Updated Covers and Future Endeavors

Hi everybody!

I got the high resolution covers back from the artist, and I’ve since formatted them to match the requirements for Amazon and Smashwords and pushed replacements. I have likewise gone to Good Reads, Shelfari, and Library Thing and done my best to update covers there as well. (If any of you folks are frequent visitors of those sites, feel free to send me a friend request, by the way.) Once the updated books and covers have finished trickling to the far reaches of the distribution network, I’ll let Amazon know that they can send out update notices.

So what now? Well, Sci Fi Book 2 is still creeping along, but since I’m on the east coast of the United States, a cluster of natural disasters managed to shift my priorities for a few days. The aforementioned earthquake sent me home early from work, and the subsequent hurricane knocked out power for a few hours. Nothing devastating, thankfully, but distracting. Now that the random acts of God seem to have died down, I’m left with nothing but the still in progress professional edit of The Book of Deacon sitting on the back burner. Since I don’t feel as though I am multitasking properly unless I’ve got something going on BOTH back burners, I’ll once again ask for input from my readers.

My literary to do list is fairly full right now, so what I’m mostly looking for is ancillary stuff. I’m extremely new to this whole “author” thing, so I’m not sure where I’m coming up short. Is there anything you good folks would like to see from me? Recommendations for site features, perhaps, or questions you’d like to ask? Now that I’ve got nice new covers for the Book of Deacon Trilogy, the Jade and Bypass Gemini covers are looking positively childish by comparison. The chances are good I’ll be tapping the artist to produce some covers for them as well, if the money builds up enough. Until then, I’m open to suggestions for ideas of what to showcase on those covers. If you have any ideas of what I should be doing with my existing artwork, please speak up as well. A friend of mine has expressed interest in a poster-sized print, so I may be looking into that whole process. If anyone else wants one, let me know. If there is enough interest, I’ll talk to the artist about working out a royalty rate and see about selling them on the site.

I look forward to your input. Thanks for reading.

UPDATE: If you look down in the comments, you’ll see that I got a reply, and a good one at that. Rather than wait an appropriate amount of time and do a post about it, or post again right away, I figured it would be best to announce any changes that come as a result of this post as updates. The first request was a list of future projects, potentially with snippets. I threw something together quickly and put it up. Just mouse over the Books tab and you’ll see a drop down with “Coming attractions,” which will contain any preview materials I decide to distribute. Thanks for the suggestion!


  1. Well, as you asked for a suggestion for the site – how about a Things to Come section, where maybe you could include an early draft or sample chapter from the Bypass Gemini sequel? As well as any other thoughts that you’d care to share on future projects?

    1. Post snippets of upcoming projects, eh? That’s a very neat idea. I’ll take a look at the Prologue of Sci Fi Book 2 and see about posting it. I would post Chapter 1, but it is mostly recap about the events of Bypass Gemini, which wouldn’t have much to offer people who have already read that book, and would spoil some things for those who haven’t. It is a shame, too, because Chapter 1 also introduces a plot element that I’m afraid might be a little too off-the-wall for the average reader, so feedback on it would be useful. Stand by follow up post.

  2. Hey, I just noticed the updated covers on Amazon – they look really nice! I still kind of have a soft spot for the symbol covers (maybe put them in as a fly leaf when they’re published?), but the picture ones are great.

    Can’t wait to re-read the shiny new edited versions!

    1. Thanks for commenting. I’m extremely pleased with the new covers, and I’m happy to hear you like them. I’m also glad to hear that you liked the originals. In light of your fondness for them, they have now been enshrined on the artwork page. Regarding the edited versions, the professional edit of book 1 should be up in in a few days, unless the editor has any last minute adjustments to make. It will be a LONG time before a professional polish is put on the rest, but I anticipate one or two personally spruced up revisions between then and now.

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