Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Writing under a pen name...

A lot of things are going on right now so I haven’t posted in a bit. I am in the process of getting my YA LGBT book edited. We are also working on book cover ideas. I feel a dance coming on as I think about it, but instead I'll keep writing. It doesn't mean that I won't dance. It just means that I'm not in the right place to dance right now.

I am very excited about bringing my character BrookLyn Scott to life. I will be writing my LGBT fiction under the pen name Coffey Brown. I have no idea why I selected that name. There's no great story to go with it except that I wanted something that wasn't common for the first name. Brown sort of just went with it. Yeah, that's it. LOL!

My YA and adult fiction that aren't LGBT, and my motivational or inspirational books won't be under a pen name. My goal is to acquire readers and not confuse them along the way. Isn't that only fair? That’s the only reason I chose to write under two different names. It makes sense to me so I hope that it makes sense to you.

I have a new blog being developed for BrookLyn's Journey. That will be where the excerpts and giveaways will be. Right now it's called Coffey Brown Books and it’s on WordPress. Stop by and enjoy!

Dreams remain daydreams when we don't put in the work. I was tired of daydreaming so I put in the work to bring my dreams to life!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

And now the book cover idea…

The characters come easy. The words come easy sometimes, and the title comes before the words. So… why am I struggling with the cover? I wonder if it’s because I want it to be eye catching and pop off of the page. I know that I love to look at book covers and must admit that a bad one turns me off quickly. I know we aren’t supposed to judge people or books by the cover, but we do.

I have a few ideas floating around in my head and am getting a headache from trying to figure it out. Do I use a person on the cover, or a drawing, or an inanimate object? I am not really sure but I have been searching the internet for ideas.

I see some covers in traditional bookstores or online, and wonder why the author selected that font or color scheme. It might not appeal to me, and it makes me wonder if it appeals to others when the colors look sort of drab, and uninviting. Then I see other covers and am thrilled with how amazing they are. I want the latter for all of my books.  Maybe if I stop trying so hard, an idea will come to me. I am really not sure but I might give it a try. Well… at least until I start thinking about it again.

I am so excited to bring my character BrookLyn Scott to life. I changed her last name, and now the book is called BrookLyn’s Journey. I am happy that my dreams are coming to life, and look forward to seeing the book cover. If I don’t come up with something soon, I will be looking for help from my friends… Yes, that means you!