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I'm answering the title question. I make my own covers these days.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Book Cover Coherency (for trilogy)
« on: May 19, 2018, 05:57:12 AM »
All righty then...my wife (RISD Art Major) made a suggestion that I change the 'Book One' 'Two' 'Three' a different color or "it won't work." Her vehemence compelled me. Also had to change color schemes (again). I've worked hard to get the letter spacing on the covers as close to exact as they can get. The deal is that each book is a different page length, and so it naturally messes with the spacing of certain elements. But this is pretty close. I don't know that the casual observer (reader) would notice (or terribly mind) that some things are a little bit unlike the other. It's that way naturally so that each cover doesn't end up looking really weird. Still, close is close. Really close. I'm open to hearing feedback, but at this point, I'm pretty much done. It's a vast improvement over the original covers and I'm pretty happy with the hours I've put into these covers.


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Book Cover Coherency (for trilogy)
« on: May 18, 2018, 02:32:24 PM »
I also think "Hunter" should be white.

Thank you.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Book Cover Coherency (for trilogy)
« on: May 18, 2018, 02:26:21 PM »
I'm working on changing the color schemes a bit. A little too...red, white, and blue. Which was not intentional.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Book Cover Coherency (for trilogy)
« on: May 18, 2018, 02:04:11 PM »
text still needs to line up across all three. Book 1 doesn't line up with the other two.

My suggestion:

Book one he's running away, which fits "Pursuit" well.
Book two up's the stakes, and "Plight" fits again.
Book three "Prevail" is good, but nothing about the picture feels victorious.

The purple aura doesn't look like an aura to me, it looks like a photoshop select-and-cut artifact. Personally, I'd leave that guy off the cover. I don't think the "crow" element really comes across on book two's cover. I saw crashing plane and the birds barely registered. Leaving them/it off book three doesn't seem like an issue.

If you could have him walking towards us in book three I think that would reflect the sense of agency a finale book ought to have, IMO. The villain watching at the end suggests it isn't the end after all.

And for what it's worth, I'm not a fan of Hunter in red and the rest white. Part of me ends up reading it as:
Hunter
Owen Series

I think I'd go with first line in red, second in white. Also, as mentioned above, your title red and the red you're using above should be the same color.

Maybe it's your screen? All the colors are identical entirely for all fonts--because I ensured it. They're as close to the same area as they can possibly be, because of the sizes of each book (the lengths of each book are slightly different, which changes the width ever so slightly, bumping the words around a bit.) I can get it maybe a little closer.

Noted about the bad guy watching not giving a sense of ending--I will take him out. Thanks! :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Book Cover Coherency (for trilogy)
« on: May 18, 2018, 01:00:41 PM »
Okay, here we go. I made modifications to all 3 book covers. I also added something that is entirely consistent with all 3 books to the 3rd book cover, the man in the top hat with the crow and his strange aura (purple) all on purpose, all consistent with the content of the book. I can believe the protagonist is walking into the light in the woods while the evil antagonist watches.

Did I do the job? Hate it? Like, love, or meh-it? LMK.


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Or is taking yourself seriously as an author a silly idea anyway?

I tend to gravitate toward writing silly shorter stories, most of my story ideas that come to me are for silly or satirical things, but whenever I write them I tend to feel guilty and think I should be taking this gig more seriously, that I want to be 'taken seriously' as an author "someday", and that I should be writing "substantial" books in "serious" genres.

Is this the wrong way to be thinking about all of this?

I ask because I'm torn on what to write. Any words of wisdom are welcome.

I don't know what anyone else here has said to you because of ...time. I'll tell you what I tell everyone else. 1. Writing is the journey we take to get to know ourselves better. 2. You can't give any [explative]'s what anyone else thinks about what you write (unless they really believe you can do better and they want to pay you more for their belief). 3. The key is in the storytelling. So many stories you hear are silly. 4. It's all relative: silly to you is serious for someone else, and the other way around. 5. Seriousness is overrated. Seriously. Stick to number 2, and continue number's 1 and 3 of my points and that's it.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Book Cover Coherency (for trilogy)
« on: May 18, 2018, 02:56:37 AM »
Thank you so much to everyone--especially to Betsy. I'm color-correcting and font-cohering at present. When I have a more cohesive (and more powerful 3rd book cover image) I will display the three of them in this thread. Hopefully by end of today. (At full-time job now, just wanted to not leave you all hanging.) Really appreciate all that was said. It takes a village to get things right.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Book Cover Coherency (for trilogy)
« on: May 17, 2018, 02:09:45 PM »
Ok, I've made some of the adjustments asked for here. See what you think. I considered erasing the guy entirely and replacing him with a shimmering light in the forest...not sure that would fly though.


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Book Cover Coherency (for trilogy)
« on: May 17, 2018, 11:55:46 AM »
I agree with keeping the fonts the same.

If you were going to reverse the fonts, you should've done it on book 2, not the last book. Now it just looks off balance.

Otherwise, I don't mind books 1 and 3 having similar covers. In a way, it ties them together as a series. I agree with the leaves and you could also up the contrast on book 3 a little.

Thank you. And FWIW, my wife just said she thinks the 3rd book shouldn't even have a person on it. Hmm...

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Book Cover Coherency (for trilogy)
« on: May 17, 2018, 11:51:52 AM »
I would keep the font color consistent with the previous 2 books instead of reversing it.
Book 3 is very similar to book 1 which makes book 2 look like the odd man out.

I like book 3. The only other think I would change is the falling leaves on his body. I don't see the purpose to them and find them distracting (a small detail though not huge in the overall).

I agree with the leaves too. Going to remove them. Thanks for the idea about the font colors.

