Sometimes I forget how difficult it can be to produce a picture that encapsulates all of the important elements in a novel, or even a rich descriptive passage (and vice-versa, of course). All of this comes home when it’s time to select a cover. Whether it’s trying to give a fleeting impression of what’s inside, or several pieces of a master puzzle, it ain’t easy. So cudos to all the pubbed authors and graphic artists who work with them out there. Amazing work when you think about it.
Thank you P and N Graphics.
The new cover for the re-release of INCUBUS.
Happy Halloween, all!
Wishing you lots of treats this season (and maybe a little bump–and grind–in the night, lol).
I’m posting chapters from the soon-to-be-rereleased “INCUBUS” on my Wattpad site. If the story is new to you (or it’s been a while), please stop by to have a read. Or just to say hello, any time.
And the new cover should be going up here & on FB right after the weekend. Hope it gets a good reception. I thought it was interesting.
If you’re looking for great free reads, signed copies, and gifts, wheel yourself over to Amie’s blog and log in for a chance to take them home.
You’ve gotta be in it to win it!
I spent a large chunk of yesterday evening reading a book I’d had published nearly ten years ago.
It wasn’t as pointless an evening as it sounds, lol. It will be the first of the novels I’ll be indie publishing on Amazon, so looking for issues I might’ve missed at the time was important.
But I also wanted to read it because—in all honesty?–I had not read the complete story since its publication. I haven’t discussed this with other authors, so I can’t speak for them. But generally, once I’ve finished a book, it’s finished. I keep an affection for the characters, but the story is done and I’m ready to move on.
And it’s good to be able to say that I think it held up. I really enjoyed the reading.
I’m still working to get the website updated as far as old/new versions of my books, and getting my sorely-neglected newsletter back in order. Actually, the temptation is to start fresh with a new look for the blog. I’ve had this one for several years now, and I have seen a couple of other templates I like. But I don’t want to wind up using it as a distraction, which would be easy to do. I think I’ll see how the new publishing direction goes, and try to focus on the writing at the mo.
The good news is that I have settled on a formatter–someone who’s also an author and knows the ropes. I’ve also found the cover artist I want to start with. He’s actually done a couple for me in the past, and when I found out he also freelances I figured yeah–we should do this. That’s assuming he doesn’t go running for the hills after the wordy art request I sent him, lol.
Since I’ve been on Facebook for a few weeks now, I can see that the thing is actually a lifestyle for some people. I don’t personally feel the allure of the addiction to the media; I can see using it for writing/publishing news, or casual short conversation. But I’ve already ‘unfriended’ a citizen or two who felt that Facebook was a forum for all the vitriol they could manage to spew.
And while I fully intend to use it for promotion, I must admit I’ve never seen so much promo outside of all the infomericals that populate tv in the wee hours! Geez! If that’s all you have to talk about, why would anyone want to listen?!
In the interest of noting something other than the holidays (snort!), here’s a brief update as to where I am in the writing scheme of things…
I’m currently in the process of trying to get the first of three novels all buffed and shiny for re-issue. That would be “Incubus”, my first published ebook & one of my favorites. And in the best of all possible worlds I would take on the editing, formatting, and cover art myself, to get exactly what I want. But I’m not currently living in that neighborhood, so it’s been a process of searching and elimination.
This work has been previously published, and I’ve been fortunate to have pretty good editors, so the main focus is getting good formatting and an artist. I’ve got it narrowed down to two candidates each, so that should be settled shortly.
The main thing I seem to be hesitating on is the cover artist. I really want a good one (who doesn’t?), something to suit the story. But finances and common sense also mean limiting the budget. And naturally the one I’m leaning toward isn’t the most inexpensive. Well, hey–what is life without adventure?
This indie stuff is not for sissies!
Stay tuned, more updates to come.