Congratulations to Katie Jennings for Winning “Best Drama” and to A.D. Tropser for Winning “Best Fantasy” in the 2012 Turning Pages Book Awards

This has certainly been an exciting week. The Turning Pages Book Awards were just announced. We are super excited to announce that not one, but two of the winning books were designed by Blue Harvest Creative. We’d like to extend our congratulations to all the authors that won this exciting award.

We would also like to send an extra special congratulations to:

Katie Jennings for winning the 2012 best drama book category for her fantastic novel When Empires Fall. Be sure to look for her upcoming sequel Rise of the Notorious due out in 2013.

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A.D. Trosper for winning the 2012 best fantasy book category for her amazing novel Embers at Galdrilene. Be sure to look for book two in this trilogy, Tears of War, due out in 2013.

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We are truly honored to be the official book designer for each of you. Awesome job, ladies!

The Making Of A Modern Day Fairytale Book—The Dryad Quartet Special Edition—And A Special Offer

In our last blog, we talked about the redesign of the Dryad Quartet series. As promised, here is our blog about designing The Dryad Quartet Special Edition print and eBook.

The Dryad Quartet Special Edition was one of the most design-intensive books we have had the pleasure to create. It was both a challenge and a joy to design. When we began the project, we had to ask ourselves several questions. What could we do to truly make this a special edition? We had just finished redesigning the Dryad Quartet series by bestselling author Katie Jennings, and we had incorporated elaborate designs in each book.  How else could we introduce people to this fabulous fantasy series? And how could we do it in a totally different way that no one else had done, while also creating a new design completely different from the series?

To answer these questions, we had to first look at the series as a whole. Each book of the Dryad Quartet is exactly 292 pages except for Breath of Air, which was 288 pages. In total, that is 1,164 pages of pure, delicious Dryad reading. However, combining all four of these books together would result in approximately a 1,200 page book if we used the same print size of 5.5 x 8.5 that was used in the series. And that just isn’t possible in the printing world.

Plus, we were adding in new extras that would make the page count even higher, so we had to figure out how to bring the page count down to a manageable level, incorporate new material, and to create a truly special edition design for the book.

And then inspiration struck…why not create an oversized-edition book of 8.5 x 11? This size worked perfectly with our idea to create an old-world, fairytale design from the 1800s.

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The Breathtaking Dryad Quartet Special Edition Cover

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The Matching Interior Title Page

We decided to use a two-column format to make reading easier and to provide a true, old-fashioned  reading experience.  This is a page from Breath of Air. Notice that we incorporated the same paragraph separator elemental-designs that we used in the individual books in the series. This worked wonderfully with the compilation design, while still involving just a hint of each book in the new series design.

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Two-Column Format For Breath Of Air

We have a vast font library (over 5,000 and growing!) but we needed fonts to complement the style of the fairytale books from long ago. We searched for fonts from the 1800s and chose a storybook-styled block font to make the beautiful and elaborate drop caps. The gorgeous floral imagery inside each block also matched the floral design we did for each individual book’s title page.

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“Dryad” Spelled Out In The Lovely Storybook Drop Cap Font

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The First Page Of Breath Of Air With All The Design Elements

Next we chose the interior fonts. Again, we wanted fonts from the 1800s and we managed to find one that hadn’t been used in over 100 years and had just recently been reintroduced. For the headers we used a beautiful script font to add an elegant feel.

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Another Interior Page Design From Firefight In Darkness 

Finally, we needed to add in all the special features. These included eight beautiful illustrations by Artist Alli Kappen, who created two illustrations for each book. She did an outstanding job in her creation of these and they truly complemented the stories and design.

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An Illustration From A Life Earthbound By Artist Alli Kappen

Add in a special Q&A session with Katie Jennings as well as a never before released Dryad Quartet short story, and our special edition print book was complete!

Designing the eBook for the Dryad Quartet was extremely challenging…and exciting! We were able to achieve a rate of 95% in matching the contents of the print book to the eBook due to some of the current restrictions on the eReader technology. Readers are able to really enjoy the “feel” of the print book electronically.

