I had a really productive writing weekend. I added to a story in my collection and am revising it based on some editing feedback I got many months ago. The feedback was pretty good, and I took almost all of it. I started Kindling the story, but the struggle now is crafting a decent looking book cover for print. My friend and writing guru Eric Allan Yankee recommended fivver.com.
That is essentially a site where you can contract designers. Their prices range from $25 for a basic book cover to $200. Obvi, I would go with $25 because I believe in paying the editor more. For the next publication, I will definitely get some help. I tried creating my own cover with Adobe Spark, but I have no idea how to reorient the image in the Kindle portal. I suppose I could Google or YouTube it, but I would rather write than try to figure that out. Plus, my friend Laura offered her son to help, and I will reach out to him.
Anyway, this weekend, I spent more time with the characters of my novel The Harvest, Ashley/Alan, Cherry/Strike. I fleshed them out a little more and added more about how they will relate to each other. I also lowered Ashley's height to 4 foot 8 inches and will make her peers a little taller as they are older. In truth, I didn't spend enough time with them as I should have, but I plan on sitting with them on the ride home. I am also mapping out the towns more and the general structure of the region, which I should have done a long time ago. It was more important to focus on the characters and start writing it, but since I'm 2/3 done, I have to flesh out more sections of it. That will also make the revisions process easier.
Well, I hope your Father's Day weekend was glorious.
Keep writing and reinforcing the basics. #Resist
Dr. Jesú Estrada,