Craobh Update #2: A New Druid Series Vol. 2

21 Mar
Craobh: A New Druids Series, Volume Two

Craobh: A New Druids Series, Volume Two

It’s been awhile since I provided an update on Craobh, The New Druids series Volume 2. With typical procrastination, I am behind. I set a goal for having the second volume completed by now and I have missed it by three weeks now. The good news is that I have reached 100K words now in Craobh and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I have many beta readers signed up to help me get the product finessed and out the door and with this being the first time using betas I have to admit to a certain level of excitement.

Writing is not hard. I know that is a bold statement. What is hard is writing well and there are many levels. Some people can only achieve a certain threshold in quality and quantity. I suffer not from quantity issues. I could write a few thousand words a day easily. It is achieving the quality of writing that is difficult. That is writers block in my world. The inability to write quality. Any artist looking at a blank canvass can dip a brush in paint and swirl it around and make something. But the artist wants to create something great. To reach a new threshold and expand their abilities.

So, yeah. I’m writing. Just trying to find the perfect mix of quality and quantity. I can tell you I have written some stuff these past few weeks that I am proud of. I love it when the story just clicks. When I put the words together and they sing a story – not just narrate it.

So end-May is still possible. Depends on my ability to focus on the task. It is a lot of work. Hours and hours. But still very possible actually unless real life interferes. Which it will because April and May are very busy for me. Wish me luck!

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!