Or maybe you didn’t, but I am excited to talk about it anyway. First of all a quick announcement: The Wages or the Gift is now available in print with a new cover and a new lower price! Blurb / Barnes and Noble / Amazon.
So why’d I do it? Well, I have a couple of quick stories to tell about that. My first hint that my original cover design (which I really liked, btw) was not the most successful choice I could make came when someone made a comment on Julia Wilson’s wonderful review that said the book looked like a non-fiction book to her. I did not put too much stock in the comment, since it was the first one I had heard. Most people were telling me they liked the cover. Still I would occasionally notice little things like people looking at the cover and saying, “Oh the Wage or the Gif” or something similar. I would then explain that the it’s Wages and Gift, and the dollar sign and the present (which I later discovered some people thought was a cross with a bow on it)…you get the drift.
I guess these little isolated incidents were starting to get my attention because after the conversation I had with Delilah Cordova about the cover, I started to really question it. A friend of mine came into town, and I asked her what she thought of the cover. She was like, well I can tell it’s a religious book. (Not necessarily a bad thing, I mean it is Christian Fiction) She went on to say that it was a little confusing, etc. So I started working on changing it. This time I posted it in a couple of Christian Fiction Readers/Writers groups to find out what kind of book people thought it might be. Most of them said suspense or thriller. A few said horror, but no one said non-fiction. And thus I had my new cover.
After I changed the cover, I got a lot more feedback on the first cover that definitely confirmed the necessity for the change. My publicist, who liked the cover, but agreed that it could seem a bit “non-fiction adjacent” told me this story: “I was reading your book in Missouri, and a girl looked at me and asked if I was trying to build a better financial future.” That pretty much says it all.
One more thing, the new cover is up for cover of the month on Allauthor.com. Please vote.
Okay, granted Flashback Friday may not be an official thing, but it is for me on this particular Friday. The following video review was one of my very first reviews. When I offered a review copy to this lady, I had no idea what kind of books she read/published (she owns a small press as well as writes). To both of our surprises, she writes erotica while I write Christian Fiction. Still, she was very gracious and did the review anyway. So I am posting it here today. #FlashbackFriday #MayNotBeAThing #CreativeLicenseIsMySuperpower
In this interview, Delilah Cordova and I talk about The Wages or the Gift as well as upcoming works, a bit about my writing process, and about what inspires me. Also Delilah gives some great advice on marketing. It was an honor to meet and chat with her today! Also, it was a lot of fun!
Checkout this interview that I did with www.ilikeebooks.com! It’s been a couple of weeks since the interview, but I have been trying to decide the best way to approach announcing it. I think in addition to making an announcement on my blog of interviews, live talks, author chats, and the like, I am going to add a media section to this blog to archive all such instances.
In other news, I got a new review that truly touched my heart. This is review is from a friend of mine who is not a Christian, and does not at all care for the message of my novel. However, she still enjoyed the story, and she said a lot of nice things about my writing. Hats off to Kathleen, for being able to put aside her personal preference and still appreciate the book. I think that’s awesome, but that is not what touched my heart. Keep in mind that I did not tell Kathleen anything about my writing process, so what I am about to point out is a major compliment.
She recognized my research!
That made me so happy. As a person who reads a lot of reviews. (Okay, I just let you in a little secret about me. I occasionally go onto Amazon and read book reviews. Lots of times I read reviews from books that I really liked, or books that are currently on the bestseller’s list. Often times I read five stars and the one stars to two star reviews. And see what naysayers are saying about otherwise renowned works of fiction.) Even with most five star reviews, I don’t see many reviewers noticing the research that went into creating the novel. I did so much research for The Wages or the Gift. (Not my favorite pass time. I do it when necessary.) It was so cool that someone noticed my hard work. 🙂 I am impressed, thankful, and humbled that someone actually noticed that aspect of my story.