I've Been a Busy Little Boy
Okay, maybe a busy little old(er) man.
A few weeks ago I came to a prayerful conclusion. God doesn't want me to focus on the selling of books, but of reaching and blessing and entertaining as many readers—teen and adults—as possible.
That has required me to systematically lower the cost of my books to make them as affordable as possible. Since Amazon allows itself a healthy profit on my sales, I can't really just give them away. But I can run free Kindle specials, and that's what I plan to do as much of as possible.
But I've also become aware that—as important as book covers are in grabbing a potential reader's attention—even the best of the book cover designs I'd come up with weren't adequate. The only professionally designed cover I have is Rosa No-Name, created by Ken Raney. It's clearly VERY professional.
But I've been doing some reading about book cover designing and even about graphics for the graphically-illiterate. Of my twelve novels, Rosa is the only one I have NOT made at least some effort to redesign during the last couple of months. (The "Shop at Amazon" in the right-hand column shows the new designs; so does my Purchase page.)
Some, like The Devil and Pastor Gus and The Flowers of His Field are totally different. And not only did I totally change Project Muffintop, I renamed it Just Friends?" Yes, the question mark is part of the title.
I'm praying that the new covers will do a better job of interesting readers in looking inside. Incidentally, all of my books are available to read on Kindle Unlimited.
Time will tell, but I'm praying that God will use my novels in whatever way is most pleasing to him according to His timetable rather than mine and in whatever way He chooses.
Incidentally, I haven't been doing a good job of updating my Journal page. That's on my to-do list. But for your information, I'm about six thousand words into a quirky romantic novel called When Love Won't Wait. I've even got a tentative cover for it.
The couple is from a 123rf.com stock photo. The floral background is a picture I took of the ceiling at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. What do you think?
The Importance of Reviews
You may not realize how important reviews are to authors, but that's why I dedicate a good portion of my home page to talking about some of the reviews my books have received. I recently published a blog post on the subject, and I hope many of you will read it here.
I hope you enjoy your visit and come again soon.