A Very Austen Christmas · Book Production Stuff

Oh, the wondrous cover!

Being indie is all about choices. We have control over the interior format, the content, and most especially, the cover.

Oh, the wondrous cover!  I submitted A Very Austen Christmas to Joel Friedlander, who runs The Cover Designer’s e-Book Cover Design Awards. Yesterday the November, 2017, lineup came out and guess what? He liked it!

As I mention in my submission, the title is amazing. Our cover looks good in any size. Robin Helm puts it this way: “You can read it from Mars.”

The times, they are a-changing, and we indie authors must be adaptable. For instance, most of the anthologies I looked at — even brand-new releases from traditional publishers — were crowded with author names. (The more popular the author, the larger the name, ha!) Even to the point of obscuring the artwork, which is kind of sad.

The name-heavy style used to be appropriate for a print book — like, fifteen years ago — but books are not displayed on a book table anymore. They’re on-line as thumbnails. Who cares if my name is large? I sure don’t. I want you to see the title and the beautiful artwork.  A Very Austen Christmas delivers as a true eBook cover.

Our next anthology will have a springtime-romance / Valentine’s theme (2019). Gayle Mills is now recovered enough to write, and we are planning to add two guest authors to this one.

4 thoughts on “Oh, the wondrous cover!

    1. Hi, JW,

      Our ancient modem — ten years old! — has finally bit the dust. On a holiday weekend we need a service call, ha. So I am creeping over to school to check my Internet. Happy holiday weekend!


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