Whenever there’s good and bad news, people generally ask for the bad first so that’s where I’ll begin. I had a cover designer (note the tense). I’ve never hired a graphic designer before and I was a tad uneasy about the whole thing, especially when I started poking around and saw prices ranging from next to nothing to a whole lot more than I wanted to spend. You usually get what you pay for. Did that mean I’d have to shell out big bucks to get a cover I was satisfied with? I found one company, sent an email to the owner and got a very detailed, professional and comforting response. This woman said she could and would do exactly what I wanted and for an extremely reasonable price. I checked out her portfolio and was impressed enough to move forward. I told her she was hired. I filled out her questionnaire, selected a whole bunch of stock photos that could be used … and didn’t hear another word from her for over a week and a half. Tried emails. I tried calling. Nothin’. When I finally did hear back from her, she apologized and told me she took a half a day off. Uh, Honey, I’ve been trying to reach you for well over a week. I knew it was time to go in a different direction. I fond Robin Gilbertson and I have every confidence she’ll do me proud. More on her next month. If all goes well, maybe you’ll even get a sneak peek at the new cover.
Bad News Part 2–As you know, I spent many long hours revising A Shot at Redemption. My efforts made the book a lot stronger but my primary objective was to reduce word count. I made substantial cuts and hoped that would translate to a substantial drop in print cost. It didn’t. Using print on demand through CreateSpace, an Amazon company and the most affordable option for self published authors, I’ll still have to price the book at a little over $13.00 just to break even. Amazon gets a bigger cut that I do unless I price the book a lot higher which I won’t. On the plus side, I’ll be able to purchase copies of my own book for just under $8.00 a piece. That’s far more reasonable, but then it falls entirely on me to handle marketing, shipping, distribution and all the rest. I’m not going to try to make the book any shorter so it’s full steam ahead! There’s no timetable yet on the print edition but it shouldn’t be too much longer. Keep me in mind when you do your Christmas shopping.
One more quick note on A Shot at Redemption. Me and my book… Wait. That sounds wrong. I am my book? My book and I? My book and me? I don’t know, but we were both just featured on the Murder by 4 website. Here’s the link in case you haven’t already seen it. I’m excited because it’s the first time I’ve been talked about outside the extremely limited confines of michaelsova.com. My thanks to Aaron Paul Lazar for giving me the opportunity.
In the past few months, I’ve been fortunate enough to arrange interviews with award winning journalist Brendan Koerner, urban fantasy author Mur Lafferty, author, poet and scholar Anesa Miller, and most recently, blogger, podcaster, public speaker and bestselling author J.F. Penn (aka Joanna Penn). I’m thankful to all of them for graciously devoting some of their valuable time to me as well as my readers. And coming up in August, I’m looking forward to introducing you to Twins of Prey author W.C. Hoffman. You won’t want to miss that one. He’s got some interesting stuff in his toolbox. I can’t wait to tell you about it.
Between now and then, I’ll continue blogging, book reviewing and plugging away on novel #2. It may interest you to know I finally have a working title. I think I’m calling it Parlor City Paradise. I won’t say more now, other than that there’s some irony there. I indicated previously that I might post an excerpt and I will… soon.