Hello everyone! Welcome to the third week of this brand new feature! Confident Reads is a way to open communication between readers and indie authors. Confident Reads is to help readers feel confident in the books they spend their money on, and for authors to feel confident in the book they publish. You can find this feature each week (Wednesdays except in September when it will be Tuesdays) discussing a different subject regarding indie books and authors.
Week One: State of Publishing Guest Post by Jeff Bennington about the differences in publishing terms.
Approved Read: Indie Author’s Guide to the Universe by Jeff Bennington
Week Two: Let’s Talk Covers Part One
Approved Read: Exiled by M.R. Merrick
Last week we talked about covers and how important it is to be visually appealing. But sometimes I don’t think I can say things just right so this week we are talking covers again and the fabulous M.R. Merrick is here with his thoughts. And I hope, really hope, that indie authors out there will take this advice to heart. Good cover art is very important! Huge thank you to M.R. Merrick for the fabulous post!
Don’t risk using the same generic cover model as other books, because it gives your book a bad first impression – which kind of defeats the purpose of a cover. In the last month, I’ve seen three books that had the exact same cover model, and used the exact same photo from that modeling shoot. Two of these were indie books, and one was traditional. I didn’t look to see what was published when, but that’s not important. You’re an individual, and so is your story (I hope), so do it justice. Do your research and find a talent that will work with you to create something wonderful that represents your work, and the tone of your novels.
M.R. Merrick is a Canadian writer, and author of Exiled & Shift, the first two installments in The Protector Series. Having never traveled, he adventures to far off lands through his imagination and in between cups of coffee. As a music lover and proud breakfast enthusiast, he’s usually found at the computer, between a pair of headphones and in front of a large bowl of cereal.
Each week I have an approved read and this week I’m skipping that. I was away all weekend and am playing catch up.