DragonFate Bookmarks and Dragonfire Tattoos

The new bookmarks for DragonFate have arrived!

Bookmarks for the DragonFate series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

Aren’t they pretty?

If you’d like a few bookmarks, just let me know. I also have Dragonfire bookmarks, and Dragonfire temporary tattoos, so be sure to mention everything you’d like.

The tattoos have this image:

Temporary tattoo design for the Dragonfire Novels series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

You can reply to this post and I’ll email you for your mailing details, or you can email me directly at deborah@deborahcooke.com

Dragonfire T-Shirt Giveaway

Dragonfire t-shirts for the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

I’m giving away eight Dragonfire t-shirts on the Dragonfire blog! The giveaway is open now, and will end on the 14th.

These are fitted t-shirts for women, and all cotton, with the Dragonfire logo on one side.

Do you want a Dragonfire t-shirt? Here’s your chance to win one!

 

Dragonfire t-shirts, for the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeAll you have to do for your chance to win is comment on the post for the size of t-shirt you’d prefer to win and tell me which of the Pyr is your favorite dragon shifter and why. Good luck!

Here’s the Large

Here’s the X-Large

Here’s the 2XL

Here’s the 3XL

If you haven’t commented on the Dragonfire blog before, your comment will go to moderation so you won’t see it right away. I’ll approve them as quickly as I can. 🙂

The rest of the t-shirts have gone to Romancing the Capital for their goody bags.

Good luck!

Flatiron Five Bookmarks Have Arrived!

The new bookmarks for Flatiron Five have arrived. They have the covers for Secret Heart Ink on the back.

I really like these. 🙂

bookmarks for the Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

If you requested some earlier and have replied to my email for your address, your bookmarks will go into the mail next week. (We have LOTS of bookmark requests to fulfill!)

If you’d like some bookmarks and haven’t asked for them yet, please comment on this post.

Dragonfire T-Shirts

To celebrate the republication of Dragonfire in new editions, I decided to have some t-shirts printed. I chose a shaped black t-shirt. I was a bit worried about the orange printing well on the black, but they came today and I think they’re awesome!

My Nelly agreed to model for us:

Dragonfire t-shirts for the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

She’s wearing a black skirt but you can see where the t-shirt ends. The color on this shot is more true than on the ones below, which were taken outside.

Here’s what the logo looks like: Dragonfire t-shirts, for the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

I’m really pleased with them!

The vast majority of these shirts are going to Romancing the Capital for their swag bags. I’ll be giving away the rest of the t-shirts on my Dragonfire blog and in my Dragons & Angels newsletter in June, so keep your eyes open!

New Flatiron Five Bookmarks

I’m getting my swag organized this month! There are new bookmarks for Flatiron Five in the works. These ones have the Secret Heart Ink covers on the back. Here’s a screenshot:

Flatiron Five bookmark, showing the series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

Ooops. Did I just show you the third Secret Heart Ink cover? 🙂 We haven’t done Theo’s cover yet, even though his book is coming in January.

As ever, if you’d like some of these bookmarks, just comment on the post and let me know. You don’t have to include your mailing information – I’ll email you to get it privately. I’ll send the bookmarks out when they come from the printer, probably in two weeks or so.

New Dragonfire Bookmarks

Here’s a day I’ve been waiting for! Since all the covers are updated, I’ve ordered new Dragonfire bookmarks. Here’s a screenshot of what they look like – they’ll be 2″ by 8″ and the finished bookmarks will have rounded corners. The screenshot will probably show better color than any photograph I take of the actual bookmarks. 🙂

Bookmark design for the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeI should have these in a couple of weeks. If you’d like a couple, please comment on this post. You don’t have to include your email or mailing addy in your comment – I’ll contact you to ask for it, so it isn’t sitting on the internet for anyone to slurp.

What do you think?

How Charming

You probably remember my tutorial on making mini-books as charms for Romancing the Capital. At RTC, there’s a treasure hunt in which readers try to find participating authors to get a charm. (They’re given empty bracelets at registration).

Book Charms made by Deborah Cooke

I really enjoyed making these charms and got excited about getting most of my book covers on charms. There are some left from the conference and I remember that some of you were interested in them. I’ve listed them for sale in the store, and put a small charge on them ($5 plus free postage), not because I hope to make money on them (I won’t) but to put a dint in the cost of postage and that of my assistant filling out customs forms for each package.

