My book is divided into five parts Part I - Wrought Iron, Part II - Amelack Somatres (Black Blades), Part III - Orphans, Part IV - Hold's Ruin and Part V - Seralruhn (Blood Sight). Here are the covers for each part which I made using GIMP. I am not aiming to make typical fantasy or science fiction covers as I think the formula has been exhausted. I simply want to convey a picture that is open to interpretation and does not allow the potential reader to form an immediate prejudice. This of course is a gamble and could alienate genre readers, but I would rather just use a picture I like and a font that is suitable than a big image with swords and dragons and flames. I hope that a reader will have one opinion before reading the book of the cover and then a completely different one after possibly linked to the story itself.
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
Started it around late august and on Sunday just past I typed the final words of my ~170,000 word adventure novel! It is called Drawn Breath. It is inspired by the shogunate era of Japan set in a rich fantasy world with an essence of science fiction to create something fresh and original. It will be divided into five parts averaging around 30-40,000 words each. I've been re-reading each part several times over the past four months and I'm now adding the final touches to the first part - Wrought Iron. I hope to put it up free on Smashwords.com and kdp very soon. If anyone fancies a sneaky preview, I'm more than happy to send a pdf (I found that Adobe Digital Editions is the best way to read those file types). Now... back to the grindstone!