15 Days of Christmas Giveaways: Day 8 Danielle Fine

Today is Day 8 of the 15 Days of Christmas Giveaways and I want to welcome, whom I’ve dubbed, the Jane of all Trades, Ms. Danielle Fine!

She’s a writer, an editor, a cover artist, and even makes those nifty book trailers. I tell you, she’s got her hand in the huge cookie-jar that is the world of Literary Awesomness! I’m so thankful to welcome her to the blog and she was kind enough to partake in a mini-interview.

But that’s not all, she’s GIVING something away!
First up is the prize, you’ll have Danielle Fine at your disposal as she creates for you:
1 Free Cover Art Design
Today’s task that you need to complete?
Follow Danielle on Twitter!

Now, without further adieu…

Describe yourself in five words or less!
Writer, editor, designer, bookworm, mother.

With the holidays right around the corner, what is your favourite holiday tradition?
Making ornaments with my daughter and trimming the tree are my favorite things to do at Christmas time.

If you could re-create two covers from your favourite authors, for fun, what two books would you pick and why?
The covers I’d pick would be Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor and Weaveworld by Clive Barker because the imagery speaks so strongly to me and is so vivid and unique. It’s always a pleasure to work on books like that, in any capacity.

How did you get into cover design and editing?
I started out working for Lyrical Press and, after I’d resigned, one of my authors there approached me and asked if I would edit her book freelance. I did, and it snowballed from there by word of mouth until I woke up one morning and realized I was now a fulltime freelance editor. I actually started doing trailers before covers and kind of fell into that as well. After doing my first trailer, I decided to try my hand at covers and did a couple of mock ones for authors I knew…who ended up using them. :)

As an editor what is your most valuable strength? What is your biggest weakness?
I think my strength is being committed to my authors one hundred percent, which gives them the confidence to develop their style and their books to their full potential. My weakness is definitely time management. I can’t give up on anything until the author and I are both totally happy with it, so I tend to take longer with edits than my schedule allows.

If you could be an editor to any author in the world, who would you most want to work with and why?
Clive Barker. He’s been my hero for so long that working with him would be beyond a dream.

If you could only eat one holiday food for the rest of your life what would it be?
Roast potatoes

Describe for us some of the great services your provide to authors and how they can be useful
A couple of my authors have called me a one stop shop. *laughs* I offer editing, book covers, e-book formatting and book trailers. Editing is useful for any author looking to self-publish or wanting to polish their book before submitting to a publisher or agent. Covers are obviously vital to anyone self-publishing and my covers are all 100% custom and built to the author’s specifications. Self-publishing authors have to format their novels to make sure they display correctly on all e-readers, which can be tricky to get right and very time consuming. Lastly, book trailers are a great way to promote your book and attract readers.

Can you share with us three of your favourite cover designs?

Thank you so much Danielle for stopping by!!
Thanks so much for having me here today, Avery—it’s been great. And, Merry almost-Christmas!

You can find Danielle on the web and learn more about the amazing services she offers and prices by tracker her down at these great place:
As always, please take a moment to enter to win today’s contest, which I know isn’t for everyone, but still, you know what would make a great gift for any aspiring author? A free cover art design!

Also, if you’ve missed any of the previous days in the 15 Days of Christmas Giveaways, please click HERE to be transported to the land of Giveaway Links. Enter as many days as you want!

And PLEASE come back tomorrow for another great day in our Christmas Contest!!


13 Response to "15 Days of Christmas Giveaways: Day 8 Danielle Fine"

  1. Unknown Says:

    Enjoyed the interview, ladies! As one of Dani's authors, I completely agree that she is 100% committed and goes above and beyond to help her authors shine. She's a joy to work with. Absolutely love the cover designs. They're gorgeous!

  2. Dani Says:

    Thanks so much, Karen. :D You're a total sweetheart. And thanks, Avery, for letting me be part of the 15 days. I'm really enjoying it.

  3. Melissa Kendall Says:

    Love the interview and i followed you on twitter. i'm thinking you may be hearing from me in the new year for some work i have a piece that needs help after being rejected from 2 publishers with the same comment need more conflict.

  4. Pippa Jay Says:

    Great interview and I can add my own heartfelt recommendation - Dani rocks!

  5. Dani Says:

    Thanks for stopping by (and following) Melissa, and I look forward to hearing from you. I love working with new people. :) Thanks for the recommendation, Pippa. You, too, are a total sweetheart. :)

  6. Author Nikki Prince Says:

    Great interview and I love your covers.

    Would love to win some free cover art
    Nikki Prince

  7. Avery Olive Says:

    Sorry ladies, I just noticed the Rafflecopter wasn't working properly. Sorry about that!

    It's up and working now, if you want to use it to enter to win!

    Sorry Danielle for the little mishap!

  8. Dani Says:

    Thanks for stopping by, Nikki, and for the compliment. :)

  9. Sheri Fredricks Says:

    Okay, coming out of the woodwork to say how much I admire your work, Dani. When I saw Jenna's cover, I about pee'd my pants - awesomesauce!! Uh, tmi... lol Would love to have a Danielle Find cover on one of my books one day.

  10. Dani Says:

    Thanks Sheri. I love the Betrothal cover too :)

  11. Jenna Says:

    I absolutely love Dani's work--editing, cover design, book trailer, book formatting. She is my goto person for everything! Great interview, ladies. And Merry Christmas, Dani!

  12. Dani Says:

    Thank you, Jenna, and Merry Christmas to you too. :) I seriously <3 all my authors. Thanks for the support.

  13. Eli Yanti Says:

    Great interview :)