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Sunday, February 07, 2016

The year that was 2015 & moving forward

Retro girl image in banner.
2015 was a horrid year for me personally and as such, HelzKat Designs suffered.

I have slowed down in some aspects in my life and am refocusing on others including design and illustration.

I am looking at how best to use HelzKat Designs at helping authors getting covers they are happy with. I have been thinking of offering Pre made covers for an affordable price, so I would like to do some research before I pursue this.

It may also be time for a rebrand replacing the image (which I still love) with my own creation but I want to think on that further.

Another thing I have been thinking about is closing down the blog and having a News column on the home page instead. I don't get a lot of traffic here and while I do enjoy blogging, I tend to do the majority of it as my writing self.  Or maybe I just move the blog off the main page as not everyone is interested in the blog when they come to the website.

In the meantime, I have been participating in a 52 week illustration challenge. As a designer, I have mainly used stock images, but I want to work on my own art work and build up my skill set. While it is for my own personal development, I think it would help out my clients  ... any learning does help any skill set I think.

I have added these images to an album on my Facebook Page.

Working on my illustrations and technique.

Posted by HelzKat Designs on Friday, 5 February 2016

I will also be revealing a website for a new client, who I am very excited for getting her debut 2 books picked up with Harlequin Romance.

Be well!

Helz x

Monday, November 03, 2014

Oh the horror!

I am pleased as punch with my latest design - a sci-fi horror cover! J.M. Thorne's Watching.

Chilling isn't it?

"They come to see us bleed."

Captured by aliens, Roo is bled to near death in performances for their viewing pleasure. His survival depends on how long he can last during his time on the stage. The longer he survives the more rewards he gets, which will prolong his life. The longer he lasts the more opportunity he has to succeed in turning others against the aliens. But that’s not easy when you have to perform each night in a show that bleeds you to close to death.

Even more chilling, right?!

Get your copy at Smashwords - currently FREE as a Halloween Special 
(yes Halloween is over but the goodness hasn't ended yet!)

and on Amazon.

Check out J.M.'s website.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Another cover for Janni Nell

Hold onto your hats, the second in the Sassy Chance series by Janni Nell is out coming out November 2014!!

Another fun project to work on. Devlin, A Date, and Me has fun, romance and suspense and more...

Sassy Chance is broke, unemployed and in danger of losing her house. Then three things happen. First, she gets a job interview with her idol, the fabulous shoe designer Rosa Gray Delarno. Second, she is followed by a man she suspects is The Shoe Bandit—an infamous thief who steals shoes right off the feet of fashionable women. Third, she goes on a date with Devlin Fox, the mysterious martial arts expert and sort-of, kind-of private investigator.

Will Sassy get the job, save her house and win Devlin’s heart? More importantly, will she save her shoes from The Shoe Bandit?

Keep an eye out for it's release!!


Saturday, October 04, 2014

Project round up - three very different designs

I've been keeping out of trouble and working hard on more projects. Three that I can reveal.

Promotional banner ads
I've done my first promotional ads for the lovely Barbara DeLeo. Her latest release come out mid September and I had fun working on two designs - one as a strip banner and one as a postcard.

A non-writerly banner
Once in a while, I do get to do something that is not related to the publishing industry. This time for civil celebrant, Dorothy Shorne of Rites of Passage.  Dorothy is still working on the revamp of her website so it's not up yet. Can't wait to see the banner in the field, so to speak.

Website and banner

I've just finished a project that took quite a few hours as websites always do. While I do base my websites on Weebly templates, I do tweak the coding to get what I want as was the case for Cassandra Samuels. Cassandra writes historical romance stories in the Regency era and we wanted the banner and website to be just so - to have the elaborate designs  but the subtlety and the grace of the era as well. Cassandra chose a lovely design from Shutterstock that was rejigged to suit her purposes.


Thursday, September 11, 2014


It occurred to me that as a design business, I should be collecting testimonials from my clients to put on my website.

So I've made a start with a new Testimonials page.

This is what I have so far...

"I found Helen very easy to work with. She listened to what I wanted and came up with some great ideas. A picture is worth a thousand words, so Helen's work speaks for itself!!!"

"If you want a design, if you need it done...you've come to the right place! Helz Kat Designs is awesome! She's the designer you want and need!!!"
~ Dee Scully of Breathless in the Bush

Thank you, ladies.

I can't tell you how wonderful it is when your clients love the work you do. :)

Big smiles in the HelzKat camp.