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Cover Girl!

Good morning, dear readers!

Today is a very exciting day for me, as I reveal my new book cover! What do you think? I am so happy with it, and with the work of Tetro Design and the talented Jessie Thiessen.

So…in August, I will be putting Lost up for sale on Kindle, Smashwords, and other e-publishing markets. It’s a chance to get my name out there, build an audience, and share this wonderful book that is the result of years of hard work. I’ll tell you what it’s all about when I launch it on Amazon et al. There is still some final copy editing work to be done, as well as putting the text into the proper format. You won’t need a Kindle to read it…you’ll be able to download it and read it from your computer, or print it if you like.

I’m still going to go after traditional publishing contracts for novel #2 and my work in progress, but in the meantime, Lost will hopefully have some readers.

One of the biggest considerations when putting a novel on Kindle is a kick-ass cover, and I’m very happy with this one. It wasn’t the image I had in mind when I initially met with Tetro, but somehow it is perfect. Next step: the redesign of this blog should make it a lot easier on the eyes!

Thanks for reading, and for offering so much encouragement and support. Have an awesome weekend, everyone!

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  1. BionicPerry

    Fricken awesome! It looks great Holli!!
    Can’t wait until it is avaiable. I know we talked about this, but do you know if it will only be available as a download, or could someone order a print-on-demand copy? I want a print copy! 🙂

  2. Amy Sue Nathan

    Good luck, Holli! Let me know when it’s available for Kindle!

  3. Jocé

    Congratulations! That is awesome Holli.
    I think you are making all the right moves. And I like the new one word title, LOST, it fits. I remember this amazing novel from an early draft, under its working title, when I was one of the lucky ones who got to read the entire manuscript 🙂 I remember a fellow writer and I, both agreeing it was a darn good story, the best mystery we’d read in a long while, and worthy of a place on the bookshelves of all prestigious booksellers.
    The cover art is wonderful (I love the closed eyes, the likeness to… 🙂
    Cheers, you’re doing good.

  4. Kim

    This is lovely and just looking at it I’m sure makes your heart futter. How can you stop looking at it? Make it poster sized and hang it in plain view. Congratulations. And one day we’ll have to go for coffee or lunch and you can talk to me about e-publishing since, as you know, I have a piece of work I am equally proud of that I sufferred similar experiences with.

  5. Story Teller

    Wow, thanks so much everyone! Thanks for sharing my joy! I’m almost as happy as if I landed a print deal – this is really exciting!

    @ Perry – based on our conversation, I’m definitely going to look into having it available on LuLu (sp?) so people can order a print copy. I still have a lot to do on the research front, but I want this available by mid-August.

    @ Amy – thanks, I will! I tried to add it to my signature line on Backspace, but I couldn’t, no matter how small I made it. Haven’t been able to add my profile pic, either. And welcome to my blog! 🙂

    @ Jocelyn – thanks so much! This is terrible, but I’d totally forgotten that you read the book. Thanks for all of your kind comments. Isn’t the likeness amazing? What’s even more incredible is that the designer hadn’t read the book, and I don’t recall telling her what Tessie looked like. We seem to just be on the same wavelength.

    @ Kim – thank you so much for recommending Tetro! Didn’t they do an amazing job? I am so, so happy with it, and it *is* difficult to stop looking at it. 🙂 I’d be happy to go for lunch. I’ll keep you posted on how the e-publishing experience goes.

  6. James Rewucki

    Cool cover Holli, I’m glad you decided to go for it and self publish. I’m looking forward to reading it.

  7. Story Teller

    Hi James! Just for this one, for the reason described in the post. I haven’t given up on the “brass ring” yet! Thanks for your comment! Welcome to my humble blog. 🙂

  8. Tasha Farrell

    Holli: Good for you, and that is a truly awesome cover! Can’t wait ’til it comes out–


  9. Story Teller

    Thanks, Tasha! So glad to have “met” you. Have a great weekend!

  10. Vanessa

    You are way too classy for words! 🙂

  11. Story Teller

    Thanks, Vannie and Melanie! I really appreciate it. 🙂

  12. Laura Best

    I really like the cover!!

    I do admire your determination, Holly. I’m not sure I would be able to do what you’re doing. This is really amazing! All the best with this and future projects. 🙂

  13. Elspeth Cross

    Wow! You made your decision and went for it. Congrats! The cover looks great and I can’t wait to buy and read a copy.

  14. Chris

    I love the cover! It really holds your eyeballs in a vise, as it’s so hard to look away once you see it. Can’t wait to see the novel online!

  15. Story Teller

    Thanks for your comments, everyone! @ Laura, are you referring to e-publishing? Or just not giving up on the writing gig in general? In truth, “I haven’t yet begun to fight”. There’s so much more I could be doing. I’m going to get better at applying myself. @ Elspeth – thanks, and to Chris, welcome back to the blog. I’ve really missed you. Your opinion means the world to me.

  16. Perri

    Beautiful cover! … and a brave decision too. Let us know when it’s out there.

  17. Story Teller

    Hi Perri,

    Thanks for the kind words. I will for sure keep everyone on the blog up-to-date…in fact, there’s already been a new development that I will post about today!

  18. Lisa S.

    Wow! Very powerful image. I like the crackled, rustic treatment esp. around her jawline. Makes her look like a precious object that’s cracking.
    Congrats! Great cover.

  19. Story Teller

    Thanks so much, Lisa! Glad you like it. 🙂


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