Cover me! I’m going in!

January 25, 2012

Song of the day: The Way You Move by Since October

I’m a woman. I’m a writer. So it stands to reason that I am fickle and never quite satisfied. Shocking, I know.

Something has been burrowing in the back of my mind for some time now. It wasn’t until recently I decided to confront the gnawing little critter. My debut pirate romance Blood and Treasure has a couple of flaws. *gasp* The longer I tried to ignore it, the louder the flaws scratched, chattered, and hollered at me to fix them. I became obsessed by those damned errors. Now we authors know that no matter how polished and shiny our masterpieces are, we will find something we want desperately to change or improve. It’s the nature of the beast.

I could stand the incessant badgering no longer. The past couple of weeks, I poured over Blood and Treasure correcting wayward punctuation and banishing anachronistic words that somehow, either by oversight or blind eye, made it into the novel. The result? A breath of relief reviewers and readers didn’t find my faux pas—or found them serious enough to string me up by my toenails. Over dramatic and paranoid? Perhaps.

That’s not all. As much as I love my cover, I realized something very crucial. The cover need to be revamped. This became glaringly obvious once I saw the new cover for my latest pirate tale Beneath the Water’s Edge (forthcoming – I promise). These covers needed to match in tone, mood, setting, font, and heat level. Especially since they belong to the same series. As much as it hurt to let go of the current cover, it was imperative to move on. (I’ll miss you, Jimmy! Please don’t forget me. I’ll write every day! ) It’s marketing. And it makes sense.

The downside – all those print copies and trading cards sitting in my closet. I feel a sale coming on!

So what do you think? If you want to know who created the cover, check back for my next Link of the Week.

 


MuseTracks Link of the Day

September 6, 2011

Today’s link hooks you up to an online book club, iBookBuzz.

http://www.ibookbuzz.com/index.html

iBookBuzz  is exclusively for romance writers and readers and monthly selections are picked by the book club members.

What’s great about this book club is it offers writer’s a chance to promote themselves among readers, especially if the author’s novel is available digitally. Each month offers a different genre. Four options are randomly chosen from those submitted to the club and a poll is conducted. This is a great promotional tool for authors, plus the author gets the benefit of interacting with readers and being a part on the book discussion. Pretty darn cool.

Now comes the shameless promotion.

This month, my novel Blood and Treasure is up for the historical book of the month. Not only would I love for you to check out iBookBuzz’s site, but take a moment to join and vote.  Should you decide to vote, please vote based on the selection you like most. However, I’d greatly appreciate your support.

http://www.ibookbuzz.com/Vote-for-Next-Book.html

Jenn!