Sunday, January 19, 2014

A New Beginning

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I wanted to write a bit of a personal post today, sharing with all of you some news about which I'm extraordinarily excited. It's a new year, and while each new year is always something I look forward to for all the potential it holds, 2014 marks the launch of something that has been a long time coming for me. A new business. A new adventure. A new beginning.

My graphic design studio is not new, I started running it from home back in 2005 after spending time in the creative departments of both a magazine publisher and ad agency, but the past nine years have focused primarily on printed paper goods, with special emphasis on wedding invitations and related stationery. While I've loved being a part of the wedding industry, since I started the blog a few years ago I've longed for a change; one that would bring my love of graphic design and books together to create a dream job. For a time it seemed like a somewhat impossible aspiration unless I wanted to relocate to NYC and try for a design position at one of the big publishers, but with the rise of smaller publishing houses and self-publishing the past couple years, my dream is now suddenly within grasp.

It's with great pleasure–and no shortage of nerves–that I announce the shift in Seedlings Design Studio from weddings to book cover and promotional design. The new website is up and running with a full online portfolio as well as a list of services, and I hope if you guys have a few minutes you'll check it out!

Many of you who are frequent visitors to the blog have seen some of my cover work this past year as I've entered several design contests just for fun, and I hope to continue sharing my designs every now and then as I build this business. I've been so fortunate as to start 2014 off with some amazing clients already on board (I'm still reeling from the win for Damsel Distressed, hopefully I'll be able to share the official cover soon!), and I can't wait to see what the rest of the year might bring.

I want to say a huge thank you to the bloggers and readers who are everyday visitors of this blog, and to the authors whose books I've fallen madly in love with over the years, it's all of you who have kept me running Supernatural Snark and who have allowed me to reach out and grab this new opportunity. THANK YOU!

Before I dissolve into tears and get even mushier than I already have, I'm going to leave you with a little teaser look at the new website. I hope you all like it!





49 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Jenny! Your work is so very beautiful, and I'm sure your business will be a great success. It's amazing with the advances in the publishing industry how things have shifted and changed, and I'm happy that's it's allowed you to embrace your dreams. :)

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    1. I'M SO EXCITED RACHEL! And nervous about starting over, but I've been wanting to do this for so long:)

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  2. This is amazing, Jenny! Your talent is phenomenal (and beautiful) and I know you will go so far in the future. You deserve all of your success and (most definitely) more! Congratulations :)

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    1. Stop it Olivia, you're going to make me cry. I'm all emotional today:) Thank you so, so much!

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  3. This is great new, Jenny! Congratulations!
    PS: The cover for Thorn is to die for! :)

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  4. Congratulations on your new business adventure! Your designs are great and I love your cover for Damsel Distresses; looking forward to the final version!

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    1. Thank you Rebecca, I so appreciate your kind words:)

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  5. Yay! Good decision :D
    Oh and keep up the swirly things on covers ;) I absolutely love those

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    1. Thank you! And I shall endeavor to put swirly things on all covers ;-)

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  6. This is awesome news, Jenny!! Your work is always stunning and I can't wait to see what you come up with in future. Wishing you all the luck in the world. I'm sure your hard work will be rewarded:)

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  7. Wow I really love the look of your design site. It's simple and elegant :)

    Congratulations! Your story gives me hope that some day I'll be able to make it in the publishing industry too!

    - Farhana @ Digesting the Words

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    1. THANK YOU! It took me a while to really get up the nerve to do this, and I wish you all the best of luck with finding your way into the publishing world as well!

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  8. Huge congrats on everything! I'm sure your new project will be a big success. Cheers!

