#1000STARS + #OwnVoices

I grew up a child of Romanian immigrants, the first of my family born in the US. Having left Romania during the height of communism’s asphyxiating grip, the filter of which they viewed their country was left with a film of grime, heartache and never-ending poverty. They moved to America to escape, finding amnesty and opportunity. Romania sunk into the past, a memory tarnished by Nicolae Ceausescu and his regime....

Some New Things…

Since the blog has been experiencing some radio silence lately, I figured I might update you with what’s going on in Ashley land, and what to expect in the future (read: it’s a lot). Cover Art Tutorial After all the interest I received from my previous cover art tutorial for REUTS Publications, I’m excited to revive it and offer a new cover art tutorial based on a dear friend’s manuscript....

An Argument Against Designing for Thumbnail

I’ve worked with many publishers and independent authors on their book covers, and there’s a common request made amongst them: to make sure the title is legible in thumbnail view. I push back at the start, but if the client is adamant I’ll concede and create what they’re looking for. But, whole-heartedly, I stand by my belief: You shouldn’t design your cover for thumbnail view. That’s not to say it isn’t...

A Pantser Finds An Outline.

There’s no denying it—I’m a pantser. Always have been. Always will be. Wait a minute. I might not be a pantser after all! For years, the traditional method of outlining a plot, whether it be on a screen or by hand, always discouraged me away from my writing. Each plot bunny would have so much energy and enthusiasm at the start, only to wither away as each chapter outline made...