Phew, another crazy day of updates. After spending a phenomenally invigorating 3 hours in the sunshine snowshoeing with my family I sat myself down in my usual comfy chair and focused on my books. I have a new cover picture for Accounting for Squirrels….although I have to fix the title, darn it, I forgot to add the Volume 1, but it’s really cute. It’s a picture of a tiny sculpture Gayle made for me of a squirrel and a hedge, from our first conversation about starting this book on understanding accounting. He has quite the character and is perfect for the book. I updated some of the terms in the book too after receiving a few comments and suggestions, there’s still more to go but it’s getting there. Check it out using the link on the ‘Accounting for Squirrels’ page if you need something to help you fall asleep tonight.
Jesse’s Place is all uploaded and ready for the painful process of editing and re-editing and formatting. I forgot how much I liked this book. I’m not super happy with the ending, I find it ends a bit too abruptly, but there are a few chapters in it that just make me bawl when I re-read them. I’m a bit of a softy, so maybe it’s just me, but I’m hoping readers find a tear or two running mascara down their cheeks when they read it, too. I want to be able to write in a way that doesn’t just tell a story, but makes the reader really feel something for the characters. If I can manage that for even a small part of the book, I’ll be thrilled. For now. Later I’ll move my personal goals higher. Much higher. I’d better if I actually ever want to sell any of these books.
I’m still looking for a better cover picture but for now it’ll do. I’ll have to check out some of the online book cover artists. Personally I pick the books I want to read from the look of the cover first, the blurb on the back second, and a quick skim of the first page third, so I know how important that cover picture has to be. And mine right now kind of suck, so they won’t be going out looking like that. Maybe I can get my brother to do two pictures for me, one for each book…..hmmm. He did forget to call me on my birthday, that should be enough leverage.
If you’re into romances, accounting, or just want the chance to be a critic to a new aspiring author, check out the links for the updated novels on my pages. I think there’s even a place to add comments while you read, so please feel free to add any constructive criticism that will help improve the final copy. Hey, if it’s really helpful I’ll send you a signed copy of a first edition. Someday it might even be worth something more than the .99c you’ll be able to buy it for online. 🙂