There are times that I just want to toss in the towel.
Do you ever feel that way?
By all accounts, I am a pretty fair artist. I could post all kinds of paintings, but that is not my purpose, to boast. My point in mentioning it is that what I do is really ART!
When I create a cover, it is art, not some thrown together miss mash of stuff.
Dragon Master and the Witch has on the cover a very tasteful nude. I gave her a butt for our ages but never the less it is a drawing or painting if you will. Nothing about it is salacious.
She has been swimming in the lake, and the birds are bringing her a towel. I wanted to give the reader a taste of what is in this novel.
Now on top of this “painting” is a tiny dragon named Rex who is a scamp. I went out of my way to give him the appearance of being a fun loving scamp.
On the left is the newer Smashwords cover.
On the right is the original “naughty” version FFS!
Published on Amazon, no problems they love it.
Released on Smashwords Holey Hannah, I have PORN on my cover!
I wonder if I should have draped her in all black cloth. I thought about putting a fig leaf on her butt.
In advertising, the cover art is the sizzle. You must have good art if you want to attract someone’s attention. The goal is to entice them to pick up the novel and turn to the cover page.
“There must be No ButtCrack! Or wobbly bits etc .”
“Please re-do your cover and re-submit” Oh and by the way we are not really fond of your paragraphs. This is an automated machine telling you this so we cannot be more specific, just keep redoing it until the robot likes it.”
“If you can’t get anywhere with our meat grinder please contact one of our many people who charge very little to format your manuscript so the meat grinder will not eat it. ”
“Hey Smashwords, find some folks who will not only format it but edit it for a reasonable cost and you might have something.”
Ideally, I would like an editor who would work on my manuscripts and his or her remuneration would be so much of the profit into perpetuity. That would have them put some more skin into the game and oh by the way if they are good, make a ton of bucks on our work.
I think they call that an agent… lol
Is it any wonder why most of my stuff is on Amazon?
What are your experiences?
Do you have an e-pub site that you are happy with?
Oh for the love of an agent or publisher. “Here, take my latest manuscript and make millions with it!”
I did not have this much trouble getting published in magazines.
Oh well, that is my Friday night rant!
What are you doing this weekend?
If you are an author or writer, what are you working on?
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Much Love -TW