Judging a book by its cover: Do you do this?

“Don’t judge a book by its cover.”

But one does when it comes to actual books. We will pick the ones that are pleasing to us and then check out the blurb.

How much time do you put into creating a cover? It can be pricey if you are unable to design your graphics. Or to find an artist who will work with you and not break the bank.

Yes, there are sites where you can buy prefab covers. There is nothing wrong with those if you are starting your career. Maybe a prefab cover will be just the right fit for your book. I have seen some amazing ones that can fit into a variety of budgets.

But coming up with the right cover can determine if your book is purchased and read. It is a decision that one should not take lightly.

I am the same way when I am checking out books. Once it is in my hand, I soon learn the blurb does not always interest me. The point being is it has a shot of being purchased.

Paying attention to your cover is just as important as the work between the pages. Spend some time on this part. After all the work one puts into a book, it would be a shame if it remains on the shelf due to a cover that has no pop.

Having people blog for you: Ramona Mead

For the second time, I had someone guest post on one of my blogs. It was fun going back forth with the blogger as she came up with an article for me. It was my way of saying thank you for her hosting me on her site earlier.

When we help each other, we are helping ourselves. It is a theme I preach on often. Working as an author can be solitary. So, reaching out to others gives us contacts and a camaraderie that only they get.

It is something I need to do more, especially when it is a win-win for both parties. The authors do the heavy lifting while also sharing my site. I return the favor.

Authors I have come across have not always agreed with my assessment of working with other writers.

It’s okay. Maybe, the author will learn in time, and perhaps not. How will I answer the next time I’m questioned? It’s simple. I know how to work with others. You know, kind of how we learned as kids growing up.

Ramona wrote about what it takes to be a book blogger. I learned a lot from her post and, hopefully, my readers will enjoy. I feel they will.

So, here is the link to showcase a new friend who is the same business as me.

https://mainemuse.wordpress.com/2020/11/12/1878/

Collaboration: A good idea for writers?

 

“We should work together.”

‘Would you like to collaborate with me on ____?”

“It would be great if we worked on a project together.”

The list goes on.

Over the years, a dozen people have made various remarks like the ones above to me. I have always gotten excited. But I soon realized the above meant two things.

First, it would not pan out due to life, circumstances, and more.

Two, what people meant was this. They want me to do the work with input and ideas now and then from them. They want me to revise and edit the whole book with thoughts now and then from them. They want me to shop the manuscript to publishers with no input from them. They want me to do the bulk of promotion and marketing. They also want me to use my well-established author platform on their behalf while they enjoy what comes from it.

Hey, if I could convince someone to do that, I would climb aboard that train. Well, to a certain degree.

But, no.

Hmm. Let me be more clear on this topic. Hell no.

Either they don’t know how much work is necessary or they don’t want to do a share of it.

I understand. Doing this kind of work is not easy. It involves a lot of time and effort. Things I am willing to put into a collaboration with someone.

However, if you think I am going to do the bulk of the work and you put your name on that cover, you are delusional.

If someone is willing to work with me, that is awesome. I welcome it.

But until that moment arrives, I will stick to working on my own.

The Musings of A New Englander