Hooray! My romance book Never Say Forever is finally ready to go up on Amazon Kindle. Readers of my last blog will remember that the book has previously been published in paperback and softback (under the pen name of Kay Harborne) and I was wondering whether to go for a new cover. I decided it would be best to as I wanted to give the book a fresh, modern feel so went for a pink background with a black silhouette. So, courtesy of my talented illustrator daughter Naomi, here it is:
The cover has been uploaded, so has the book, it's all ready to go. Just one final check through to make sure there are no typos or extra spaces (I soon learnt that any errors really show up on the small Kindle pages) then I'll be pushing the 'publish' button.
Publishing an e-book isn't quite the same as having the first copy of a print book in your hands but I have to confess I'm getting hooked on it. I've another e-book almost ready to go. This one is a children's fantasy novel called, Firstborn, which was praised by several publishers but turned down because 'there are too many dragon stories about'. The cover was designed by Naomi's partner Andres, a graphic designer - it's very useful to have two illustrators/graphic designers in the family!
I was hoping to launch both books at the same time but I'm wrestling a bit with the formatting of Firstborn. Despite the text looking perfectly fine on my computer screen when I preview it on the Kindle screen there are some indents in the middle of paragraphs. I can't figure out why and it's driving me a bit mad but hopefully I will sort it out soon.
E-publishing is a challenge, and once the books are actually 'published' there is the biggest challenge of all - marketing. That's going to be another learning process!
(For those of you who haven't got illustrators/graphic designers in the family and want help with your covers Naomi can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and Andres at AlzateDiaz@gmail.com)