Front cover – Opinions wanted please

COVER ATTEMPT 10OK fellow bloggers and followers, I need opinions please – What do you think of this front cover? The revised/improved 1st DCI Winters book might be going on Kindle while I await a ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ on the 2nd book (The Principle of Evil).

Personally, I like it a lot better than the original paperback version that was released in 2011. Since the rights have reverted back to me, I have given the book a good edit and improved the story etc BUT I also knew the cover would also need a complete re-vamp . . .

So, here it is!

(Be gentle with me if you have any criticisms – this is the first cover I’ve done and it took all day! I have been staring at the PC for so long, I’ve gone cross-eyed!)

When someone asks what you do . . .

When people ask what I do and I tell them I’m a writer or inspiring to be a full-time one, they usually have one of the following reactions . . .

A. Shock, followed by that knowing look where I can tell they think I’m wasting my time.

Or . . .

B. They tell me how they’ve always wanted to write a book and grill me for any information they can get, without showing much of an interest in what I write.

Sometimes there’s a ‘C’ reaction where they genuinely wish me luck but in my experience this is a rarity, but that’s another story . . .

I’ve learned a lot since 2008, when I started to take my ambition to be a writer seriously. Whether it’s from my own mistakes and naïvety or through someone else’s lack of commitment, I’ve taken it all in, processed it, and learnt from it.

I understand a lot more about the submission process when submitting to agents and publishers. I’ve learned skills on how to get myself noticed among the slush pile and learned the importance of drafting . . . and drafting, drafting and drafting again!

So, with all that in mind, and going back to reaction ‘B’ mentioned above, I’ve decided to include an author interview. It features all the FAQ that not only me, but I’m sure plenty of other authors get asked.

You can read it here