The new cover: Design by Kim Killion/The Killion Group
I’ve had an eye-opening week. In my efforts to spend more of my time as a novelist, I decided I needed to update the cover of one of my self-published books. It’s a cover I did myself; it’s always been weak, but at the time, I just didn’t have the money to spend on a graphic artist.
[I’m not pushing the book here. Really, it’s all about process, not sales.]
So I hired a designer and decided I’d also go to paper as long as I was at it. That means your book has a “spine,” the edge that faces outward on the shelf. The designer has to know how many pages the book is to make the spine the right size to wrap around the pages properly.
So I thought I’d give the text another look. I realized right away that one of the two excerpts of other books that I’d included in the back would have to go. The second excerpt wasn’t for the same type of book, so the marketing would be all wrong.
In her post today on Facebook, Barbara Samuel O’Neal raised the paper vs. eBook reader preference question. The responses were fairly split, as they were in the E-Book Pricing Poll on Argh Ink last week where commenters weighed in on what they were willing to pay for eBooks and whether they did their reading electronically or via physical books.
The topic is nothing new. Google “paperbacks or eBooks” and you’ll get pages of blog posts and articles with a range of responses. Some readers prefer electronic books because they are highly portable and easy to load with new books, while others prefer the feel of a physical book that doesn’t rely on having a charged battery to use. Some books are only available in one format or another, which drives choices as well. For writers, eBooks provide publishing options beyond what is available via the traditional printed book channels. Continue reading
The concept of community is something very important in books, IMHO. When you fall in love with a character, invariably you fall in love with the other characters that make up their community and often, the community comes together to help the hero or heroine achieve their goal.
The same is true in the writing community. For a few weeks now, I’ve been thinking about how to revise my first scene. The way it is (as evidenced by my five-week evolution here) is okay, but it sets me up with a big problem, namely we don’t see Susannah and Nate together until the fourth scene — WAAAAAY too long for the two of them to meet. Plus, by setting up the first scene as it was, we don’t get a sense of Susannah’s community (which is limited at first to her friend Maggie). Again, we have to wait until the fourth scene to discover Susannah’s friend. Continue reading
Several weeks ago I told you about my color-coded approach to revising my WIP, working title My Girls. I also promised to share that revised first scene with you, but then there were technical difficulties and malware issues and corrupt files and…and…and…you get the picture. Like the plucky heroines we love in our stories, I doggedly remained upbeat and hopeful that I’d recover my file with all those beautiful revisions, until the sad day when that all went to hell. Then there were self-pity parties which may or may not have included binge eating ice cream while standing over the kitchen sink.
But all that’s behind me now as I finally bit the bullet and rewrote the revisions. As previously promised, you get to share in the joy. Continue reading
Hero and Villain?
Have you ever read or written a book with the bad guy (or girl) from a previous book as the hero or heroine? Did it work?
This week, I’ve been reading the historical Captive Hearts trilogy by new-to-me romance author Grace Burrowes. I really like her voice, and I’ll definitely read more of her books, but I’ve been thinking a lot about The Traitor, the second book in the series. The hero, Sebastian, is not just a bad guy, but was the torturer of Christian, the hero of The Captive, the first book. Given that The Captive is about the terrible physical and psychological damage done to Christian during his captivity and his battle to resume a normal life, making a hero of Sebastian is an ambitious undertaking.
Do I think Ms. Burrowes succeeded? Continue reading
Could a little hypnosis open up your imagination? If you think it’s worth a try, it probably is. (Via Wikimedia Commons)
I’ve been looking at hypnosis tracks on YouTube this summer in an effort to write more.
Hypnosis doesn’t work for everyone, and I’m a firm believer in “if you don’t want to do it, hypnosis can’t make you”. But, I think writers as a group tend to be highly suggestible. Don’t you agree? (-: If you said yes, there’s a good chance you are highly suggestible, too, and hypnosis might be worth a try. Continue reading
Today is “National Day of Encouragement” day. If that sounds sort of like a “Hallmark” holiday that’s because it is (it’s on my calendar). But since there is too little encouragement in the world (and because I can’t count the number of times when a simple word of encouragement kept me writing), I’m embracing the idea.
In the interest of getting in the spirit, I found three inspiring TED talks. The presenters are as different as night and day (an author, radio talk show host, and a filmmaker) but their respective messages are encouraging and inspirational.
Happy National Day of Encouragement! Continue reading