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Writers' Cafe / Book Cover Coherency (for trilogy)
« on: May 17, 2018, 11:44:03 AM »
Hey all,

I'm back again. Pursuit and Plight are currently out as is. The third book, Prevail, (which ends the series) is in final editing stages. I wanted to get some feedback about the 3rd cover but figured it would make sense to see them all side by side. On the third cover, I thought it might be interesting to invert the colors, mark it as 'the end'. I'll take critical feedback. My skin's pretty thick. I can make any changes. Sidenote: since changing the original covers, I've been moving more copies. It was high time. And this third book, well, it's taken a long time to push out of the proverbial womb. I wanted consistency and stand-out changes. Thanks in advance for any thoughts, even if it's just to say, 'cool. good luck,'.  ;)


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Time gets away from us, eh?
« on: May 17, 2018, 07:39:12 AM »
Three years ago, a friend introduced me to indie publishing and showed me his earnings.




That's the face I make when I look at my earnings today. But it's more like...what? Where is it?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: New website, Any suggestions?
« on: May 04, 2018, 02:45:22 AM »
Thanks for taking the time to look it over for me. I agree with most of your suggestions and made the changes. Now I just have to figure out something to put in the "about me" section. The last website I had was pretty bland and I was hoping to make it more attractive.

Just don't do what I did for your 'about me' section. https://www.scottdmarmorstein.com/about/

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Writers' Cafe / Re: So I think Amazon has terminated my account...
« on: May 04, 2018, 02:40:35 AM »
That truly, terribly sucks. I so hope it gets resolved quickly!

What am I going to do when Scott Mortensen skyrockets his books to the top of the NY Times Bestseller lists for several years?  :'(



(I don't think there is a bestselling author/celebrity named Scott Mortensen.)

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I've learned to concentrate on that feeling and not on sales figures. Makes a big difference in motivation. Concentrate on the fun of being a storyteller.

AMEN! (Shouts the non-religious fella.)

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It's mentally tiring but the neurons rejoice when one reaches the end of the main creative process.

Agreed!

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I limp along. One word at a time. One day at a time. Somehow a few months, half a year later...I've got a first rough draft. Then I limp along again for about that long before I think it's almost ready. Why am I limping? I have a 40 hour a week job that hugs my leg with every step. Family responsibilities hug the other leg. Neither will let go. So I limp. Left. Right. Left. Right. Forward. Onward.

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Congrats! Glad it came together.

I'm 1/3 of the way through the third Harriet Walsh novel. I'm torn, because I'm really enjoying writing these, but after writing one a month since March I'm also itching to start on five other projects I have lined up. I just want to get this series of three finished before I allow myself to get distracted, and that gets a little harder with each novel.

I guess right now my biggest question is which of those projects to dive into. I have three novels which are nearly completed, and I'd love to finish those off and get them out there earning their keep, but I also have a comedy title I think might prove a lot more popular than anything I've written before. And don't even get me started on writing the next books in 2 other series ... both of which people keep asking me about.

Thank you. Sounds like you have a lot on your plate. I can relate to feeling creative energy abuzz within me, and not knowing where to go next. For me, however, it's made simpler by the fact that I'm on a major time budget. So...one project at a time is all I can literally afford. Until I've broken through to Full-Time Writer status. I honestly don't know if that will ever happen while I'm breathing, but if it does, then I might be capable of bouncing from one project to the next. In the meantime, full-time job, writing and publishing on the (very slow) side.

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Congratulations, Scott!   :D
I'm near the end of the first draft for book 3 of Wheel of Fire.  I missed my goal of finishing it before the end of April, but hopefully I can get it wrapped up in the next few days.

Thanks! I know you can do it! (I actually finished early. Which is how I know I missed a few things.)

Strangely enough, what happened was, right towards the apex of the book I was writing, the whole ending came clearly into view. It was a eureka moment for me. I quickly scribbled all the beats down and then hammered out the rough parts of those beats until I was 'done'. I missed a few details, but that's what backtracking and editing are for. I'm a pantser for the most part, so it was nice to get fresh inspiration that was so clean and clear--right up to the end.

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Huge congrats. I know how it feels after a long time, make sure you put aside time to celebrate!

I'm deep in editing mode- and it's non-fiction so my enthusiasm for it is non-existent. But I'm getting there... at a snails pace, but hey even snails make it across the sidewalk.

Thank you. And good luck on your non-fiction work. That can always feel good when it's over and done with. I speak from experience. :)

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Congratulations. I recently finished a new fantasy adventure novel called A Traveler from an Antique Land and am planning to publish it in May, as soon as the cover is finished. For me, finishing a new one is always a mix of feelings. At first I'm very excited and relieved, and then for some reason the novel seems to shrink in my head, and I no longer believe it's the best damn thing ever written.  :'(

I feel pretty much the same way. But it IS the best thing you've written, so far. Same here.

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I finished the first draft of my next book two weeks ago.

I got it back from the editor over the weekend, and he suggested re-writing about half of the book. I agree with him, as his ideas will make it a much stronger story.

I started the second draft today.

How does it feel?

Exhausting!

I so get this! I'll probably end up doing something similar, although I feel I began the MS with strength. I can work the muscles of the book harder. :)

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And how does it feel? I find I get the best feeling on the last couple of days of work, but then once it's done I get a little lost without my daily battle. LOL

It feels good. And, like you said, there's a little post-writing blues too. All part of the picture, I guess.

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Well done, Scott!

I've recently finished a first draft at over 55k. It's now been put away for a week or two while I continue with another wip.

Thanks! Mine was just over 88k. I am starting to edit right away, then I'll leave it for a bit. It's a very rough draft and I realized some stuff was left out of the ending because I somewhat rushed it. Nothing that fifteen minutes more of work won't take care of.

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