Friday, January 20, 2017

Celebrate: Poll Coming & Giveaways

This week I'm celebrating:
1) I've almost finished the covers for my thriller, Coldest Night, and my CPs will help me narrow the field from 14 to the 6 or 7 best ones. What would I do without their help?!
2) I haven't decided when to have the poll for the covers yet -- but it's coming. :)
3) With creating covers out of the way I have something even more important to do -- FINISH THE BOOK!!
4) Perhaps doing covers before I finish the book seems odd, but I'll feel more secure once it's done (covers are 75% of the reason readers choose to buy!) and then I can concentrate fully on the manuscript.

Do you stick to an organized plan for your projects or sometimes throw caution to the wind and do what you feel?

My kind and wonderful co-hosts of Celebrate the Small Things are:
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

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36 comments:

Sheena-kay Graham said...

I'm a pantser. Disobeying organization is a gift and a curse. The feels! I love getting covers done before the book is finished. Not necessarily the best idea since I keep delaying releases. And I don't make my own covers. Anyway, enjoy your weekend Lexa and all the best with your covers!

Laura Clipson said...

I don't think it's weird that you're choosing covers before you've finished the book; like you said, covers are important! They say don't judge a book by its cover, but I know I do. Good luck choosing, and finishing your book!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Covers determine whether I go any farther, so they are important.

JeffO said...

Pretty much everything I do in life is by feel, so...

I can definitely see the value in designing the cover before the book is finished, and I suspect it can only help, not hurt. Enjoy your weekend!

Cathrina Constantine said...

Covers are very important!!! It's like the first impression you can make. I can't wait to seer them!!!

Have a nice weekend.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

First impressions are everything, especially with book covers.

Unknown said...

Now, I'm sort of a throw caution to the wind gal. Should know better though!

Marilyn @ Onbecomingawriter.com

The Cynical Sailor said...

Looking forward to the poll. Getting the book covers right is so important. It's definitely one of the things that helps me decide if I want to read something.

Patricia Lynne said...

I barely know what a plan is, so I'm always jumping into things head first.

Tamara Narayan said...

Covers require a lot of thought, so as long as the story is pretty much done, there shouldn't be any problems getting that hurdle out of the way. Now if you write in a new scene that would make an even better cover, then you're in trouble. Looking forward to seeing the results.

Kate Larkindale said...

I think doing the covers could be helpful in focusing your ideas. So no, you're not crazy for doing them instead of finishing the book.

Birgit said...

Congrats on getting close to finishing your book and I can't wait to see the covers! I have to say, I do like organization but sometimes I must do what I feel because it will nag me otherwise.

Diane Weidenbenner said...

I knew covers were important to consumers purchasing books but I had no idea they weighed in so heavily. How exciting that you are very close to finishing your book. Thanks also for listing Foxy's freebies. Nice to know there are free or fun things to try and win. Happy Friday!

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Stephen Hayes said...

My projects are usually based on emotion. But once I start I can't stop until I'm finished.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I used to be organized because I needed to be. My life was always about juggling balls in the air and not dropping any. Now, life is slower, and I still enjoy projects but my AADD keeps getting in the way. It's not so bad.

Decadent Kane said...

Covers are a big deal! I tend to finish the book before I work on cover. Mainly so I have a better feel of what I want on my covers. Can't wait to see!

messymimi said...

Hope you get a cover that thrills you to your toes!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Awesome your covers are almost done. Can't wait to see what you've been working on.

katethegreat said...

I do plan projects, particularly writing ones, but these only come to life in the middle and you can't anticipate the dynamism at the beginning so I have to be prepared to make changes along the way

SENCO Cat Herder said...

Really looking forward to seeing the final covers - must be very exciting getting this bit ready - knowing you can see the finish line with your book. As for me with planning - I do it if I need to dig deep or have time limitations other than that I go where the music takes me :) Have a great week and thanks as always for hosting this lovely link-up.
Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

Sue Bursztynski said...

I definitely change plans when they aren't working. At the very least, I give myself permission, in advance, to change if necessary. That gives me the confidence to have a try.

H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw said...

Throw caution to the wind! It sparks the creative gears too.

Cathy Kennedy said...

Lexa, I'm usually a throw caution to the wind kinda gal but I try to jot a few projects down to help me stay focused on getting these things accomplished each day. Sounds like you're doing well on your end. Best of luck with finishing up Coldest Night book cover and have a good weekend!

DMS said...

I try to mostly stay organized, but sometimes I stray. I especially stray when I am stuck or I feel like something else needs to be done so I can keep moving. Can't wait to see the covers and vote in the poll. Best of luck with the cover and with writing. :)
~Jess

T. Drecker said...

Can't wait to see that cover! I always have plans, but that doesn't mean I'm strict on following them. I see it as a balance between both. Have a great weekend!

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

My plans are changed often, especially when a story isn't working out the way I hoped. Sometimes change is for the best.
Looking forward to seeing the covers.

mshatch said...

Ooh! I like your poll for the covers! Looking forward to it!

T.F. Walsh said...

You do amazing things with your covers... it was so hard to pick, so I can't wait to see what everyone's favorites are :)

L.G. Keltner said...

Choosing covers before finishing the book actually makes sense to me. I find the visualization that goes along with making a cover helps inspire my writing.

Jackie said...

Great job on the progress of the covers for Coldest Night! I can't wait to see them in the polls. I agree with you about CP's. They are invaluable!
Have a wonderful week, Lexa!

Misha Gericke said...

I like to wait until the story is finished, because I usually get a better idea about what I want when I look at my stories from a distance. Can't do that when I'm working on the project itself.

Denise Covey said...

Yep. Lexa. Covers. Tagline. Blurb. Author Name. First page. That's how I choose amongst the many. Your covers are awesome. Can't wait to see this one!

Crystal Collier said...

I agree, covers are SOOOOOO important. One of my friends actually had a cover made just to keep her inspired and pushing toward completion of the book. That's right, the cover was completed 3 years before the book fell into the hands of an editor. So no, I don't think you can work on that too early. =)

Kim Lajevardi said...

Covers are very important, and you are so good at creating them. I can't wait to read the rest of the book, though.

I'm a pantsing then plotting kind of girl. I've gotta follow the story for a while then think and plan, Follow, then ....

Tanya Miranda said...

I both love and hate working on covers. I love when it just comes to me, like Isabel & Leo just plopped onto my lap in one session of searching online for a perfect image of a couple playing on the beach. Everything about that photo was perfect. But, for The Box Of Souls, I had to work with a designer and I had no idea what the cover would be like. We went back and forth until she drew me an original graphic that worked. And you're right, people shop with their eyes, so the cover is uber important!

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