Finally making some headway on finishing my short story Storms on an Opal Sea, possibly the oldest idea in my to-do projects folder. Creativity and energy have been radiating out of me so I’ve been jumping from project to project and making progress on them all.
Yesterday I got the initial draft cover for Built for Murder to review, which I did, and then sent back suggestions to more closely align with my ideal concept. I loved the composition, the title font, and the images used. I expect to see the final draft RSN and start thinking about promotions for the release.
Am really making an investment in this release, far above what it costs in time or money for one of my short stories, but I think it’s worth the attempt. We’ll know in a few weeks when we release it.
Just a short note to say I’ve completed the final editing pass on Built for Murder. Yippee!
Still awaiting final review comments but I’m really feeling good about the upcoming release.
Today I plan to work on the second Ramble’s mystery tentatively titled Festival of Murder, I’ve already got the first 3rd written in draft, so its time to plan it out so I have a better idea of where I’m going with the story.
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Just ordered a custom cover for the release of Built for Murder from 99Designs. Up until now I’ve created my own short story covers using licensed images from various online resources, Photoshopped them using the Acorn software, and my decades old training in design and composition.
I’ve always tried to do the best I could within a small budget, costing around $30 in licensing materials + $0 for my time. Some of my best cover work includes An Angry Mountain and Prince of Mules. To date none have paid back in sales the costs to create them. So up until now they’ve been vanity projects, not really serious, but I’m hoping to change that with this release.
There are several reasons for that including IMHO; • short stories aren’t big sellers • most ebook distribution sites don’t have top 100 short story lists, and • people prefer books to shorts most of the time (barring popular authors of course)
The cost for the cover is higher than if I were to do it all myself, but I’m hoping the original design will enable BfM to be more visible and achieve a few more sales than my short stories ever did. Should have an initial review copy later this week and a final shortly thereafter.
OTOH: Final editing is going well with only 4 chapters remaining out of 28. I’ve also used this pass to refine some scenes to make them more internally consistent in tone and stronger in voice, and clarify some of the actions.
Am in the final stages of completing Built for Murder, my first novel length mystery. It’s the first of a planned trilogy around a young ex-Marine detective named Erich Rambles. He’s lives and works in Austin Texas, has a girlfriend who runs her own catering business and is rather droll and earnest and reserved. His first adventure involves a troubled renovation project and the death of its popular star. It then veers out of control from there.
The manuscript is out getting a final review from my beta readers. When their comments arrive I’ll make another pass to fix any reported problems.
Meanwhile, I’m doing another round of edits, and making plans to order a cover design. Assuming everything works out it should appear as an ebook sometime in April 2019.
UPDATE: Work is proceeding toward the final release. I’m editing a chapter or two a day and waiting on reader feedback. Once those are in I’ll make a final pass and call it done. I’ll also be ordering a custom cover instead of creating my own. Its another first for me and I think a good idea.