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Unmoving Book Cover Art :iconreuts:reuts 7 3 Rose City :iconmerrak:merrak 12 8
Quality Comparison ~ Lightning Source, Createspace
Alternative title: Smelling Books with merrak!

Lighting source vs. Createspace seems to be one of those debates that needs to be renewed every so often. I never found a clear answer on which books were of better quality (although the majority of recent posts sided with LSI). Since I have collected dozens of CS proofs and one LSI proof, I am at least somewhat qualified to throw one more penny in the mall fountain of internet research material.
Cost: The costs are common knowledge. Between setup fees and LSI's proof fee ($30 for a proof), I've spent over $100 setting up a title with LSI. At Createspace, I could've spent just $6 (proof + shipping). I emphasize could, because I ordered several proofs from them. Sometimes you just don't spot errors until you open the real book and there's a typo staring you in the face :stare:. I ended up ordering something like 10 proofs total (not that I made that many mistakes - I'd order them 3 or so at a ti
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Untitled :iconkarinarodriguez:KarinaRodriguez 1,038 222 Feathers in the wind :iconaomori:Aomori 2,862 159
Writing101: Writer's Doubt aka Terminal Terminitus
Today is a very important day. It's no less important than yesterday, but it's no more important than tomorrow - neither is it in between the two. But, it's still important. I could ramble on with justifications all day, each no less important than the last...but I'm procrastinating.
Procrastination (DON'T SAY DIRTY WORDS!) is one of many enemies to a writer, another being lack of time. But for many, the title of arch rival belongs to doubt.
Writer's doubt a.k.a. Terminal Teminitus. If Webster was to define it, the following would be noted in the dictionary:
Writer's Doubt (latin: Terminal Terminitus, Scribblius Maximus Gettius Nowhereius). A condition effecting writer's in which they deem their work of too low a value to continue or start. Symptoms include cold sweats, tummy aches, head pains, nausea, nose bleeds, broken pens, smashed laptops, frayed wits, and sometimes death (by stray paperclip).
Have you ever thought that you writing was not good enough to share? Have
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Sometimes Lost :icongabbyd70:gabbyd70 3,722 395
So You Want to Self-Publish?

So you want to self publish, and you're not quite sure what you're about to get into. Or, perhaps you do, but you're not sure where to begin researching the things you need to know. If either describes you, then this document is for you. Self-publishing is easy with merrak!
My aim is to produce a fairly comprehensive list of considerations. Like a Wikipedia article, it's meant to be a place to begin research, not a one-stop guide.
First, an important note. I'm a mathematician, not a publisher. Publishing is a hobby of mine. It's a hobby I take seriously, and as such, I've done the best research I can do. But I make my living teaching people how to put two and two together, and not helping them publish stories about funny things their cats do. Hence, this is a living document. Feel free to share your own thoughts and experiences. In fact, please do! Although I have things to share, I'm here to learn.
Now, let's begin!
First and foremost, let's crash th
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Cold Heart - The Meeting :iconsayael:Sayael 1,435 47 Stream :iconkarlafrazetty:KarlaFrazetty 666 85 What Your Soul Sings :iconmylifethroughthelens:MyLifeThroughTheLens 777 31 Gumiho :iconauroreblackcat:auroreblackcat 3,593 159 Can't See Me -Sketch :iconmichaelcrichlow:MichaelCrichlow 271 17 Zodiac Dragon . Libra :iconthe-sixthleafclover:The-SixthLeafClover 6,004 221 Forever Ended Too Soon :iconpikishi:Pikishi 1,496 64 winter sun II :iconkariliimatainen:KariLiimatainen 511 28


All of these pieces are done by incredibly talented artists and I'm proud to feature them on my page of favorites. Each was chosen for their stunning beauty, their technique or their overall emotion.

Please check out each artist's gallery to experience more of their amazing works! And visit my Favourites for more of the art I find most inspiring.


