Cover time

I’m getting near to publishing my next novel, Lucky Portbraddon. I’m aiming for September 17th, but I may revise that but be sure that I’ll publicise it well when it’s due! I am in the last throws of checking chapters, playing about with names of different parts, re-checking on words I feel I’ve used to often… it’s an anxious but tedious time. I am especially on the look-out for clichés, as a book I am reading at the moment, and quite enjoying, is just full of them, which is actually spoiling my enjoyment – and distracting me from the narrative.

Now it has come down to the cover; Lucky Portbraddon is a distant ancestor of the Portbraddon family – he was lucky at cards, and canny enough to keep hold of his winnings! So I have an idea that maybe there should be playing cards on the cover…


There is also a painting of him hanging above the fireplace in the old family home… so maybe I could play around with some paintings… I want it to look old and dark, and not very recognisable…

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Or since the family name came originally (maybe) from the little village or Portbradden, perhaps a picture like this…


I had another idea of making several pictures look like old photos with white edges, and arrange them as if they had come from an old family album…

I have plenty of ideas… but which will it be?


    1. Lois

      Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing! It’s free, easy and at least my books get out there! I’ve had zero success over so many years with publishers and agents – five years ago I decided to go it alone with Amazon! It’s so easy – does it appeal to you?


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