Admit it. You’ve judged a book by its cover in the past. No, you may not have put the book down and refused to buy it, but I’m willing to bet you picked one up and read the back because the cover caught your attention. Am I wrong? A bad cover may not hurt your sales, but a good cover will improve them. Human beings are visual creatures, and as writers/publishers we need to take advantage of this whenever possible. So how do we make sure we’re producing the best possible cover?
I’ve been sitting on this news for about a week, eagerly awaiting all of the final business matters to be wrapped up, and now I’m proud to reveal the cover for Necromancer Awakening: Book One of The Mukhtaar Chronicles! It’s been a three-year labor of love; 90 days writing the first draft and the rest of the time editing and rewriting. I hope you love it as much as I do! And now on to the Necromancer Awakening cover reveal!
[UPDATED 05/10/2014] Those of you who have followed me here and on my other media outlets for some time will recall how adamant I’ve been about traditional publishing. Until the end of 2013 I was absolutely convinced I would be querying agents and publishers for an indefinite period of time, collecting rejection slips like they were going out of style. Not anymore. My thoughts on the subject have completely changed, and I’d like to tell you why.
Mel Massey, author of Earth’s Magick, (published by Solstice Publishing just this week!) had a difficult journey from idea to published manuscript, and she suffered from many of the same fears and failures we all do. Mel was kind enough to accept my invitation to write “Wicked Words”, a guest article for A Writer’s Journey, and what a wonderful story and lesson she’s shared with us. Enough of me…I’ll let Mel tell her story in her own words.
It’s been said “if you build it, they will come.” Well, I decided to put that to the test! If you’ve enjoyed the blog and would appreciate smaller-sized content that I don’t post here or on Twitter, I invite you to join me on my new Facebook author page: Nat Russo – Author. Please head on over and click the “Like” button for me. It will likely inspire me to continue producing quality content. But if nothing else it will give me a much-needed ego boost! 🙂 For some added incentive, I submit this picture of a skull on black…for no other reason than I like it…oh, and I write about people who play with dead things. What’s a little necromancy …
There’s a commonly held belief among new writers that the rules are made to be broken. I agree to an extent, but if you’re an unpublished writer you break the rules at your own risk. Those of you who follow me on Twitter (@NatRusso) know how I love my “writetip” autotweets. Here’s another one of my favorites: Don’t break a rule until you understand it. Learn the rules of grammar…then break them like a pro. But start with learning. Continue past the jump to discover how this applies to not only grammar.