Good morning and welcome to day 3 of the A to Z Challenge 2016. Today belongs to the lovely and talented letter C, which for me stands for cover.
As an author, I appreciate the need for a good cover to sell the book. A cover is a lot like a job interview. You wouldn’t show up without all the spit and polish you could manage. First appearances are important, and that is certainly true when it comes to covers. There are millions of books out there, and yours needs to stand out from the pack to be noticed. If, like me, you aren’t artistically inclined, that can be a daunting task.
While the title and book blurb are important, and reviews are necessary–even bad ones– the most critical element for a book is its cover. I’ve been fortunate enough to have some excellent covers and many of those have translated into popularity for the books.
The image above shows a small selection of the books I have available as well as giving you the link to my website. My son created, maintains, and updates it as necessary. It’s interactive, and you can even leave a book review there is you want to.
When a book is published by a traditional publisher, the final decision on a cover depends on them, but sometimes circumstances change and so do the covers. The publisher for Echoes of the Past, top right, folded and when the book’s rights were returned to me, I republished with a new cover. While I loved the original one, this one is more appropriate to the story and speaks to its Native American aspects with the clever use of the dreamcatcher as the letter O, but I didn’t make the cover. An extremely talented cover artist, Danille Doolittleof DoEllle Designs did. Her prices are reasonable and she does excellent work. http://doelledesigns.wix.com/doelledesigns
In my Harvester series, the publisher wanted some consistency to the covers. Since a white carnation features prominently in the first book, the idea of flowers for covers and title was a natural one. With this in mind, I wrote books two and three acordingly.
At the moment, my newest book, Hello Again is in a Kindle Scout campaign, and I’m hoping it’ll winn a publishing contract. Kindle Scout is reader-powered publishing for new, never-before-published books. It’s a place where readers help decide if a book will be chosen for publication through Amazon’s publishing forums. Selected books will be published by Kindle Press and as a thank you from Kindle Press and myself for your support, you’ll receive an early, free e-copy of Hello Again if it’s selected for publication. Readers determine the worth of a book for publication based on four criteria: the author’s previous work since a Q&A and social links are included, a short blurb for the book with a kitchy tag line, the first 5,000 words in the story and most importantly, the cover, designed once again by Danielle Doolittle. In all honesty, it’s primarily a popularity contest, and I’m praying I’m popular enough to be selected. If you’d like to consider supporting the book, a parnormal, romance, suspense, you can check it out here. It’s free and there’s no cost to you!
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