Making a cover means making decisions, both artistic and business ones. My favorite comparison for an ebook cover is to a movie poster. It needs an image that identifies genre and what the story is in broad strokes. With one glance, it needs to make you want to experience the content.
Both image and design elements should associate with the author in the mind of the viewer. And in the age of ebooks, all that has to show through a thumbnail!
The overall ‘feel’ of words used, typography, color choices & imagery needs to be strong enough to have prospective buyers clicking through to learn more.
So…how’d I do?
The problem with Kindle is one of perception. Some love the ubiquitous, all-platform access to ebooks and how Amazon drives cheap prices. Some hate the leasing-not-owning Kindle EULA and how Amazon endangers the livelihood of many book professionals.
I try new ways of sharing my works all the time. One thing I settled on a couple years back has never changed, though: if you buy my books on Kindle, I’ll give you a DRM-free ePub format copy of that same book, to OWN NOT LEASE, for FREE.
Email me a screenshot of your receipt to receive an ePub of that title. Is this the right balance? Is there a better way? Let me know in your favorite social media stream.
Serials are back, big time, and now I’m testing the waters, too. Starting right from episode one, all instalments of my serial space opera adventure FARLOST now include text as well as audio.
Years ago, authors like David Wellington pioneered serial storytelling online, but fans and followers had no means to support the serial adventures or the authors directly. Podcast fiction had the same limitation.
Ugly truth: artists need to be paid, but even popular text and podcast authors using the internet have long relied on advertising dollars and donations.
Still on the promotional and ‘for the love’ side we have serial fiction portals like Wattpad attracting millions of readers… but now we also have Amazon’s Kindle serials connecting serial fiction with a built-in, paying audience.
For now, I’m offering FARLOST free each week as both words on the screen or words in your ear! But I’m curious how people are responding to fiction on the instalment plan – be it instalments of time and interest, or coin of the realm.
Who out there are reading online serial fiction? What are you reading? Are you supporting artists, directly or indirectly? Shout out in your favorite social media stream and let me know!
Farlost is a very different animal from my other work. Each of my projects comes from a different place, tries to capture specific things I love about fiction. This one’s an experiment in deeply serialized fiction, with high adventure & larger than life characters.
Volume 2 of Walk The Fire was successfully Kickstarted & will be released in October 2013.
Below are the names of the awesome folks who supported Walk The Fire Volume 2. If you’re name isn’t listed, drop us a line to opt-in: we want to shout out our thanks!
Hi. I’m John Mierau, in case you don’t know me but surfed a link from Kickstarter or elsewhere. I’m a science fiction author and editor. I’m a believer in new media and new relationships with readers, and Kickstarter is one solid reason why.
A lot of you asked me how I got into the Kickstarter and how I made it a success. This long, LONG post will cover that, and some background to the shared world the Kickstarter has successfully funded.
Let me also suggest SFWA’s ‘Is it Right for You?‘ post as a good place to figure out if Kickstarter is, well, right for you!
On to the story.
After a couple pro short fiction sales in 2005, I had a family and put things on hold. When I got back into the writing game, the publishing world had changed. In some very cool ways.
I decided to take a chance with the emerging tools the web gave writers to reach out directly to readers. Slowly but surely…it’s working. Eight years later I’m one of those crazy (or brave, if you’re feeling charitable) people who have asked readers to fund their writing directly.
Click on the picture to launch my first Vine video, in support of the WALK THE FIRE Kickstarter campaign.
Whew, when this Kickstarter is over, I’m gonna blog about the learning curve, excitement and stress. But for now, I’ll just ask you all to please support us on Kickstarter to launch this great shared world anthology!
The WALK THE FIRE Kickstarter is in its last two weeks. The more we raise, the more goodies we can give our supporters–up to TWO full anthologies for ALL backers!
Successful Kickstarters reach a wide audience. Help us connect with new supporters and get entered in a draw to win 20 ebooks & up to $100Amazon!
Read on to learn how to get your name in the DROP/KICK draw!