Monday, October 15, 2012

The return of Sophistikatied!

Hey guys! Remember me? I've recently climbed my way back up the planet I fell off of and I'm so excited and ready to start blogging full time again. I've missed this community so much and armed with a fancy computer and a new attitude, I plan to jump in head first and rejoin you all.

Family issues, medical problems and a craptastic geezer of a computer kept me from posting on a regular basis. My parents narrowly avoided divorce, (which explained any overdramatic tweets and vague posts that promised comebacks that never happened) I just underwent gallbladder surgery and well ... there's no need to elaborate on the computer dilemma. Those are my excuses ... errr ... stories and I'm sticking to them! But it's not been all bad since I've been gone.

The good:

This is old news, but in May, I won the cover contest for Heidi R. Kling's e-book, The Gleaning. I had to rework my idea into new stock images, but I think it's just as cool as the original!

And in August, I entered another contest, this time for Kirsten Miller's How To Lead a Life of Crime. It was my first time submitting something that I had originally done by hand so I was kind of down on myself about it but amazingly, I won. There was a money prize but what excites me most is that my design will be the cover of the book. A hardcover book. Published by Razborbill. RAZORBILL. It really is a dream come true. At this point, I'm not sure if it'll be the actual cover or if it'll be a reversible cover situation but either way, SQUEEEE. And did I mention the book is INCREDIBLE? I'm so happy to have my design represent that story.

And thanks to Pam at Bookalicious who has been either hiring me or recommending me, I've also been designing a bunch of covers for other awesome authors! Here are a few -

AND AND AND - Erica from The Book Cellar and I have been working on something very exciting for the past few months. We've put so much time and work into it so I'm excited for you all to see. Hopefully you'll get a reveal post in the next few days!

I've also been working to finally finish my manuscript, (did I mention that Carrie Harris will be reading it? MORE SQUEEES) taking orders at KD Designs and of course, I've been reading my brains out. It's been a crazy summer - partly amazing and partly horrible - but I've missed Sophistikatied Reviews and I've missed all you guys!

Starting tomorrow, expect regular posts and giveaways and all of that good nonsense. If you have any questions/concerns, leave a comment below and feel free to let me know what you have all been up to as well! :)


  1. Hey Kate,

    Couple things: 1) Oh my gosh, congrats on all the book cover design! Your covers are amazing, and I'm so excited you get to do something you love so much. I remember hearing you say somewhere that cover design was your primary design goal?

    2) I'm sorry you had such a lousy summer. However, I'm glad your parents avoided the divorce, and it sounds like you're starting to recover now. So as awful as that all sounded, glad it's beginning to come around again.

    3) We missed you too!


    1. Thank you so much, Mandy! Cover design is absolutely my goal. Doing a cover for one of the top publishers is actually on my bucket list so I can cross that one off. :D

  2. KATIE. This is all so incredibly amazing. You are so ridiculously talented and I'm so glad you get to display some of that talent. I was worried about you when I saw some of your posts/tweets early in the summer, but I'm so happy to have you back in this world and with some exciting news to boot! YOU ROCK!

  3. I'm happy you got through all the bad. The surgery went well, I hope?


    I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU! I actually didn't know you won the chance to do the first cover (The Gleaning) but I knew you entered, so congratulations!You already knew I love the cover.

    And congratulations on the second cover as well. I love that one too!

    I just read the synopsis for the second book!!!!!! SQEEEEEEEEEEEEE! I think that's the first time I've done that online. You must have danced through your house when you won, right? I mean, this book sounds epic! And I love your cover, especially the handcuff O's. I knew you'd end up creating real book covers for real awesome books! But that doesn't make it any less cool. I'm adding this one to my TBR. :D

    1. The surgery went great! I was in a lot of pain for a couple of weeks but that's all over with now. :)

      And thank you so much! I definitely did a happy dance! I was having a gallbladder attack at the time so it was a bit stunted but I was so excited hahah.

      And yes, definitely add the book to your TBR! To be honest, I didn't really know if I'd like it. I was only reading to see if I could design anything for the cover but it was SO amazing!

  4. Your covers are so fab!! Glad to have you back. =)

  5. Congratulations! I love the covers :)
    How to lead a life of crime sounds amazing, it already was on my to be read list, so maybe I'll have your design on my shelf someday! haha

  6. Good to have you back!

    Your cover work is pretty amazing. I love the cover for How to Lead a Life of Crime. I love the colors. I love the font. And the covers for the Newspaper Mystery books are also pretty clever. What a neat opportunity you have!

  7. I didn't know you were a blogger, too! You're truly woman of many talents. Thanks again for the fabulous cover. I've gotten tons of compliments. (Don't worry, I don't take credit! And everyone who knows me knows that I don't have the skill to produce something so visually stunning!) Kirsten

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