An unexpected 5 Star Review
A few months ago I contacted Larry B. Gray to review The Bastion. Larry runs a blog called Book Reviews by Larry B Gray http://bookreviewsbylarrybgray.blogspot.com.au/ where Larry gives honest reviews of books given to him by aspiring authors such as myself. He told me he would be more than happy to read my book, but warned me there would be quite a wait as he always has a backlog of books to read and review.
Time went by and I had almost forgotten about my request until I had a quick look on my Amazon page to see a new 5 Star Review sitting there as follows.
“If you enjoy science fiction with a military adventure theme you will like The Bastion by Joshua Harkin. It is full of action and adventure and will keep you reading from the start to the finish of the book.
The author did a great job of developing an interesting and intriguing storyline which was both believable and realistic. The book was fast paced and full of twist and turns, but at the same time it was easy to follow and keep up with the plotline. I was glued to the story.
I really liked the way Joshua Harkin developed his characters. In one aspect they were strong and courageous, yet at the same time he wove their weaknesses into the story. It was easy to identify with and follow each character in the story.
I enjoyed reading The Bastion by Joshua Harkin and recommend this book.
[Please note: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.]“
As you will see on his blog, Larry gives out his honest opinion of everything he reads. This review brought a smile to my face as I was not expecting such a positive outcome. So thanks Larry for the kind words.
You can find the Amazon review below
This is the cover I will be using for my soon to be released novella titled “Last”. The background image comes from Bjorn Grane via http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1426898.
New Facebook page
My Facebook page Oldest trick in the book will now be known as Harkin Books in an effort to streamline all of my social pages to the same name. I’m hoping this will help to expand my reach and get my present and future titles out to more people.
After all of the hard work is said and done and you’ve approved the final edit, it’s time to get yourself a fancy book cover. As an indie author, there are a lot of different choices and paths to go down in this area. There’s the professional designer path, the pre-made path and the self-made path. There are a few variables to consider when making this choice such as budget, preference and personal skill. So let’s explore your options.
Option 1: The Professional Designer Path
Services such as Lulu and Go Book Cover Design can provide you with a professionally designed eBook/paperback cover designs for a nominal fee, often ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars depending on what level of service you desire. They will often be part of a larger package that can cover just about every stage of the publishing process. If you can afford this option, you will be off to a great start as these packages will often include some level of promotion.
Option 2: The Pre-Made Path
Go On Write is a great site for original, pre-made ebook covers. These pre-made covers have generic titles with custom fonts to demonstrate the potential of the cover. When you purchase a cover, it is taken off the site and will never be used again. All you need to do is give them your title detail and they do the rest. You can alter the text alignment, size and add taglines without any additional fees. For other graphic changes fees start at $10 depending on what you require. You can even buy a cover and reserve it for the future if you don’t have a title ready. They also offer custom jobs similar to the professional option above. I think the pre-made path is a great option as there are some fantastic choices to choose from. The only problem you may have is if there are no covers that 100% fit your vision.
Option 3: Self-Made
For the self made option you are free to make your own cover, anyway you like. It does however require some skills such as a decent knowledge of Photoshop or the open source program GIMP. I myself know a lot about Photoshop and have used the program for many years. Another problem you may have is finding great images that don’t cost a fortune to use. I would recommend using stock exchange a royalty free image depository. The images on this site are free to use provided you adhere to the image license agreement. This just means for a book cover you need to credit the image’s author where necessary. The images are community driven and are approved by the admin to ensure only high quality images are found. They have over 400,000 images at the moment, with some hidden gems just waiting to be snapped up. Another great resource is 1001 Free Fonts. There are a ton of free fonts that you can test with your title right on the site.
For The Bastion I made the cover myself using photoshop and a royalty free image from stock exchange. I had a lot of fun making it as I made about five different covers and chose the one that stood out the most as a thumbnail. Whether you take the professional path, the pre-made path or the self-made path, the most important thing is to have a cover that gets noticed. It all comes back to the old saying “you don’t judge a book by it’s cover” but everyone is guilty of this at one time or another.
Welcome to my newly revamped blog Harkin Books. The blog will detail current and future books I have released or am working on. I will also be reviewing books I have read and try to focus the blog on writing, books and the fiction world in general.
I am currently writing a 21,000 word novella titled ‘Last’. It will be coming out in the next few months and I’m very excited to get it out there.
All there is to do now is to get writing!
The Bastion Book is now called Harkin Books. I’m also in the process of re-formatting the blog for future titles I’m working on.
The Bastion – Paperback on Amazon.com
The Bastion is now being distributed via paperback on amazon.com for all of you paperback lovers out there. For UK readers check out http://www.amazon.co.uk/THE-BASTION/dp/1782997741/ref=tmm_pap_title_0 for the same edition. At the moment, this print on demand service means that the paperback editions are a bit on the pricey side, but I’m going to see what I can do to get that cost down as low as possible.