Wednesday, December 30, 2015

New Covers for 2016

For 2016 I worked up some new covers for my books. I used the same art (my own) but reversed the priorities – putting the titles in the box and letting the art fill the cover. I'm thinking they're an improvement. At least I've eliminated that black outline around the text of A Summer in Amber that was problematical in the thumbnail images. 

Everything I read about self-publishing says you need professionally designed covers. You should make your cover look like the covers of other, professionally designed books in your genre because people judge the quality of the book by the quality of its cover. I have to admit I do as well. That said, I can't say I'm all that impressed with many of the presumably professionally designed covers I see. Possibly because they all look alike. Since I'm not writing my stories to be just like other stories in their genre – I'm writing the stories I can't find to read – I think my covers should reflect their outlier nature. And since my stories are rather old fashioned, I think my covers should suggest that too. Which, at any rate, is my story, and I'm sticking with it. That, and the fact that my cover budget is $0, so cover design, as well as everything else, must be done in-house.  

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  1. I enjoyed The Bright Black Sea. If you want a different set of eyes to look over your next episode, let me know. I also write a little.

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    1. Thanks for leaving a comment and for your nice reviews on Smashwords. Much appreciated. I may well take you up on your offer. However, it will be late spring or summer, before I have anything good enough for other people to read. My first draft is just something to get some words, incidents and dialogue roughed in. It's the hard work and I'm not very fussy about it, it's just something for me to then tinker with when all done, which is a lot more fun. I can tell that you enjoy writing as much as I do. It's hard work and but great fun fun as well.

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