There are many steps to self-publishing and the learning curve is steep. I’m taking my time, making sure that I understand everything before I do it. I want to be picky about this – when someone holds a copy of my book in their hands, I don’t want it to look obviously different from any other book on their shelves.
But one step has been accomplished. Shipbuilder has a cover!
This will be for both the ebook and the print book. The artist is Laura Shinn, who has a soul of patience. She changed out the pictures more times than I can count! This book was a little more difficult than others, because we had to find pictures of the Titanic (or a similar ship) that are not copyrighted. And we wanted to use pictures of the real Thomas Andrews, but those are all privately owned. He was such a good-looking guy, that all other male models failed to measure up, so we decided to not use any faces at all.
We also struggled to convey the book’s cross-genre aspects. I see it mostly as a science fiction novel, but one with strong romantic elements. Yet it’s not conventional SF romance – it’s more like historical romance. It’s alternate history,but it’s not steampunk. This cover is heavy on the romance aspect, but I think it works. The title, “The Time Travel Journals,” will have to provide the nod to science fiction.
I think it’s gorgeous.