Friday, August 14, 2015

S.D. Skye's Hell or High Water 365-Day Blog-athon Day 61 -- Craft Talk Thursday

As I'm winding down this major rebranding effort for the J.J. McCall series and wait patiently for the cover for Book 4 -- Joint Deception (formerly That Crazy Itch). My mind is slowly going back into story-writing mode. Before I started this effort I was a little blocked on the story. Well, not so much blocked as I didn't feel the flow of the words. I was just typing. It really makes a difference in the story when you're emotionally invested...and I definitely wasn't there.

But re-energizing the series with the new covers and giving the whole brand a makeover has given me new energy for writing this series. Whereas before I was ready to give it up after 5 books, depending on the audience reaction to the books, I may keep it going.

I certainly feel like I can attract a wider spy thriller lover audience with these covers. Even with me waiting for the ding dang covers to upload properly on Amazon, I'm still picking up sales. So, we'll see how it goes.

So -- a few details.

I finished up the full covers for all three books. I will post them for my Fiction Friday post later today.

I wrote Amazon and asked why my cover for The Bigot List hadn't loaded. When you go on the site it says it takes up to 72 hours to load your new cover. Well, the cover for Situation Critical showed up within 24 hours and the covers for The Big List and The Shadow Syndicate have YET to show up. I wrote Amazon customer service and they said allow 72 hours but by then I had already uploaded the photo a second time just in case there was a problem there.

Needless to say, I'm not happy with Amazon today. But maybe I will be by day's end when *fingers crossed* my books will be displayed properly.

Trust me when I tell you, I have never so been anxious to finish this book business mess and get back to writing in my life! Hopefully next week--and then I can get back to talking about writing as I dig into Book 4. Even though I'm tired, I do feel it will be worth it.

In the meantime, here's some writing wisdom from the man who ruthlessly killed Jon Snow (she says BITTERLY--this deserves an overuse of adverbs)...

I guess I'm a landscape architect. I give my garden a little structure but, at the end of the day, I throw the seeds in and let the plants have their way.

What kind of writer are you?

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