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Breaking cover: my soon-to-be-released ebook

Our Children new 3

This is the cover I’ve designed for my little collection of stories coming out soon. I didn’t want to drop a lot of coin on an artist’s services for this one, so I bought the image and did the photo editing on Pic Monkey. It was surprisingly fun and easy, though one complaint is that there’s no way to save your work on the site unless you pop for a paid account (“as little as $2.75 a month”). That means you have to do all your editing in one session, or leave your browser open on the editing page. I mocked something up to practice, then did the final work with the full-resolution image later.

Our Children Are Not Our Children will be published in the next couple of weeks, first on Amazon, then on other outlets via Smashwords. I’m working on ways to get free copies to everyone on my newsletter list (sign up via Grampa Simpson in the sidebar!), so you can read the “book” — 4700 words strong — without coughing up 99 cents.

Alternatively (*wink*), you can help support the author by buying it. If I sell twenty of these things, I’ve paid for the cover!

(Photo by Leva Vincer/Shutterstock.com)

14 comments on “Breaking cover: my soon-to-be-released ebook

  1. francisguenette
    July 30, 2013

    It’s a gripping cover – definitely catches the eye. Thanks for sharing your experience with Pic Monkey – good to know. Good luck on the release.

  2. BAlanGoetz
    July 30, 2013

    Great cover, very compelling and makes me very interested in reading what’s inside! Thanks for sharing!

  3. kkellie
    July 30, 2013

    Really nice cover. It works. I like the font for the title, too. Good luck with your latest, thank you for sharing the reveal and your happy news.

    • Kevin Brennan
      July 30, 2013

      Thanks so much! I tried a lot of different fonts and luckily found one that suits the material really well.

  4. Allen Watson
    July 30, 2013

    Awesome cover! It would make me stop and pick it up. My first book has been finished for a few months now and the only thing holding me back is not having a cover that fits.

    • Kevin Brennan
      July 30, 2013

      Thank you, Allen. And thanks for stopping by. I agree, finding the right image for the content is a real challenge. It’s easy to phone it in and go for something cliche, but getting it just right is tough.

      • Allen Watson
        July 30, 2013

        I agree. After working so hard on the book, I don’t want to ruin it by having a slapped together cover.

  5. 1WriteWay
    July 30, 2013

    I’ll chime in with everyone else and say I love the cover too! I’m more than happy to purchase a copy of the ebook, Kevin. I think I can afford to drop 99 cents 😉 Just let your adoring public know when it’s available on Smashwords. Right now, Smashwords is my venue of choice because then I can download the book to my Kobo 🙂

    • Kevin Brennan
      July 31, 2013

      Glad you like it, Marie. But since you’re already on the newsletter list, you rate a free copy! I’ll sent out a notice with download links when it’s ready to roll. (I’m assuming your Kobo uses EPUB?)

      • 1WriteWay
        July 31, 2013

        Thanks, Kevin. Yep, my Kobo uses EPUB 🙂

  6. feltenk
    August 4, 2013

    I really like the cover! I signed up for your newsletter and can’t wait to read/review/promote for you 🙂

    • Kevin Brennan
      August 4, 2013

      Thank you so much, Kristy! I’ve been following your blog too and appreciate what you’re doing for authors there. You’ll be one of the first to know when Our Children Are Not Our Children is available…

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