Gateway To Fiction Progress: Front Cover Acquired

I got the paperback draft down to an exact number of pages now, so I could buy the cover for Gateway to Fiction.

You may or may not know that while getting a front cover for a book can be relatively easy (I say, having spent weeks off and on searching sites to find something that looked good), getting a back cover and spine takes some doing. I don’t have the art program chops to do it myself. I have to get to order it done – and that means they need a template for the size of the whole wrap-around cover. That, I get by way of the Amazon KDP – which needs 1) the size (it’s a 6×9 book) and 2) the page count.

So getting an accurate cover the first time (so I spend the least money on revisions!) means I need the paperback draft to be edited down to the right page length.

*Flops* Finally got that this morning. The index was being tricky about if it wanted to add a page to the length or not.

So. Front/Kindle cover acquired, back and spine in process. That will take about a week. I still need to submit some stuff to Amazon, get an ISBN, get stuff formatted for Kindle (which may require getting Kindle Creator on my comp), put everything together, and get a Library of Congress number. Some of that I can do before I get the full cover. We’ll see. ATM I’m looking at – out by the end of the month? I think? I’m never exactly sure how long these last steps will take!

(Should be definitely out before mid-May, though.)

BTW โ€“ the book’s about 300 pages, with the index. (296, at the moment.) Over 100K words. Anybody have feedback on a good Kindle price for a nonfiction book that size? Iโ€™ve never sold a nonfic beforeโ€ฆ.

17 thoughts on “Gateway To Fiction Progress: Front Cover Acquired

  1. Looks like $4.99 and $5.99 are the most common ones that aren’t “the paperback is cheaper.”

    Went and looked up Techniques of the $elling Writer, it’s one of the “paperback is cheaper”, but gave me a good category to scan. (Writing, Research & Publishing Guides, FWIW.)

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  2. Alma publishes fiction Kindle under that name. However, she is also apparently still involved in publishing non-fiction of some sort. I think the pricing may be off from what would be good for here.

    Celia is also someone who might have a helpful opinion.

    Castalia House publishes a couple of David the Good’s gardening books for 4.99 on kindle, and 11 to 16 on paper back.

    Bickham, Chester, and Swain seem to be 12 to 16 on Kindle, and 12 to 20 on paperback.

    My guess is that because the later are both Tradpub, and have an established brand among professional writers and people who have heard of Jim Butcher, that their kindle price point is higher than you want to go.

    I’ve spent ten dollars on fiction (that I thought might be disposable) on Kindle. That was before events, and leadership changes at Amazon, made me more hesitant to spend at Amazon. I haven’t sorted out my own mind on that yet. Even before then, I was tending to buy my non-fiction in paperback or hard back. I see many of those books as professional tools, and getting those supplied electronically from someone who doesn’t understand the necessities of my business seems a poor investment.

    I do have a no-name writing book on Kindle that I got because very cheap. Not a fiction book, I was trying to branch out my business writing.

    You have higher page count than two of the David the Good books, and you have brand name with me. I would suggest that 4.99 may be your lower bound. I would pay higher than that, 15$ is probably as high as I would go.

    For non-fiction directly related to my own business, 4.99 is probably lower than I would find credible. Those flavor of books take rare valuable knowledge to write, and are not read by very many people.

    For an unrelated non-fiction topic, like when I was looking up a flavor of business writing for marketing, I am much more willing to try something priced to move. If I am already confused about how to start, reading several cheap books by different people can be an okay orientation.

    My biggest marketing thought is that this needs a subtitle. Non-fiction can be subtitled. As that cover is, you have space to put in a sub title that specifies that this is a guide to writing, and that it is about world building.

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    1. I think I’d take it most seriously at $5.99– inexpensive enough to take a risk if you don’t know her, and might tap into the NaNoWiMo crowd, but it’s not “threw the stuff up there” level inexpensive.

      Possible subtitle: “Do the research. Keep the shiny. A Writer’s Guide.”

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      1. I figured that ‘do the research, keep the shiny’, was more of some different sort of marketing feature than a subtitle.

        My thinking was keep that bit, right where it is. Put a different sub title right above the author name, just below the main title.

        Caveat, I’m basically entirely ignorant about marketing. I’ve zero relevant experience, and the way I process things is often so weird as to be useless at predicting others.

        Swain’s ‘Creating Characters’ probably originally did not need the clarifying subtitle of “How to build story people”, but it fits both his direct to the point style, and his academic background. The full combination is simple, and complicates things by explaining the same thing two different ways.

        I dislike taking it and changing ‘people’ to ‘worlds’, but my first instincts are throwing in words like ‘design’, ‘process’, or ‘fabrication’ which are clearly wrong.


        ‘Paths to Making Story Worlds’? That kind of fits Vathara, what I know of the content, and the other elements of the cover.

        I very much dunno. Take nothing I say here as Gospel.

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  3. Awesome! Looking forward to seeing–and reading, of course!–the finished product. Congrats on getting this together despite, well, 2020 (and 2021; seriously this year clearly told last year to hold its beer).

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  4. I really like the cover art.

    The colors make me happier, and the whole thing has magic, adventure, and sense of wonder.

    Especially that arch. I’m pretty weak at stress analysis, but my eyes are telling me that the shape means that the rest of the wall is needed to balance the side forces, and keep it from collapsing out. So it is not just the inner portal and the sky, there is a third element saying ‘powerful, unusual magic’ to me.

    I have a very great deal of confidence in you. I know that reassuring words don’t fix the imposter syndrome, but I figured I ought to be sure to say it outright.

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    1. Thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚ Part of it is, while putting in all the work needed to write, edit, and format, I always seem to blot out how much more work is required to set up everything for publication. So then I hit “time to publish”… and face another week-plus of work with all the graphical/physical movement of text elements.

      Movement stuff makes brain panic, yes.

      Got at least a few steps done today, though. Hope to get the rest of eBook and paperback formatting set by the time the full cover is ready.

      …And then I’ll have to get through the Library of Congress website once I have an ISBN. Sigh. I really hate that part of getting a book set for libraries depends on the federal government!

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  5. Doesn’t have to be a subtitle; you could use “Do the research, Keep the shiny, A writer’s guide” (in some combination of punctuation and capitalization) in the Amazon blurb, above the longer description.

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