My copy edit has been done for a few weeks and "the Betrothal" has basically just been sitting on my computer as a prc file all lonely, waiting for upload. Since this isn't legacy publishing and I don't need to print anything I asked myself: why are you waiting? And really didn't have a good reason besides fear and anxiety and the Celt in me long ago learned not to listen to them, so I published a week early. It turned out to be an amazingly simple process just like the rest of the experience.
"The Betrothal" now available on kindle: here.
Nook and Smashwords will come later in the year.
Main Focus #1: Assault on Dread Fortress Paine (Post FM6 Mini Novel) = 60k out of 50k estimate (120%)
Side Focus #2: The Glassbreaker Goes Home (Post FM6 Novella/Mini Novel) = 26k out of 50k estimate (51%)
Back Burner #1: FM7 School Story = 0k out of 80k estimate (0%)
Back Burner #2: Super Secret Awesome Project
Ugly Step Child: Gush (Fantasy Action/Adventure) Novel, First Draft = 21k out of 100k estimate (21%)
Other Stuff I Need to Get To: FM3-FM6 concordance updates
Monday, April 11, 2011
My take on these E-Book covers is to have something simple but catchy. We aren't talking about a physical object in a store here, neither is it a foot tall and at least 300 pages thick. We're talking about 100x100 pixels. That means: go bright.
I designed the cover myself using Paint.net. For the background you have a gradient of pink and baby blue run through the "twister" effect to make the Twilight Zone look and then the "pixelization" effect to add some blur.
As far as fonts, both are free commercial fonts available through www.fontspace.com. The main title font is the "Action Is Shaded" font with a white paint fill to make the words pop. "Action Is Shaded" was created by Brain Eaters (http://www.braineaters.com/) over ten years ago. It's also nicknamed the "Austin Powers font" because of it's 60s look. The subtitle font is named "Big Mister C" and was created by Solar Sister. I wanted a hand-written look and to me it was the most professional.
All in I spent a whole two hours designing the thing. We'll see if it does the job in May.