Working on eight things at once, including a new cover for my Super Witch book. I realized it didn’t fit in the superhero genre (a witch with a towel for a cape is FANTASY, duh.) I finished it and I love the pic and the simple design but, damn it, somewhere between my eyes and the World Wide Web the damn thing lost its color AND I NEVER NOTICED. I’m happily uploading it everywhere and even re-sizing it and it’s black & white and dull, dull, dull. As I squint, it looks like a color-focus filter was plopped on and not taken off.
I have some free time at work today so I’m going to take another whack at it. What a maroon. What a nim-cow-poop.
I’m just shocked that WordPress has finally let me update after a full day of trying and now I have to be somewhere else. Short version: Writing facelift on Souls by the Sea series going well! Will revise other books as time permits! IT’S CHRISTMAS ALREADY?!
I fixed it with a discreet smudge. But where’s the fun in that? Here’s the original…how the hell did I not see it?
If I don’t cut out all that alliteration I’m going to be burned at the stake. Sorry! And sorry, again, for being MIA but this is the book overhaul that never ends, it just goes on and on, my friends… the kind soul who pointed out my problems (named, appropriately enough, Sherry Soule of SwoonWorthy book covers) is helping me see the light on proper ebook presentation. My titles, covers, blurbs, were all wrong for my genre and I spent the bulk of the weekend correcting them. My urban fantasies are now named Souls by the Sea, Souls in the Flame, and Souls of the Storm. All my blurbs plus the front/back matter of every book I’ve written had to reflect that and be uploaded again. Whew.
I didn’t correct the covers, though. I finally must admit I just don’t have the skills. But Sherry has generously gifted me premades AND custom covers and she now has a friend/customer/stalker for LIFE. Look at this…
Damn, that’s so much better. Well, we live and learn.
Well, I like them! But a pro designer did gently e-pull me to the e-side and e-whispered an offer for some free advice. I agreed, gladly, so now I’m waiting. Probably the backgrounds are a bit, uh, busy. We’ll see. I also overhauled all my other covers…
…and I love B’s and Super Witch’s. Amazon, however, rejected SW because I didn’t have the name of the book on the cover. I don’t?! Well, gee, I guess it IS a bit subtle. I just re-uploaded again so let’s keep our fingers crossed. The Kids’ Table cover makes me want to vomit but it’ll do for now. I’ll soon be swapping it out when I get my latest holiday romance completed. I want to brand them together as the first two of the Swanhaven series/trilogy. Hopefully I’ll finish quickly. Off to hunt down some leftover candy…
Spent the weekend on yet another set of Souls by the Sea ebook covers and they’re also only marginally better than falling into donkey shit. Siiiigh. I took my angst to KBoards and they agreed with me (sniffle) and offered some good advice. I got hung up on trying to get my covers to reflect the individual PLOTS of the books. No, no, young Grasshopper. They must reflect the GENRE. And they must match, either in their colors or their artwork, to reflect my series BRAND. Screw the plots.
Most people suss that out within their first year but my excuse, and it’s the truth, is I was too busy writing to pay proper attention to my presentation. I thought as long as the image was interesting and you could read the title then that was fine. Some bestsellers are nothing but text on solid colors. Now I’m edging into sour grapes territory so good night, all!
I’ll never be satisfied but I think these are pretty close to perfect. They’re genre-specific, and colorful. Super Witch and the first Souls by the Sea pretty much tell you what they’re all about, too. Magic! Mayhem! Fresh fruit! (The 2nd two Souls books look like thrillers. Will that be a problem? I hope not.) Anyway, I’m pleased and I’m RELIEVED that all my ducks are in a row at last and I can start promoting in earnest. When I get back from vacation (TTFN!) I’ll start work on a Christmas romance novella that’s been burning a hole in my brain for years. Should be fun! Hopefully it’ll be finished before December 25th but let’s not go crazy. These lovely books, btw, are available on all venues (Amazon, Smashwords, Nook, Kobo, what have you…) here on my website.