Confessions of a Digital Novelist

Archive for August, 2011

Cover Art – Suicide is a Tax Write-Off

by on Aug.28, 2011, under Books, Digital Publishing, Personal, Writing

Wow, my apologies. It has been almost too months since my last post. Between editing the final version of E:CotN, going home for a family reunion, taking a camping trip, and the tribulations of life, I have had great difficulty in finding the time to post on this website. With the end of a busy summer, I should be able to write with more frequency from here on in.

The big news is that I’m planning to release a short story that I wrote way, way, way back in 1997 for free on Kindle. This will give people a chance to get to know my writing and for me to get some experience with the steps of digital self-publishing before I release E:CotN.

One of these steps is to commission cover art for the story. When publishing for Amazon, cover art is essential. It is your firs to opportunity to grab the attention of the reader and get him interested in your story.

Since I have no artistic talents whatsoever, my editor Erin Stropes suggested that I work with Jordan Knoll, a graphic designer based out of Toronto. Working with him was great. We were able to pass ideas back and forth until we came up with the concept that you see above. By using a discarded receipt, Jordan was able able to create an interesting image that tells the reader a great deal about the story without revealing the plot. I’m really happy with it. Jordan did some great work on it.

Next, I’ll have to purchase an ISBN for it and upload it to the Amazon Digital Text Platform. I had also wanted to upload it to iBooks, but to do so I have to charge a minimum price of 99 cents. As I wish to give away the short story for free to promote my upcoming novel, I don’t really feel it is appropriate to charge for one platform and not another. So for now, it will be Kindle-exclusive.

Anyway, I hope that all of you like it. I’ll be spending the next week plowing through Amelia’s edits on E:CotN. I look forward to the day when this project is finally completed.

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