Yeah, yeah, I know. The blog’s overdue.
But I have excuses. You do know it’s summer and that means vacations.
We took a mini vacation last weekend to go camping at Paulina, Oregon. (Pronounced like North Carolina…I never got it right)
See the gorgeous photo in the banner heading.
The other excuse is: I was waiting on my covers so I could do a splashy cover reveal.
There is an ongoing argument among my readers and the writing clique on whether a science fiction novel should have a face on it or not. So far it’s evenly split.
One-third argues strongly that people want that human connection, and a face or faces should be on the cover.
One-third counters with the argument that they would prefer to envision the being in the story using their own imagination and not some artist’s rendering.
The other third says it doesn’t matter to them. They only want to read the blurb and the story itself is what will sell them.
To this end, I had my graphic artist Toni B0udreault do two covers, and I may experiment a bit with which one gets the most sales.
What do you think? Which cover would you be most tempted to buy?
Speaking of marketing…I wanted to include this interesting link.
Over the last five to six years the publishing industry has been transforming at a dizzying pace. What worked earlier, may not work now. Traditionally published books may be handled quite differently than a self-published fiction, and that is handled differently from a non fiction work.
For authors using small publishers or self publishing, the learning curve is steep and often changes.
If you are using ads, check out
Jason Ladd is trying to get a handle on which ad websites are worth the expense.
Okay on to the book of the week:
This week I read The Catalyst by Chris Reher. Chris has a full series out called the Taragon Tales and The Catalyst is book one. Like my series, each book stands alone, but characters from different books intertwine in the series. She also has several other series as well.
Once again, I discovered Chris through an ad site and Amazon’s newsletter marketing.
The Catalyst starts with Nova Whitesides, lieutenant, who is sent to escort an octopus-like alien to a distant star system. When her transport is attacked by pirates and the alien’s housing broken, it attaches itself and deposits a mysterious substance inside of her.
In order to survive the attack, Nova relies on a past lover, Seth Kadran who has aligned himself with the rebels, bent on taking down the Commonwealth. He comes in with the murderous pirates but during the attack he saves Nova’s life, helping her escape.
Nova needs to discover what’s inside her and whether she can trust Seth to help her. Will personal attachments trump political differences, and which side is her former lover really on? As things get more complicated, Nova may soon go from MIA to AWOL or worse, in spite of her high level military father. Trying to do the right thing places Nova in questionable circumstances that could lead to military charges and a ruined career if she isn’t careful.
A developing war has Nova wondering whose side she really should be on as greedy corporations face off against saving a world and an entire intelligent species.
Chris Reher crafts an interesting story with twists and turns, full of romantic tension and dramatic action.