Thursday, May 24, 2012

Old versus New

Old Cover
New Cover

As you can see the concept cover for Sierra didn’t change too much. It simply went from a real picture to an illustration. Since all of my other books covers are illustrations, I felt Sierra should be too. A cabin in the snowy mountains is THE cover for Sierra. No doubt about it. You’ll understand when you read it.

I’m getting ready to self-publish very soon. There’s been many a hiccup along the way. As a matter of fact, I feel as though I’ve had a bad case of the hiccups. For example, the first proof copy of Lancaster House—while an amazing moment—just wasn’t right. It was 6 X 9, white pages, and size 12 font on the inside. I didn’t know that it wouldn’t work till I received the proof copy—hence the reason why ordering that proof copy is so very important. Do not proof online and assume everything will be fine. Order the physical proof and hold it in your hands. I ended up changing my books to the 5 X 8 size with cream colored pages. I also changed the font to size 10. Now it looks like a novel and not a text book, manual, or self-help book. This change held things up and now my book will not be available as soon as I wanted it to be. But, if you’re going to self-publish, DO IT RIGHT. Don’t get in so much of a hurry that you don’t put the best product out there.

Hope this thought helps someone out there is who is self-publishing. If I’d known this beforehand, it would’ve saved so much time.

Sidenote: ai finale was last night. Phillip Phillips: You had me at VOLCANO.


  1. I love that you are so honest about things! I am interested in self publishing, but I guess I am too scared! Thanks for this post!

    1. If you are interested in self-publishing, my advice is to go for it! You can do it!