3.03.2007

The Gang of Hard Rollers that is "Harley Stroh"

Writing gaming material necessitates relying on a team of professionals to make a product look good. Proofreaders, editors, cartographers, interior and cover artists – if anyone falls down on the job it makes the writer with his name on the cover look bad. Worse, when they all do their job really well, it’s usually taken for granted.

For instance, can you name your favorite layout artist? But we all know nothing looks worse than a product with lousy layout.

For Saga the list includes (in no particular order): Brendan LaSalle, Micheal Mearls, John Seavey, Eric Lofgren, Cliff Kurowski, William McAusland, Brad McDevitt, Jesse Mohn, Stefan Poag, Jeremy Simmons, Joseph Goodman, Liz Rich, and Aeryn Rudel.

I just received proof copy of Saga, and damn … these people made me look good. I spent an hour (when I should have been writing, heh) going over the manuscript, noting my errors for the final proofing. But golly, that sucker is going to look good. Even more exciting, you can expect to see it in a month, taking up precious space on the shelves of regular booksellers.

Anyhow, nothing new or surprising here. Just remember to thank all the folks that make us look good.

4 Comments:

At 10:37 PM, Anonymous Marcy said...

I know what you mean, Grimmy. My acknowledgements are longer than the novel. ;)

And I'm guessing you may recognize a few of the names...

Heh.

 
At 3:30 PM, Blogger Jw said...

ARGH!!! What is with D&D and glowing text?!?!?!

Why would you put glowing text floating over what appears to be a banner, and not have the text actually fit ON the banner!

GAAH! I love the artwork on these books almost all of the time, and I think the lengths that some artists go to make the books look like "real" leather, metal, stone, etc., is simply amazing. But why, oh why, do they then destroy all of that with floating, glowing text?

Glowing text is a crime against all design. Damn!

 
At 3:40 PM, Blogger Grimbones said...

Dude, that is +1 glowing text to you. ;)

//H

 
At 4:00 PM, Blogger Jw said...

Ain't dat da troof.

 

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