New Book

Hi!

So I’m keeping this short this week, because I’m trying to be busy with something else. Whether I’m being successful with that attempt is still up for grabs.

So this thing I’m working on that is keeping me busy is another new book. Yeah, another. That will make three.

3

Or if you prefer Roman numerals: III

Is that one too many? Two too many? I don’t know. Not really. I’m letting the second completed book simmer before I go back for edits and revisions. The first one has been through revisions and edits, and is only waiting on an intro and one last read-through after being beta read by a crack team. I needed a break from the second, the third is in a waiting pattern.

So then there’s this other story that has been screaming at me to be written, and I just sat and started on it the other day. And about 20 pages later, I realized that I now have to continue with it too. It’s different than my previous stuff, and will (currently at least) be a middle grade book. I’ll keep you posted.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Covers

Hi everyone!

Random statement: I have this kind of long range dream to open a small book store/cafe. Just wanted to put that out there so it isn’t just a dream in my head.

I’ve been looking at my ideas for covers for the third book in the Non-Vampire trilogy the last few days, and I have come up with a few I like. (see a part of one cover idea here) But that has led me down the path, once again, of how difficult it can be to come up with a good cover and title. I’ve been incredibly lucky in that with my last 3 books my brother-in-law did wonderful covers for me, but not everyone has that luck.

So what do others do? From what I’ve seen, some people go through fiverr. This works, and I’ve used it in the past, but I’ve never been fully satisfied with the results. In face, on one of the covers that I had done through that I actually ended up redoing it myself, which I liked a lot better.

Pay someone else a butt-load of money? I’ve heard of others doing this, but for an indie author that can eat up more money than you end up making on a book. Not a good plan.

The cover creator on Amazon when you upload your book? I also have tried that, and also didn’t like it. In fact, I liked it even less. I wound up replacing it almost immediately. Still, it could be usable for someone, I suppose.

There’s a site I found called selfpubbookcovers.com, and it looks pretty good to me. I have not used this one, but it seems reasonable. The covers seem to start at around $69, and all the pre-made covers I saw were under $100. You can also get custom covers made through the site, which would cost more. I’m not sure how much, but I’d expect it to be quite a bit more. Still, the pre-made ones don’t look too bad, so an indie should be able to find something they like for less than a $100. That’s not nothing, but it’s not too bad.

For now I’ll just keep trying to do my own. I’ve been throwing some images together, trying to figure out what I want. Right now I’ve got a partial design, though it is not complete. I can show you a portion of it here, just as a teaser, though:


Remember, this is just a small portion of a cover that is still in-progress, so nothing here is finalized. It’s just one of my ideas that I’m testing out.

Everyone have a wonderful weekend!

Nearing The End

Hi everyone!

I’m closing in on my current work in progress. I’m so close to the end that I can actually visualize myself typing “the end” there. I want so badly to just get the thoughts from my head onto the page so I can go back through and do revisions.

Alas, typing takes time.

Just because I know where the story is going and how it gets there, it doesn’t necessarily mean I’ve thought through all the words to describe each event correctly. Also, there’s one event coming that I need to think about/do some research on so that I get the details pretty close to right, because it will most definitely matter to the story.

Ugh.

But I’m getting there!

And then I can take a fresh look at my previous WIP before doing final revisions on it.

It never ends, but that’s a good thing.

So onto other thoughts…

I’ve been listening to audio books while I get ready for the day, do laundry, cook, even while I write sometimes. This is something I’ve done for a while now, just as a way to disengage my mind from the actual work of writing. Believe it or not, I think better when there are steady outside distractions like that. One bang distracts me. Constant drumming and I’m in the zone. Sometimes it’s music, sometimes a movie in the background (Often one of the Star Wars films, or possibly Phantom of the Opera), and sometimes it’s an audio book. Lately it’s been the audio book.

The thing about it is, I listened to a book that I didn’t know until later was a sequel/companion book to a completely different book that I’ve never read before. It was wonderful, engaging, and a very good book. So much so, that when I discovered it was a sequel/companion book, I hurried to find the original.

I’ve been listening to it.

It’s good. It is not amazing. This kind of seems strange to me, because a lot of what is unique about the one I read first (which was the sequel/companion book) is told from another character’s point of view. This book is the same events, as well as some additional one, from the point of view of the character whom all these unique things are taking place. You would think that would make this a great way to read a book, because I got the less detailed version first, then read the more detailed version. Instead, it seemed (most of the way through) kind of dead in comparison.

It has gotten better as it has gone, for sure. This makes me wonder if the story was started in the wrong point, or if the character is less likable, or what.

How can a story told from the other person’s point of view be so much more engaging than when the same story is told from the point of view of the character most affected?

It has made me wonder about some of my own stories. Would Faerie Queen have been better if told from Cecilia’s point of view? Would the Non-Vampire stories have been better from Jessica’s? It has me doubting my current story, as well, though it is actually a dual POV.

I don’t know. I do know the original book (not the sequel/companion book) is still a good book, but it seems flat in comparison. So maybe part of it is the lack of newness to the events. I know that has to be part of it. But I also just think the other character was a better narrator for that particular story. It is just interesting to see.

I’m going to go contemplate the mortality of the crab. Everyone have a great weekend!