September 27, 2014: Jenn LeBlanc – Illustrated Romance

Jenn LeBlanc

Jenn will present on all things cover art from design to branding as well as licensing and legal issues to protect yourself. With two degrees in photography as well as many years actively working in the business, Jenn is able to speak about licensing and legal issues covering stock art, custom images, usage rights and what to ask when purchasing images or design for your project whether it’s for your international bestselling novel or your personal website.

We’ll go through the process of design and creation, what to look for in licensing and design, how to brand for yourself, and how to protect your product as well as the rights of everyone involved. We’ll discuss how to plan a cover in a world of ever-changing rules with regards to censorship as well as chat about the actual photo shoot, what happens and how it all comes together seamlessly… or so it seems.

Bring your questions about rights, design, Amazon rules, stock searches, custom photography, legal aspects, and whatever else you want to know about a job wherein I work with half-nekked people, vaseline, and weapons as a profession (I know you have these questions, this is your chance to ask them).


Jen LeBlanc photo
Jenn LeBlanc

Colorado. Canon. Curls. CJs. Chuck Norris.
Born and raised in this beautiful state —very nearly with a camera in hand— I never left. I started my own family, got used to the curls, went to college, built a CJ, started a business, and totally beat the daylights out of Chuck Norris, all with a camera in hand.

Spending my days in parenting chat rooms I got highly adept with one-handed typing and I can still type just about as fast with one hand as I can with two. It’s a great talent to have when engrossed in a scene and in need of a hit of caffeine. Once I finished my first novel I quickly realized: I was born a photographer.

From the realization that someone ELSE would be shooting the cover of MY book my control-freak took over. What started as an easy cover shoot ballooned into this completely new kind of media, designed specifically for digital book readers. The Illustrated Romance.

I live and thrive off chaos and the constant flow of the creative process. I wear shorts and flip-flops year-round—much to the chagrin of my friends and family.

The images from my book started a ruckus, and from there, #StudioSmexy was born, I’ve since shot over 15,000 images for covers, have over 300 designed romance novel covers from major to self-published, and currently shoot custom images for very special clients.

My second novel ABSOLUTE SURRENDER  did its own Chuck Norris impersonation with the charts on Amazon. You can find me on Twitter and Facebook sharing eye candy (NSFW) and being a total rock star.

Meeting fee of $25 members, $30 guests and walk-ins applies. SPACE MAY BE LIMITED. Please specify your lunch on our  PAYMENTS PAGE, or email no later than 8 am Wednesday before the meeting to make a reservation.

Anyone who does not reserve by 8 am the Wednesday before the meeting will receive this month’s DEFAULT meal.

Menu for September 27, 2014

Option A: Grilled Bacon Cheeseburger
Angus Burger (cooked medium to medium well) w/smoked bacon and cheddar cheese. French fries. Family style brownies, lemon and raspberry bars. Choice of coffee/decaf, iced tea, lemonade or soda.

Option B: Grilled Plain Turkey Burger
Grilled Turkey Burger. French fries. Family style brownies, lemon and raspberry bars. Choice of coffee/decaf, iced tea, lemonade or soda.

Option C: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegetarian

Grilled Vegetables with Pomidono Sauce and Gluten Free Pasta. Family style brownies, lemon and raspberry bars. Choice of coffee/decaf, iced tea, lemonade or soda.

**Option D: TURKEY SANDWICH **Walk-in Default Meal **
Turkey, bacon, and havarti on wheat berry bread with lettuce, tomato, and cranberry mayonnaise. French fries. Family style brownies, lemon and raspberry bars. Choice of coffee/decaf, iced tea, lemonade or soda