Freelance Editing


Have something you need edited? I am now offering my services as a Freelance Editor. Whether you need Content Editing, Line Editing, Proofreading, or all three, I'm your girl!


  • Fiction, Any Genre
  • Non-Fiction
  • Essays
  • Articles


  • Spelling & Grammar
  • Submission Format (for Short Stories and Novels)
  • Plot, World & Character Consistency
  • Overall Flow


The Whole Package:
Content Edit, Line Edit & Proofreading

  • 0-5,000 Words: $.05 per word
  • 5,000-10,000 Words: $.03 per word
  • Above 10,000 Words: $.02 per word

Content or Line Edit Only

  • 0-5,000 Words: $.03 per word
  • 5,000-10,000 Words: $.01 per word
  • Above 10,000 Words: $.015 per word

Proofreading Only

  • 0-5,000 Words: $50.00
  • 5,000-10,000 Words: $100.00
  • Above 10,000 Words: $350.00


Fellow Deviants I've worked with:

  • A Foundation in Wisdom by :iconmerrak:
  • An Ember in the Wind by :iconmerrak:

Non-Deviants I've worked with:

  • Echoes of Balance by Cally Ryanne
  • Dracian Legacy by Priya Kanaparti
  • A Need So Insatiable by Cecilia Robert
  • Flux by Ellie Carstens
  • The Rose Master by Valentina Cano
  • Forever Kinda Love by Clara Stone
  • Flirting With Love by Clara Stone
  • Fearless For Love by Clara Stone
  • Sachael Dreams by Melody Winter
  • Sachael Desires by Melody Winter
  • Gambit by C.L. Denault
  • NPCs by Drew Hayes
  • Split the Party by Drew Hayes
  • Super Powereds Year 1 by Drew Hayes
  • Super Powereds Year 2 by Drew Hayes
  • Super Powereds Year 3 by Drew Hayes
  • The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, The Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes
  • Undeath & Taxes by Drew Hayes
  • Topher Nightshade vs. The Camp of the Undead Apocalypse by Drew Hayes
  • The Keepers by Anoosha Lalani
  • Journey Into Memory and Other Imaginary Places by Scott Hughey
  • Already Seen by Scott Hughey
  • Dare to Dream by Carys Jones
  • Golden by Melinda Michaels
  • Off Book by Jessica Dall
  • The Untold Tale by J.M. Frey
  • Ghosts by J.M. Frey
  • Link by Summer Wier
  • Deceptive Cadence by Katie Hamstead
  • Diverging Cadence by Katie Hamstead
  • From Under the Mountain by Cait Spivey
  • Dissolution by Lee S. Hawke

If you are interested, please contact me via I will send you a Service Agreement further detailing what I do and protecting your rights as the Author. Partial payment via Paypal and a signed contract will be expected prior to any work.

Please note that although I am the Editorial Director for REUTS Publications, my freelance services do not come with a guarantee of publication; merely the promise to do my best to make your work the strongest it can be. :)


Commission Info


Please see my gallery for examples of each style


  • Pencil Sketch w/ Minimal Shading = $20.00
  • Pencil or Ink Sketch w/ Detailed Shading = $35.00
  • Full Color Pencil or Marker Drawing = $75.00
  • Small Painting (Acrylic, Watercolor, Oil) = $60.00
  • Medium Painting (Acrylic, Watercolor, Oil) = $85.00
  • Large Painting (Acrylic, Watercolor, Oil) = $150.00

**All Traditional Work will require additional shipping charges for the original piece; Digital Files are included in base price**


  • Sketch (No Color) w/ Minimal Shading = $20.00
  • Sketch (Limited Color) w/ Minimal Shading =$25.00
  • Sketch (No Color) w/ Detailed Shading = $35.00
  • Sketch (Limited Color) w/ Detailed Shading =$45.00
  • Lineart, No Shading, Vector Graphic = $40.00
  • Full Colored Drawing, No Background = $65.00
  • Full Colored Drawing, Minimal Background = $80.00
  • Full Colored Drawing, Full Background = $150.00
  • Full Colored Digital Painting = $250.00

