Only three weeks to finalise the cover art

Half of the proof-reading is done! Within two weeks I’ll have the remainder back and will need to send the whole thing off for typesetting shortly afterwards. The end is in sight.

I’ve been trying to work on some new ideas for the cover. I can’t make my mind up whether to follow the mainstream historical fiction covers and incorporate some figures. It would make things more interesting, but the problem is that good artwork costs money…and I’m on a budget. I’ve had a go at drawing some warriors. Perhaps they’ll look OK if they’re small enough and blended in to a larger backdrop.

Aztec Warriors

Image of Aztec warriors for use in New Fire cover?

You know what it’s like when you’ve been working on something so long that it just leaves you cold?

Two new items to look at

Firstly, a PDF of the first scene of chapter one. Thanks to Helena and Mike for requesting a more reader-friendly format. Good idea! New Fire – Scene 1

Secondly, a new attempt to capture the concept of ths stone calendar as a cogwheel.

Interlocking stone cogwheels with calendar pictograms

Interlocking stone cogwheels with calendar pictograms

I spoke to Richard today and he’s adamant that the banner image at the top of this blog needs to be straightened. Anyone care to vote for or against?