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New Cover facts

 Been working hard  these last few weeks.  I've been trying Amazon Ads and so far, I'm making a profit.  Not a great profit, but  definitely in my favour.  In following the course I learned that my approach to marketing was dismal, and so I've been uprating my book descriptions, dreaming up hooks and renovating all my covers. They may not be perfect now but they are an improvement and may still change in the future  It takes a lot of time and effort to do all this, because I have to find out where I'm going wrong  before I can try to put it right. I've lost count of how many videos on compositing and graphics in general I've watched - not to mention the talks I've listened to on the best way to use Ads. It has meant that I've been absent from Facebook and Twitter but then - would anyone notice my absence?  It has also meant I've done no writing of fresh material though I have  revised Alba is Mine . In doing so I discovered how much my writing  has i

Head Hopping

Kahina Necaise has written (for the History Quill) a clear   description of the fault that often annoys readers – and so I have   jotted them down here to remind myself of What-Not-To-Do. Read the whole thing here: Head-hopping: what it is and why you shouldn't do it - The History Quill   1. Head-hopping disorients readers, preventing their immersion in the story 2 compromises the emotional coherence of a scene 3. hinders connection with characters Bottom of Form 4. signals an unfocused scene 5. comes across as clumsy  T hese notes are for me to remember:   Less common in today’s fiction, the omniscient POV is still a perfectly workable and engaging way to tell a story….. The   omniscient POV presents the story from the perspective of a single character: the narrator, who has a distinct voice. Even when it dips into the thoughts of a particular character and colours those thoughts with that character’s voice, it’s clear that this is  not  the narrator’s voice.

Always a sign of a good read!

 I have another review up on Discovering Diamonds today. http:// discoveringdiamonds. Many thanks to the reviewer ~ Anna Belfraga. Romance 1911 England "Having married into an aristocratic family in Yorkshire, American Ellen desperately needs a child. The family expects an heir. After three years with a loving husband it seems the desired child will never arrive, and when a dangerously attractive estate worker makes an outrageous suggestion, Ellen is mortified. She dismisses the idea, but the temptation becomes irresistible and in the steamy sensuality of the long hot summer of 1911 desire consumes them both, with dire consequences for one of them." It is 1911 and the heatwave that will plague England over the summer months is already becoming a nuisance. Or so Ellen thinks as she wanders off on a solitary walk, preferring to walk through the woods to avoid the heat. And there, just beside the gazebo she bumps into one of the gardeners.  Yes: it must be the heat.


 These last few months I have renewed most of my e-book covers. The e-covers are easy and I enjoy doing them. Some turn out better than others, but even so, it is a pleasure, and gives me a task to do while I await inspiration as to the story I am supposedly moving forward. I am finding the paperback covers much harder to change and given the low number of paperbacks sold, I'm wondering if it is worth the hours it takes. Or the frustration, for that matter. Amazon instructions are never harder to interpret than when loading book covers! On the other hand, I should be able to manage it, given time and patience.  It is hard to believe that the two boys in the picture are now in their fifties and one is actually having his sixtieth birthday this year! This is one of the many slides dh and I retireved using a film scanner.