Finished Book Charms by Deborah Cooke

They’re in two categories because there are so many variations. There’s a new category in the store called The Hoard – you’ll find the Claire Delacroix book charms here, and the Deborah Cooke ones here.

Finished Book Charm by Deborah Cooke

Packing for RTC2017

I’ve just about finished packing books and swag for Romancing the Capital this week in Ottawa. This is a fabulous conference and I love attending it. Eve Langlais does a terrific job of organizing everything, and I suspect everyone has as wonderful a time as I do.

This year, Eve is once again giving charm bracelets to registrants, so they can collect charms during the conference. I made my book charms for this, and got a little bit carried away. (All those book covers…I had to try them all!) Here’s my box of charms for that giveaway – and the book charms aren’t even all in the box yet! It’s going to be full to bursting!

Deborah Cooke's box of book charms for Romancing the Capital 2017

I also harvested some of the charms to make clips with entire series of books on them. These will be prizes in my Knights vs. Dragons session:

Prometheus Project key fob made by Deborah Cooke

Dragons of Incendium series key fob made by Deborah Cooke

We do puzzles in that session and complete for prizes—I have puzzles made of my book covers. This year, the puzzles are Fallen, The Beauty Bride, the new cover for The Princess and Wyvern’s Outlaw, which is a cover reveal.

I made some dragon clips as doorprizes for the panel discussion about dragon shifter romance:

Shiny Dragon Clips made by Deborah Cooke

And there is swag for the registration bags. This year, I did coloring packs. Here are three of them taken apart so you can see what’s inside. There are three postcards in each bag—one for Fallen, one for The Beauty Bride and one for Wyvern’s Mate—with the cover on the front in full color and a line drawing on the back to colour, then the package of pencil crayons with a sharpener in the lid. Each set is packed up in a yellow organza gift bag. They’re cropped in this picture, because the postcards have codes on them for attendees to download these three books for free. I did the line drawings myself. 🙂

Coloring Swag for RTC2017 from Deborah CookeIn addition to all of this, there are two kinds of dragon necklaces, and temporary dragon tattoos. Here’s one kind of necklace – these have semi-precious stones in the dragons’ talons. This year, they have black cords but my office dragon still likes them:
New dragon swag from Deborah CookeThere are tote bags for Knights & Dragons and there are bookmarks. Finally, there are books. Lots of books, many of which were pre-ordered.

Promotional Tote Bag from Claire Delacroix and Deborah CookeThis is one conference I’m glad that I drive to, because I can pack everything in the truck. This year, though, there won’t be much space left for passengers!

I’m teaching a workshop on Thursday at 1 PM on publishing, then participating in a lot of panel discussions. It’s going to be busy and fun. I’m looking forward to seeing all of you who are planning to attend! Remember that Saturday’s booksigning at Romancing the Capital is open to the public.

RTC 2017 Booksigning

More Fun with Book Charms

I posted a while ago about the book charms that I’m making for Romancing the Capital in August. They’re so cute that once I had a bunch of them, I made some door prizes for my events.

One of the things I’ve done with them is make key fobs for entire book series. Here’s the Dragons of Incendium one, beside a mini-book of Wyvern’s Mate.

Dragons of Incendium series key fob made by Deborah Cooke

Here’s another one, for the Prometheus Project series of urban fantasy romances with fallen angel heroes. (I was pretty excited to find the feather charms!)

Prometheus Project key fob made by Deborah Cooke

Finally, since I have dragon charms, I had to make some earrings.

dragpn earrings made by Deborah Cooke

What do you think?

Making Book Charms

Book Charms made by Deborah CookeBook charms are adorable and readers love them. I’ve bought them in the past from Etsy vendors, but when I realized I needed at least 100 of them for Romancing the Capital in August 2017, I decided to try making my own.

A big part of this decision was that I found little blank books in the dollhouse section at the craft store. They have paper pages and little covers, which are so much more realistic than book charms made of clay. Small BooksSince these look like little hardcover books, I decided to make slipcovers for them (instead of just gluing my front cover on the book). This is, of course, the Hard Way, but I think the result is worth the trouble.

The tricky bit is getting the proportions right on the printed slip cover. I measured around the book and created a template (using the free online graphics software Canva). I started with the POD cover of one of my books since that image is a full wrap. (That means it includes the spine and back cover.) Remember that you need to have the right to work with the copyrighted cover image. If you’re indie-published and paid for the cover, you’ll likely have that right. If your book was published by another publisher, you might not. Be sure to check.

