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February 6, 2014 - 2:00 pm
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Supplemental Cover Series to Selling Your Writing in 13 Weeks — post 3

Start with a cat picture taken from Morguefile, and take it to JASC paintshop and do one step photo correction?  Could you use this as a cover?  probably not.  Most stories that would take a cat on the cover require drawings to signal right genre.  This photo is by SimoneSantos btw.

Start with a cat picture taken from Morguefile, and take it to JASC paintshop and do one step photo correction? Could you use this as a cover? probably not. Most stories that would take a cat on the cover require drawings to signal right genre. This photo is by SimoneSantos btw.

Before we start this, I’d best come clean and explain that I never do things with standard programs or in the standard way.  This is not on purpose.  It’s because my brain seems to be wired backwards and sideways from every other human being on the planet and, if there are aliens, from every other alien too.  No, seriously.  Trying to follow along and do things the exact way I do them is probably a fool’s game.

For instance, for years after everyone was using Microsoft Word for writing, I continued using Corel Wordperfect.  It did what I wanted it to, it was intuitive to me, and I had no intention of changing, much to the despair of my computer-geek husband.

I finally switched to Word only because most conversion programs for ebooks gag at Word Perfect.  I’ve now been using Word for two years, and I’m used to it, and it doesn’t bother me anymore.  BUT the ramp up and changing of my brain’s default settings took me about six months where I couldn’t just concentrate on the writing, because the mechanics of the program kept obtruding.

For me, at least – if not for any sane human being – this is often a reason to stick with outmoded software.  I have very little time and don’t want to spend time retooling my workflow.

Most people doing their own covers use one of two programs: either Photoshop or the free alternative, GIMP.  Me?  Well….

I might be willing to give Photoshop a try, but I’ve seen people use it, and there would be significant retooling.  I’m not willing to invest the time into that retooling.  The fact that the company which makes Photoshop – Adobe – has gone subscription-only and that its website got hacked for subscriber data a few weeks back was just icing on the cake. I don’t see any reason to deal with that.

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That second version of Death of a Musketeer's cover is great.
32 weeks ago
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Watch that Filter Forge! It's a serious time sink. Going to have to play with _all_ my covers, now.
32 weeks ago
32 weeks ago Link To Comment
Well that class must have worked. I just bought Death of a Musketeer, Noah's Boy, and Wait Until the War is Over.

BTW is "The George Diner" based on the White Spot on West Colfax right at the edge of the CBD in Denver?
32 weeks ago
32 weeks ago Link To Comment
Nope, wrong direction on Colfax ;-)
32 weeks ago
32 weeks ago Link To Comment
I know the battle is long lost, but I can't resist this observation. Microsoft Word's victory over WordPerfect forever puts the lie to the old axiom that, if you build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door. An inferior mousetrap with a well-orchestrated marketing machine can shut down a superior mousetrap.
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