Haven’t used this picture for a while, but I guess it works. So, I mentioned yesterday that I completed the first draft of Do I Need to Use a Dragon? (Fantasy Writing Tips). I don’t know if I should keep that part in the parenthesis though. Feels too clunky and the blurb will make it clear what it is. Anyway, I’m now left with the following issues:
- I need to find a few beta readers who are willing to do so with specific targets. Not sure how well this works with guidelines. If I’m going to publish then it will be a summer thing.
- The cover art and the 4 internal pictures. I think I can do pictures in a Word document and they’ll fit? I’ve never done that before with an eBook. Are full page interior pictures even possible? Honestly, I don’t even know where to go with this one because I don’t have a lot of money to spend on 5 pieces and I’m twitchy about this one since all of them will have my characters. I kind of want an artist familiar with them and not risk their pictures looking nothing like what they do in the books. For some reason, I’m worried about that. Then again, I also have these issues:
- First picture is from Legends of Windemere, but I don’t know what it should be. All 6 champions together? Just Luke Callindor looking out over a wilderness since this is for the ‘World’ section? So confused here.
- Second picture is from War of Nytefall, but I again don’t know what I should do here. It’s for the ‘Character’ section and I’ve got is that Clyde should be prominent here. Again, do I have him be alone or match him up with Mab? Should they be relaxing or in action? I’m extra worried here because I know when people see the word ‘vampire’, they’ll make the characters look monstrous and villain-like.
- Do I use Fizzle or Lost for the good-bye picture? I’m leaning towards Fizzle only because I want him looking either confused or sad on the cover.
- Just to clear things up, the third picture for the ‘Quest’ section is Ichabod Brooks. That’s the only one that I think I have, but I don’t know what he should be doing.
I hate this part of the whole thing because it’s where a massive amount of doubt and my anxiety turns up. The moment I have to interact with somebody new, I start to lock up and consider hiding. Then, I say yes to whoever responds to my request first and become submissive during the process. Probably a terrible author to work with when it comes to art. That or a great one because I agree to nearly everything. Definitely need an agent or publicist here.