Learning curve and fleeing.

Surviving Beauty

Beloved B and I are off to the isle of Madeira for a seven day break so I’ll be away from here. I’ve a few books to read and review so there will be work but I’ve promised to stay off the net and stop writing. After five years of constant writing that will be difficult. I don’t think I’ve gone than long with out writing since… since a Christmas holiday in Rome three years ago.

Beauty's-Price new cover

I’ve been busy clambering up a steep learning curve. I’m going to put out all my novels as paperbacks with Createspace. I will also issue my next novel myself on Amazon Kindle. I’m learning how to do conversions and prepare the work for those format’s . I must take this opportunity to thank Edward C Patterson for his help and encouragement in this enterprise. He is a great beacon in the Indi world.

I’ve also got to offer thanks to my editorial angel Miriam for her forbearance and understanding following some financial aggravation at my end.

I’ve had to work on some new cover designs for the paperbacks. This is my effort for the upcoming Beauty’s Price, the next in the West Cork trilogy.

I’ve also revised the cover for the print version of Surviving Beauty. I would really appreciate some feed back on this design. (Or indeed any of the others.) Covers are such a challenge when one does one’s own art work. I’d love to be able to have a pro do this but that’s just not financially viable yet. I do enjoy the process and it’s nice to get into Photoshop and QuarkXPress as change from Word.  They say covers are vital to sales success but they are such a subjective thing it is very difficult to judge one’s own work. I really have no idea how others feel about my efforts so please, if anyone reading this has any constructive criticism  to offer I’d welcome it. Anything but “hire a pro!”

Following a useful comment Here is another attempt at Survivng Beauty:

Beauty, cover two

2 thoughts on “Learning curve and fleeing.

  1. Miriam December 9, 2011 / 7:38 pm

    I think the covers are both good, but too similar to each other. But I’m certainly not a pro! Enjoy your holiday; it’s good to have a break from writing sometimes.

  2. davidrory December 9, 2011 / 9:33 pm

    Thanks Miriam, I guess I was trying for the similarity since they are part of the trilogy and follow on from each other. I can see how it may be problem so maybe I go for a different background tone?
    Thanks for the input.

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