Marsha Canham's Blog

September 15, 2010

Ebooks.

Filed under: Uncategorized — marshacanham @ 8:51 pm

Okay, so unless you’ve been in Bali for the past two months, inspired by that totally uninspiring movie with Julia Roberts that I resent having lost two hours of my life watching, the buzz is all about ebooks and Kindles and Sonys and iPads.  I, for one, have been tapping my fingers daily trying to make new files of my old out of print books so they might find a second life on Smashwords and Amazon.  Referring to the Bali thing again, China Rose ( www.amazon.com/CHINA-ROSE-ebook/dp/B003WQBINM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&m=AZC9TZ4UC9CFC&s=digital-text&qid=1284582139&sr=1-1 )  is up already, as is  Swept Away ( http://www.amazon.com/Swept-Away-ebook/dp/B003XVZAB2/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&m=AZC9TZ4UC9CFC&s=digital-text&qid=1284582355&sr=1-4 ) (and if anyone knows how to shorten those URLs, please do let me know), both at the bargain price of $2.99.  Yep, that was another shameless plug.  So while I’m on a roll, let me point out I have a new Ebook website too…www.MarshaCanhamEbooks.com  and I’m on Twitter and Facebook too.  I’m also on a nifty new Facebook page dedicated to other authors like myself who are breathing life back into out of print books…many of them award-winning writers who, like me, didn’t quite know what to do with those older books.  The page on Facebook is http://www.facebook.com/#!/BacklistEbooks, and soon all of us will be on an easy to find website as well.

So why am I repeating all of this?  For the two people who actually read this blog (*snort*) let’s just say I’m keeping my fingers limber on the puter keys.  If more than two are reading it, please do wave and let me know.  It’s like I always tell the grandkids…it’s okay if you talk to yourself, but it’s so much nicer when someone else answers *s*

The question I might pose here would be…how close do readers want the covers to actually represent what is in the books?  I ask because I’m dabbling with graphics and doing my own covers for the reissued ebooks (the publishers hold the rights to the artwork on the print copies, so we can’t use those).  I thought I did a splendid job, if I do say so myself, with China Rose.  Swept Away was a compilation of three different pictures and I had to strip out the color from all of them to make it uniform. Yes, yes, I know I didn’t get the shade of sunset right, but after a few hours of playing with it I settled on the same shading as a favorite blouse I have.

Re the question I asked above…In mere days I should be finished retyping and editing Bound by the Heart.  I’m torn between a simple cover with a beach and palm tree, perhaps…or something more piratical, since a good deal of it takes place on board a ship?   Or, because there actually are sites now that offer romance cover type artwork…a man and woman in period costumes, swanning in each others arms?

Don’t even suggest flowers, or I’ll have to repeat my Forty F**king Flower story…again.

The Wind and the Sea should be a no-brainer if I design a cover based on just the title, even, though there again, do I have a ship on the cover sailing blithely along on a blue ocean?  Or a ship in the midst of a battle?  Or a man and a woman clutching each other in fevered passion?

Questions, questions.   I could mock up several covers and make it a majority rules sort of thing.  Hmmm.

Opinions? Either of you? *g*

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17 Comments »

  1. LOL. Hi! It’s me! Just one of many. I love the covers you have designed so far. I think a ship in battle in the background and a couple in a heated clinch in the foreground.

    Comment by Jill Metcalf — September 15, 2010 @ 9:28 pm | Reply

    • Ummm…no no no…has to be one or the other, since the hero is the captain of the ship, why would he be in a clinch while his ship is off battling the pirates? LOL.

      Comment by marshacanham — September 15, 2010 @ 11:12 pm | Reply

  2. I use tinyurl.com to shorten URL’s

    Comment by geekyasian — September 15, 2010 @ 10:20 pm | Reply

  3. Because…he’s busy with the clinch. The pirates can carry one this once, while he’s busy. Then again…have the clinch happening in the yardarm! Woman in one hand, sword in the other! LOL

    Comment by Jill Metcalf — September 16, 2010 @ 12:18 am | Reply

  4. I’m personally tired of the man and woman clutching with half their clothing off.

    Comment by geekyasian — September 16, 2010 @ 1:11 am | Reply

    • Hah! Me too. If you notice, that was my third choice *s*

      Comment by marshacanham — September 16, 2010 @ 4:42 am | Reply

  5. Don’t go tinkering with The Wind and the Sea. Don’t you Canadiens ever p*ss?

    Comment by David — September 16, 2010 @ 11:50 am | Reply

    • Just because one of the characters is based on YOU? I was thinking of writing him out BWAHAHAHAHAHA.
      NOT.
      Personally, I think he was one of my best characterizations.

      Comment by marshacanham — September 16, 2010 @ 12:26 pm | Reply

      • I gave you a lot of ammunition and you didn’t fire any blanks!

        Comment by David — September 16, 2010 @ 2:40 pm

  6. Changed my mind…Two crossed swords in the background, with red braid strung from one of the handles, and a gold ring in the foreground with a wisp of white lace handkerchief looped through the center of the ring. Maybe one sword should have red braid, the other gold…something like that, to separate the good from the bad. Or one sword has no braid? Still thinking about that part.

    Comment by Jill Metcalf — September 16, 2010 @ 2:37 pm | Reply

    • *tapping my fingers on my chin* ummm…okay…and when you find the pictures I can use to compose that little tapestry, do let me know LOL. I’m good (sorta), but not that good.

      Comment by marshacanham — September 16, 2010 @ 6:08 pm | Reply

  7. Hey Marsha, I have been reading your blog, just not always a commenter. Just so you know there are some quiet ones out here.

    Comment by Sherri Browning Erwin — September 16, 2010 @ 4:30 pm | Reply

  8. Sure you’re good! You can do it. I have the vision in my head but I certainly do not have the expertise or the talent.

    Comment by Jill Metcalf — September 16, 2010 @ 6:28 pm | Reply

  9. Hi! I know your original post is from a few years ago, but I have just found you from the Amazon kindle store. I’m so glad you are making ebooks available from your older books As a pretty enthusiastic ebook reader, I tend to be drawn to plainer “covers”. I don’t care if friends and family know that I’m reading a love story, but the overdone smoldering embrace is something I’d be mortified for someone to see on my tablet. I hope you continue putting your work out!

    Comment by Joy — December 9, 2012 @ 1:44 pm | Reply


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