The past month I’ve been tinkering on and off with an old short story I wrote. It’s sort of children’s story, but it’s a little dark. It’s a bit too long for most magazines doing young adult stuff, and it’s not long enough to make a novella. And it’s not really like anything else I’ve written, so it can’t exactly go in a collection.
Honestly, I’m not sure who it would even appeal to, so I don’t really know what to do with the thing.
I did have a hell of a good time writing it though, and I’d like to do something with it.
I’ve also been looking at Amazon and their Kindle Direct Publishing, so I thought I’d give it a test run to see what’s it all about and throw my ugly little duckling into the mix over there.
The problem with most self publishing though, which I’ve found researching tonight, is that the covers are mostly awful, especially in the ever-popular erotic genre. The last thing I want is to be another example of terrible design in self publishing. But I plan on making approximately $0 on this story, so I don’t exactly want to shell out a few hundred bucks for a site like 99designs to have a handful of graphic designers battle it out for a truly kickass cover either.
So I spent a few hours doing some research and putting my (very) limited design abilities to good use.
A couple hours trying to find a decent stock photo (and mostly failing), another hour or so tinkering around in GIMP, and a half dozen font downloads later (again, most of them not even close), I think I managed to create a cover that isn’t too half-assed. Not the greatest, but it’ll do.
And it only costs me 15 bucks for the photo.
It’s the little things in life, right?