Source: Book Covers
I researched a lot about creating book covers. It’s really hard to sift through all the information to find out who really can create an amazing cover at an affordable cost. For authors on a budget, I think the best one can do is understand what makes a good cover and then find someone experienced enough to do it, without directing them too much. Some reasonable advice I’ve heard came from Derek Murphy’s blog:[http://www.creativindie.com] is that the author should not instruct the designer and just let them be creative. However, this creativity should be in line with what’s market for your genre. So that’s easy enough right? I’m joking. If it were easy we’d all be Hugh Howeys… So I recommend looking at examples of best sellers in your genre to get a sense of what your cover should look like. Finally, I think the best advice out there comes from Chip Kidd. His TED talks are amazing. He’s the oracle of book covers. [http://www.chipkidd.com/gallery.html].
I hired a copyeditor and book cover designer. Now, I’m learning about book marketing and self-publishing. I thought writing the book was the hardest part… There is so much to learn. But, I’ve been tweaking my first page because that is a very important part of the book. Here is what I have as of 9:39 pm March 21, 2017. I think it’s better than my first opening. I’m concerned it may seem a bit cliche, with all the lunar harvesting etc, but my story is unique and my characters are fun. Still hard to know how it will be received into the world when it makes its entrance on Amazon.
“Rex stepped out of the dust cloud he had created by digging around the stuck lunar harvester. His once bright orange environmental suit was now peppered with ashen regolith. The company’s logo on his right arm was barely discernible. The dust particles collected over the picturesque logo of the moon’s surface with the earth rising on the horizon, and the company’s name, MOON-X, in bold block letters at the center. The mission statement was stitched around the circumference of the patch and due to its iridescent lettering most of it was still legible. It read: “To Promote the Peaceful Use and Development of the Moon for All.” When the cloud dispersed, Rex turned back to the broken-down harvester and assessed the problem. A small anorthosite rock had lodged itself in between two of the harvester’s wheels, causing the track to slip off, preventing it from being able to climb up the steep side of the crater. The modified extra-wide treads were supposed to prevent this, but the company did not account for craters full of thick regolith. As Rex freed the rock with a crowbar, he noticed light reflecting off of the chromium-plated wheel. He instinctively turned around and looked behind him but found that the source of his distraction was above him. Rex could tell from the shape of the craft that an American shuttle was approaching, and he instantly knew what this meant. He hurriedly packed up his tools and ran-walked back to the base as quickly as his environmental suit allowed. Sergei, Nik, and Yelena did not deserve to be hauled away so unexpectedly. He needed to warn them.”
An American scientist , Rex, takes a position on the world’s first moon base to create nuclear fusion using Helium-3. When the relations between the collaborating governments that set up the base break down, Rex is captured by the Russian military and held prisoner aboard their space station. Thereafter, Rex must find a way home and prove that he is not a traitor once he gets there.
Part 1 is finally finished. It’s hard to admit that it took 5 years to get it to completion. While I don’t feel that it’s perfect, I do find that there is not much more I can do to it. Perhaps an editor would feel differently. I hired an editor through Reedsy to copyedit the manuscript. Hopefully, that will be sufficient. I also have a book cover in the works and I’m excited about that. Now, I need to figure out how to get it on Amazon and have it formatted and do all the marketing that needs to be done. I’m reading about it but it takes a lot of time to understand what works and how to present it to readers. In any event, Part 1 is coming soon! I will post a Chapter after it has been edited.