If you would like to experience the Dryad Quartet in both print and eVersion, take advantage of this special promotion from Tuesday, January 22 through Thursday, January  24.

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We hope you enjoy these books as much as we did creating them. They are truly something to behold and take you back in time…to the once upon a time…of days long ago…when fairytales were always read. Immerse yourself in the beautiful design and the fabulous fantasy that is the Dryad Quartet Special Edition.

Be sure to also visit Katie Jennings’ BLOG about the new Dryad Quartet Special Edition and promotion as well as her WEBSITE.

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If you would like us to create something spectacular for you, please contact us. Our rates are truly affordable and we have the experience of  working with not only writers but indie writers. Put our book design, graphic design, website design and editing services to work for you. Our expansive knowledge of the publishing and printing industries will help guide you through all the questions of self-publishing and we are always available to answer questions. We also can assist you with uploading your books. Plus, we design and provide marketing materials from bookmarks and posters to promotional products.

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The Dryad Quartet: Creating A Fresh Look For A Contemporary Fantasy Series

When Katie Jennings approached us about redesigning her bestselling series, The Dryad Quartet, we were beyond thrilled!

The Dryad Quartet is a contemporary fantasy series revolving around the fictional land of Euphora, where beings inspired by Greek mythology exist to preserve the balance of nature and human life, and to protect the living from the evil residing in the Underworld. Take a journey into a world where Mother Earth and Father Sky exist, secretly hidden from human awareness, and yet crucial to the creation and stability of our world. They are joined by those who control the elements, the Dryads, as well as the Fates, Muses, and Furies, all of whom play an integral role in preserving Earth and guarding those who inhabit it. 

We wanted to create something spectacular with the design of each book in the series. A design that would complement the beautifully written words of each story. We wanted to  fully immerse the reader into the book and mesh the words with the design to let the reader not only experience the joy of reading, but to also stimulate the senses with stunning graphics and typography for a complete reading  experience. We wanted to create a complete work of art.

Katie Jennings creates all of her beautiful covers. She asked us to collaborate with her on the cover redesigns. We helped refine a few areas and with our suggestions, she created even more visually-stunning creations. And, most importantly, we helped her establish an author brand with front and back covers designed for marketability. Her new back covers also contain her publishing imprint, Sapphire Royale Publishing. The new designs for both front and back are styled to match the series

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New Dryad Front Covers

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New Dryad Back Covers

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The next task was to create visually stunning and exciting interiors for each book. The Dryad Quartet consists of books that each use a different element in each story. We decided to use these elements to create the design and graphics for each book since they are such an integral part of the series.  A border strip was designed to incorporate the elemental feel of “movement” as well as to harmonize with each element.

The elements used in each book are:

 Air – Breath Of Air

Fire – Firefight In Darkness

Earth- A Life Earthbound

Water – Of Water And Madness

We created vector images to represent each element for each book. They were used for both the chapter heading as well as the paragraph separators. From left to right they are: air, fire, earth and water.

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From left to right is the prologue page for each book:  Breath Of Air, Firefight In Darkness, A Life Earthbound and Of Water And Madness. 

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Each book interior was created using a combination of the fonts used on each front cover for headers as well as the chapter title. Instead of using a drop cap to begin each chapter, we took the first three words of each line and used a corresponding font from each front cover. Finally, we used Adobe Caslon Pro as the main interior font for each book in the series. We chose this because it is a softer font and also complemented all of the other design elements. As you can see, the beautiful graphics and design elements all complement each other yet each book has its own identity in the series.

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We also redesigned the eBooks and created eBooks that incorporated all of the same design elements as the print book so that readers would have the same reading enjoyment and experience.

And there you have it! The completely redesigned Dryad Quartet series. Immerse yourself in the fantasy…of words…and of design.

Katie Jennings is the bestselling author of the Dryad Quartet series and The Vasser Legacy series.

