Getting Closer to Kindle

I spent too much time on making a good cover image, and really it still could use some work. But I put my 2 favorites up on FB and 14 people liked the sugar bowl picture with only 4 votes for the lilac graphics. This cover image stuff has taken too much time away from writing although I did get the rest of the manuscript proofread yesterday. Just like the first part of the book, there were a ton of little errors and edits. Today I fix those, tomorrow I revise my jacket copy and Saturday I upload to Kindle.

Going Kindle Crazy

Last report on Sugar Shack’s progress, I mentioned a little trouble with the cover. I checked back on the blog and saw that I’d made a cover image in 5 minutes for Paradise Fields with Picnik. Times have changed and there is no freeware that I could fine that did anything except frustrate me. Picnik charges $5 a month for the “enhanced” image tweaking tools. So I’ll try that.

And then in there I got the news about The Paris Notebook and had to take care of some stuff for that like mailing in my signed contract. I read through the contract and I have 30 days to turn in a revised Paris Notebook. I might have mentioned that the revisions are minimal at this point. There are other things to do around the book for the publisher, but they are simple tasks that don’t require a lot of time or effort.

Same thing with the Kindle upload. Lots of simple things to check off my list before I can actually get the book on the site. Well, except for the cover image. Tackling that again today.

Write the First Sentence Last

Yesterday I finished editing Sugar Shack. I’ve got about 100 pages of corrected proofs I need to type into the document and then its done. Or maybe it isn’t. I keep coming back to my first sentence, my first scene, and it just doesn’t quite pop like the second scene. I’m thinking about taking it out or switching them.

This is a story about two sisters who are nothing at all alike. Scene #2 sister is a comic character. She’s funny but she doesn’t know it. She’s got a lot of energy and writing her story was so much fun. Many of my antics in my 20s and 30s got a make-over for her character. She’s also one of those characters who steals every scene she’s in…and she tried to steal the entire show.

While the other sister is more level-headed, she’s equally stubborn, and would not be pushed off the page. She holds her own, except in that first scene. The first sentence is underwhelming, no matter which way I write it. The scene has tension, but it’s too quiet. So that’s what I’m going to work on today. My first sentence and my first scene.

I still expect to have this up for sale on Kindle within a week or two. It is so close. Just not quite there yet.