DIY 3D Book Cover vs Professional One

I paid for my first 3D book cover but have recently found a way to produce 3D book covers totally FREE of charge and thought I would make a step by step FREE guide.

So here it is, if you find it useful then give me a like, happy writing

DIY PDF 3D Book cover

 

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Development Editing

So I have just received the development edit review back from the editors on my first novel:

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Shock and horror, need to learn new skills, (Show don’t tell) which is great as this is my first attempt at writing so its bound to be a constant stream of learning.

Here is extracts of some of their comments:

The essential premise of Blue Ring Assassins is fantastic, prostitutes undermining the Nazi regime by spying on them.  The wartime setting has huge potential and you’ve created a phenomenal cast of characters, established fantastic atmospheric scenes throughout”.

show don’t tell scenes, your readers need to connect with your characters

The report is ten pages long and I have some rewriting to do over the next few weeks, but one thing I can’t help constantly thinking about is “isn’t this just one person’s point of view”?

Yes, as a writer we have to go through a process which we all have to pay someone to do at the early stages of developing as a writer but its our story isn’t?  The suggestions the editor places in their review is just that, suggestions, a point of view, YES?

Do make changes as per their suggestions or do we stick to our guns as the author and keep our basic story line without their recommended changes?

As a novice to the world of writing it is far to easy to simply follow these experts and then lose the essence of our story, so I have decided to take a step back, for a day or so and then return back to their report and take another look at what they are suggesting.

Such as:

Telling the story from a different aspect and not keeping with my original basis for the story line.

Removing certain scenes.

Not to be to explicit with violent and sexual scenes.

Just to mention a few, but this book is about WWII Nazi’s, some of the most brutal people in history, there should be violence, just as there should be sexual scenes as we are dealing with prostitutes.back (2)

Its all a process with constant hurdles to overcome, several things are certain though, its not easy, its time consuming and its costly.

what are your thoughts on professional editing services?

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Book Characters….

So has I am sure some of you guys already know, I am writing a WWII thriller…

Berlin  1939  –  1943

From the smoking ruins of a bombed Berlin brothel, three shocked and injured female survivors are taken to a secluded retreat by Nazi officer, Gruppenführer Watler Schellenberg. They’re not there for official business or for medical treatment though, Schellenberg has brought them there for a much more sinister reason.

Trained by the SS officer to gather intelligence, the women are desperate to survive. They turn the tables on their armed captors and kill them. After covering their tracks, the women return to Berlin to ply the only trade they know… with an added twist. Somehow these ‘sisters in arms’ escape the attention of the Nazis despite the high rank of their victim, and their lucrative business thrives.

They haven’t escaped everyone’s notice though. British Intelligence were monitoring Schellenberg’s operations for some time, and their attention has zeroed in on the three women. They dispatch one of their top male agents to make contact…

Don’t miss this gripping WWII thriller by exciting new author Stephen Cohen.

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Its based on authentic events, Berlin 1939  – 1943 and I am hoping it will turn into a series..  pre – order your copy here

So the other day, whilst searching for something on the tinterweb I realised that very few if anyone at all actually introduces their character/s to their readers….

Now…when reading a novel we all like to use our creative imagination…I get that, but what if someone (the author) decided to go outside the box and introduce their character/s through pictures and a short paragraph of introduction?

Not in the book itself but for arguments sake lets say, on a web page? something like this..

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Gabriele, is actually one of my main characters in my book, had the above picture’s taken to see how it would/could look…..

Anyway, I got to thinking about the idea of introduction, a web page dedicated to the girls, each one presenting their own introduction, insights into their individual characteristics, their thoughts and so on….following in their footsteps with mission pictures, debriefs and more.

But then it hit me…the book is based in 1939 Germany, most of the girls would certainly not look like they do in the pictures today…  infact they would look more like this..skeleton-1561177_1280

 

What is your view folks?

Am I removing a person required imagination when reading or providing more insight into each character?

I would be interested in knowing your thoughts on this so please leave a comment…