Who knew that one of the skills I would need for writing would be graphic arts?
Over the past few days I've spent most of
my writing time figuring out a new graphics program. It's not something
that you can just pick up by poking around. It really stressed me out. I
found a couple of tutorials and tried to follow along, but somehow I
never came up with the same product. Aggravating.
I finally made some progress and came up with an adequate cover for my illustrated flash.
covers are the sort of thing that I would very much like to be in
control of. They are unrealistically influential on the buyer. Me
included! There's a series that I started reading because the book cover
was so luscious. The story was NOT my cup of tea. But every time I am
in the bookstore I find myself picking up that series. Then I remember
and put it back, but that's how powerful a good cover can be.
I admit when scanning through the hundreds of e-book titles out there, a
professional looking cover makes a big difference as to whether I'll
give it a look. That and the blurb. I've seen a few too many poorly written blurbs. Another skill to acquire before I am ready to self-e-pub.