In the past I’ve posted general hints and tips as I self-publish for the first time. I thought it was time to show some of the epic fails. This slide show contains examples of a few versions of my cover art to show the progression from initial thought to final product for the book cover.
It’s also a little scary. This isn’t a short story published with other hopefuls. This is a novel with just my name on the cover. Love it or hate it, it’s all me.
When last I blogged I was bemoaning the fact that my versioning got out of sync due to my dependence on technology. I completed the compare of the various versions of the book and am now reading through Deceived again. I have been working on the maps of the world I’ve created and on the cover art for the first book.
Just as I was thinking that I had a handle on publishing I found myself in an interesting pickle. A couple of months ago I had serious Windows 8.1 upgrade issues. The result: my Surface Pro and my laptop got out of sync and I didn’t realize I wasn’t access the same version of the document on both machines.. Needless to say not all of my changes have been made to the copy of the book I thought was almost ready. ARGGGGGGG!
As a child I spent countless hours creating worlds and characters for short stories that I wrote to pass the time in the hot southern summers. I never had the guts to share those stories except for the occasional school project. As an adult I spent many years working in the IT field and flights of fantasy were few and far between; but I missed the characters and worlds I had created.
Time passed, my kids grew up… and I did too. I decided to return to my fantasy worlds and try my hand at writing a full novel. The world I always thought would make a good book refused to speak to me, almost as if I had grown up and could no longer hear its whispers. Then a new world opened up. One my mind had never visited before.