Next book release: Need help!

Writing is not an easy thing, and sitting here thinking about releasing a book is daunting. I guess having previously published my first novel, it does not make it easy with the consecutive releases, does it? Don’t really know why I’m nervous, but I am. I’m worrying about preparing the final draft. I’m worried about how the blurb sounds (which I’ve re-written and re-written so many times, that now I can no longer tell if I’ve made much difference to it). I’m also worried about making the cover page that will do the book justice. I’ve also been contemplating whether I should go ahead with the crazy idea that I might paint some art work for use in the cover, like I did with my first book. Or whether I should hire a graphic designer. Or whether the story is even ready, though it’s been finished for over a year now. I’m worried about taking on some advice by editors that doesn’t sit right with me, or whether I should concede that they know better than I?

So many questions indeed, and that’s not all of them either. I don’t think self-publishing should be taken lightly. I mean, its like pretending I know everything there is to know about the publishing world, when really, I’m just a writer who wishes I could just focus on my craft than the business side of things. So here I am, turning once more to you lot 🙂

Want to help me out in the construction of my next release? A ChickLit that some people haven’t been able to put down once they’ve picked it up? 🙂 It’s called Rule of Thirds and it’s my first romantically inclined modern-day story. I’m very proud of it too. It’s something that was inspired by a real-life story, and I couldn’t help but jump up and down when I finished writing it. Its written in third-person, and follows a past/present/past parallel story telling. I really feel the structure is essential for the story, as do about 90% of all beta readers. But an editor has told me I could do away with the past. Which absolutely doesn’t feel right to me.

Therefore me screaming out HELP!

I’m going to be trialling my blurb, cover samples as well as some chapters with you in the hope that you’ll be able to help me chose the best ones. So here goes nothing.

First of all, here is the most current blurb. Please let me know if it’s strong, or weak:

Once on a rise and now a reluctant wedding photographer, Elle Grace isn’t sure about any of her recent decisions, especially the decision to take Dean Stewart on as one of her top clients. In fact, the young mother of one is sure it’s the worst decision she could make. After all, falling for a client was not on her list of things to do when she left her old life and moved to a country town, a total stranger. A stranger whose only aim had been one of obscurity.

Will Elle succeed in keeping Dean Stewart strictly a client, or will her wandering eyes and heart render her efforts completely wasted?

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2 thoughts on “Next book release: Need help!

  1. Hi Eva, congratulations on finishing your first novel! I’m in the same boat and not sure of what advice to offer yet (I’m actually at the exact same stage). The only thing that jumped at me was that the blurb and cover image don’t have the same message. After I saw the cover, I thought it was about a runaway bride or one abandoned on her wedding day…

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    1. Hi Ana,
      Thank you for being so honest. Much appreciated. I’m hoping I can modify the image in Photoshop later on a bit and see how it goes. The main protagonist is someone who feels guilty moving on, especially by falling for another and tries to deny herself the moment to say, ‘yes, it’s ok to move on.’ I guess that was the idea behind the image.
      I’m so glad you told me that. I’ll have to see how I can redefine it.
      All the best for your book too. 🙂

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