**Digital work is delivered in digital format only, unless additional charges for hard-copy delivery, including shipping have been agreed to.**


  • Black & White Only = $10 per panel
  • Full Color = $20 per panel
  • Oversized Panels (Over 3" x 5") = $45.00 per panel
  • Digital Panels (Black & White) = $35.00 per panel
  • Digital Panels (Full Color) = $55.00 per panel


(Always done via Illustrator in Vector Graphics)

  • Simple Design, 1-2 Colors = $80.00
  • Simple Design, 3-4 Colors = $120.00
  • Simple Design, 4 + Colors = $175.00
  • Complex Design, 1-2 Colors = $150.00
  • Complex Design, 3-4 Colors = $250.00
  • Complex Design, 4 + Colors = $350.00

**Please note that Logo/Graphic Design Commissions come with Commercial Rights to the image, and often take longer than a single image to create, due to the branding considerations and print constraints often associated with their distribution.**


These are my comfort zones, so to speak. I'm willing to try almost anything, but these are what I'll be strongest in.

  • Female Characters
  • Animals
  • Fantasy/Sci-Fi Creatures
  • Martial Arts/Action Poses


  • Graphic Violence & Gore
  • Pornographic or Sexual Scenes above a PG Rating
  • Fan Art
  • Manga or Anime Style (Sorry, not my thing)
  • Horror, Macabre, or anything Fetish related


Send me a DA Note or email me at, detailing your request as much as possible. If I feel comfortable with accepting your commission, I will respond with a Service Agreement. I always work under contract, so please don't ask for anything else.

The contract details not only how much my rate is, plus the payment terms (I generally require a non-refundable down payment up front) but also which rights I'm entitled to keep and which I am relinquishing. (There are additional fees for things like Expedited Delivery Times, Special Delivery Instructions and Exclusive Rights, which will be negotiated during the initial discussion phase.)

I base all of my commission pricing on the time it takes me to complete an image. Essentially you will be paying me $10/per hr for any of the above categories. But beyond that, there are no limitations to what the image contains--ie how many characters, how big it is, etc. Any limitations of those kinds are listed in the pricing structure. Everything else is flexible.

Once the contract has been signed by both parties, I will begin working. I will create several sketchs for you to choose from (which is what the non-refundable down payment is paying for). Once a final sketch has been chosen, I will proceed with the final image, which will then be delivered per the terms agreed on. More details on this exact process are contained within the Service Agreement, but feel free to ask for more information via Note or Email.

One final note: Unless Exclusive Rights are purchased, I always reserve the right to publicly display and/or merchandise commissioned images. Copyright stays with me, and unless specifically determined beforehand, commissions are for PERSONAL USE ONLY (Logo/Graphic Design Commissions are the only exception).

Thank you for your interest in my work.

Kisa Whipkey




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Kisa Whipkey
Artist | Professional | Literature
United States



Originally from Northern California, I now live in the beautiful, albeit cold and soggy, Pacific Northwest. My passion for art started at a ripe young age like everyone else's, but was immediately combined with a near equal appetite for books. It wasn't until I was 11, and finally old enough to understand that animated movies weren't real but were instead a plausible career option combining both of my loves, that I knew I couldn't do anything else.

Prior to college, I was largely self-taught, devouring books on animation and experimenting on wintery nights with a light table my dad assembled for me in the garage. Formal training began when I was 16, and I tried everything from Animation and Writing, to Painting and Digital Art/Graphic Design, ultimately finding my niche in Storyboard Art. I graduated in 2008 with a degree in Game Art and Design, specializing in what I found to be the perfect blend of my two passions--Visual Storytelling.

