A couple of weeks ago I posted about cover art and whether it makes much difference (here). So after changing the cover art and putting the book up for free I can finally reveal the answer to the question.
If you can’t be bothered to read the rest of the post then the answer is no. If you’re bored, a masochist or just plain curious about what this slightly weird blogger/writer is going on about and his undoubtedly wrong conclusions are then read on.
A few weeks ago I had a conversation with someone in the office who’d remarked that they didn’t like my first book cover, that it didn’t ‘fit’ with the story. Well, fair enough, not a lot you can say to that. But it kind of got me thinking about whether a book cover actually does make people buy a book. Look anywhere on the internet and you’ll find those that argue it does and those that argue it doesn’t, so to try to gauge one way or another I’ve completely changed the cover of the first book.
Ah, the end of another week, but this one is also the end of another year 🙂 It’s been relatively quiet this week which is an added bonus since it’s my birthday on Saturday. Yes, I’ve managed to reach 43 and it only seems a year ago that I was 42. Odd that.
Anyway, since it’s my birthday and I’m a giving kind of guy I’ll be putting my first novel ‘Shadow Ascension’ on promotion (as in free) for Friday and Saturday. Kind of a reverse birthday gift! You’ll find the links on the Novels page, so if you want to help me celebrate feel free to download a copy for your Kindle (and post a review on Amazon if you think it’s worth it!). Amazon change the price around 00:00 PST/08:00 GMT but it sometimes takes a little while to filter through.
Right – now where did I put the cake 🙂
The process for publishing a piece of work on Amazon isn’t difficult. It might look a little daunting when you first sign in to the site, but it’s all pretty straightforward. As I published Shadow Ascension I took screenshots so that I could share the process with you.
Well, the end of January at any case, and that’s my target date for publishing my book on Amazon. You might have already read the post on Formatting Books For Kindle so you’re probably aware I’m nearly there. In advance of that I’ve updated the blog to include a Novels section which includes a description of the first book as well as a PDF of the first three chapters. You’ve probably also noticed that I’ve changed the layout of the Blog as well since it needed a bit of a spruce up and now seemed a good time!
Here’s the cover for the first book
Anyway, hope you enjoy the chapters and I’m sure it will provoke some comments, good or bad, but all are welcome!