13 Stan Tremblay

13 Jul

Creativity, Art, Inspiration – The Spice of Life?

I’d just like to start off by saying thank you to everyone’s favorite BrightEyedDyer, Sue, for inviting me to come on and talk about creativity and the like. I had never really considered myself a creative or artistic person before a few years ago – but that’s not to say that I never wanted to be, I just didn’t know how. I always loved the art classes I took in school, but everything was structured and was rare to have something that allowed you to be creative from start to finish including the brainstorming process.

Well, all that has now changed. I work for a small US based publishing house, Variance, with some big authors on the roster. I am the Assistant Publisher, dealing with all of the pre-production aspects of what goes into a book which includes cover design, interior layout, web production, trailer creation, and a bunch more. I love being creative, I love being inspired. Hands down, it makes you feel good to create something from someone else’s thoughts, like a cover, through descriptions of worlds, creatures, or situations, and adapt it into something that people want to pick up because it was eye-catching – giving that book a second life when being purchased from the .coms, or brick and mortar and mom and pop stores.

I wish covers and interiors were as easy as just being inspired or creative though. There is a lot that goes into creating proper design including a great deal of art theory – balance, color, depth, typesetting. I still have a lot to learn, and truly want to increase my craft to continue providing these services at a higher level for both the company I work for and my freelance work. I have been very fortunate to work with some well-known and up-and-coming authors, like #1 international bestselling author Steven Savile, NY Times bestselling author Steve Alten, Sean Ellis, Steve Lockley, Willie Meikle, and Jeremy Robinson. Each has pushed me to adapt and hone my skills, which only further increases my will to do better work.

Within the coming weeks, I plan to start an art class in exchange for web work, cover design, and ebook creation and am really looking forward to it. A huge inspiration to me is education – learning new things is so important – and then being able to turn around and use them to in an environment conducive to forwarding not only my career, but self esteem. Isn’t that what most people want… to be successful? To feel accomplished? I may never be a millionaire, but I’ll enjoy working toward it.

The original question I asked in the title – is all this the spice of life – we need to think about what spices are used for: to enhance, bring variety, add quality. Creativity, art, and inspiration come from different places for each individual. I hope you all find what inspires you, create something that makes you happy, and show that art off to kick-start that cycle in someone else adding spice to their life, and yours.

If you would like to make contact, please come find me on Facebook where I have more samples of my work. Just let me know you’re coming from here in the friending process. Many thanks, take care.


Stan Tremblay





Posted by on July 13, 2011 in Creativity Guest Posts


7 Responses to 13 Stan Tremblay

  1. Stan Tremblay

    July 13, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    I know I told you this before, but I really appreciate the opportunity you gave me to come on! Thanks so much.

  2. Stan Tremblay

    July 13, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I just want to say again, many thanks for giving me this opportunity (I already tried posting something but it guess it didn’t take).

    • admin

      July 15, 2011 at 10:15 pm

      No problem, thank you so much for adding your thoughts to this project. (No idea why the system was being fussy. I gave it a little kick just for you *grin*)

      I hope you enjoy the other posts here. Yours was great!

  3. bets de bruyn

    July 14, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    I submitted a unique and very original manuscript to Variance a while ago and was it was accepted for publication. I was overjoyed until I realized that the publishing would cost me a small fortune imagine my disappointment. Yes creativity is probably the closest we as human being can be to the Universal Creator but it always comes at a price doesn’t it?

  4. admin

    July 14, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    You may be interested in an upcoming post by author Jake Bible where he addresses the cost of creativity.

  5. Arlene Radasky

    July 17, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    People have always said that you should not judge a book by its cover. Pshaw…… the cover is what draws us to the book. You dress what we write. Thank you.

  6. Neil Colquhoun

    July 18, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    There is always a price to pay when one is being creative, but is that price too high in certain cases?
    If that work is deemed worthwhile, then there will be a way for it to be put out there.

    Stay Alive – Neil


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