For more information on the author and her books, please visit:  Katie Jennings

You can also visit her website:  Katie Jennings Website

NEW! The Dryad Quartet Special Edition! Four Books In One PLUS Illustrations And A Special Short Story!

We are so excited to share this new compilation book by Katie Jennings! It is one of the most design-intensive fiction and eBooks we have had the pleasure to create! Read on to learn about this amazing book and series. We’ll have an exclusive blog post dedicated to highlight all the exciting features and components that went into the making of this stunning story later in the week.

A note from Katie Jennings…

In mid-2010, an idea formed in my mind that I could not ignore. It was an idea that consumed my every waking thought for the next two years, and I carved and molded and shaped this concept into what is now The Dryad Quartet. As with every author, I put my heart and soul into these four books, crafting them into what equates to my first baby. The characters live and breathe within my heart, and I feel as though they are lifelong friends I was destined to create. The battles they faced and the love they forged with each other is a story that has changed my life, in more ways than one.

Not only has it given me a notable accomplishment to be proud of, it has also given me the opportunity to meet some amazing people all across the world. Readers, authors, designers, bloggers, reviewers…all of you have made this journey of mine these last several months a special one, and I cannot thank you enough for the support you have given me. You gave me inspiration when I was tired, encouragement when I was broken, hope when I was lost, and most importantly, you’ve given me your friendship when I needed it the most.

So I dedicate this compilation of The Dryad Quartet to all of you, in the hopes that your lives are blessed with success, love, and eternal happiness. And to my first readers, those who took a chance on an unknown author with a wild imagination, I hope you enjoy all of the fantastic extras in this book. Every facet was created with you in mind.

As always, I believe in happy endings.

Fairytale wishes,

Katie Jennings

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HERE IT IS…

The special edition compilation of the bestselling fantasy series

THE DRYAD QUARTET!

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Click HERE to purchase from Amazon US

Click HERE to purchase from Amazon UK

The Dryad Quartet Compilation Special Edition Features:

  • All four books of The Dryad Quartet in one!
  • A brand new Epilogue scene (here’s a hint, it’s Christmastime on Euphora!)
  • Beautiful illustrations depicting memorable scenes from each book (drawn by artist Alli Kappen)
  • Exclusive, fairytale-themed formatting and design by Blue Harvest Creative

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What is The Dryad Quartet?

 The Dryad Quartet is a contemporary fantasy series revolving around the fictional land of Euphora, where beings inspired by Greek mythology exist to preserve the balance of nature and human life, and to protect the living from the evil residing in the Underworld.  Take a journey into a world where Mother Earth and Father Sky exist, secretly hidden from human awareness, and yet crucial to the creation and stability of our world.  They are joined by those who control the elements, the Dryads, as well as the Fates, Muses, and Furies, all of whom play an integral role in preserving Earth and guarding those who inhabit it.

Learn more at www.katieajennings.com

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About the Author:

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Nothing can compare to the exhilaration of discovering, at last, a mode of release for the imagination. Mine came, after years of struggling to visualize my creativity, in the form of written word. I found myself with my nose constantly in a book, absorbing the life of the characters and the beauty of the setting. It was intoxicating, to say the least, and the only thing I knew was that I wanted to give writing a shot, and take the thousands of characters and storylines in my head and put them down on paper, and form them into something real and compelling.

In truth, I’m just a girl from a small town north of Los Angeles, with an imagination for days and thank goodness a keyboard at my fingertips. And even though my husband thinks I’m a nerd and my mom is undoubtedly my biggest fan, at the end of the day I’m loving life and enjoying giving breath to the characters living in my heart, and sharing with others all the creativity I can harness.

I believe in true love, and I’ve always believed in happy endings. And that is just the beginning of the story.

Connect:

www.katieajennings.com

www.facebook.com/authorkatiejennings

www.facebook.com/dryadquartet

www.twitter.com/dryadquartet

www.katieajennings.wordpress.com

katiejwrites@gmail.com