking, so don't have anyone, or any animals, looking off to the side. Everyone should look toward the center, or out at the reader.  This is true for pictures within the book, as well.


I think that's all the tips I have. At least at present.  Hope this helps others.
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Cover Advice and Help / Re: Only Three
« Last post by The Fantastical on Sunday 07, 2018, 03: pm »
I recall the blog I read did set a limit for the number of fonts. It might have been two. I hadn't broken that rule, so I didn't commit it to memory. If I find it again, should I post a link to it? I found it helpful, so others might as well.

That would be lovely if you have the time and the will to hunt down the old post :)
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Crime and Mystery / Re: old series for kids or young adults
« Last post by Althulas on Sunday 07, 2018, 03: pm »
Sounds like a series that I would have enjoyed reading - I have read a lot of that kind of themed mysteries and I have always loved them - the chase - the who-is-it - the reveal!

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Author Specific Discussions / Re: John le Carré
« Last post by Althulas on Sunday 07, 2018, 03: pm »
I am sure that you will! They are great reads :)
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Cover Advice and Help / Re: Only Three
« Last post by JR on Saturday 06, 2018, 08: am »
I recall the blog I read did set a limit for the number of fonts. It might have been two. I hadn't broken that rule, so I didn't commit it to memory. If I find it again, should I post a link to it? I found it helpful, so others might as well.
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Crime and Mystery / old series for kids or young adults
« Last post by JR on Saturday 06, 2018, 08: am »
There was a series of books I read when growing up that I enjoyed. It was old then, and not exactly mainstream, so I'm not sure it's still available. I thought I would mention it anyway.

It was Alfred Hitchcock's Junior Detectives, or something like that. I think there was more than one author. It was three boys, one whose father owned a junkyard, one who was brilliant, and one who was athletic, I think. The junkyard had an old trailer home, tucked away in a far corner, that had been forgotten. The boys created a kind of maze, I think, to get to it. That was their clubhouse, and office when they formed a detective agency.

Given the Alfred Hitchcock brand, the cases were more suspense than crime. Ghosts, etc, frequently seemed to be the criminals, and the boys had to prove it was real people committing the crimes, plus identifying which people. There were some clues that were interesting.

I enjoyed that series after finishing the eight Agatha Christie mysteries our library had. There were more of these Alfred Hitchcock Junior Detective books.
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Author Specific Discussions / Re: John le Carré
« Last post by JR on Saturday 06, 2018, 07: am »
Thanks for the info!

This sounds like a series I would enjoy.
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Author Specific Discussions / Re: John le Carré
« Last post by Althulas on Wednesday 03, 2018, 08: pm »
I'm not familiar with his work. And right now I lack the money to be able to buy books. I will make a note to check him out the next time I'm at the library. Can you tell me more about him and his series?


Indeed I can! I have only read a few but I can tell you that they are spy novels  ;D ; Smiley however is not your run of the mill fictional spy - his is a psychological espionage where it is the most quick witted and far sited spy that wins the day.


John le Carre himself worked for both the Security Service and the Secret Intelligence Service until 1963 when his third novel The Spy Who Came in from the Coldbecame a best seller, at which point he left MI6 and became a full time author.


So there is a real feel of authentisity to the books and the poiltics surrounding the Intelligence Service that makes them really captivating to read.


Your library should have some if not most of his works - They were and are very popular.
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