Well, we’re almost there, just a few more pages to edit and I think I’ll be ready to begin the process of Kindlizing (is that even a word?) my eBook. I’ll start with Kindle because I imagine that by the time I have the format down for Kindle, it will be an easy transition to Smashwords. But before I worry about that, there are a couple of important decisions I’ve got to make.
The first decision is how to stop a story that is hardly begun. Do I just put a note on the last page saying that there is more coming in Book 2? Maybe I should write an epilogue sort of wrapping up the story so far with a tease about the future? I don’t know. One of the problems may be that the story doesn’t have a strictly linear construct. It’s more like building a tower. Four stories provide the base for the tower. Three of those stories are in Book 1. The fourth story begins Book 2 with the tower itself (a more traditional linear construct) completing the reminder of Book 2 and Book 3. However I decide to wrap-up Book 1, it should be completed by Thursday. If you have any ideas, for a smooth wrap-up for action in progress, I’d certainly be interested in hearing them.
And that reminds me, since I’m breaking the action, I’ll have to generate a transitional introduction for Book 2. But that’s after I get my Book 1 out there, so I have some time before I have to worry about that.
The other important decision I have to make is about cover art. Professional, but not something that will take hours and hours to complete. It should be catchy, but not over the top, something appropriate. Whatever design I decide on should have a theme that can be extended over all three volumes. And the cover art, of course, has to meet the specific guidance provided by Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) and Smashwords. If you’ve got experience designing cover art and feel like sharing some pointers, please do. I’d appreciate it and so would my readers.
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