My POD covers are PDF’s, but Canva doesn’t work with uploaded PDF images. (Your application might.) So, I opened the PDF on the largest computer screen in the house and took a screen shot of it—which gave me a JPG to upload. The proportions are different between the actual book and the book charm: the spine is thicker on the mini-book. I tried a number of solutions, but the best one turned out to be this: I cropped the front cover and positioned it, then did the same for the back cover. I cropped only the title from the spine—it’s usually a third or half the height of the spine—then made it large enough to fill the height. This also made it much wider and helped with that blank space. This also made it much wider and helped with that blank space. The resolution diminished, but these will be tiny when they’re printed.

The Crusader's Bride by Claire Delacroix minibook slipcoverWith some covers, I was able to size the front and back larger than the trim size without losing any type. This made the recognizable cover image larger. When possible, I also chose a colour for the background on the template that would blend into the actual book cover image.

Also, because I made a slipcover, I had endpapers, which meant locations for more information. This was part of my diabolical plan. On book charm covers, the type is really small and often illegible. Plus I like having my website url on everything I use for promotion. I put my website url on one endpaper and the book title on the other. Above and below are screenshots of the finished slipcovers for two of my books.

Wyvern's Mate by Deborah Cooke MiniBook Slipcover

You can see that the spine for Wyvern’s Mate is much wider than that of The Crusader’s Bride. It’s actually a bit too wide and laps onto the front and back of the book charm. These print books are a different trim size with a more vertical orientation—you can also see that the front and back covers are more narrow than those of TCB—so compromises are necessary.

These images are JPGs because they’re screenshots, but you want to save or download these little covers in the format PDF for print. You can see that there’s a band of the background colour at the right and left. These images are over 700% of actual size, so a lot of that type isn’t going to be legible on the book charms.

Printed Sheet of Book Charm Covers by Deborah CookeOnce the slipcover images were downloaded, I used a Word document and Inserted Picture from File so that the covers were three across. I got eight rows on the page. If you’re like me and use cheap paper in your printer on a daily basis, you might want to invest in a smoother and whiter grade of paper stock. You will use up printer toner with this project if you’re making any quantity of charms, so get a toner refill while you’re at the office supply store.

Above is a sheet of covers. You can see that it’s two sets of twelve: I set up the top twelve, then selected all, copied and pasted to fill the page. There’s a space between each cover horizontally and a return between each row vertically.

To ensure that the image didn’t rub off or get scuffed up on the finished book charm, I wanted to seal it before attaching it to the book charm. I was looking for a full adhesive sheet to laminate one side and am glad I didn’t find it—it’s really, really difficult to put down a large sticky sheet of laminating material without getting a fold or a bubble. I used clear Avery Labels (intended to be used for shipping labels – Avery 7664) as my laminate. There are six labels on a page and a label will cover six book covers, but I found that working smaller was easier. I cut each label in half, which is enough for three book covers, touched down one edge then smoothed it across the covers. Fast. Practice makes perfect! I used a burnisher to make sure it was smoothly applied.

Book Charm covers by Deborah CookeNext, cut the book covers apart. If they’re lined up perfectly, this is pretty easy to do with a cutting mat, straight edge, and an X-acto knife. Once mine were cut, I folded down the front end paper, then wrapped one cover around one book before folding down the back end paper. (The books do vary a little bit in size, so you need to match cover to book, one at a time.) Once everything looks good, glue the endpapers to the inside book cover. They’re the same kind of paper, so it should make the best seal and I like that the slipcover lifts off the outside of the book a bit, like a real slipcover. I used a small gluestick, which minimized the chance of my getting glue in the wrong place. Put a weight on the book or clamp it until it dries.

Finished Book Charm by Deborah CookeMr. Math has a Dremel drill press, so he drilled little holes in my little books once they were dry. I put a jump ring on each one, then since these are charms for a bracelet, I added a clasp before closing the jump ring. This makes it easier for readers to add the charm to their bracelet at the event. The finished books each get their own bag. (The dollar store will be your friend with this project.)

Finished Book Charms by Deborah CookeWhen I posted on Facebook that I was making book charms, readers became quite excited. When I showed the finished charms, some people wanted to buy them—which is a mark of very good swag! I’m going to add a page for with charms to my online store. Stay tuned!