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Old 08-25-2010, 09:45 AM   #91
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Blue colour. Guitar illustration.
I dunno, it looks like a textbook to me. (My mother ran a dress shop, and always said I was her most difficult customer. I am picky, I admit.) I will run it past the daughter, who will give me her usual ruthless opinion. Actually, I'm betting she'll say, "At least it doesn't have rocking horses on it."

Thank you for doing this, Moejoe. I like your new avatar.
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I dunno, it looks like a textbook to me. (My mother ran a dress shop, and always said I was her most difficult customer. I am picky, I admit.) I will run it past the daughter, who will give me her usual ruthless opinion. Actually, I'm betting she'll say, "At least it doesn't have rocking horses on it."

Thank you for doing this, Moejoe. I like your new avatar.
No need for thanks, it's just a bit of fun, playing about with graphics and stuff. What might be helpful is if you find a cover you think is closest to what you think your book is like. Something already published. That should give me an idea of the tone you want and how you wish to be perceived.

EDIT: I also noticed you're not selling through Amazon yet. Is there any particular reason?

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These are not my genre, just a random selection I liked as I whizzed through Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Pericles-Commi...2741157&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Breaking-Daw...587&pf_rd_i=69

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stick-Man-Ju...e=UTF8&s=books

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Art-War-Sun-...e=UTF8&s=books

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Distant-Hour...e=UTF8&s=books

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Full-Dark-St...e=UTF8&s=books

I'll keep a lookout for covers nearer my genre. I am selling ebooks through Amazon, UK and US: http://www.amazon.com/Remix-ebook/dp...2637055&sr=1-1
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Old 08-25-2010, 10:43 AM   #94
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Bingo! Got it, you're novel is general fiction that's why it was so hard to peg it.

I'll give it another shot, then it's quitting time.
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Okay, here's my last stab at it Colorful, guitar motif, handwritten font, contemporary (at least I think so).
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I rather like that; enticing colours and not too specific...though Comforted by Darkness is just a short story.

Can I hang on to it and give it a whirl if I think my cover/covers are not doing the business on Amazon? My book only went up on the 9th August, so it's early days.
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I rather like that; enticing colours and not too specific...though Comforted by Darkness is just a short story.

Can I hang on to it and give it a whirl if I think my cover/covers are not doing the business on Amazon? My book only went up on the 9th August, so it's early days.
Course you can, have at it with my blessing. And it doesn't matter what bollocks you put on the front cover blurb most of the time...I could have put winner of several awards (but left out that they were swimming awards) and it would still be truthful
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Course you can, have at it with my blessing. And it doesn't matter what bollocks you put on the front cover blurb most of the time...I could have put winner of several awards (but left out that they were swimming awards) and it would still be truthful
I think it matters once you are successful - look at Jeffrey Archer. No one would have had a go at him but for his success. So perhaps I'd better not put that Remix was shortlisted for the Booker, just in case...
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I've just epublished Remix on Smashwords, and am offering it FREE for a week with the coupon code QE49G. The most frequent comment I've had from readers is that it's an effortless read - and it's guaranteed typo-free. Why not give it a go?
Sounds fantastic Lexi! I'm a newbie to MobileRead and also an author. I admire your Avatar photo and your sig line. May you have much success with your latest book.

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Sounds fantastic Lexi! I'm a newbie to MobileRead and also an author. I admire your Avatar photo and your sig line. May you have much success with your latest book.

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Hi Susan! I'm sure you'll like it here
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Sorry for not posting review immediately after I finished the book, but:
- I am busy
- I am lazy ;-)
- I wanted to have a look at the book later to see if I remain as enthusiastic about it as when I finished it.

Thank you Lexi, for a nice, straightforward, light detective story. The book is full of small, well researched details, that make the story very believable.
The book somehow reminds me of some of early Dick Francis books. And I have special place in my heart for all that is, however remotely, connected with Mr. Francis. Is it horses ;-) ? Or fast paced story with involuntary detective? Or all those small details?

Oh ... One more thing.
I have posted a short review on Smaswords.
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Kacir, thank you so much - I was thrilled by your review, because I set out to write something as unputdownable as an early Dick Francis, with an intelligent but naive heroine a bit like the protagonist of I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. So I'm impressed by your perception.

No one writes page turners that you have to read till you finish like DF. He's one of the few writers who've kept me up hours past my bedtime.
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No one writes page turners that you have to read till you finish like DF.
His books have another quality, you might not even have noticed.
His English is exceptionally well suited for reading by people that only learn English. When I wrote that he has special place in my heart it wasn't just because his books kept me reading well past my bedtime. The very first "real" (understand non-textbook, non-simplified-edition) book in English I have ever read was one of his books. It was only much later that I realized how lucky I was to pick his book. Many of the books that I have tried to read a bit later I had to put away, until my English improves enough. But thanks to his book I knew that there ARE books that I can read comfortably, so I was looking for books that I could read to improve my English. Well over a thousand books [in English!] later I am not even noticing if the book has "easy English" ;-)
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His books have another quality, you might not even have noticed.
His English is exceptionally well suited for reading by people that only learn English(*). When I wrote that he has special place in my heart it wasn't just because his books kept me reading well past my bedtime. The very first "real" (understand non-textbook, non-simplified-edition) book in English I have ever read was one of his books. It was only much later that I realized how lucky I was to pick his book. Many of the books that I have tried to read a bit later I had to put away, until my English improves enough. But thanks to his book I knew that there ARE books that I can read comfortably, so I was looking for books that I could read to improve my English. Well over a thousand books [in English!] later I am not even noticing if the book has "easy English" ;-)
(*) it is *very* difficult to write something that is easy for a beginner, and, *at the same time*, interesting enough for people that are proficient in language.
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Good heavens! Is English not your first language? I'd never have guessed.

Dick Francis said his writing style was honed by writing a racing column for a newspaper, and learning from the changes the editor made to his text, cutting out anything extraneous. But he had a natural gift to start with, no doubt.

I also admire anyone who can go right to the top in two entirely different professions.
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