The Kindle Spindle


I’m finally doing it. After months of deliberation and self-doubt, I’m delving into the world of Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing. I discovered that anyone can self publish their work to be read on a Kindle device (or via a Kindle app on iphones, ipads, Android devices etc) when I was reading a series of writing articles in the Reader’s Digest earlier this year. It took no time to convince myself that I could use this to get my work published but it was months before I started to do any proper research and get the ball in motion. Why? Because I kept thinking it couldn’t be that easy, and it isn’t, but it’s still much easier than I thought it would be. If you want your work to be good, there is no other way round it, hard work needs to be done! Plus there are plenty of online forums and blogs out there that give fantastic advice on what to do to make the process less painful.

I have to admit, I’ve never been so petrified of anything in my life! Putting my work out there for others to judge has never been an easy thing for me. I have to do it everyday in my working life and it hurts when long hours of design work are dismissed with one word because someone just doesn’t get where you’re coming from, but this will be far worse. I might get reviews, some good, some not so good (let’s just hope no really bad ones) and I’m pretty sure my emotions will run high and low with everyone I read but I’m hoping it will be worth it. Actually if I get any reviews at all I’ll probably be happy because that means someone out there has bought the book and is taking time out to have an opinion on it.

Apart from all the editing I had to do, I also had to work up a cover. First clue as to what the book is about: Fantasy fiction.

Would you click on this if you saw it online?

Someone pointed out to me that the almost monochrome theme reminded her of Headline’s cover for Neil Gaiman’s Stardust. As you can imagine, I was very pleased to hear this! Who wouldn’t want to be compared to Gaiman…ok so she wasn’t saying that my writing is anywhere as amazing as his writing and yes, yes, maybe he didn’t design the cover himself but I’ll take a Gaiman cover complement any day, hee hee. When I eventually looked at his cover I realized mine looks nothing like his but as I said, I won’t complain.  It’s the thought that counts.

I’ve always loved the simplicity in the design of the covers of Classics (think Regency era novels before all the tacky photos were put on covers) and in general I’ve been drawn to book covers which aren’t too gaudy so when it came to designing mine, I tried to keep it as minimalistic as possible. Luckily I had the trusty eyes of my sisters to help me out with the vital questions like “Where the hell do I place the shoe?”, “Black text on green? Green text on black?” (the green colour was one of their suggestions too – thanks guys). I don’t think it will win any awards for ingenuity but I’m quite happy with the end result. I think it suits the tone of the book. Maybe when I can actually afford a specialist book cover designer, I’ll change it…

Now for the all important blurb:

“When Jo finds a lone glass slipper on the night of the royal ball, she realises that there is more to the seemingly ordinary object than meets the eye. Searching for its owner, she is led to the palace where the princess sets her on a journey that thrusts her into an unexpected world of magic and illusions. It soon becomes clear that there is a lot more to her mission as she discovers startling secrets about her past while struggling to embrace her destiny.”

Would you want to read this? I wanted to hint that it’s a spin on the classic Cinderella story but I didn’t want to overemphasise this. It’s not completely aimed at teenage girls (no sir, no chick lit for me), I try to keep the male characters in focus even though it is told from Jo’s stance but I have a horrible feeling that if it was being marketed by a big publisher, it would be all pink covers and ribbons (urgh!). Or maybe I’m just deceiving myself and it is meant for that market and I should target them hard…hmmm, nah I’ll stick with my initial view for now. I’m not sure I want to alienate readers by suggesting it’s meant for a type of person.

Well, I have to get back to tying up loose ends. You won’t believe the amount of editing that needs to be done to get a book ready to release to the world! Hopefully I’ve deleted enough adjectives to make it sound professional. Wish me luck!

The Other Slipper, coming soon to a Kindle near you.

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    • Anonymous
    • September 20th, 2011

    it does thematically fit with the stardust cover!

    • I guess it does. I’ll be happy if people think its good enough to click on 🙂

    • Chi Chi luvin
    • September 20th, 2011

    Now I have to buy a kindle so can finally read it! Oh oh oh! Just realised something. Seeing as I “helped” with the cover, does that mean I also get proceeds when you become bestselling author?

    • Ha ha! We’ll discuss the commission in private so I can try and haggle you down.

      Oh technically all you need is a free Kindle app to read it on other devices. Thats the beauty of it!

    • Anonymous
    • September 20th, 2011

    I can’t wait to read it! And I will happily re-post this via Facebook to all my friends and on my own blog!

  1. I’m enormously motivated to read of what you’ve done! I hope I can reach the same level of achievement and bravery you’ve shown. And I can’t wait to read the book!

    • Ha ha, I’m not sure how brave I’ll be when I eventually put it out there so prepare yourself for possible sobbing in the near future…actually, let’s hope not, it’s not a pretty sight.

  2. I like the cover design – it reminds me of the cover for Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory MaGuire. But way cooler!

    • I convinced my reading group to read it for our October session (on your recommendation) so just got it on my Kindle. Can’t wait to read it. Loved Wicked in theatre so think I might like it if it’s as twisted. WIll keep you posted on my views.

    • Okechukwu Udogu (Okey)
    • September 24th, 2011

    Very impressive I must say, though this brother would have loved to throw in his opinion if asked….Well, we are proud of you and I know the world will love it. Good idea to keep the focus on a mixed group not just pink. Hmmm, I have looked for the Kindle App on my iPad, but can’t seem to locate it. A spin off of Cinderella sounds intriguing. I guess we will ‘Watch this Space’.

    • Ha ha, sorry the sisterhood convened and ayed the cover. I shall be taking other advice from the brotherhood 🙂
      The kindle app exists. I just looked for it again now and it’s definitely available for iPads and iPods. Check again? I’ll forward a PDF copy to you when i’m done editing anyway.

  3. Fingers crossed & hopes held high…

  4. Hi,

    Cover looks great. Any clues for your readers as to how to buy this if they don’t have a kindle? For example, semi-luddites that might have access to a communal ipad but don’t really know how to use one properly(!)

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