What Do You Think Your Characters Look Like?

I’m a very visual person, as you might be able to tell from my maps. I like to have pictures that I can look back at and be like, ‘oh yeah, that’s what it looks like.’ Unfortunately, I sorta suck at drawing, which is super lame because my mother and my sister draw like pros.

I have so many sketches of my characters. Just like the maps, they’ve gone through some changes over the years, but they’re just never it. Whatever it is. I feel like I’d just know it when I saw it. Or maybe not. Maybe I’ll just never be satisfied! *sniff*

Anyway, here’s how I wish my drawings would look:

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But here’s how they actually look:

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Not too bad, but not a Monet! Seriously, all I want is a good representation of who my characters are! Is that so much to ask???

When I picture Nyx and Jet, the two main characters of Return to Royalty, I can never complete a concrete picture. I always have feelings about who they are and what they look like; just general impressions. But every time I put pencil to paper, it’s not right.

For example:

Nyx is a 20-year-old college student. I know what I looked like in college. I always wore my hair up, always had on stretch pants or jeans, and never put on makeup. I like to think that Nyx would be a little classier than that, but we all know that college kids only roll out of bed when they have to be somewhere.

The only time Nyx would dress up would be for going out with her friends. And she’s a blonde-haired, green-eyed, Texas country girl, so she’d wear boots, jeans, and maybe a cowboy hat.

The first picture I found that I thought was close to what she looks like is this one:

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I obviously did not create this (as is demonstrated by the one I did make above). There’s something about this girl that isn’t right, but she’s close enough that I saved the picture. I think it might be the face…

Anyway, the point is that what I see in my head is never quite what I see on paper. And don’t even get me started on Jet!

This would probably be closest to Jet:

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But even still, this isn’t quite right! Something about the eyes and maybe the hair. And not really the right build. Why did I even bother to save this one??

Ugh! Maybe I just wish I was a better artist!

What do you guys picture your characters to look like?

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What are ISBNs?

This week I was originally going to talk about character sketches. I had some more crudely-drawn images for you guys! But I joined a few new writing groups on Facebook, and I’m so surprised by what most authors don’t know!

So this week we’re going to talk about ISBNs.

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ISBN and Barcode for Return to Royalty!

What is an ISBN?

ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number. It is the number on the top of the picture up there. One agency per country is designated to issue ISBNs. ISBNs can be found on any type of media world-wide and are unique identifiers for works. They can identify different editions, as well as different titles.

How do I get an ISBN?

The agency approved to issue ISBNs in the US is Bowker. You can visit their website at myidentifiers.com. DO NOT BUY ISBNs FROM ANYONE OTHER THAN THEM.

Why?

Every ISBN is registered to a person or company. If you are buying your ISBN from a third party (publisher, individual, etc.) that ISBN is associated with your book, but it DOES NOT belong to you. It belongs to the third party you purchased it from.

Why is this bad?

Inherently, it isn’t. If you’re looking to save money, buying an ISBN through a publisher is often an easy thing to do. They are often able to buy in bulk, so they can make ISBNs cheaper to you. BUT, if anything were to ever happen to the publisher, say they go out of business, you will lose your ISBN. ISBNs are crucial to you as an author. You cannot sell your book without one.

What should you do?

That is completely up to you! If you want to buy through a third party, you can. Just be sure to do your research about who you’re buying from. However, you should always try to obtain your own, if possible. This protects your work and your investment. You will never lose your ISBNs for your book, although you may pay more money. There is a form that must be filled out to register your ISBN. It can be a bit tricky, but don’t panic! A quick Google search will often resolve your questions.

And of course, never be afraid to reach out to other self-published authors for help, including me! I’m so happy to answer questions and to make sure that you are successful and not getting scammed! I know better than most how it feels to be a little fish swimming in a big confusing pond.

On another note:

Return to Royalty is finally here!

I thought it would take much longer, based on the estimates I was given for proofreading, but it is officially done! Just a few more things to take care of now, but it will be available to purchase on March 10!

I’m offering limited-edition autographed copies, so get yours today! Message me for more details or leave me a comment!