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.
While I was in the office today one of my colleagues asked if they could get hold of my book.
‘Sure’ I replied ‘It’s on Amazon. I write under the pen name of W.Chaser’
‘It’s £1.66. I’m not paying that, can I have a copy for free?’
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.
Now, before you get too worried, ‘Shadow Retribution’ is the name of my second book so you can rest easy that I haven’t gone and done something bad to anyone else.
It’s taken close to 6 months to completely edit, rewrite, re-read, re-edit, re-read and ‘fix’ all of the grammatical and spelling errors, but it’s now finished, and after reading it so many times I can definitely say that if I never read it again I won’t be sorry. Actually that’s a bit of a porky but you get the gist. If you’re interested the first three chapters are on the novels page and it’s currently under ‘review’ by Amazon prior to publishing.
Pretty much every book I’ve ever read has a dedication page, and Shadow Ascension is no different. A few lines below the obvious dedication to my wife and children though is a special dedication to Jason Isaacs. So for those of you who are interested (anyone?) read on…..
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!
As I’ve mentioned before, getting a standard document into a format that the Kindle can use properly (note the use of the word properly there) can be a little cumbersome. Look on Google and there are 101 guides on how to do it, and each does something different. The bottom line is that the process I use works, but so do many others – unfortunately due to the way Amazon have developed their toolset it’s pretty much mandatory that the source file is HTML before running the KindleGen utility and that’s what causes some of the issues.