Thursday, January 29, 2015

Summer Horse New Cover

Mid-winter blues?  Maybe so.  But I needed a change.

I chose this horse because he looks like a large pony to me.  He could be some trouble, could have a mind of his own, and is the kind of horse a girl could fall head over hoofs in love with.

What a great time of life to be twelve, learning to ride, learning the responsibility of caring for a horse and the biggest worry is what shade of sparkly nail polish to use.

Sunday, January 25, 2015


I had a review in which the reader, annoyed by the cover image, pointed out quite rightly that Alex Milne wouldn't wear Keds.

True.  I'm not sure that I specified his footwear choices in Flash as I'm not given to describing clothing, carpeting or scenery very much but he would wear boots to support the ankle that was broken.

I didn't realized that  the cover image was so important to some readers.  I just thought--as most writers do--that if the design is eye-catching and appealing, it will lead readers to at least sample the book.  Apparently this common belief is wrong.

Obtaining the right cover art is very difficult even for traditionally published authors.  I've had several book covers I didn't like at all and some I loved.

For an independent author, you generally rely on stock photos and Photoshop.  It's very expensive, and I mean it could be $1000, to have a custom photo taken that is specifically for your book.  Even then you can't necessarily choose someone who looks like the characters you've imagined.

So I propose we give up the designed covers and just go with generic brown paper wrappers.

Would that make your reading experience better or worse?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Bittersweet Farm 9: Roll the Dice in Paper!

Yes, I finally finished formatting it and changing the cover--very necessary.

photo by Sommer Wilson
It available now 
and Amazon BF9 
now through the back door but formally in a few days.

Really, go to the Facebook page.  You'll get the news and interesting tidbits the quickest there.  I, sadly, can't juggle all my social media and write and clean the barn, too.  Sorry!

To Tour or Not to Tour That is the Question

I decided yes to sent Bittersweet 1 around this month.  Does it help?  I don't know.  It doesn't hurt.