Wednesday, March 1, 2017

IWSG - March 1st

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
I'm teaching a class this weekend at a writing conference. My topic is about covers.

Oh, my, but there are some really awful ones out there. It kind of makes me tired. It also makes me worry mine aren't good enough.

But then I have to remind myself that I pay professionals to make my covers for a reason.

IWSG's question this month is: Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?

I haven't yet, but I have one I'll be doing that with. It's kind of scary, because my writing's grown so much.


The other thing up is that I'm participating in a promotion with Second Chances 101.where it's possible to win 30+ "contemporary seasoned romances." Nice way to describe stories with more mature main characters. The grand prize is a Kindle Fire. Not too shabby.


Thirty-seven-year-old Francie Davis is sure her luck has changed when she lands a job on campus that will pay her tuition. But when her handsome new boss yells at her on the first day of work, Francie learns that the last person you expect to fall in love with might be the one that’s the most perfect for you.

20 comments:

  1. Hope you rock that class! I've been blessed with great covers for my books.

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  2. Have fun teaching the class! That sounds like a great opportunity.

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    1. Fortunately it's a class on the premise of Covers for Dummies. :D

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  3. there are so many bad covers around, my publisher usually has good ones, most of the bestselling writers actually prefer ours to their US ones :) I know that I love the one that you have with a blond hunk :)

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    1. PS I think you should return your covers to the sidebar, it ain't good having them only under their respective buttons above

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    2. I've been thinking of doing something to shake things up. Maybe that's what I'll do. :D

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  4. Covers sure can make or break. Hopefully the class goes great!

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  5. We are such visual animals... a bad cover can mean death to a perfectly good book. Have fun at the conference!

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  6. Sadly, we really do judge a book by its cover.

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  7. There are truly some awful ones. When a friend reveals their cover and it's cringe-worthy, I'm always torn. Do I tell them, or do I let them stumble?

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    1. Yes. To speak or not to speak. That is the question.

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  8. I have one that I hate, and I know I have to do something one of these days. Crystal's term, cringe-worthy wouldn't even cover the problems it has.

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    1. Hopefully it's in your power to change it.

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  9. I've found that if I read a book that has a stock cover (drag and drop scenery with a silhouette mainly) then I know the story isn't unique either. If I ever self publish, I will be hiring a professional to design a unique cover. Book sales are hard enough without judging the book by its cover. (yeah yeah, tacky)

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    1. One of my resources said that even graphic designers shouldn't design their own covers. I can see that the same way that I can see not editing our own writing--we're too emotionally close to the work.

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  10. Good luck with your class! I've taught high school students about creative writing but so far, that was it. Lots of cool moments though.

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