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I would like to welcome Heather Wood to Mom With A Kindle, author of New Revelations (Second Sight Series ,#2). Heather glad you could visit today.
Before we get started please tell us a little about yourself.I graduated from the College of New Jersey in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in English. I work full-time as a freelance writer for publications such as USA Today, Livestrong.com, Outlook by the Bayand Step in Style magazine and I write fiction in my spare time. I live in Trenton, New Jersey with my husband and two sons.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Super speed for sure. Between writing and raising two little boys, it would be great to be able to get everything done as quickly as possible.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Hearing from people who read my books and felt a connection to the characters. I initially wrote only for personal enjoyment, so it’s nice to hear when someone actually likes your stories.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
The book has plenty of suspense while featuring funny and relatable main characters.
Peanut M & M’s. I’m dieting now, but when I was pregnant I used to devour the mega size bags.
What book are reading now?
Breathe by Sarah Crossan
What’s your favorite season/weather?
I love spring, especially after a long and dreary winter season.
What was your favorite children's book?
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Beach or Pool?
What is one book everyone should read?
The Host by Stephenie Meyer, even if you weren't a fan of the Twilight books.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’m working on the third book in the Second Sight series while also outlining a book for the start of a new YA series about a dream interpreter.
Thanks so much Heather for being with us today. Gook Luck with all of your books in the future. I'm sure we will be "seeing" you around.
Author: Heather Topham Wood
Date Published: 10/9/12
Guest Post by Heather Wood
Why Book Covers are So Important
Think of your book cover like the initial impression given on a first date. On the date, do you want to appear sloppy and wear a haphazardly thrown together ensemble? Not if you want to see your date ever again. Book covers need to be attractive while also conveying what your novel is about.
Have you ever avoided a book because of the cover? Many readers will be turned off by amateurish looking covers. I personally have skipped a few books despite rave reviews because of covers. It’s presumptuous, but I figure the writing and plot will be as unappealing as the front image.
If you’re self-publishing and have no idea about cover creation, consider hiring someone. There are graphic artists who will design gorgeous covers for you from scratch. Give them some conceptual information to work from and be an active part of the process. Also, there are book marketing companies that have pre-made book cover designs for sale. Browse through their catalogs to see if you find any suitable to your novel.
If you’re comfortable working with photo editing software and want to do your book cover on a budget, then you can make one yourself. Before you go down this road, make sure that the images you use meet the specifications for book retailers. For instance, paperback covers made through Createspace require a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.
Start out with an image. Stock photography images can be purchased online or you can use your own personal photo library as a starting point. Choose an image that represents your book. Girls in pretty dresses are a popular choice, but don’t always relate to the content inside of the novel. Choose a couple of selections before making your final decision. Play around with fonts and colors when adding title and author name. Show a few mock-ups to friends and fellow writers to receive feedback on which one to settle on.