Or Diary Of a New Writer – Faux Pas Edition! Oh well, if you can’t laugh at yourself, someone else might as well laugh at you, right?
Ah, book cover design. Remember how I said it was the fun part? I should have known some of my words would come back to haunt me. Because it’s turned into a nightmare! (Ok, that’s a little dramatic… NO, it’s not! Waah!) Book three of my series is finished. I’ve done everything I can possibly do to it. I’ve had the beta readers preview and proof read. My friend Kevin (of former publishing house fame) is back in town and I might pester him for one final look. After that it’s time to upload it. But there’s a problem…
Pay attention, everyone that read Diary of a New Writer! I discovered last week, purely by chance (and thank goodness I did), what it feels like when another writer uses the same template for their cover from the on line cover creator!
Ugh! Serves me right for being a cheap ass. And what’s worse? It was for a dining guide! *Smacks forehead* Anyway, the obvious solution is to try, try again. Enter the awesome folks at NCS Studios. It’s time to quit messing around and do this right. I have an appointment on Monday.
First, we’re going to work on a brand new cover for, Run For It, Book Three in the Bucks County novels. Then we will revisit Three Empty Frames and Seeing Red. Because, you guessed it, I used the same template for both of them! (Idiot)
Remember the trouble I was having uploading the cover to Smashwords? How I was being denied from their premium catalog? This is going to fix that, too. With a professionally designed cover, image quality won’t be an issue. This will allow the series to be pushed out to iBooks, Nook and Kobo. And that is a really cool thing for a series writer.
At least the novel is finished, all 87,000+ words of it. If you’re curious, I wrote a short story prequel to it, earlier this month. I might do one more before the book comes out. Now I have to work on my blurb and update my author biography. I might actually have some professional photos done. (With a fuzzy lens so I look like Diane Lane in 1999! Bah!)
While the pros work their magic, I’ll get back to writing. Book four is nearly finished, I’m making notes for book five. My World War One novel is brewing in the cauldron on the back burner. No wonder I’m tired…
(Images courtesy google images and IMBD)