|S. Dionne Moore|
When Barbour Publishing discontinued the mystery line, Your Goose is Cooked was known as Recipe for Deceit, but the end of the mystery line was announced before its release date. What's a writer to do?
LaTisha wanted so much to have this story told. Everyone wanted to know what happened to Mayor Taser and his—uh, loving wife after his appearance in Murder on the Ol' Bunions. I never thought I would release these as e-books, but Barbour reverted rights to the story and the authors put our heads together. So this is the story that almost wasn't. I'm so thrilled to finally allow LaTisha's fans to get a glimpse into her life with Hardy as they get ready to celebrate their 40th anniversary, buy and run Maple Gap's restaurant, Your Goose is Cooked, and solve the mystery of the hired gun who turns up dead during the mayoral election.
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You cannot put out a book that is not edited and expect to maintain the integrity of the work. Getting a freelance editor to work on your story is an expense, yes, but it is one that is well worth the cost. One of my friends has asked not one or two, but over a dozen people to read and critique the work in order to avoid errors of spelling, grammar, plot and pacing. That's better than nothing, and the feeling is that most people can catch grammar and spelling errors. But it really takes a professional to catch your story’s plot and pacing issues and suggest solid fixes that take your work to the next level.
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There are many tutorials online to show you step-by-step, how to convert a stock image to a book cover, while also explaining the legal mumbo-jumbo of using stock images.
Another important element--an actual book cover! All three of my ebooks started with plain covers but I wanted something more. Having a bit of tech savvy--actually, it's more like Photoshop savvy--will come in handy. Because I use a Mac, Pixelmator was the program of choice to add layers and text to the stock images I selected for the covers. I believe the new images give a warmer feel to the stories and since each cover depicts a place or moment within the story, all the better!
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What is it about ebooks that delight you? What frustrates you? Leave a comment to get your name in the drawing for an Apple or Vera Bradley (verabradley.com) gift card (25.00), winners choice, a second commentor will receive a copy of Murder on the 'Old Bunions. Separate prizes to two different people .
Award winning novelist S. Dionne Moore is a 2011 Carol Award finalist. She enjoys history and spending time with her family on their little plot of heaven in South Central PA.
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