The Book Cover That Freaked Out My Wife
That is the book cover to my first short-novel, called The Devil's Alarm Clock. I conceived and wrote it during the last ROW 80 in 2011. I'm currently editing it and planning to release it in March 2012.
I created the cover myself. I think most authors should get a cover designer, but I know a bit about image tools and I enjoy it. For me, it's just another form of story-telling. And fundamentally that's what I am - a story teller.
And I come from a long line of story tellers (my Dad is a great one, as was his father and my maternal grand-father who was friends with Walt Disney - though that was when he was just "Walt").
Writing books is just one way to convey stories.
I hope I actually launch before then, but I know my work schedule and I want to give myself some breathing room. Plus I'm in process of publishing my other short stories to have additional books by the time I launch.
If you are thinking the title is missing - you are correct. By design. I want the image to be striking as possible (admit it - you've bought a book simply because you wanted a copy of the cover :)). Plus the title will be visible in the online book stores - no real need to put it on the cover itself.
You will also notice the logo in the lower right-hand side - that's the logo to my "publisher" - Pilgrim Screams. I made the decision that site (it's another old blog, which is why it's currently a Blogger site, I'll move it to a traditional website) is where I'll keep my store and book marketing stuff. While this blog will remain where I blog about my writing progress and thoughts on writing.
If you are a fan of horror - I hope you like the image/cover. If people are interested, I'll write a post on how I created it.
The Rest of the ROW 80 Update
The focus right now is to do all of the extra stuff around the book. Some of it is one-time work that needs to be done for the bigger picture - getting the Pilgrim Screams site setup, the mailing list created and logo. Other is book specific - cover and editing.
And with work schedule being a 12 hour day, I'm doing all of this within a 90 minute window starting about about 5:30 in the morning. I tried getting up at 4:30 but I couldn't sustain that but I've adapted well to waking at 5 and I get into my office around 5:30. I could probably be in sooner - but I like to think about what I want to do, catch the early weather (Texas weather can change in a hurry and by change I mean from sunny to dangerous) and watch a bit of Mike & MIke in the Morning on ESPN.
Anyway - I am making steady, consistent progress.
I hope my other ROWers are making progress on their goals - whatever they maybe.