After sending my manuscript to agents and editors with varying responses (and some encouragement), I’m moving forward with self-publishing again. This publishing game is a long one (sigh!). My manuscript is complete and has been sent to the first beta readers. I’ve been working on the cover during this overcast public holiday. I thought you’d like to see it in Photoshop view.
Especially for aspiring self-publishers
I’ve been playing around with Awesome Screenshots while setting up my tutorial for the RWA Academy. It means I can show the cover I’m working and talk through part of the process by recording it on Awesome Screenshots (an app you can add to Chrome).
It’s another learning curve of self-publishing – hearing my own voice is weird. Hopefully, I get better at it. Play the video to hear my tsks and ums (ha, ha!).
What do you think of the cover? It will require further tweaks, but I’m pretty happy with it.
If you’d like to be a beta reader of Hidden Book of Scars please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You receive the free ebook and commit to answering a few questions about the book and letting me know what you recommend I fix. I’d dearly love you to give a short review (one to two sentences or more if you wish). Your review may even feature on the back of the book cover.
Hidden Book of Scars – blurb
A crime reporter and an ex-Rugby star amputee must overcome lies, deception and a possible murder before they can requite their love. Both are scarred and haunted by bushfires twenty years ago.
Sometimes the past can only remain hidden until the next heatwave.
MAKENA KING is engaged and her career is on track. Except for her father’s ill health and a fire phobia, life is perfect in Whalebone Beach. Then FINLAY TAHETA comes back to town as the new Park Range.
Twenty years ago, a bushfire hid their secrets and scarred Makena. But it was what happened to a homeless man that haunts them most. When a new fire reveals his remains, Makena and Finlay work together to find the man’s family to alleviate the Black Beach Fire guilt and perhaps save themselves.
But Finlay confounds Makena’s idea of safety and love. He’s too damn perfect and kind-hearted compared to her fiancé. Her ridiculous attraction to Finlay is an unnecessary distraction. Plus, how can she crush on him when she’s committed to marrying someone else?
Makena’s sister holds dark secrets that could shatter the family.
But she’s not the only one keeping secrets.
Who will pay for the scars of the past?