Happy Labor Day (U.S.) and Labour Day (Canada)

by | Sep 7, 2015

Well, it’s Labor Day here in the U.S., one of our national holidays when banks, government offices, schools and financial markets are closed. Labor Day also marks:

  • The unofficial end of the summer season, and
  • The beginning of the national political campaign.

Schools are back in session but off for the day, and we all tend to gather at friend’s and family’s houses for an end-of-summer barbecue. There are parades, parties and lots of sports events.

If you’re new here, I’d like to offer you a few links that you’ll find interesting:

Have fun, and I’ll see you back here on Wednesday.

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  1. Michael W. Perry

    Here’s another useful link.

    Designing movie posters is an art form that is extremely demanding. Huge sums of money ride on getting that poster just right. And if you think about it, they’re often marvelously well done.

    Why does that matter to authors? Because a movie poster is much like a book cover. It must represent in a single picture with accompanying text what a movie/book is about and motivate people to spend their money. It’s also typically done in portrait mode just like covers. Learn how to design a movie poster well and you’ve learned how to design a good book cover.

    Thomasz Opasinski is one of the world’s premier movie poster designers, having creating hundreds of them for major-release films. And Adobe, through their Inspire magazine has posted an article on his “Tricks of the Trade,” including some three-minute snippets of useful techniques and an almost-hour-long webinar. You can find that here:


    You can find illustrations of his work here:


    Click on the arrow on the right to view each category. They are most impressive. Perhaps you can find an idea for your book cover there. He certainly knows how to create beautiful and unique images.

    Good luck!

  2. Ernie Zelinski


    Getting lazy, aren’t you? (Just like me.)

    Or perhaps you are following these words of wisdom:

    “Sometimes it’s important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it’s essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow.
    — Douglas Pagels


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