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To spank or not to spank…

Posted in Art, book covers, illustration, News, Writing on August 25, 2011 by Richard Savage

….that is the question! 

It is funny the conversations you can have when you are not expecting them.  A day or so ago the Black Velvet Seductions CEO, Laurie Sanders, were talking on the subject of book covers.  One of her new writers, Nadia Nautalia, is in the process of writing a series of romantic erotic short stories, on the subject of domestic discipline with a western theme.  We talked generally about the subject, apparently cowboys are hot but so are a lot of other types…policemen…business men…  the cover we discussed will be a generic cover for the whole series and I will share it with you as soon as it is drawn 

The conversation progressed and Laurie told me she is looking for high quality domestic discipline, short stories with a STRONG ROMANTIC FOCUS.  I emphasise romance as she publishes erotic romance.  The word count should be 3,500 words and above.  Think in terms of your hero being a powerful man, cowboys, policemen, business men, who spank their wives or girlfriends. Spankings should in the end benefit the relationship in some way.

I mention this as I know there are romance writers that follow me here and it would be a great opportunity for you if you are wanting to get your work out there. If you have a domestic discipline story in you, contact Laurie.

Highs and Lows

Posted in book covers, illustration on May 9, 2011 by Richard Savage

Without question a high spot as an illustrator is getting another cover out there. 


My 50th book cover

 This is my 50th book cover and I am thrilled.  🙂  It is for Black Velvet Seductions.  I really enjoy my illustration work; there is an excitement to the tight deadlines but it has its challenges and frustrations too.  This cover came on the back of two other cover projects, one of which got shelved.

Original version of Their Lady Gloriana cover

Above is first version of the cover for Starla’s book.  It hit what was asked for in the design spec but ultimately it was not the cover they wanted.  As a cover I liked it and I hope we will be able to use it for another book at some point.  The other cover project that won’t see the light of day? I liked it  but the publisher certainly didn’t!  I won’t offer you a look at it as it’s not really fair to flag up the other publisher.  Just a shame. 
Well that is what it is to be a freelance illustrator  some days you get the bear, some days the bear gets you…