New Year? New Project!

So just before the end of 2016, I finally finished what is surely almost definitely probably the final major editing draft on Television Man, my dark fantasy novel which is sort-of set in the Adirondack park of upstate New York.

And you know what that means:  It’s time to prepare and lay out the ebook and dead tree versions.  It’s not as easy as one might think.

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27 8×10 Color Glossy Pictures With Circles And Arrows And A Paragraph On The Back Of Each One

Or at least, one 6×9 glossy book cover and one 6×9 matte book cover, neither with circles or arrows.

Ravels Covers

Matte CreateSpace cover on the left, glossy Lulu cover on the right

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The End

So over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, with a little extra time off from the job that actually pays the bills (Lord knows writing doesn’t), I finally wrapped up the last pass of editing on the conclusion of Shards — or, as I am now calling it, The “Strings” Duology:

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Teaser Tuesday 11/25/2014: “A Tale of Two Cities”

It was the best of times … it was the worst of times … it was time to read A Tale of Two Cities, that Dickensian classic, which I somehow never picked up until it appeared for free on the BookBub mailing list.

"I can't believe I ate the whole thing."

“I can’t believe I ate the whole thing.”

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Teaser Tuesday 11/4/2014: “Lore of The Witch World”

So this week, having ditched two other free books — one just for being poorly written, another for having a Too Dumb To Live protagonist (seriously, after the second or third time you ignore explicit instructions to stay on the path and not to talk to the monsters, you deserve whatever you get) — I’ve picked up Lore of the Witch World, an anthology of stories plus a novelette by Andre Norton.

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Despite her fur-lined boots and gloves, Babette still felt cold. She couldn’t quite figure out why.

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Final “Shards” Cover

Here it is!

I changed the text from red to black and added a couple more layers of outlining around it.  It also looks good in monochrome, e.g., on an old-school Kindle:

I’m about halfway through formatting the book for the Kindle; watch this space for updates!

“Shards” Cover Art

Well I selected my cover art for “Shards” already — sometimes you find an image and it just clicks!  This artwork is “Inhale Exhale — The 7th Hour”, by Emilie Leger.  (Check her page for more great art, one of which is likely to eventually become the cover of “The War of the Ravels”. For those who are allergic to Facebook, she also has a page at deviantART.)

I am looking at four options for the title and author name text, in horizontal and vertical permutations.  I am leaning toward the vertical ones, but haven’t decided which I like best. (Well actually I’m sitting down, but you know what I mean.)

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

Option 4

As always, thoughts and comments are welcome!