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Writing Diary – The Golden Arcade 03/10/17

Hi all.

Well my plan was to launch The Golden Arcade in a month. Well that aint gonna happen. I'll be lucky if I finish the redraft by then. Oh and the cover isn'tdone either. I'm suddenly starting to panic!

Well let's talk covers. I got this cover for 1$ from Canva and I'm using it on ABCTales and WattPad. I like it. I don't feel ashamed of it and it's definitely worth 1$. My concerns are that it's good, but not amazing. Not like the cover of Tom Trott's book which is the kind of cover I dream of.

It's by a guy called Tommy Pocket. I think he's amazing, an incredible designer. But I don't think I can afford him. I've been working on and off on a self-made cover and I'm doing it all wrong. I listened to J.Daniel Sawyer recently talking about the mistake he made of designing book covers from the 1970s, and I think I might be making the same mistake.

I really want a cover like the old Elmore Leonard books but modernised. Here's Leonard and the one I've been working on. Sorry. Mine's a bit shit. Please tell me you think so too, because I can sense myself dying to become deluded about my talent (or lack of it).

Classic Elmore Leonard cover
My 'Elmore' style cover so far...

Every day has been an editing day but it's painfully slow. I'm closing in on the middle of the book, and I haven't written the new email sections  that I need to keep the structure and the Granddad relationship going.  I am looking forward to writing book two, where I will be good with the structure before I start. The good news is that I think it's a pretty good book. And... I've got a reader!

THANK YOU JEFF BOND.

Jeff has been reading my book on WattPad, and so far he seems to like it, and it's made me feel great to find someone who is my target audience – who sees the book as I do.

Feeling very positive about it.

Instafreebie is starting to roll for me. I'm giving away 'The Wild Charge' stories. I've got about 25 contacts from it. I'm in this group giveaway here:

https://www.instafreebie.com/gg/RHTd3Byr9HqRNpVzZQcA

And as you can see I am being left for dead by the naughty erotica guys and the saucy erotica girls. I guess that's just how it goes. And the contacts certainly aren't flying in... we'll see. All free so far, so who's complaining?

Finally. I heard about Quu on the Create If Writing podcast. It's a tool that automates your social media for free. It curates content. So far I'm impressed... I just wish I had time to read all the articles I post!

That's all folks.
Geoff.









 

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