The Work Continues

I know you all can hear my sigh of relief that I have finished writing my suspense story, “Amy’s Quest,” but the work is not yet done. The major part is writing the story, but then there is more work to be done.

My book chapters have been gone through the editing by my dear roommate, but we are human and it’s easy to miss things, especially when we get so involved with our story, or are tired, or whatever. Even the professionals miss stuff. That’s why they send it back to you to thoroughly recheck.

I’ve mentioned before that a whole bunch of eyes reading it is better than just two, particularly the author’s eyes. So now the next step is my going back and reading the whole manuscript/story to make sure I like the way it flows, there are no jig-jags along the story line, and punctuation’s and misspelled words.

What’s a “jig-jag?” I call jumping from one unrelated topic to another a jig-jag. Just my own term for it. I’m also looking for punctuation and spelling mishaps. This is a thick book. It will more than likely be 450 or more pages gauging the word count against my other one that’s thick, The Narrow Road. It’s 465 pages.

Now that I have wore myself out doing my happy dance yesterday I have spent most of today, sitting in uncomfortable chairs waiting to get my Driver’s license renewed, answering phone calls and e-mails, and supervising the heat and air guys do their winter maintenance inspection, and trying to find what the Lord wants for a cover design.

The publisher will ask if you have any particular kind of design for your book cover. I think I’ve mentioned in the past that we want a cover that will “pop” on the shelf. “Pop” means it will stand out among the dozens and dozens of other covers.

I’ve perused the google images off and on and couldn’t find anything that “spoke to me.” Finally today I just said, “Lord we gotta have a cover design!” He is always faithful and led me right to what He wants and it is the perfect cover! Hallelujah.

Okay, this is important! You cannot use a picture of something from Google images or some other website for a book cover design! We use them often for blogs but we are not using them on something that we will be selling for profit. That requires written permission from the owner of that picture.

So how do I manage to use a picture I have found on the inner net? I don’t! I find a picture of what I like so when the publisher asks if there is anything specific I would like for my cover design I show them the picture I like and ask that they make a cover design similar to what is on the picture I give them.

If the publisher has templates similar they can use those legally. If the publisher has a real artist on staff they will draw a cover design similar to what I have shown them but not exactly the same.

What we can also do is just tell them I want, for example, a path going around a curve with some trees but not overwhelming trees with our own sketch, stick figures and all. That’s what I did for The Narrow Road cover. Or, I want a mother and small child by a beach, like I did with Dawn’s Light. There are a variety of ways to get what you want on a book cover.

Now that I have accomplished finding my cover design I’m e-mailing people about writing endorsements. Nope I have not contacted a publisher yet. I want my “ducks” in a nice little row when I do. Right now the ducks are playing at the waters edge. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by. I hope what I write is helpful and maybe a little entertaining at times. I really thought the little girl doing her happy dance was cute. 🙂


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