History That Never Was

Home of Dawn Vogel: Writer, Historian, Geek

Avatar of Freya Cover Reveal!

| January 18, 2022

I’m putting together the first of my 2022 short story collections, which means it’s time for a cover reveal!¬†Avatar of Freya will collect four stories about Friday Jones, aka Dulcamara, a Cobalt City hero who is an avatar of the Norse goddess Freya. She’s got some awesome plant-related powers and a variety of other young […]

Self Publishing and Covers

| December 14, 2020

When it comes to self-published books, cover art can have a huge impact on your sales. Even though we say “don’t judge a book by its cover,” the truth of the matter is that for many readers looking for a new book, covers are what draws them to a book by an author they’ve never […]

Cross & Circle and Designing My Own Covers

| November 14, 2019

I’m now to a point in my writing career where if I need a cover for a book, I hire a professional. But for many of my early self-published books, I designed my own covers. The majority of them were photo manipulations of photos I had taken. For¬†Cross and Circle, though, I had to do […]

Dissecting a Book Cover: The Trouble with the Tick-Tock Tabby

| November 16, 2017

We recently went on vacation to one of our favorite spots, the Edgefield Hotel in Troutdale, Oregon. It’s one of the McMenniman’s properties, using the renovated buildings from the old Multnomah County Poor Farm. While we were there, I remembered that one of the trees on the property is the tree that I photographed to […]