I had intended to write an Easter themed story, but ran out of time when life and minor ailments intervened. It’s a slightly different post this week as, apart from trying to catch up, I’m working on revising my previously published book ‘Changes.’
It was traditionally published a few years ago, and the original cover was intended to convey the contrast between a typical winter day in London, and an escape to the sunshine of a Mediterranean island.
The castle/hotel in the background was based on an actual place in Malta, but some feedback indicated it looked more like a history book, and the lower part was too dark and didn’t show up well.
I assumed it would be a simple task to update the text, but after revisiting the manuscript some five years or so later, the positive outcome has been that I can identify my early, naïve errors. Don’t get me wrong, I still believe it’s a great story, but it needs work, especially some dialogue to drive the story forward.
As authors, we live and never stop learning.
In between writing my weekly short stories, entering competitions, editing and proof reading for myself and others, I’ve relied heavily on the experience of fellow writers, and the expertise of people who have been there, done it, and are proud owners of the T-shirt. 😀
In the Indie sector, but equally for traditionally published authors striving to achieve that best seller, it’s difficult to appreciate how many aspects are involved in the publication of a book. You as a reader might commit a few pounds/dollars, without realising the cost of a coffee represents a year or more of blood, sweat and tears for the aspiring author whose book you have downloaded to read on a lunchtime break.
Books wouldn’t exist without readers, but equally writers need something back from readers, apart from their hard-earned cash. The actual net royalties earned by authors as a percentage of the amount you pay might surprise you, but that’s a topic for another day.
If you enjoy a book, please, please tell your friends, post a review on Amazon, Goodreads, or anywhere you can think of; even mention it to your local library. You are the life blood for developing new and fresh talent.
Let’s get back to the work in hand. Authors love their ‘babies’ and sometimes find it difficult to kill them off. We have read the ‘How To,’ books, had feedback from within the community, but at the end of the day it’s the readers who determine our success, however that it quantified.
The old adage about judging a book by its cover has never been more relevant in this fast-moving world, so I am asking for your help. There are many facets involved, including colour and fonts appropriate for genre, the rule of thirds, visibility in a thumbnail, and especially that undeniable X factor so here is your challenge.
‘Changes’ is a romance; various life-changing events affect the main character. She moves from dreary, rainy London to a Mediterranean island, and finds the man of her dreams. Or is he? Family problems pull her back to her previous humdrum life as she realises how much she has changed, and has to decide where her future lies.
Which of the following options for the cover do you think most sums up the story and would encourage you to want to read more? Don’t think, just react. Thank you for your help.
a). The original above.
b) c) d) e) f)
(These are only first draft options, thanks to my designer, Paula Harmon. )
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This week’s question is where would you find Titania? (Apart from Shakespeare’s Midsummer night’s dream of course.) Answer next week.
Thanks for visiting and hope to see you back next Sunday. Meanwhile, have a great extended weekend if you are in a country celebrating Easter, and if not, enjoy it anyway.
© Voinks April 2019