Let me back up a moment. A fellow author recommended I bundle the four short stories I have published and re-release them as a collection. Realizing I could be cute and call it 4Play, I decided to run with his suggestion. Instead of merely throwing them together into one manuscript, I'm revising, revamping, and even adding content. I want to take the lessons learned while publishing them individually and create the best versions of the four I can. It's a do-over. You don't often get the opportunity for a do-over in life and I'm all for taking advantage of it when it happens.
Speaking of those lessons, one I learned is there are review and promotional sites that will not even look at your work unless it has a professionally designed cover and has been professionally edited. I still need to find an editor, but another author friend introduced me to the talented Julie Nicholls, author and cover designer extraordinaire. I know what you're thinking. I'm a new author and I can't afford a designer. Yes, you can. She is insanely affordable And did I mention quick like a bunny? She created this cover for me in three days, one of which was helping me find a stock image, and she charged me $20. Considering I paid $1 for the image, bargain of the century.
i can't recommend her highly enough. She is so upbeat, energetic, and easy to work with. Click below to see more about her work: