Hello All!!!


I realized this bright, sunny morning that (thanks to edits/ rewrites for “Keep Your Crowbar Handy…”, the production of 3 short stories and work on book 2 of the KyCH zombie-verse)  I’ve been neglecting to post, for which, I must apologize!

Believe it or not, actually writing a novel is only the first (small!) step, in the much larger process of getting it ready for release to the masses! An insane amount of time is also involved in:

-edits
-re-writes
-final edits
-formatting  (for both print and e-reader)
-cover art production
-overall jacket design
-final approval of (see the above!) 

Now granted, some of these steps are slightly nerve-wracking.


Sometimes they will make you to want to chew  your fingernails down until they’re just bloody stumps.


Oftentimes, they may even contribute to the early-morning consumption of alcohol.
(Hey, it’s 2pm somewhere in the world, right?)

However, you must realize that they are necessary to produce a quality work.
Here’s why.
Once you put pen to page (or since we’re in the age of  the almighty microchip, fingers to keyboard) and move to publish, you’re putting a little bit of yourself out there for the world to see. You do not want something you’ve spent so much time and effort creating to be confusing to the reader,  rife with material that has little (or no) bearing to the tale you’re attempting to tell or (even worse!) be loaded with mistakes, misspellings and errors. 

Also, while the old saying “You can’t judge a book by its cover…” is quite true, a well done piece of cover art can draw a potential readers eye to your novel.  Now hopefully, once they see the blazingly awesome artwork on its face, said individual will (and here’s the important part) turn the novel over to read the synopsis on the back! This is to see if said novel is about something that appeals to them.

Here are some examples of images that would (and would not!) cause me to say “I need a closer look at that..!” , as a I roam a bookstore in search of my next literary fix. 
Now again, this is just me personally. While I have read, purchased and immensely enjoyed all of these novels, I am referencing the cover art only as examples of what tends to draw the eye!

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Hmm…Looking, looking, looking looking, looki-
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Wow!
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Nah…
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That looks interesting…
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That looks boring…
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What’s this one about?!?
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Eh, maybe later…
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Hey..!
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Definitely not...
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 Woah!

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 Ugh.
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 That looks cool!

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 That looks like shite…
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 I may just buy that…!
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 Not if you f#$%ing paid me for it…

Seeing my point here?
Notice (which I’m sure you already have) that every pair of covers (moving from the top down) are the SAME book, by the SAME author?!?   


While the novel/novella could be the first (or most recent) book in a brilliantly written saga, people tend to pass over the ones that look boring to them! Unless you know (and are specifically looking for) a certain author/novel, and if the cover isn’t eye-catching, it could be passed right over. That’s why, regardless of if you’ve written what could be “the next big thing” or not, it’s never a good idea to use any old jacket on your work just to get it out there.
Put some thought into it.
Think about who you’re trying to reach, who you’re wanting to entertain.
In other words, who your target audience/fans are going to be for the story!

Well, that’s it for this installment.

Until next time, hold your redhead close, drink your Dark by the pint and keep your crowbar handy!!! 

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Comments
  1. Tim Wendt says:

    I’m practically drooling waiting for this book!

    • S. P. Durnin says:

      Hey Tim!
      Waiting the book to get through the second round of edits now! Knightwatch Press put a “double check all your shite!” policy in place (it goes to not one, but TWO editors for review!), so they can release only quality work and not novels full of typos and misspellings. (Being the comma-king, I am thankful for this!) Hopefully, it won’t be too much longer until KyCH hits print.
      (Oh. 13K into the second of the series now… 😀 )

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