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Wendy May's Current Novels Progress

Current state of Novel Outlines & Rough Drafts
Well met,

I thought it would be interesting to make a data graph showing the progress of my novels whether in outline or rough draft form. I tried finding a percentage bar generator but those require the use of an actual website platform and not a blog site.

One day I'll get a Word-press site of my own. One day.

Until then, here's a breakdown of what I'm up to and how I'm plotting along. See what I did there? Yep, I caught that roll of your eyes. I know, I know, that was terrible and bad. I'm rightly ashamed. (*Winks an eye*) This is why I'm an indie author and not a comedian. Ha!

Multi-genre Novels in Progress
Here's a colorful graph showing the titles and percentage in bar form. Flash of Steel and Heart of Steel are currently in their final rough draft forms. The rest are being outlined from top to bottom or are in their first state of rough draft.



This graph shows the numbers in an easier form. The num…

Book Cover: The Season Bonker

Crime Thriller Ebook Cover
Once again I try my hand at creating my own book covers. I find playing around in my graphics program helps to motivate me to write even more. Honestly, I'm not sure how it correlates but I'll take every shred of inspiration I can get my hands on.

The Crime Thriller Ebook Cover



Crime Thriller Ebook Cover
 This design is inspired by a fantastic tutorial by Grace Fussel on Envatotuts. The tutorial is made for the program Adobe InDesign but I adapted it somewhat as I'm more familiar with Adobe Photoshop. From what I can tell there are common elements that each genre has for their book covers. Crime Thrillers seem to love bold fonts with either a winter background or a modern cityscape background.

Crime Thriller Ebook Cover
On my second try I decided a bolder red color fit my cold, heartless, winter scene. I also didn't put as many white circles on the book cover like in the tutorial. Though I did keep the central white circle then extended it outward to meet up with the branches of the trees.

He walks with a bat.
Shield your cranium with care.
The Bonker is on the Prowl!

Mhmm a little background on the title, 'The Season Bonker'. In the tutorial book example the title is 'The Winter Killer'. Not being one to copy outright I changed it then also removed the granite texture used to fill in the second word. What was I thinking you perhaps wonder? Well, I admittedly do have a quirky sense of humor. In fact, if you've read one of my novels you've experienced that for yourself.

Crime Thriller Ebook Cover

Self-publishing is a long road of discovery filled with sweat, tears, and hard work. I'm grateful there are graphic designers that are willing to share their knowledge via tutorials. Thanks to the practice I feel I have a better grasp on creating a crime thriller book cover.

Happy reading!
Wendy May

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