Hey everyone! Yes, yes. I know. This is a long overdue post. I'm so sorry! I'm going to say I've been busy but then I think all of you know that already. Besides being busy, I blame the headaches. If we're connected on Facebook or you're following me, you'll know this.
Well truth is, with how things went with JABBIC 2017, I'm lost for words to describe how I felt when they announced the winners. Happy is an understatement. Honoured - it's probably the best description.
For the past 4 years, I've been part of JABBIC along with some of the most talented authors I had the pleasure of working with. To name them, they're are R.E. butler, Marian Tee, and Victoria Ashley. Every year, we're so blessed to always have a cover win something and this year, it's probably the most special of all. This year, we have 3 covers that won their categories.
To Houston Bay Area RWA, thank you for this yearly event/contest wherein book covers - written by different authors, designed by different artists all around the world - are gathered in one place.
To the readers, thank you. I don't know what we'll do without you. Thank you for helping us vote for your favorite author and their books. Know that we appreciate every single vote you made. We won't be here if it weren't for your love and support. Again, thank YOU!
To the authors, I can't think of words to express how grateful I am to each one of you. Whether you're still working with me or not, thank you. Thank you for giving me the chance, for trusting me with your book, for recommending me to your friends, and most especially, for the friendship. Know that I always appreciate you. I won't be doing this for so long if it weren't for you so thank YOU!
To the photographers and models, I may not always be in direct contact with you but believe me when I tell you that I'm grateful for getting the chance to work with you and your art. Whenever I work on your photos, I always pressure myself to do my best to give justice to how gorgeous your works are. They're such work of art and I wouldn't want to do something that would ruin it. Know that, I appreciate it whenever you share your thoughts(about the cover) with me. You have no idea how much it means to me.
To everyone else, thank you. Thank you for helping us vote every year. Thank you for being around to support us and our art. We truly appreciate it!
'Til the next JABBIC!
I still can't believe that someone emailed me asking if it was possible for me to make the cover art of his upcoming single. The feeling is so surreal for me, you know. I always thought it wasn't possible. After all, my main focus was really in the book world but that doesn't mean I'm limited to that. There's just so many people I want to work with around the world, whether they're from the book world or not.
To be honest, I always wanted to work with artists - singers, rappers, producers, you know it - in the music field too. Being someone who can't survive without music - believe me, I can't work without music - it's my way of thanking them for making this world a better place with their art. It would be such a lonely world without music, don't you think so too? I know I still have a long way to go but it's a start and I couldn't thank Robino for giving me this chance!
I can't remember for how long I've been waiting to get the chance to finally design an OFFICIAL cover art for someone's album but here it is! Be sure to support artists and their art by purchasing a legit copy of their works.
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Fast forward to now - year 2017 - here we are once again. This time, it's not only for one category but two! If you're a friend of mine or follows me in any of my social media accounts, I'm sure that you've seen me post about this at least once. Maybe some people were getting tired of seeing those posts of mine but I'm not doing this just for myself.
The reason why I'm posting about this is because I want other people to discover all these books that were written by my clients - who are also such great friends of mine. I know that their books deserve to be read by a lot of people around the world. I'm not saying this just because they're my friends or clients. I'm saying this because I've read their books and personally, I do love them and I'm hoping you'll love them too. If you didn't, then that's fine. We all have our own preference and I respect that. The only thing I wanted was to reach people who haven't read these that liked the same type of books because I'm sure that they'll enjoy it as much as I did.
If you've seen my previous post about JABBIC 2016, you'll see that we entered 4 different books for 4 different categories. When the voting for the Reader's Choice started, I saw all the entries for the categories that we're part of. and to be honest, part of me thought that we won't make it. There were so many great covers out there and being in the same contest with the artists who created them - it's already an honor for me. Never in my entire life have I imagined to be doing what I'm doing now so how much more being in a contest with all these talented artists around the world?
"5 years ago, 10 years ago, none of these ever crossed my mind and I'm grateful to be here."