I finished my holiday book ad, finally. It took a while because I've had the writing blues, coupled with exhaustion. Now, I am getting my morning energy back on, mostly because of the time change; plus, I have editorial feedback to input into my collection, Not Your Abuelita's Folk Tales. I have one more story to write called "The Altar" and one freebie I promised my newsletter subscribers called "Mona".
Unfortunately, we left for our vacation, and I couldn't get the the painting I planned to use to the cover designer, so he could take a high-res photo of it, but I will use it in a future book. Or have him design it when I get back in a couple of weeks. I left that up to him, as I am not quite done with the collection. I also asked him to do a small favor for me because every time I create a book ad, I get irritated by the cover of my last book, so I asked my friend to design it again. It's no the image; it's the font. It drives me bat shit crazy, when I shrink it.
If he designs the cover early, I can pre-sell it. Plus, I am going to put this collection on different platforms, which means that I won't be able to put it on KDP. KDP hasn't really done much for me yet because I need a wider reader base. My hope is that if I put it on Ingram and Lulu, small bookstores might take it.
This road trip, I have been reading young adult fiction, and I realized Anne of Green Gables is a great book, but damn if I'm not irritated when the writer glosses over major events. That is one thing I won't do in my collection. She also does a lot of visual description, which reminds me to use other senses.
Well, my brain just flat lined like my book sales, so I'm to kill some zombies.
Keep writing through the muck! #barrioblues
Dr. Jesú Estrada,