First, as you can see to the left, I redid the cover after negative feedback concerning the first one. Much thanks to all who were honest about their opinions.
Multiple people found the first cover drab and the school theme of the pencil image unattractive. I considered what y’all said, and I like this cover more.
Specifically, I like the symbolism of the ivy (growth) and the door (entry into something and someplace new.) It feels appropriate for a writer’s handbook. I also love how colorful it is; it isn’t drab like the first one. Please let me know your thoughts, because I can always change the cover a third time if people as a whole don’t like this new cover as much as I do. (I won’t be offended. I want a good cover that will draw attention to my book and its content.)
I’ve also adjusted the table of content, rearranging some chapters and adding a few. Here’s the new list:
- INTRODUCTION: Who I am, what I do, and what qualifications I have to be writing this book. Basically, why should you care what advice I have about writing? (Including a brief description of every novel I’ve written.)
- PREFACE: Why anyone should do this crazy thing called writing a novel. What are the reasons for writing that will set you up for success?
- CHAPTER ONE: What to know before you write
- CHAPTER TWO: The cardinal rules of writing
- CHAPTER THREE: Making and managing time to write
- CHAPTER FOUR: On outlines
- CHAPTER FIVE: On character development
- CHAPTER SIX: On first drafts
- CHAPTER SEVEN: On dialogue (*new)
- CHAPTER EIGHT: On point of view (*new)
- CHAPTER NINE: On editing
- CHAPTER TEN: On style
- CHAPTER ELEVEN: On independent publishing (*new)
- CHAPTER TWELVE: On social media marketing
I’m specifically excited about the point of view chapter. I really like it so far. I added TONS of new material to the few blog posts I have on the topic, and that’s really exciting, because I want to have as much new material as I can to make the book worthwhile even for those who are faithful followers of my blog.
Thanks a gazillion to those who offered suggestions about what they would like to see in the book. You really helped me rearrange, add to, and finalize the material I plan to include. I sincerely want to be a great and useful resourceful for writers, especially new writers.