Live, Learn, and Rebrand

When I self-published The Most Special Chosen, then known as The Most Special Chosen of All, I decided to brand everything by the book series, rather than by my name. I wanted the series to stand on its own, to shine. Consequently, my URL, Facebook, etc. are all variants of Exalted Bloodlines. I did all of my designing around the first book, without ever truly stopping to consider what the series as a whole would be like.

Now several years older (and hopefully wiser), I’m finding many things I should have done differently back then (see “New Logo!“), and am fixing them to general accolade and appreciation.

My most recent revelation is that I should have branded everything with my name. I should shine, and carry my books along in that glow. That’s why this site is now racheldelafuente.com. As I continue writing, there will be changes to the branding of this site as well, but for now I intend to keep it Exalted Bloodlines-centric.

So expect to see some changes to my social media profiles. I’ll be changing the names, and perhaps the profile pictures. Make sure to update any bookmarks you may have. I’ve gone back and updated links in past posts, so everything will go to the right places.

Thanks for sticking with me through the changes.

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From Mind to Paper

Several years ago, when I self-published The Most Special Chosen, I commissioned my very talented friend Kyle McGill to draw my main characters — Elysabeth, Damien, and Shawn — for me. I was very pleased with the result, and I used them on the cover of the book.

Now that The Most Special Chosen is being published, I want to see a few more of my characters come to life. To achieve that, a few days ago I reached out to Kyle again. Lucky for me, he’s still taking commissions and can work me into his busy schedule. He’ll be drawing up three more characters in the near future, including one of Damien’s sisters. He’s also agreed to work on the rest of Damien’s family and Elysabeth’s family when he has some time available.

The new drawings won’t be unveiled for a while, as I don’t want to drop any spoilers before my book is re-released, but I may share some sneak peeks, so follow me on Instagram. Go visit Kyle’s Instagram as well, and show him some love.

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Design: 1. Code: 0.

I got the completed design concepts for the new Exalted Bloodlines website today. After running them by several of my friends and coworkers, there is a definitive favorite. Only one person preferred a different design. Thankfully, the popular choice is my favorite as well.

Of course, the design was the easy part, as I didn’t have to do it. Now I’ve got to buckle down and actually develop the site around my day job and trying to have a life. I’m hoping it won’t take too long, but my spare time has been a bit limited lately.

Bookmark my site and come back often. The new design will be out soon and you don’t want to miss it. In the mean time, check out my social media profiles for other updates and fun things.

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