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I went and did a thing

Greetings, everyone. Since my amazing book promotion idea got twisted in the game, I had a few other ideas. One person who helped me is Australian illustrator, Jennifer Horn. She created these storyboards for some key scenes in my novel, which I am calling The Quarter Percent. I asked for rough sketches because I’m redrafting at the moment. Here are three of the key scenes.

Rue and Karl – Illustration by Jennifer Horn

Rue and Karl are now friends after their bitter divorce ten years earlier. Karl reminds Rue that he has custody of their frozen embryos from the divorce. They are about to be destroyed. Karl proposes that they start a family instead. Rue agrees, on condition that they ask three gestational carriers to carry the babies at the same time. She also decides to publicise the news of the surrogacy to stir up controversy, which will drum up business for her luxury yacht building company. That decision will backfire because…

Costmary and Karen – Illustration by Jennifer Horn

Costmary’s private dispute with her father, Cordial, has leaked to the press. Social media is Team Costmary. The public takes her sister, the thrice-divorced Rue, to task for promoting a ‘happy families’ image in light of her sister’s hardship. Costmary is having crisis talks with her publicist and friend, Karen. Earlier that day, Cordial had filed a vaguely worded writ against his subjects. Reading between the lines, journalists guessed correctly that the writ was meant for Costmary. To make matters worse, he served her with a €45 billion lawsuit. It represents the stock value of her vegan brand, Costmary’s Farm. Her father’s latest salvo has come as a shock.

Cordial and Marvin – Illustration by Jennifer Horn

Rue and Costmary’s father, Cordial, is distracted at the moment. Three weeks before the closing deadline of a multinational trade deal, he is having a video chat with the reclusive Marvin Stone, CEO of Marvin Stone Technologies, LLC. Marvin has launched a brand new, super exclusive insurance policy that only a quarter of the one percent can afford. Marvin invited twenty-three individuals to sign up for the policy. Cordial is angry because he was not on the list. But Marvin excluded him on purpose. It seems the strategy was effective.

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You can find Jennifer Horn on Instagram @Eskyjen and view her Facebook Art Page here. She has been kind, encouraging and a lovely person to collaborate with. As always, thank you for your support. Have a productive week ahead.


Life is short, so let’s be decent.

17 replies on “I went and did a thing”

Thank you so much. The redrafting is complete. I baked this story on Monday afternoon. I found a scene that had been buried under a ton of notes and it felt like I finally completed a jigsaw puzzle. I hope you enjoy what I have in store. Your support means a lot.


Some neat illustrations. I might be late to the party…what is your novel about? I am looking to publish my first this year…process of formatting and then getting it ready for a test print to see how it looks physically….

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Hello potato sandwich. I will stay tuned to hear how your process is going. You’re not late to the party. I haven’t done a full summary of the book because I have no idea what it’s about. There are six characters in it. And I think the timeline which is a 13 day period, is the actual topic of the story and these people are in it. I dare not ask how your formatting is going. Because I wrote mine without thinking about formatting and now my brain hurts. I’ll have a summary out later. I changed the ending several times so I’d better read it first.


Good luck.
Well I have written my entire manuscript in Word like a steam train. While I was looking at specific software to churn it out (vellum or schreiver), I’ve learned MS word, with correct margins may do the trick. So I’m copy/paste over the weekends so try Word.

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I had downloaded that software you mentioned but I wanted to edit right away so I downloaded a template in Word format. I’m working with it in Google docs so I can edit on several devices whenever I am free. Next time I will use Pages for Windows. I like the idea of not having to sit in front of my laptop and work on a specific part of a scene. Thanks for the suggestions. I hope others reading these comments will find them helpful.


I love the story board. It probably helps you keep it all straight, too. I had trouble with that with changes made during rewriting. Good luck with your book. Thanks for following me. Give Jennifer my compliments as well. Have a great weekend.


Thank you, Marsha. Jennifer will be very happy to have this lovely feedback. I’m very happy you like the storyboard. I am re-drafting at the moment and it’s been quite a task keeping the actual story straight and the timeline consistent. You are correct that the storyboard made it very obvious to me that I had to pull it together.

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I’m a fan of your storyboards idea and you chose a great artist. The storyboards help with your focus and also provide a good teaser for readers. Sounds like a lot of drama! 🙂 I like it when there’s different stories going on with select characters so you can switch back and forth with new chapters.

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Thank you very much. Jen was lovely. I am relieved that this style has gone over well. Which means I can get a few more done. There’s definitely a lot of drama in there.

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Thank you so much for your support. It definitely took a lot of thought to create a good synopsis for Jen because every detail matters in a storyboard. I hope to see your story illustration as well.

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