I have broken my head right open (makes it easier to fill with ideas).
I am so happy.
(Okay, so I couldn't find a picture of all six of the big NY publishers together. But thematically this picture sends out the right message, I think).
But now my head is broken open.
Incidentally, a small aside to point out that this is one of the major reasons I'm going indie. Publishers have a whole "the rest of the world are idiots" attitude. I mean, come on, my title got the back this far, so obviously an agent, editor, publisher, blah blah can get excited about my title. Why not Mr Joe Public? Because he's an idiot. Except I don't think he is. I am the book buying public (well, not all of it, obviously) and I certainly don't see myself as being an idiot. Interlude over. Back to our scheduled programme.
Hi, I'm back, and I broke my head.
I thought that my cover could best be thought up by a graphic designer who had never read my book but had a two sentence summary. "The seventy two year old female MC has to save the world from a crystal skull wielding sorcerer on board the Titanic. Oh, and simultaneously her 16 year old self has to save the world from a crystal skull wielding Amazonian high priest, told in flashbacks."
I mean, cover design is hard. It's not like Brain surgery, but come on, you have to choose the right font for the title.
Seriously? Is it hard? I mean, sure, the first time you do a book cover you have to learn that you never ever ever ever use Comic Sans, and that Courier and TNR are okay. But do you have to learn this the second time you do a cover? What about the 3rd time? What about the twenty-fifth time? With brain surgery, things can go wrong, complications can arise. The operation can go
Cover design is
So why the Hell does the dragon only appear on the 3rd cover in the series?
Methinks the graphic artist read the first 2 books and got bored. Which isn't a surprise, they're not awesome books. In fact, they are the North pole to awesome's southnosicity.
Yes, it is a word. Just because I made it up doesn't mean it isn't a word. Shakespeare made words up, and people think it's awesome that he did. Dickens made words up. But people get all panicky if modern writers make words up. English is an organic language. It is alive. You are allowed to make shit up. Trust me, I'm a writer.
Not a published one, but that's no form of distinction at all.
I'm a writer. Not a sheep.
Though if I was, I'd be a cool ass sheep like this one.
But I'm not.
This blog post is getting long, so I'm going to split it in parts. Tune in soon for more...