Monday, September 30, 2013

The pursuit of a book cover continues...

Bad news sports fans...The designer said that my idea of the cover was "complicated" and that I should work with someone else or choose a simpler idea...I went with working with someone else; a new up and comer.   
Maybe this is stubborn of me, but to me the point of self-publishing is that you shouldn't have to compromise your vision for Big Publisher.  You get to do it your way.  That being said, do you think I made a mistake?  Maybe I should have listened to the expert and kept it simple?  Or maybe it's still too early to tell.  At any rate, I am reading and marking up my hardcopy of Harlow Whittaker & the Soothsayers, editing away, because I really want to begin formatting it for Amazon by next week. 

Saturday, September 28, 2013

2 days but I think I've got a BOOK COVER!!

Yup you read that title correctly, I have slopped through an endless amount of images, changed my "idea" of what the perfect cover would be dozens of times, but now 48 hours later, I've got it!

By I've got it I mean that I have narrowed it down to 6 images from istockphoto.com.  Ideally the designer I'm working with will be kind and cut and paste these images to my hearts content.  Fingers crossed, knock on wood, here's to hoping, blah blah blah. 

This is my first time doing this and I have no idea what is considered "irrational" requests from authors.  I guess I will find out.  I am sending off the email just as soon as I finish gushing out my excitement.

When I was writing Harlow Whittaker & the Soothsayers I pictured what my cover would look like, as I reread, rewrote, and edited my manuscript dozens and dozens of times, (let's just say countless) I have reimagined that image just as many times.  And the past 2 days have been no different.  As I scrolled through istockphoto, I continually reimagined what the final product would look like.  And of course I did, with endless images at your fingertips, you are at a constant struggle between what you personally find aesthetically pleasing, what will sell copies, and what actually encapsulates your characters, your story, your message.  What helped me to finally pull the trigger so to speak, was to constantly repeat to myself (sometimes even outloud), the title of my book, Harlow Whittaker & the Soothsayers.  That served as my guide and I hope when you see the cover (of course I will post pics here once it's finished, and on the Facebook page, Harlow Whittaker Trilogy) that's the message you get. :)

Friday, September 27, 2013

You wrote it...Now what?

Sorry I've been post-less but I've been spending the past two days scrolling through endless images on istockphoto.com looking for images to use for my book cover.  It is so exciting being able to choose the "look of your book"  and then the anxiety creeps in....is this image going to be the one the makes people think, "Interesting, I totally want to read that,"  or is it the image that makes potential readers scroll on through not even to bat an eye?  Luckily I am in contact with an awesome designer, Jeremy Taylor, who I found via Mark's List.  What's Mark's List?  Well for a self-pub (an abbreviation that I just made up right now for self-published indie authors, cute right?) it's pretty much FREAKIN AMAZING.  It has a reputable list of ebook cover designers and formatters.  I will post the link to it here along with an awesome blog that is full of useful information in regards to how to take the next step after you've written and EDITED your manuscript.
http://m.cnet.com/news/how-to-self-publish-an-ebook/20010547?ds=1

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Oooh a Blog...


So I wrote a novel, not just any novel but a young adult fantasy novel, full of exciting and graphic fight scenes and paranormal romance, but now what?  I've always wanted to be a published author but let's face it, breaking into the publishing world seemed like an overwhelming nightmare, (almost as bad as attempting to write this post with my newly turned one year old pulling on the screen).  So I've decided to go the self-publishing route and I will keep you updated every step of the way, so that when you have 99,734 words of edited solid book gold you will have a guide.