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I’m taking the advice of a fellow author and trying out the services of Draft2Digital to sell my ebooks. I’ve chosen one book to try the service out—The Kestral Voyages: My Life, After Berserker. And I’m also going to experiment with a significantly lower price point, since my books weren’t selling at $4.99; My Life, After Berserker has been re-priced at $1.99. (Except at Amazon, which would not accept a price lower than $2.99.)
In case any of you who have read the second and third stories in The Kestral Voyages, The Lens and The House of Jacquarelle: When I came across this ship design by artist Lewis Fischer, I knew I had discovered the look I was shooting for in the freighter Jovian Skies, piloted by Capt. Coray Gheris. Actually, this ship is probably about twice the size I envisioned for the Jovian, but the angular unibody construction and somewhat stubby frame is the kind of layout I had in mind.
Director Joss Whedon has a biography coming out (one of those things you look at with a strange crick in your neck, because biographies usually come out at the end of someone’s career), and in some excerpts printed in IO9, I’ve discovered some significant similarities in the way he and I see science fiction these days.
For instance, when he had the opportunity to submit a TV series concept to Fox, he wanted to do science fiction. Problem was, most TV SF turned him off. He wanted to see realism, but most sci-fi TV shows looked too plastic, too clean, like Star Trek. Or too cheap and cheesy, like Blake’s 7 or (pre-2000s) Doctor Who. One movie series he appreciated—Alien—but he wanted more than a “ripoff” of the Alien look.
The Kestral Voyages: The House of Jacquarelle has been re-released, with revised text and a spanking hot new cover by yours truly! If you haven’t yet checked out the Kestral saga, now’s your chance to get all three novels, with their new cover treatments, and start your collection off right.
I’ll be spending time on an editing pass through the novel before I re-release it, so there’s time to mess with this design, or try a few other variations. This design is similar to the first cover design, which featured Kestral and Mark O’Bannon in the literal crosshairs of an unknown assailant, and the Jacquarelle Mansion behind them. This time, I used my recently-discovered model for Kestral, a new building for the mansion, the new book layout, and a judicious use of Photoshop.
Do you think it works? Does it catch the eye? Does it look exciting… or cheesy? Let me know what you think.