In the Works


Cover Reveal

I’ve just published the ebook on KDP and the print on Amazon. OMG! They’re doing the review and all, so it’ll be another 48 hours before it shows up. I guess. It wasn’t as “easy” as THEY said it would be. The cover for the print copy was problematic. I had to go back to the designer to have him resize.

I decided to put the novel out there in one volume. What the hell. It was too much trouble to break it up into three parts–which meant three different covers and all that. I need more experience with this indie publishing before I do something like that. Plus, my nerves are shot to hell just getting this one book published.

The cover was chosen from a bunch of possibilities. I went with a company called 99designs. And while they were a bit pricey, it was worth it. The above was a top contender in my own polls with my nieces, nephews, friends, and my neighbor’s daughter down the street. Sadako and I both agreed that the cover design works on several levels. For instance, the novel targets 21 – 45-year-old women (Well, if you’re 67, that’s okay too.) And if you’re a guy, have at it. But back to the cover. The faceless females do not reflect any particular age, a fact that is appealing. And I really liked the racial diversity that’s reflected in the images. No other design had that.

I told my older sister that I had finished my novel and the title is Girls Who Don’t Believe. Her response, after a lengthy pause: “Don’t believe what?” I told her she’d have to read the book.

My next post will be more on how I approach the idea of “belief” in the novel.

22 thoughts on “In the Works

  1. daleydowning

    Congratulations!! And tons of puppies and kittens and cake and wine on the way to you (to help with the nerves – it’s what I tend to do after a new release, anyway).

    Are you just going ahead with digital, or is there a chance of physical copies, too? (For those of us who don’t do ebooks but still want to support fellow indie writers!)

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    1. Paul Post author

      Oh thank you so much. I’m doing hard copy as well. I downloaded the ms this morning to Amazon and they say it will take a few days. I’ve already ordered my proof copy. So, hopefully, fingers crossed and all that, it will look just fine and all can move forward. I’ll let you know for sure. Thank you so much Daley. You’ve been a great support. 🙂

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  2. Cynthia Guenther Richardson

    Fantastic news, Paul–look forward to hearing how the process unfolded. (I may have missed posts… apologies, have been busy with pressing issues) Also, how it turns out for you as an author/its impact on your writing and goals. And, of course, reading a copy! Best to you and your endeavors.

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    1. Paul Post author

      Thank you dear friend, I decided on going indie after realizing the trad route may well take another year or two or never to get the book out there. And I have to say, I’ve learned a lot in the past few weeks with formatting, cover design, copyright, ISBNs, the whole nine yards, and it was unfamiliar terrain. BUT, it was an exciting experience and I love the fact that I’m the one making these decisions, not some distant person.

      Oh, you missed very few posts. I think I’m terribly guilty on that score. Life moves us about doesn’t it? Well, I hope to settle a bit. The holiday season was enjoyable, but I’m glad it’s done. I’m hard at work on novel #2 and short stories. I’m hoping to publish a slim book of short stories by June.
      And when you gather a few of your own wonderful stories, Cynthia, into a nice volume, please don’t forget me as a beta reader. I know you have enough stories, poems, essays for ten volumes, but just one bird at a time! 🙂


      1. Paul Post author

        LOL 🙂 Oh, I’ll definitely keep talking to ya. My wife and I agreed when I get rich and famous we’ll move to Japan and live in a big ol traditional Japanese house with a great view, where I can sit and drink coffee every morning–and sake in the evening. Yay!

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      2. Paul Post author

        Yes indeed. How wonderful that would be. We’ll take you to some great little restaurants and quiet parks and if you’re up to it later on we’ll gert a karaoke room and sing our favorite songs!
        I’m serious!
        And if we move before I get famous and stuff, I’ll definitely send you the address. We’ll meet you at the airport! 🙂

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      3. Paul Post author

        I had a WWII father as well. Here’s a story he told me. He was in the Army Air Force, and he flew unarmed supply planes in the South Pacific. On one such fight, a zero fighter appeared out of nowhere. The zero circled them, flew above them, below them, and beside them. Finally he waved and flew off. Daddy told me they never understood why, but he lost about five pounds watching the Japanese pilot circle their plane.
        I told this story to Sadako’s father. He was a zero fighter and had donned a black arm band to fly kamikazi, but didn’t because the war ended. He was fifteen. He listened to the story and replied, that he was sure the zero pilot had ammunition and could have easily shot them down, but he didn’t because they were unnarmed. It was a matter of honor. I didn’t argue.
        The Japanese are an astounding people. When I’m there, and I’ve been seven or eight times now, I feel nothing but open and honest friendship. Sadako’s mother told me she remembers hearing bombs fall on Osaka. She was ten years old and terrified. She told me once the war was over there was nothing left. Nothing.

        Like you Kate, I grew up surrounded by adults who had witnessed unbelievalbe events, things that most of us cannot even imagine. I remember watching and loving Popeye cartoons that showed Popeye shooting down toothy Japanese pilots. Then the sixites came along and the new enemy was Krushchev and Japan was no longer our enemy. And then in the seventies and eighties, the cartoon enemies looked very Arab like.

        What a world. But I understand what you’re talking about. Of course now, ironically, a growing issue is that Japan loves America too much. There’s growning concern that American culture is slowly eroding the Japanese way of life. Sigh.

        Sorry to go on and on. 🙂 Longwinded me.

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      4. calmkate

        I totally agree, I’ve always been anti-war but father was a guard on their POW camps in New Guinea for years so it was out of respect. Now he is deceased I could visit without distressing him.
        All enemies are painted as evil yet all just want to live … war is only about profit for the arms dealers! And you’d never guess what your top earner is …

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    1. Paul Post author

      Whoa! Mary, it’s always great to hear from you. I’m doing fine, and thank you so much dear heart for asking. Yeah, I got the book done. And please do read it and if you like it give it a good review! Now if don’t like it…well, let’s be positive! Ha! :-). I’ve got a couple blogs coming out that I hope explains what it’s all about–theme wise.
      Thanks again and I hope all is well with you and yours. And I truly hope 2020 proves to be a great year for you and yours!



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