Most artists classify themselves by their favored medium; I consider myself a storyteller. My goal in art has always been to give people that same feeling I used to have leaving a theatre after the latest Disney film--goosebumps of joy at something magical, an escape from everyday life, and a momentary pause to savor good entertainment.

I founded Nightwolf A.D.E. (Art, Design & Editing) in 2011, and am currently the Lead Artist for this freelance based company. We offer a range of services, from freelance Writing & Editing, to Graphic Design, Illustration, and of course, Animation. Currently my Animation abilities are restricted to the traditional style, but I am hoping to expand into 3D soon. I am open for commissions, (prices listed below), so if you see something in my galleries you find interesting, please contact me. I can be reached at


Thank you for visiting my page. I hope you've enjoyed your stay!

Kisa Whipkey


Introducing Nightwolf's Corner

Journal Entry: Fri May 4, 2012, 2:40 PM

It's been awhile since I've updated my journal--nearly a year to be exact, eek!--so I thought it was high time I announced something new.

First, I'd like to thank those of you who are patiently waiting for me to update my gallery. I promise, it really is going to happen soon. It's been a long process of refining images, learning how to present them properly and setting up various websites that I lovingly like to call my Online Empire. **Evil Laugh** But in all seriousness, I'm super close to finally being able to regularly release new images, writing and other awesomeness. So please be patient just a little longer. Your support really means a lot to me. :)

Now, on to the main point of this update: the announcement of my new blog, Nightwolf's Corner. After several weeks of an intensive crash course in Wordpress, and all the code wrangling that entails, I'm happy to say that my blog is finally live. Complete with the first post. It will be a look into my particular type of storytelling, offering tidbits of wisdom learned from my experiences as a writer, artist and martial artist, along with commiserating rants over the frustrations we all face in the creative industries, and probably some snarky tirades on whatever irritates me that week. In reference to the three main topics, of course.

The site will also be the second best place to find out more information about me. It will include a lot of what can be found here--an art gallery of my work, excerpts of my writing, etc. But it will be more regularly updated and allow those interested in really getting to know me a better chance at interaction.

I've never ventured into the blog world, so this is a new experiment for me as well. And as usual, the site is still under construction. The main aspects are live, and will be updated every Friday--life allowing--but there are still a few more pages that need work. I hope some of you will come check it out, and maybe even continue to follow me there as well.

Thanks for reading!

Nightwolf's Corner:

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  • Featured in June 2008 issue of
    Design | Online Magazine
    (Inaugural Issue)
  • Honored as one of The Westwood 100: Success Stories of Westwood College Graduates in 2010
  • Artwork Featured on Westwood College Website in the Graduate Artwork Gallery

**Note: Achievements listed under my maiden name of Kisa Rupp**





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D-E-M-Emrys Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Cheers for the +watch and the advice on ISBN's :D
Lady-RyuuXX87 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow, you have a lot of cool stuff :D I will have to go through everything! x3
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QyJx Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student Writer
I'm replying to your post [link] here because a mod locked my thread.

Currently, we don't have a critique forum, we have a critique thread.

The difference between a forum and a thread is that a forum is the place where you post threads. For example, the Literature Forum, or the Complaints Forum, or the Help With life Forum. The threads are the links you click on in the forum--the topics of conversations.

What we have right now is one thread for everyone to post in.

What I am asking for is that we have a literature workshop forum, so that way we can be more organized and different people can start their own different threads, instead of being forced in to everyone using the same shitty one we have now.
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Knightrider5050 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Hello. If you can I'd like very much for you to kinda spell/grammer check my latest fanfiction its a little story I'm working on to kind get be back into writing and using what I've learned on FH just kind of practicing ya know? The story is on my channel its called In the Past
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Knightrider5050 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
when you have the time I'd like you to listen to the songs I have posted for my ST pack. I've been rping with them and trying to get myself back in writing order. I've gotten much better. just been hard for me to get back into writing my book. I'm trying to make it anti-fer
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