The first time I've seen the result of the contest was this afternoon and now, it's already almost midnight here but I still can't believe this is real. It feels so surreal! I never really thought that such thing really is possible!
This was the first time I joined a contest with my work. Well it wasn't really me who joined the contest. Someone else entered a contest for me. Since this was the first contest I joined, I wasn't really expecting anything at all. It's always worth a try but for me, I don't really want to get my hopes too high. That's me and I won't probably change. I'm stubborn that way lol I just do my best in whatever I do and see how it goes. So this is really very shocking for me. This is true right? I'm not actually blogging in my dream? lol
I've been a cover artist since July 2013. That time, I was just a part-time cover artist and a full-time content writer for a company based in US. After finding the fun, love and satisfaction I get in making book covers, I finally decided to be a full-time cover artist and it was probably one of the best decisions I ever made in my life! It really is true that things happen for a reason.
You may lose something important to you now but that's only because you don't deserve it. God knows you deserve better. Never settle for anything less.
After experiencing it myself, I finally understood what they meant. It's tiring to hear the same things over and over again but honestly, it's the truth.
Due to some circumstances, I was pushed to leave my past work and I thought it was a wrong decision but it's not. God had a purpose and this is it! If it weren't for that situation, I wouldn't really be where I am now. I wouldn't see myself smiling while working.
There's stress, of course. Stress is part of life but as long as you enjoy what you're doing, stress wouldn't be a big deal at all. But if you're doing something you don't enjoy and not passionate about, when stressful time comes, there's nothing else to keep you going. No fun, no passion so what will keep you going? Nothing.
I'm happy and thankful to where I am now. It's all thanks to God for making all these possible and also to a very few close friends who had always been behind me to push me to my limits and encourage me that I can do it.
The book cover of "Nick and Lilac" By Marian Tee, is one of the first few book covers that I made and I really happy that it was given the chance to be part of a contest. Now that it even got 3rd place on 2013 JABBIC's Reader's Choice for sexiest cover category, I'm even more thankful and happy. It really is a huge pleasure to be in a contest with some of the top and talented cover artists that I know. I really respect them a lot.
People think being a cover artist is a very easy task. Truth is, it's not as easy you think it is. At first, I also thought it was but the longer time I spend being a cover artist, I realized, there's more to it. It's never really only about editing photos. It takes a lot of understanding and also research to get the right combination for that book cover.
Every book has its own story, its own characters, its own setting and most of all, its own unique author. If you aren't patient enough to understand all this, you'll never get the book cover that would represent the book. Writing a manuscript is hard. Every author spends a lot of time on it and as a cover artists, it's a big challenge for me to come up with a beautiful and professional looking book cover that would represent how great the story is.
I'm really happy for Marian and "Nick and Lilac" to be part of this. And of course, a big big big thanks to all those who took some of their time to vote. This really means a lot to me and Marian! Thanks guys!
Nick and Lilac's story is just amazing! I know because I've read it myself and I really love it! You should read it too! You can get your own eBook or Paperback copy of Nick and Lilac on Amazon but before you do that, why don't you read the blurb of this amazing book?
I don't like men, don't like to talk, don't like to exist outside my books...and yet when Nick Christakos asked me to be his friend, I find myself saying yes, no matter what "friend" could mean to a Greek god like Nick.
Every girl in uni wants Nick because he's a gorgeous billionaire. They don't care that he's arrogant as hell and bed-hops like there's no tomorrow. But I do care. I should know better...and yet when he tells me he loves me, I find myself surrendering, no matter if my heart screams danger, telling me that this dark, dangerous, beautiful man can't ever be mine.
Nick knows me - the real me, the one who's afraid to stutter, the one who used to do the most sordid and humiliating things just to make a man love me. And I know him, the real Nick, the one who still hurts, the one who still thinks he's ugly and weak where it counts. We may be broken inside, but when we're together my fantasies become reality and his fears fade like a distant memory.
But then she comes along. Karla - his first love. When I look into Nick's eyes, I know. I may be the girl who's brought him back to life, but I'm not the girl who makes his heart beat.
Yeah I know you're damn curious already! Go get your copy now! It's SUPER worth it!