Wednesday, June 3, 2015

IWSG: June



It's June's IWSG post. Check out the IWSG page to find out more about this wonderful group.

My mind has been going in two different streams the past few days. On the one hand, the novella is coming together--I got the copyedited manuscript back over the weekend and went through the Track Changes. My copyeditor only had about 4 queries for one, which she said was good for a story that is 29K.

So the story itself is almost done. Now it's on to covers. I have no ideas for a cover--not being a visual person in the least--but it's an important component for a book. Readers takes cues from covers.

I've been looking at places that have pre-made covers displayed to see if something among them might suit. I've found a few that might be okay, but I'm not entirely sure yet.

I need my cover to convey:
  • Historical
  • Woman of color as the main character
But I don't like faces on book covers nor do I like the cut-off woman in period dress on historical fiction covers, so. . .what did you all do, self-publishers, about your covers?

And in the other mind stream--and on a much more personal note--my maternal grandfather died this past Saturday. He was 89 years old, had been ill for some time, and we knew it was coming very soon, so the family had time to prepare. We were at the house as he/just after he passed. You can't ask for a more peaceful and family-filled end. Still sad, though.


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  1. Sorry about your grandfather. I only had one growing up. He died at 77 about 13 years ago, but it was very sad. It was one of those, slipped very quickly kind of things.

    But really though, I think picking out a cover would be my most favorite part. :) I play around with mock covers a lot already. If I remember my conference panel that I went to on this on last year, I think they said you can get a really good custom cover for around $150.

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    1. Thank you.

      I don't want to spend a ton on the cover, you know, which is why I've been looking at pre-made ones. No dice yet.

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  2. Sorry about your loss :( I can't imagine how that must feel. In a way I know it's inevitable, but it still makes me sad to think about it.

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  3. So sorry for your loss. Glad you could be there though. Sometimes that is the greatest blessing when you know it's time for a loved one to move on.

    Good luck for your cover search. I don't write historical so I don't have any advice.

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    1. Thank you. Of the covers I've looked at...they're a bit too modern for me. And since I don't really know what I want, it's a bit harder to decide which direction to go in--custom cover, pre-made cover, person on cover, object on cover...

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  4. I'm sorry for your loss, Michelle.

    Maybe think about a different aspect of your story that you can highlight on the cover. Like if it's pioneer times, a photo of a covered wagon instead of a pioneer woman. Maybe try something more symbolic.

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    1. Errr...well, it's late Georgian England. So we have ships. We have Bristol, England. Pearl buys new gloves toward the end of the story. I'm trying to decide, I think, what says "historical fiction" to people.

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  5. Sorry to hear of your grandfather passing.

    As for historical and diverse, have you thought about an old time plantation style mansion? To me, that conveys historical!

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    1. Thank you, Diane.

      It definitely says historical, but only a bit of it takes place on a plantation. I've never put this much thought into a cover before. It's different when it's yours!

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  6. You could try this site: http://authormarketingclub.com/members/pre-made-book-covers the prices are pretty good. Or just hunt around for ideas. :-)

    Here's my link if you'd like to drop by :-)

    Anna from Elements of Writing

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  7. Thank you Anna--that looks fantastic. I'll definitely look at it more closely.

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  8. Michelle,
    Condolences on your grandfather.
    Glad your novella is going so well. I don't know very much about cover art myself but I'm sure you'll find something good.

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    1. Thank you. My copyeditor says she'll have it back by the weekend.

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  9. Sorry to hear about your grandfather, but it sounds like he passed peacefully.

    This is where I've gone for cover artists. You have a lot of pages to go through, so maybe one will stick out. https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/837698-book-cover-artists-illustrators?order=a&page=18

    ~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

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    1. Oh yeah---I think you mentioned this in the Facebook group, right? Thank you for this.

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  10. So sorry about your grandfather, Michelle. But he live a nice long time! Am sure many memories were made.
    Hmm, if you go to my blog, under "Helpful Resources" i have a section for cover designs that might help :)

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  11. Sorry that your grandfather has passed. It's good to be around family during those times.
    For your cover, I like hands. They could be doing something that represents the piece, and sleeves that depict the times.
    Play off the Page

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    1. I sort of had an idea of maybe the character's arms with her hands clasped, wearing gloves. Or something. I'll have to look around at the resources and links all of you have left!

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  12. I'm so sorry to read about your loss. It's good to read that the family had time to prepare and were present as he/just after he passed. I'm sure that was very comforting for everybody.

    With regards to the book cover, I don't have much experience with that. Yet. I'll get there. One day.
    Seems like some good advice in the comments above.
    Congrats on the progress with your novella! Awesome!

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    1. I'll definitely post about what happens with the cover situation, since I have a few places to look into now. And thank you so much!

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  13. So sorry to hear about your grandfather. What a blessing he had his family around him at the end. Hugs

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    1. Thank you very much, Sandra. Hard to believe it's now been a week.

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