I’m really excited about this one.
I’ve been working with Jeff Brown with creating new covers for the series. And while it is bittersweet changing the old covers, I’m pretty excited with how the new ones look.
This second one, in particular, is quite gorgeous and does a sick job capturing the scene from the beginning of Book 2. And in general it’s just a gorgeous-looking work of art.
So yeah, I’m pretty psyched. The level of detail and how beautiful the scenery is really just blows me away. I think it also conveys the mood and tone of the book and the series really well.
Now it’s on to book three. All I have to do now is finish it!
Regarding Book 3…
I had hoped to have it released by the end of Summer. Clearly that hasn’t happened. Various circumstances in my life has slowed the writing process considerably for me. I still am determined to get it out as soon as possible, but more importantly…
I want to make sure the book is as good as it possibly can be. This book is tremendously important to the overall story arc of the series, and I don’t want to rush it. I thought I was going to have all Summer free like last year when I produced Book 2, but it didn’t work out that way.
So, I am still writing, I’m happy with how it’s coming out, so that’s really the most important part. But it still is going to take some time until it’s completed.
Feel free to leave thoughts and comments below!
To be a good writer you have to first, well, be good at writing.
Obviously. Because if it’s shit, it doesn’t matter how you dress it up.
So of course, the writing itself is the most important thing to any author.
But just because that is true, doesn’t mean there are other things that are very nearly as important if you hope to have any kind of success. They are three main things that fall into that category:
Title, Cover, and Blurb.
So you wrote a book. Maybe a good book. There’s only one question now:
Who gives a shit?
The biggest failing of writers, especially new writers, is feeling that your accomplishment of your book stands for itself and requires no special attention. You did something incredible–you did, in fact–you wrote a book. But readers, they don’t give a shit. Thousands of new books are being made all the time.
So the question then isn’t who gives a shit? But rather, how do I make them give a shit?
The answer is stated above. You choose an outstanding Title, Cover and Blurb.
- Your title should do one thing: tell them exactly what kind of story it is. And make them curious about it. Okay, two things. It does not help to have a literary-ass title that tells the reader nothing about the book. I don’t care if the title is somehow relevant to your story, Moonlight Parade is a god awful title for a thriller novel. Sudden Departure might be a great one for a thriller, though.
- Your cover should convey genre, should evoke some feelings or again, curiosity, and it should be clean and professional looking. Do NOT underestimate the power of images. We are an image driven race. A good cover is priceless. A bad cover can absolutely sink you.
- Your blurb should show some idea of who the hero is, what the conflict is, and what’s at stake. This is not a plot summary. This is not a foray into theme and mood. This should pique the readers interest, and you do that by showing them WHO your characters are and what they’re up against.
If you have those three things done well, and if you have yourself a good book when they crack the [virtual] spine and look inside, you’ve got a chance to do really well.
If you don’t have those things, well, then you’re fighting a mighty uphill battle my friend.
After some time deliberating and hand-wringing about how much I love my homemade covers, I finally decided to invest in some professionally made covers.
Because it’s about time. While I am proud of my covers, for what they were, and as a creative maniac I love being able to design them myself–but reality is given how well my series has done, I’m doing them and myself a disservice by not having professionally made covers.
So, I contacted Jeff Brown, who designs covers and graphics, and started working with him on a design. After he dealt with me asking for a thousand different things, we have reached a finished product:
So what do you guys think? How does it stack up to the old cover? I haven’t put it up yet, since I’m deliberating on whether I should wait for the cover for LEGENDS to be done as well so I can change them both at once, or just do it piecemeal.
Part of me just wants to put it up now, because I’m excited about it. But I know for branding purposes it’s probably better to wait.
I hate waiting.
Anyway, I’m excited about the art. Feel free to share your thoughts with me!
Happy fourth of July Weekend all!
The title says it all, really. From now until NOON Monday the eBook of LEGENDS will be on sale for 0.99! (also you can click the picture of it on the left for a link to Amazon.)
Then, the price increases to 1.99 for a few days. Then 2.99. Then it goes back to normal.
So get on it now while it’s cheap! Tell your friends they can get both HOOD and LEGENDS right now for only 3.99!
I mean, my god. That’s so little money it makes me angry. BUT sharing my books with people makes me le happy so I’ll be aight.
BOOK 3 Update: I’m about 27,000 words into American Rebirth. I absolutely love how it’s coming out, though it’s taking a bit longer than I’d have liked. Still shooting to get it out by the end of Summer!
Good friend of mine and author-superstar Heather Graham just did a HuffPost interview about herself as a writer and her new book. It’s quite entertaining. She’s also a ridiculously talented and successful author for y’all who don’t know her!
Some quick hitters:
- She’s published over 150 (WHAT?) books.
- She wrote her first novel on a typewriter that didn’t have an “E” key. I would’ve thrown up.
- Her choice of 5 people alive or dead for a dinner party is…unconventional lol.
Alright, have a good weekend everyone!