So I’ve been learning to use Adobe Photoshop lately, and wow! The things you can do! It’s really quite amazing! Here’s the new covers I designed for my husband’s books today using the software. (Keep in mind, I’m just learning the program…)
If you like to create your own cover art and you haven’t yet tried out Photoshop, I highly recommend it. (They do have a free one month trial on their website.) I’ve made several trips to the library for books and videos to teach me how to use it, but it’s worth it. I’m looking forward to seeing what kinds of designs I’ll be able to create a year from now, when I have many more hours of experience under my belt!
This week my young adult title The Academie hit Amazon’s bestseller list repeatedly for top children’s science fiction for kindle. (YAY! It even beat out a James Patterson novel!) But here’s something to ponder: one of the themes I attempt to address in the series is the fact that we aren’t treated as responsible, capable adults as early in life as we should be. Should it have been possible for the central character, Allie, to be forced back into high school at age 19? Of course not. She’s an adult and should be treated as one. What does this have to do with Amazon’s bestseller’s list? Note the category above: children’s science fiction. As an indie writer, I admit, I placed the book into that category, albeit grudgingly. However, it’s either that or it gets sloshed in with your typical adult fiction. Do I think young adults are capable of reading adult fiction? Certainly. By my early teens I was reading adult lit along with both my sisters. We weren’t the only ones.
The fact is, “young adult” is a relatively new genre, and as such, it doesn’t yet have its own category on Amazon. So for now it gets mixed up with children’s lit. Hunger Games, Twilight, they are all there. The question is: should they be?
Personally, I don’t think so. But I don’t think they should be mixed in with adult fiction simply because they do address a narrower audience who might have trouble finding them otherwise.
What do you think?
The Academie listed above a James Patterson novel. Not bad for Indie!
As an indie writer, perhaps the single most difficult thing I find–even above promoting my books–is simply finding time to write. Like many, I’m torn in so many different directions that I find myself grabbing a snippet of time here and a snippet there, so that my stories end up being written in pieces that later have to be compiled into on coherent story.
How do I keep going? By telling myself the same thing many of us do: that it won’t always be this way. That one day I’ll be established enough that can quit one (or two) of my jobs and focus more on writing. Will this ever be true?
I’m a firm believer that if someone else can do something, I can too. Thankfully, there are other indie writers who have already been able to quit their days job(s) and focus entirely on writing. I intend to be the next.
How about you? Where do you find inspiration and encouragement to keep pursuing the dream of becoming a successful writer?
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