And I think you do too.
Being able to design my own book cover is one of the many reasons I’m leaning towards independent publishing. Books in my genre (comedy from a woman’s point of view) rarely get the respect they deserve when it comes to marketing. Silhouettes of ladies, a splash of Peptobismal pink, a cutesy handwritten title and you’re good to go.
In most circumstances, I would suggest writers not design their own covers. Why? Because the Lousy Book Covers Tumblr is a thing. It sums up what I mean and more. The thing is, I checked on some of these books and they have great reviews on Amazon. Can’t the writers tell their covers are terrible? So terrible that they are scaring away potential readers and losing out on book sales? Some of these covers make me think, “Have none of these people seen what a book even looks like?”
I’m an Apple girl. I have an iPhone, an iPad, an iMac and I work on an iMac at my day job. I use iTunes for music and the occasional episode or movie rentals. I started out using OpenOffice for my novel but switched to Apple Pages because you can save directly to the Cloud.
Hi guys! I just finished adding a TON of little red marks to the first draft of my completed novel. This is all new territory to me. It all feels so new and exciting for me, so I figured I might redesign my website- again- in honor of this strange new world. So… welcome!
I am a feminist. I have no shame, reluctance or hesitation in saying this. I heard an alarming stat recently: Few Identify As Feminists, But Most Believe In Equality Of Sexes.
Wait… what? I’m lost. Apparently a lot of people don’t understand what feminism means. It’s definition time.
- feminism: the doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men.
Cool. Sounds good to me. Caitlin Moran‘s husband put it best: feminism is about being nice to everybody. Plain and simple.
I loved the brilliant documentary Miss Representation. It opened my eyes to a lot of things. I can say with confidence that it changed my view of the world. One of the things it discusses is how society teaches women how they should act, think and look by a very young age.
For instance: at seven years old, roughly the same number of boys and girls say they want to be president. By age 15, the number of girls who still say they’d like to be president drops dramatically compared to boys. Why? Because girls aren’t seeing many women in positions of political power. (Mad love for Hillary Clinton. Just throwing that out there.) So, girls see these positions us unattainable for themselves.
But what does this have to do with books?