Published Books

The Other Boy

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The Other Boy is the first book I wrote and published. It’s a memoir that tells my story as a sensitive, intuitive father, battling through the tricky, and at times unnavigable, journey of childhood cancer as well as the resulting life which awaited my family on the other side.

Current Projects

The Mysterious Death of BigPapaJava

The Mysterious Death of BigPapaJava is a fiction novel I’m currently writing that tells the story of a young man who struggles through abandonment, loss, and his inner-self.


Spaghettification

Spaghettification is a science-fiction novel I’m currently writing that tells the tale of an adventurer who, while battling her past and future, is on a collision course with a highly controversial company seeking to expand space travel.

Book Cover Design

A professional book cover can have a significant impact on the allure of your book. It’s a major component of your literary work. But it’s not just about designing a captivating cover. There’s more to it. Understanding the technical aspects of cover templates, which are specific to each distributer, is a principal aspect of printing a book cover that translates from the screen to a polished product that you can hold in your hands.

My cover design service is a safe and affordable option for authors. I take a phased approach to designing a desirable cover for you. As an author, I’ve designed all of the covers for my published works as well as my WIPs. I’ve worked with image editing tools, like Adobe Photoshop, and vector graphics editors, like Adobe Illustrator, for over twenty years. As a long-time software developer, I’m also well-versed in anything technical, and feel I can produce creative solutions for any hurdle that presents itself.

My style is organically minimalistic, however I will venture into more elaborate designs if that’s what you’re looking for.

Phase 1 – Direction and Vision

In this phase, I’ll correspond with you through email or join you in a phone or video conversation in order to better understand your needs and desires for your book cover. I’ll work with you to create a visionary concept that we can turn into reality.

Phase 2 – Initial Design

After we have a path to travel down, I’ll design a high-fidelity, 72-PPI front and back cover, like the images below, which we can iterate upon until you are satisfied we’ve achieved a book cover that compliments your literary work at a level that meets your standards. If during this phase you feel like I can’t get your design where you want it, then you can opt out of our agreement.

Phase 3 – Template Conversion

If you are happy with the output of the Initial Design Phase, then we’ll agree on a payment method, and I’ll work with you to obtain templates from your distributors. Once we have the templates, I’ll create 300-PPI versions of your design atop each template. Once each design is complete, I’ll hand over the designs to you, so that you can upload your cover design to your distributors in a print-worthy format.

To summarize:

  • You won’t find a better quality-to-price ratio.
  • The per-cover price includes hardcover, paperback, and eBook.
  • I will iterate with you to achieve a design that you are happy with.
  • If you don’t like the initial design or direction, you can opt out of the agreement. We’ll only proceed to the Template Conversion Phase if you are happy with the design.
  • Book distributors use custom templates based on a combination of their printing methods, the length of your book, and the format of the book (hardcover or paperback). I’ll work with you to ensure we are using the correct template so that your book cover is beautifully polished.
  • I’ll retain the rights to display any version of your cover design in my portfolio as my work, but you will own the rights to the final cover design and associated assets.

If you are interested in working with me, hop over to my publishing site using the button below and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Blog

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About

M. Stephens Hall developed a deep imagination at a very young age. He often visited fantastic worlds where he unearthed profound possibilities. Although he didn’t write early in life, he found plenty of creative outlets through which to express himself. He later received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Mississippi College, and has spent over twenty years using his creativity and problem-solving skills in software development. As his intuition matured, M. Stephens began writing more frequently and with more purpose, often early in the morning before work. Poetry served him a healing mechanism during difficult times and offered a gateway into writing books. M. Stephens enjoys providing and caring for his family, exercising, adventuring, and of course, writing.

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