Kindle Scout, Book Covers and Other NANO Updates
Today I decided to take a little time away from my current work-in-progress and provide an update about my book cover for “Lights Out at the Moulin Rouge” and also to share my decision about submitting to Kindle Scout.
A Simple Cover
Here is the simple little cover I created, in an effort not to get freaked out over images. Since my novel deals with a real-life location and events from the past. all the images I located were mainly from important collections like those found in the Las Vegas Special Collections section. Using any of these authentic photos are sure to present an issue of copyright infringement. That’s why, I decided to use a more or less abstract background, and play around with a decent looking font. If the book takes off and experiences the kind of success that I hope for, maybe I can do something about locating a really nice image that is more closely related to the topic.
Here’s the cover. Feel free to share what you think about it on my Twitter page @charmbaker
NOVEMBER 20, 2017 UPDATE:
My son is such a perfectionist. He made me take my cover down and insisted that it was too amateurish. “You’re a writer mom and a good one. So write and leave the cover alone.” So now he’s working on me a professional style cover (he’s really good at that kind of thing). I’m sure it will be awesome, but quite frankly, I liked the one I made. 🙁
Kindle Scout Decision
Another important update that’s related to my current NANO project is about Kindle Scout. I previously posted that I plan to enter “Lights Out at the Moulin Rouge” in the Kindle Scout program and hope that they publish it with Kindle Press. Since then, even though I realize there are some advantages to being included in this particular program, I’ve decided not to submit this book when it’s completed. I read a LOT of pros and cons on the subject, and I respect opinions that were given by former and current Kindle Scout winners.
My primary concern (even though a couple of authors put some of my concerns to rest) is about the chance of a traditional publisher not wanting to deal with an author already tied up in a contract for 5 years. True, if Kindle Press publishes your book, you get to keep your “print” rights, but Amazon gets the digital, the audio, and the rights for translating to other languages. Anyway, it’s all a lot to digest and I really don’t like the thought of having very little control of my work, especially this particular book. Maybe I’ll give it a shot in the future, with another book, but “Lights Out at the Moulin Rouge” is my baby.
GOOD LUCK AND HANG IN THERE TO ALL YOU NANO WRITERS!