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    1. Thank you so much Jennifer:) <3 <3 <3

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  9. That's SO FANTASTIC!! I knew you were moving in this direction and I know that you'll be super-successful -- you've got such an amazing eye. *huggles*

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    1. I'm mildly freaking out Mary, but I remember freaking out when I first started Seedlings as well, so it will pass eventually. I'm way more excited than nervous though:)

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  10. Congratulations!! Good luck with every thing. :)

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  11. Congratulations! I am going to go to your website and check it out right now. That is so awesome and I'm very happy for you. You are so talented…can't wait to see what else you come up with!! :)

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    1. Thank you Christina! I kept wanting to do it last year but it just wasn't the right time, and then 2014 was looming and I decided there was absolutely no reason to wait any longer.

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  12. So excited for you, Jenny, and can't wait to work with you (again). :D

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  13. Congratulations Jenny!

    You're so talented and this will be a perfect fit for you.

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  14. I CAN'T WAIT TO TELL EVERYONE TO HIRE YOU TO MAKE ALL OF THEIR STUFF. I LOVE YOUUUUUU!!!!

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  15. OMG Jenny. I'm soooo happy and proud of you!!!!!!!!! I know you're going to be amazing.

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  16. Woot, congrats, Jenny! I'm so excited for you! You know I'm a fan of your work so I can't wait to see all of the covers you'll design in the future.

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  17. I am crazy excited for you Jenny!! You are so talented and I am excited to see whatever you come up with next!! Congratulations!!!

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  18. Amazing news Jenny! I wish you the best of luck. You're website is beautiful! Looks like you're off to a great start:)

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  19. Wonderful news, Jenny! :-) Way to go after your dreams.

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  20. That's so freaking cool, Jenny! Hope your business kicks ass! :)

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  21. Squeals!!! You are amazing and I know you'll make our lives happier with all the beautiful covers you are going to design:))

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  22. Congrats, Jenny! Wishing you the best of luck. :D

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  23. Congrats and thank you for being such an inspiring person to talk to and see your art (writing, designs) develop even to greater lengths. You are remarkable and I am honored to visit your blog and see you take this huge step towards even more happiness. You deserve this more than anyone I know and I couldn't be happier for you:) x

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  24. Congratulations Jenny! It looks amazing! I think you do amazing covers so I just know that you'll be super successful! I wish you lots of luck though!

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  25. I just love when talent meets dream and something great is born. congratulations Jenny. I love the unique covers you have created.

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  26. Ahh congrats, Jenny. I am so glad to see you reaching your dreams and that your hard work has paid off. I can't wait to see more of your work.

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  27. Congrats!!! That is such wonderful news. I wish you the best with everything.

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  28. Wow, that's great. Congratulations Jenny! I've loved your covers so far so I think it's a great career shift.

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  29. This is wonderful, Jenny! I love seeing you start up your dream job. I wish you lots of success and good things to come. I saw that you do mainly print work, but do you do any designs for blogs like side bar buttons?

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  30. Just wanted to add my congrats as well - your work is gorgeous and this is such a good fit for you! You're going to be a smashing success! Congrats!

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  31. OH JENNY. I don't think I have ever been so thrilled to hear positive news from someone I've "met" over the internet. THIS IS SO FANTASTIC!! AND PERFECT. You are so talented and I know you will absolutely excel in this field. And OH I must've missed the cover reveal for Thorn because OH JENNY IT'S SO GOOD!! Seriously, like, one of the most beautiful book covers I've ever come across... and I can't stop staring, it's so gorgeous. CONGRATS! :D

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  32. I'm so happy to hear you're going to use your fabulous cover design talent in a more formal way! Congratulations on the new venture! I have unbelievably been impressed with the covers you've designed so far (I can't wait to grab a copy of Damsel Distressed, it is SO freaking gorgeous!!), and I can't wait to see what you design next! :-)

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  33. YAY!!! Jenny I am so, so happy for you! I won't wish you success because I've seen your designs and I know you will be a success. I'll send my indie author friends your way!! Have fun!! And I LOVE the name!

    Heather :))

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  34. Congrats! This is really great news. I thought you did an amazing job with the design for Damsel Distressed. Wishing your tremendous success in the future. xxxx, Liza

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