Kindle Book Cover for Duilleog

6 Sep
Kindle Cover

Kindle Cover for Duilleog

This is the Kindle version. On a kindle you only need the front cover – not the spine and back cover.  So much easier! When doing a full cover you need to determine what the spine width will be and that is calculated based on the number of pages and the type of paper you use.  Fun times building the full cover.  Tell me what you think about the tree in the middle. I thought it would catch the eye, but it might be cluttering things.  Ciao!

The First Book Cover

6 Sep
Full Cover

Duilleog Full Cover

Well here it is. This is my first book cover.  Hopefully this will stand out against the thousands of other books on Amazon.  It was fun creating this and now I have a template to use for future books in this series.  I’ll post the single cover page as well in a moment. That will be the cover for Kindle uploads.  The empty white box is where the bar code gets printed by CreateSpace. Just in case you were wondering.

All images and graphics were obtained from www.123RF.com – a royalty free website full of images and such.  So I paid a fee for each image and then I need to credit them – which I do under the copyright page.  I had to ‘modify’ the images a little – hopefully that doesn’t piss off the artists.  Shouldn’t.

I was so surprised when I stumbled upon the top image – the one with the castle in the background. It popped up with another search string and shouldn’t even have appeared. But it did and I immediately knew it was right for my book. I love it.  I stretched the image across the front and back – some is hidden off page and below the lower section.  If anyone is interested I’ll post the image up on its own with artist credit attached.

This is not a cheap adventure in hindsight, but my goodness it has been fun so far.  I begin working on the second draft today.  That will be hard work. I’ll have to trim a bit and that will be like cutting a couple of inches off one of my children…le sigh…

Mahalo!

 

Scrivener

3 Sep

showcase-scrivener_headerSo I bought Scrivener about a year ago and enjoyed it on my PCs.  I started my novels using MS Word but found it problematic and really not good for all the pieces and bits that go into making a novel. I accidently found an article posted on Digg.com that talked about Scrivener and I tried the 30 day trial and fell in love.  If you don’t know what Scrivener is go over to http://literatureandlatte.com and check it out!

I became so enraptured with it I went out and bought a MacBook Air just so I could use the Mac version. The PC version trails the Mac version by a margin large enough for me to want to move over.  I can’t imagine writing without it.

Shameless plug…I know…

Duilleog: A New Druids Novel, Volume One

3 Sep
Duilleog Draft Cover

Duilleog Draft Cover

I hope to publish Duilleog before Christmas 2014.  I still have so much to learn about getting a novel ready for an audience. The hardest thing to learn is to STOP changing the words!  The second volume, Stoc, I hope to publish six months after that.  I have already written about a third of that volume and the whole story sits in my head.

The two volumes will complete the early portion of the New Druids story.

Here is the test book cover I created using CreateSpace over at Amazon. Unlikely to be the final one I use – its too … green and busy?  I need something simpler.