So yesterday, I get an email from a friend I’ve made on Goodreads. He responded to an email I sent a while back asking people to check out my venture into the world of making SoundCloud postings on my blog.
He asked me if I’d considered making some of my longer short stories available as individual works for 99 cents on Amazon – particularly “Girl Fistfights Boy.”
I thought to myself “That might be a good idea, but I don’t have time for that right now.” So I made a quick reply explaining that I’d keep it in mind but I have other things I have to do right now – like looking for a respectable job! HA! It’s true. I need to get back to my nerdy engineering roots or become a famous and wealthy author. One of those 😀
But then I got to thinking: How much time would it really take to get one new, stand-alone short story up on Kindle? I’d have to learn to use that new KindleGen software. And my PC crapped-out, so I’d have to design the cover myself and on a Mac this time and with new software I don’t know how to use.
(A while back I downloaded Gimpshop to my Macbook but couldn’t get it to work).
Then I made up my mind! Looking for a job doesn’t take that much time and I could get that software to work, figure it out, make a cover, make an ebook, write a blurb – in no-time!
Gimpshop is totally awesome by the way. It’s a little tricky using the selection tools but the features really seem incredible. So, then I went to Youtube (like I always do when I need to learn new software and hunkered down to watch like fifteen tutorials in a row). Halfway through, I got frustrated and thought, “I should just learn this software by doing a project: like this ebook cover!”
Now, Girl Fistfights Boy is still available on this blog as well as a few other places, but it’s 5000 words so I figure this can be another cheap and easy way for people to try out my fiction writing. Here’s the first cover I made last night:
I liked this cover okay for a first attempt on Gimpshop but I felt it had several shortcomings. 1.) it’s too busy 2.) it lacks what I’ll call color-appeal.
Here’s version number four or five that I just uploaded to Kindle Digital Publishing. Girl Fistfights Boy should be available in my Amazon Author store in the next couple days for 99 cents. (pssst! the picture is a link.) Also, I found some quite promising technical sales job reqs. today…