Creating your book cover: Is it important to you?

 

How does one go about finding the right cover for their books? If you have a publisher that helps. I was fortunate to have one that worked with me in getting a cover.

When it came to my self published stuff I had to come up with it on my own. For my Squirrel Mafia book the pictures on the cover and inside the book were photos I took. The book was non fiction so it worked. Other covers I have tried to come up with pictures I could take that would work there as well.

There are sites that sell book covers for a variety of prices. There are sites where you can create your own. There are sits that sell stock photos that you can use.

What cover you use can determine how well the book is looked at. The old phrase, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”, is not one you want to adhere to. The cover is what gets your book picked up and looked at. Not taking the time to do so may not work out for you.

A few sites that people have used are

Carva www.carva.com

-Sparks https://spark.adobe.com/make/book-cover-maker

– Shutterstock https://www.shutterstock.com/

These are just a few that other writers have used.

Apart from that here is a blog post that goes into what you think about as you make your own c over.

https://blog.reedsy.com/book-cover-design/

Take the time to work on your cover. It can make the difference in your book being looked at or overlooked.

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Book contract: Sign readily?

 

When I was offered my first book contract I was over the moon. I had a few people look it over and did some research to make sure it looked good. I signed it and we proceeded to getting the cover, more edits and all the things involved in getting a book out in print to the public. And the rest is history as the saying goes.

Time move on and things didn’t sit right with me after a couple of years so I asked for my rights back. That prove problematic. Very problematic to be more specific.

I could write a small book on what to look for in a contract, what to question and to know if you should sign or walk away. Things I did not know at first and as a newly signed author would not have known until something went wrong.

One has to ask questions, do the research and make sure your book and yourself are being represented well. It took such a long time for you to get to this point. Don’t get so excited that someone wants to put your book in print.

As a new author back than I did the research but I didn’t know what to be looking for or asking for exactly. I did the best that I could. And for the most part it worked out.

So what to look for?

-make sure there is a termination clause listed and that is is specific.

-make sure you learn when the royalties will be dispersed

-make sure you understand the double secret code some might use when they explain your royalties and how the money is divided.

-make sure you are able to contact them in time of need besides the website they run

-ask if they have ways of having your book reviewed and how they go about doing that

-what happens if they fold?

There are more but this is what cam to mind at the time of this blog. Not all of the above applied to me but from other frustrated authors.

There will be times where it all looks good and it could be exactly what is written down on paper. There will be times where blips will occur and it seems the publisher has all the rights while you have none. But there are many people out there who are willing to work with you in looking over your contract and helping you when times go south.

Don’t be in a rush to sign over your rights to your book. It is tempting but this your baby and it deserves the same TLC that you gave it while creating it.

I am more cautious with anyone who is interested in any of my manuscripts. And that is a good thing.

“It’s complicated”: Is it really?

How many times have you heard in a movie or TV the phrase, “It’s complicated,” or read it in a book? If you are like me than too many to count. To be honest it has gotten old and it has been old for a while now.

How about you write out the scene? It does not have to be a full-blown back story but just a bit to explain it. I often scream at the TV when I hear the phrase. Take some time do a little work and explain why it is in your view complicated.

Your job as a writer for a show or a movie is to well write. Taking the cheap way out, and sadly it works for the most part, is just frustrating. But another sad part is it has been used so often that people hear it, accept it and move on not putting the writers against the wall and holding them accountable for it.

How about saying what it it? We are too lazy to get into it right now. We don’t want to bother. We know you will accept the word even if we never ever explain it. Who knows why it happens as often as it does.

Our readers and viewers deserve better, don’t they? If you paid good money for a book or a movie, and let’s face those are getting pricier as the years go by, you should get your bang for the money Heck, we deserve better ourselves if we are the writers producing such books and movies.

I don’t see this changing anytime soon, if ever, but I had to let this out. Why? I guess it’s not so complicated for me.