In 2001, and 2004, I had two books published. I’m really proud of this.
I so enjoyed researching and writing books that I continued to write away, and over the next few years wrote several more books, and had ideas for several more. Nine new books total.
In 2006, my lighting business began and, all of a sudden, I had zero time to focus on books.
Last year, I realized that twelve years had flown by and all my book projects had been 100% ignored.
I didn’t like this awareness. For, if nothing else, I enjoy creating books vastly more than I enjoy restoring vintage lighting (which I do enjoy).
I did a post about these “abandoned” books, and have been slowly working away…on one. One!
Today, I got the first drafts of cover art! Squee!
I have been working with Tracy of IM Design Group to create cover art. A few weeks back we met and I sketched the concept I had in mind but I also told Tracy to feel free to ignore my instructions if she was inspired with a different creative vision.
The book is in two parts. Part One details my career in New York City as an architectural designer. Part Two details the lessons I learned. Lessons which might help others earn more money, work less, and have a better time. The overall tone is…friendly and humorous. One person who read the manuscript said: “I never learned so much while laughing so hard.”
On her computer, Tracy showed me my cover vision. We then spent an hour making micro improvements until I was able to declare: “It’s perfect!”
Then Tracy “put” the cover into an Amazon search result, with a bunch of other books.
Oh. Oh dear. It didn’t read at all. “Which has been my concern,” Tracy explained, “and which is why I came up with another cover.”
We then made micro improvements to Cover #2, and put it “in” Amazon, side-by-side with Cover #1, and surrounded by many other book covers.
There was no contest. I looked at Tracy and said: “I would buy your book rather than my book!”
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My friend Patricia has spent months working on cover art (involving a Michael Jackson throne chair) but I grew concerned that there would be no room for any art with so many words on the cover. Tracy however proved this assumption wrong. So, we might end up replacing the Tracy chair with a Patrica chair.
Anyway, I am quite excited.
The last big stumbling block is a copy editor to read through the book. I thought this was taken care of, as a person who reads this blog offered her services. I sent off the book, and she was working away. Then she…stopped emailing. I am uncertain what is going on, and hope she is OK. But, I may have to find another copy editor.
Well, what do y’all think?
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